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White-Sand Wonderlands for the Holidays

Embark from Miami on a captivating cruise adventure, touching the vibrant corners of Key West, the secluded beauty of Spanish Town, and the Caribbean allure of Saint John's and San Juan. Dive into paradise!

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7 nights

Luxury Holiday
Virgin Gorda
Key West
Miami Beach

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Elaborate festivities and champagne toasts herald the celebration of our Christmas Journey. More than a sailing, this is a voyage of the senses when every detail is considered to take your holiday memories to the next level.

We sail from Miami to the southernmost point of the contiguous United States to Key West. A small island packaged with substantial gifts: swim with dolphins, snorkel coral reefs, or kayak through a maze of eco-sustaining mangroves. With unequivocal delight, we settle into the rhythm of the sea and sail under a blanket of starry nights. A chorus of tropical yuletide songs sets the backdrop for colourful parties and sumptuous feasts. Peace and joy continue as soft breezes lead us to the British Virgin Gorda. Explore The Baths and step into the Cathedral — two enormous adjoining rocks where a heavenly sliver of sunlight beams onto a luminous blue grotto pool. Next, we trade sugar plums for candied coconut snacks at two of the Caribbean’s most dashing destinations, Dashaies and St. John’s, both exquisitely blessed with European influences, ancient fortresses, towering mountains and some of the Caribbean’s best snorkelling.

Our final call, San Juan, bursts with historic UNESCO gifts of the buttressed forts of La Fortaleza and El Morro that have survived more than 500 years of swashbuckling history. Visit the artsy neighbourhood of Santurce where free spirited and splashy creativity may set you in the mood to see life from a new perspective. Or leave the city behind and venture into the El Yunque Rain Forest, a beloved gem of jade green jungle- and cloud-shrouded mountains crisscrossed by cascading rivers that plummet into dramatic waterfalls. Linger longer after your journey and continue to unwrap a multitude of memories.

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White-Sand Wonderlands for the Holidays Itinerary

Day 1 - Miami, Florida

Welcome to Miami and the sweep of South Beach - backdrop to every iconic Miami movie, and forefront of Latin American culture. Stroll through pastel-hued geometric buildings in the art deco district, to graffiti mural masterpieces at Wynwood Walls. Watch Latino life unfold in Little Havana - the heartbeat of this great city - where walk-up windows sell café cortadito, sweet sugarcane juice, hatuey beer and guava ice-cream. Watch passionate locals discuss politics, play dominoes and smoke cigars. Shimmy at a salsa class, shop designer boutiques and race marlin and sharks by speedboat. Then slow your pace to uncover rare and endangered species at the Everglades National Park outdoor oasis. You’ll find the Miami dream is real – and it’s not just Cuban heels that will give you a spring in your step.

Day 2 - Key West, Florida

Key West might end at Florida’s most southern point, but here is the start of real laid-back life. Nearer Cuba than Miami, this last in line of small coral reefed islands is famed for history, culture, fishing, cuisine, and candy-coloured homes. Surf, snorkel, shop by appointment and attend a private seafood tasting. Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley tour, visit Hemingway’s quirky former house, study over 50 different butterflies at the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and watch leggy flamingos strut their stuff. Key West is not just a deep tan Floridan beach town, it’s a way of life, with the only rule being to come as you please.

Day 5 - Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda

Slip into a tranquil, tropical paradise of sparkling waters, coral reefs and powder white beaches. Switch off and slowly shop, swim, snorkel and sip within the peace of sand, sea and sky. Sink into a beachside boulder-forming pool at The Baths, admire spectacular villas scattered on the Great Mountain, sit back on a safari bus ride or sunbathe aboard a catamaran. Prepare to be mesmerised by this softly lit, sun-drenched heaven.

Day 6 - Deshaies

Slowly amble into little sleepy Deshaies. Stroll around the sheltered bay brimming with Creole homes, restaurants and a cosmopolitan crowd. Stroll along to the best of Guadeloupe; the fine golden sands of Grande Anse and the wonderful botanical garden with dreamy plants and ponds. Visit the Cocoa House for a taste of dark chocolate’s rich roots, climb the summit of La Grande Dame at La Soufriere, wander to waterfalls and visit Christopher Island bird reserve. Coconut palms, protected wildlife and a slow pace – you’ll be filled with love in this relaxed fishing village.

Day 7 - Saint John's

An adrenaline rush awaits. Swim with stingrays. Zip-line through lush forests. Walk across a gorge on a scenic suspension bridge. Sip excellent aged rums. Taste the island with a chef. Or stroll St. St. John's old town to tour cottages laden with cheerful fretwork. Explore British forts atop Shirley Heights and Goat Hill. Then rest and rejuvenate with VIP reservations at one of Anguilla’s snow-white beaches and enjoy a cozy lounger and rum drinks.

Day 8 - San Juan

Explore the oldest US city for a dose of Caribbean history, slice of Spanish culture and twist of American dream. Roam historic Old San Juan alleyways to glimpse centuries-old forts and colourful colonial buildings. Learn how to move, as locals sashay out the salsa to rhythmic reggae beats. Shop the boho streets or glamorous boutiques for artisan goods, decadent designers and hand-rolled cigars. Experience world-class surfing, explore a tropical rainforest, attend a private rum cocktail tasting and polish off empanadas. Then retire to one of the beautiful beaches to soak up crystal clear waters and, perhaps, one last rum cocktail.

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