This sojourn boasts ports of call at seven extraordinary islands. Go duty free shopping in St. Thomas, discover the Dutch and French sides of Saint Maarten, the beauty of Antigua, and explore the many attractions of Barbados. Nature reveals its’ wonders at the “drive-in” volcanic crater on St. Lucia, in the dramatic patchwork landscape of St. Kitts, and on mahogany shaded white sand beaches of the Caribbean.
Day 1 - Home - New York City, NY
Depart from Calendar House and transfer to the New York City pier and embark on the Gem.
Day 2 - At Sea
Day at sea. Explore all the Gem has to offer.
Day 3 - At Sea
Day at sea. Explore all the Gem has to offer.
Day 4 - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata (or officially known as San Felipe de Puerto Plata) is the ninth largest city in the Dominican Republic and the capital of the province of Puerto Plata. For spectacular city views, take a ride up the Pico Isabel de Torres mountain which stands over 2,600 feet high. History buff? Visit Fortaleza San Felipe, which was built in the 16th century and served as a prison under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Or head to the Amber Museum, a museum filled with a unique collection of valuable Dominican amber which is semiprecious tree sap that has hardened for millions of years capturing many fossils of plant and insect life.
Optional Shore Excursions Available: To Be Announced.
Day 5 - St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
The town of Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking harbors in the world. Once home to pirates of long ago, today visitors find treasures of a different kind, for now beautiful beaches and bountiful duty-free shopping are truly its claim to fame.
Some Optional Shore Excursions Available: St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail & Snorkel, Abi Beach Full Day Escape, Kayak, Hike & Snorkel at Cas Cay, Tree Limin’ Extreme Zipline Tour, plus many more!
Day 6 - St. John's, Antigua
Bask in the grand sight of the city’s skyline, dominated by the white baroque towers of St. John’s Cathedral. Sample local cuisines, visit the Botanical Garden, witness the magnificent Antigua Lighthouse, the historical Fort James and much more as you discover this grand city.
Some Optional Shore Excursions Available: Antigua Beach Escape, Kayak & Snorkel Adventure, Nelson’s Dockyard & Island Drive, to name a few.
Day 7 - Bridgetown, Barbados
The most British of all the Caribbean islands, games of cricket are as common here as the typical island water sports. Visit the third-oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth. Stroll the inviting beaches of Carlisle Bay, tour a rum factory, or visit the historical Garrison area. Bridgetown is the only city outside continental North America that George Washington visited. The George Washington House, the actual house where he stayed, is now part of the Garrison Historic Area.
Some Optional Shore Excursions Available: Coast to Coast Scenic Drive, English Tea At Sunbury Plantation, Atlantis Submarine, plus more!
Day 8 - Castries, St. Lucia
A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with thriving coral reefs and rain forest preserves. Explore the world’s only drive-in volcanic crater at Sulfur Springs. Visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Falls and the Morne Coubaril Estate.
Some Optional Shore Excursions Available: Between the Pitons Catamaran Cruise, La Soufriere Volcano, Sky Canopy & Aerial Tram, Horseback Beach Adventure, and other great excursions available.
Day 9 - Basseterre, St. Kitts
Although founded by the French in 1627, St. Kitts is a very British paradise where cricket and tea are the norm. The dramatic mixed island landscape is rimmed in gold-sand beaches and dotted with well-preserved plantations left over from when the island was covered with sugar cane.
Some Optional Shore Excursions Available: St. Kitts Scenic Rail & Sail, Countryside Horseback Ride, Nevis Sailaway, Dolphin Encounter and other excursions available.
Day 10 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Founded in 1521, San Juan’s picturesque cobblestone streets, plazas and chapels reflect its Spanish heritage. But the second oldest city in the Americas also boasts fine beaches, lush rainforests, verdant mountainsides, imposing forts and a lovely tropical climate.
Some Optional Shore Excursions Available: Amazing Grace Sunset Sail, San Juan City Tour, Fiesta Latina and more!
Day 11 - At Sea
Day at sea. Explore all the Gem has to offer. Try your luck at the casino!
Day 12 - At Sea
Day at sea. Explore all the Gem has to offer. Lounge by the pool or take in a show!
Day 13 - Arrive New York City - Disembarkation - Home
We arrive in New York City this morning and after disembarking the Gem, we transfer home filled with wonderful cruising memories.