Enjoy a stunning introduction to the Caribbean’s intoxicating bliss, as you sail in beside shining yachts to St Kitts, savour a flavour of Spain at San Juan, and view scenic emerald peaks rising sharply from St. Lucia’s seas. With the British Virgin Islands and Antigua also offering vivid azure ocean to enjoy, this cruise on the luxurious Silverseas ship Silver Whisper is a soul-soothing journey of boundless luxury. And you'll visit 10 different countries and have four wonderful days at sea to relax and soak up the sun.
Fort Lauderdale (Florida)
You board the Silver Whisper in Fort Lauderdale with time to explore before setting sail. Like many southeast Florida neighbours, Fort Lauderdale has a sparkling look following upgrades to both downtown and beachfront areas. Visit the innovative arts district, cafés, and boutiques and relax on one of the beaches. Fort Lauderdale remains the yachting capital of the world, and the water toys don’t seem to be going anywhere.
Day at Sea
The first of your four full days at sea and a great time to get to know the Silver Whisper and all she has to offer. Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Grand turk - Turks and Caicos Islands
Your first port of call is the beautiful island of Grand Turk. Just seven miles long and little more than one mile wide, the capital of the Turks and Caicos islands has been a longtime favourite destination for divers exploring the 7,000-foot-deep pristine coral walls that drop down only 300 yards out to sea. This tiny, quiet island is home to white-sand beaches and wild horses and donkeys that meander past white courtyards, pretty churches and bougainvillea-covered colonial inns.
Day at Sea
Another full day at sea with time to appreciate all that the Silver Whisper has to offer. This luxurious ship, which has an intimate feel as it carries only 388 passengers, is the preferred choice of Silverseas world cruisers. It has a relaxing sophisticated and genuinely elegant atmosphere and a multi-million dollar refit has ensured that she is one of the most technically up to the minute cruise ships afloat.
Philipsburg (St. Maarten) - Netherlands Antilles
Today the Silver Whisper arrives at the capital of Dutch St. Maarten which stretches about a mile along an isthmus between Great Bay and the Salt Pond and has five parallel streets. Most of the shops and restaurants are on Front Street, narrow and cobblestone, closest to Great Bay. Along the beach is a boardwalk with restaurants and across from the square are the town hall and the courthouse in a striking white building with cupola. Seven different tours to choose from here.
Roseau - Dominica
Although it's one of the smallest capitals, Roseau has the highest concentration of inhabitants of any town in the eastern Caribbean. Colourful architecture and a bustling marketplace transport visitors back in time. You can walk the entire town in about an hour seeing some of the restored buildings including the Lilac House. As with all destinations of the cruise, there are lots of tours to choose from, and while here you can head for the tropical interior and go for a swim in one of the waterfalls.
Bequia island -Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia is a Carib word meaning "island of the cloud." Hilly and green with several golden-sand beaches, Bequia is nine miles south of St. Vincent's southwestern shore and the largest of the Grenadines. Although boat building, whaling, and fishing have been the main industries here for generations, sailing has now taken over and Admiralty Bay is a favoured anchorage for yachts. Port Elizabeth is a tiny town with waterfront bars, restaurants, and shops where you can buy souvenirs.
Castries (St. Lucia)
With a lush interior of towering mountains, dense rain forest, fertile valleys, and acres of banana plantations, St. Lucia is mostly distinguished by the Pitons - twin peaks that soar high above the ocean on the southwest coast. You can spend a day in Soufrière, Rodney Bay Village, or explore the natural sights. One main highway circles all of St. Lucia snaking along the coast, across mountains, making hairpin turns and reaching dizzying heights. It takes at least four hours to drive the whole loop.
St. John's - Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua's capital lies at sea level at the inland end of a sheltered northwestern bay. There are a couple of notable historic sights and some good waterfront shopping areas and a lively market with old-time Caribbean shopping, a jambalaya of sights, sounds, and smells. There are 14 different excursions you can take while moored at St Johns but a visit to famous Nelson's Dockyard is a must and is included on most of the tours.
St. Kitts (basseterre)- Saint Kitts and Nevis
Mountainous St. Kitts, the first English settlement in the Leeward Islands, crams some stunning scenery into its 65 square miles. Vast, brilliant green fields of sugarcane run to the shore and this fertile, lush island has some fascinating natural and historical attractions - a rain forest with waterfalls, secret trails; a central mountain range dominated by a long been dormant volcano and Brimstone Hill, known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies. While here take a trip on the famous scenic railway.
Jost Van Dyke - British Virgin Islands
Jost Van Dyke is known as the 'barefoot island'. The smallest of the British Virgin Islands, it is a popular destination for yachts and is celebrated for its casual lifestyle, fine beaches, restaurants and bars. The island has fewer than 200 inhabitants and they are always very welcoming. The name conjures up its colourful past - Jost Van Dyke was a pirate. There are lots of pristine beaches and 'The Painkiller', one of the Caribbean’s most popular drinks, originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar.
San Juan - Puerto Rico
If you associate Puerto Rico's capital with the colonial streets of Old San Juan, then you know only part of the picture. San Juan is a major metropolis, radiating out from the bay on the Atlantic Ocean. The city may be rooted in the past, but it has its eye on the future. There is stunning colonial architecture in the Old Town which is best appreciated on a walking tour or you can take one of many tours around the island meeting the people and seeing the beautiful scenery.
Day at Sea
After all your Caribbean island adventures its time to spend another two days at sea as the Silver Whisper begins its journey back to Florida. Food plays an important part of any cruise and there are four superb restaurants with a huge choice of menu from elegant dining to quick snacks any time of the day. Now may be the perfect time to indulge yourself with a visit to the ship's Zagara spa for a beauty treatment or relaxing massage.
Day at Sea
The last of your days at sea so make the most of it. Relax around the pools or in the ship's panorama lounge, sip a cocktail on deck as you top up your tan, join friends in one of the bars, immerse yourself in a good book in the library, attend a lecture and enjoy your final show of the cruise in the theatre. The on-board shops are open throughout the days at sea and tonight you may want to try winning back some of your holiday money in the casino.
Fort Lauderdale - Florida
Your wonderful 14 night cruise around the Caribbean Islands comes to an end today when the Silver Whisper arrives back at Fort Lauderdale. Say farewell to your new-found friends then possibly take one of three organised tours around the city before heading to the airport to catch your flight home. This cruise can be combined with a longer visit to Florida when you can see more of many attractions in America's Sunshine State