25 October 2016
If you need to recharge your batteries, or just want to treat yourself to some gloriously luxurious relaxation, this is the cruise for you. Setting off from St Lucia and exploring the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, this two-week cruise is the perfect way to get away from it all. You'll travel on the glamorous Britannia, which boasts elegant, modern cabins and suites, delicious food by Marco Pierre White and James Martin, and facilities including four pools, a spa, children's clubs and world-class entertainment.
Your cruise sets sail from the beautiful island of St Lucia. Before you board Britannia, take time to explore the lush rainforests, home to parrots and hummingbirds, relax on one of the gorgeous beaches, enjoy the mountain views or perhaps stroll the streets of one of the charming fishing villages.
A full day at sea gives you a chance to relax and settle in to your luxurious accommodation. All the elegant cabins have a large television with movies on demand, well-appointed bathrooms with White Company toiletries, and bespoke artworks by British artists, while the spacious suites also have separate living areas and their own butler.
You have a full day today to explore Dominica. Take a hike in the island's interior to explore the breathtaking forests, crater lakes, waterfalls, forests and gorges, or perhaps visit the last surviving community of Carib Indians, the original inhabitants of the Caribbean, to learn more about their traditional way of life. This is also a wonderful spot for whale- and dolphin-spotting, as well as snorkelling among the colourful sealife.
Antigua famously boasts over 365 white-sand beaches – one for each day of the year – so it would be a shame not to explore one or two today. Do make time for a stroll around the main port and capital, St John's, to make the most of the excellent shopping.
Today you'll explore the fascinating island of St Martin/Sint Maarten, really two destinations in one as the island is half-Dutch and half-French. You'll dock at the Dutch capital, Philipsburg, where you can stroll the picturesque narrow streets and browse the colourful market. Afterwards, you may like to take an optional tour to the French capital Marigot, home to chic boutiques and a lively café culture.
You have another day of leisurely cruising today. While on board, you can take advantage of a wide range of activities: take a dip in one of the pools, work out in the gym, enjoy a game of football, tennis or basketball, or just relax in the sauna or steam room.
You'll spend the next two days in Barbados, home to beautiful beaches where you can sip a rum cocktail as you soak up that warm Caribbean sunshine. Here you can also enjoy a wide range of watersports, take a nature walk or bike ride, or browse the boutiques in the capital and cruise port, Bridgetown.
Your second day on Barbados, and a range of optional excursions and activities are available if you'd like to get out and explore. Take a guided walk around Bridgetown, explore the underwater world surrounding the island with a submarine trip or enjoy a round of golf at the Barbados Golf Club.
Another day at sea to make the most of Britannia's amazing entertainment, which includes West End-style shows, comedy and cabaret performances, film screenings and live music, including piano recitals and tribute bands.
You'll spend the full day today on the cosmopolitan island of Curacao, the largest island in the Dutch Antilles. You'll dock at the attractive capital, Willemstad, where you can take a stroll to admire the Dutch and Spanish colonial architecture and browse the shops and the stunning Floating Market.
Early this morning you'll dock at Oranjestad on the island of Aruba. Shopaholics and foodies will enjoy exploring the city, while if you're interested in history you'll want to visit Willemstad, famed for its 16th-century Dutch houses. You might also like to try your luck at one of the glamorous casinos, explore the striking desert landscape of the island's interior or just lie back and relax on one of the gorgeous beaches.
Another full day on board Britannia. The whole family are well catered-for on board, with a range of children's clubs to make sure all ages are kept happy, entertained and stimulated.
Today you'll dock in St Georges, generally agreed to be one of the prettiest harbours in the world, set in a volcanic crater, overlooked by two striking forts and dotted with colourful French colonial-style buildings. You have the full day to explore Grenada's beautiful landscape of lakes, valleys, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanic craters and beaches.
Another day of stunning white-sand beaches and blue waters, this time on the island of St Vincent. You can also wander the cobbled streets of the lively capital, Kingstown, or take a tour to explore the island's interior.
Your cruise comes to an end today as you disembark back at St Lucia, ready for your onward journey.
Inside Stateroom fr £1506pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated