West Indies Explorer (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Sea  |  18 Reviews
San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico
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DAY 1
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Departing from San Juan means you will arrive deep in the heart of the Caribbean, allowing you to avoid sea days associated with most Caribbean cruises. Arrive in San Juan today and enjoy time to explore Puerto Rico's capital in depth. You might take a stroll around Old San Juan, with its colonial charms, easy island tempo, and authentic culture. Wander its narrow lanes, literally paved with history, laid with blue adoquín stone once used to ballast Spanish galleons. As we are docked here overnight, you will have ample time to explore the city. This evening, stroll the Old Town's azure byways romantically illuminated by street lamps.

DAY 2
San Juan, Puerto Rico

With our destination-focused itinerary, you will call on a new port daily, with not a single day spent at sea. Today, you have another day to take in the history and architectural beauty of San Juan, from its fanciful Condado district to the magnificent 16th-century Fort San Felipe del Morro, set on a promontory at the entrance to San Juan Bay. Or, visit the lush woodland of El Yunque national rainforest. Later today, you will sail away into the Caribbean's blue waters.

DAY 3
Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Witness the lush beauty that once lured the pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd to Tortola, part of the British Virgin Islands. You will traverse Tortola, ascending to its greatest heights to admire spectacular Caribbean vistas. Experience some of its British flavor, pass through charming fishing villages, and cast your eyes on magnificent blue-green seascapes. Alternately, take to the waters to explore the grottoes of Virgin Gorda.

DAY 4
St. John's, Antigua And Barbuda

Visit Antigua today, once Britain's "Gateway to the Caribbean". On an island tour from our berth in St. John's, you will admire lush green beauty all around and visit English Harbor. Its restored Georgian dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is named for Admiral Horatio Nelson, who commanded the Crown's fleet here in the 18th century. Today, yachts line the quays. But the island's beautiful scenery has not changed since Nelson's day, blanketed with tropical forests and punctuated by sheer cliffs dropping into blue waters.

DAY 5
Castries (St. Lucia), Saint Lucia

Call on the lush and mountainous island of St. Lucia, with its sheltered harbors, quiet byways, and Creole-inspired cuisine. A short drive from our berth in Castries, admire breathtaking views of azure waters and hillsides shrouded in tropical green. Witness the art of batik making here and glimpse prolific banana plantations. Or, venture across the island to view the spectacular Pitons, towering twin peaks draped in forests.

DAY 6
Bridgetown, Barbados

Relish the intense Caribbean beauty of Barbados today when you call on its capital, Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover ample evidence of British rule here, from cricket matches and afternoon tea to the Commonwealth's third-oldest parliament. Marvel at spectacular vistas from the heights of the Highland Adventure Centre, descending to sea level for a tour of Bridgetown. Or, head underground to explore the stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison's Cave.

DAY 7
Roseau, Dominica

Immerse in the vibrancy of this colorful West Indian Capital among its streets lined with old-stone and wooden buildings, with reggae music spilling onto every corner. Roseau is the most important port for foreign trade on the island, yet once you leave its bustling center, you will be surrounded by beautiful countryside. Visit "The Nature Island" of the Caribbean as you explore its waterfalls, rainforests, and beneath the ocean on a trip out to sea. Take a hike through its UNESCO-listed Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and hear more about the island's volcanic activity. Or discover its Kalinago Indian culture as you meet island natives and learn more about their traditions and rituals.

DAY 8
Basseterre, Saint Kitts And Nevis

Call on St. Kitts today, Britain's first Caribbean settlement that grew into a sugar-producing powerhouse; 68 plantations operated at the height of the boom. You will learn about this lucrative colonial era at St. Kitts's Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden, a fascinating repository of relics and beautifully preserved rooms that provide a glimpse of the lives of sugar barons. Or, visit the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 9
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Explore two countries on one island today when you call on St. Martin. You will dock on the Dutch side, in Philipsburg, and have the chance to contrast the two cultures. See the great salt pond on the Dutch side, the charming old village of Quartier-d'Orleans, and the French capital, Marigot. Or, embark on an exhilarating experience copiloting a multimillion-dollar boat during a simulated "America's Cup" race.

DAY 10
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Explore one of the Caribbean's most beloved islands today, St. Thomas. You will dock within walking distance of its capital, Charlotte Amalie, set on one of the most picturesque harbors in the region. Get acquainted with the beauty of St. Thomas during a scenic drive along a spectacular route, stopping at the famous Mountain Top for breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding islands. Alternately, you might cross the emerald-green island to Magens Bay, home to one of the world's most beautiful beaches.

DAY 11
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Disembark this morning and return home, or continue your exploration of the Puerto Rican capital with our extension here.

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About the Ship

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Viking Sea

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included

Included

  • One included shore excursion in every port of call

  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics

  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining

Not Included

  • Gratuities on board and on land, optional shore excursions/ tours/concerts, excess baggage charges, drinks, beverages and meals not included in the package are additional costs to the guest.

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

Insider Tip

Viking has a variety of ways in which you can customize your trip including premium beverage packages, gift orders and making arrangements for special occasions.

Terms & Conditions

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