A great way to experience the Dutch islands of the Southern Caribbean is on this seven night cruise on board the luxurious liner Freedom of the Seas. Beginning and ending in the wonderful old Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, you visit Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and St Maarten as well as having two full days at sea to relax and soak up the tropical sunshine and enjoy all the on board facilities.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Before setting sail you can fly the longest zip-line in the world at the Toro Verde Ecological Adventure Park and test your nerves on an assault course with ropes and suspension bridges. Explore Puerto Rico’s lush scenery on horseback or on a rainforest hike or discover the cobbled streets and Spanish colonial houses of San Juan’s old town. The massive fortresses of El Morro and La Fortaleza dominate here, with sweeping views down to the ocean.
The first of your full days at sea and a good time to get to know Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas and all that she has to offer. Sit back, chill in the bar, lounge by the pool or enjoy a relaxing beauty treatment in the spa. For simple pleasures, why not try a game of table tennis? Or if you’re feeling energetic, now’s the chance to explore all the amazing activities the ship has to offer, from spectacular, West-End-style entertainment to adrenalin-charged sports.
Palm-fringed beaches and emerald seas make the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba a beach lover’s paradise. Catch the trade winds kite surfing over the sands, plunge in the cooling Natural Pool in the Arikok National Park or dive among shipwrecks on the coral reefs. Watch the stunning sunsets from an Oranjestad beachfront bar or chat with friendly islanders. For more excitement try banana boat rides, sky diving or jet skiing.
Explore the stalactites, stalagmites and 1,500 year-old drawings in the Hato Caves in spectacular Curacao, a Dutch Caribbean island known for its beautiful beaches, secluded coves and teeming coral reefs. Have fun in lively Willemstad, with its pastel-coloured colonial houses and tempting shops and restaurants. Divers will love the Mushroom Forest, an underwater jungle of 10-foot, mushroom-shaped star coral.
See pink clouds of flamingos from January to July as they nest on this beautiful eco-friendly Dutch Caribbean island. Kayak, scuba dive or snorkel in the stunning bays, laze on the 22 idyllic beaches or tour ancient caves with mysterious rock engravings. Explore the interior on horseback, foot or 4x4 or enjoy spotting some of the island’s abundant tropical bird life in the Washington Slagbaai National Park. Lots of tours here that can be booked on board.
You final day at sea on the cruise so relax and make the most if it. Food plays a big part in any cruise and on the Freedom of the Seas there are lots of dining options you can choose from. Today you may want to pamper yourself with a beauty treatment or massage in the state of the art spa, take part in sports and deck games and in the evening enjoy special exotic cocktails in one of the bars before seeing a show in the main theatre.
Let your hair down to a steel band, sail or snorkel in dazzling waters or soak up the sun on this welcoming island, settled by the Dutch and the French. Browse the markets and tempting duty-free shops in Philipsburg, the Dutch capital, where your ship is docked, or chill with the friendly locals in the laid-back cafes and restaurants. With fabulous white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this island is a real Caribbean dream.
Today your super cruise around the Southern Caribbean comes to an end when the Freedom of the Seas arrives back into San Juan. Say farewell to new found friends and possibly stay on for a few more days seeing more of this lovely old and historic city before heading to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home. There is so much to see and do in Puerto Rico and there are lots of adventures to be had here.