Cruise - Coral Islands - Marella Celebration

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Cruise - Coral Islands - Marella Celebration

British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Kitts, Barbados • 7 nights • Full Board • NEW



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Join us on Marella Celebration, one of the smaller ships in the fleet, as we sail the Caribbean and discover some of the most beautiful islands in this part of the world!

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Island Cruising

Our first port of call on this cruise is Tortola. Ancient rainforests hog the limelight. Beautiful botanical gardens vie for your attention. And opal-white beaches like Apple Bay and Smuggler’s Cove really steal the show. It’s wild. It’s wondrous. It’s waiting. Head for Road Town’s pretty Main Street. Here, you’ll find a medley of shops, museums and historical buildings. And you won’t be able to resist snapping away at the brightly-painted bungalows either. Soak up the beauty of Sage Mountain National Park. The British Virgin Island’s highest point, it’s an oasis of tropical vines, trees and plants. You can even saddle up and explore by horseback. Pay a visit to the Prospect Reef Resort, where you’ll get into the water and splash around with the dolphins that call this place home. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

French and Caribbean flavours combine in Martinique’s Fort de France. Here, you can sip rum punch and sunbathe in a palm tree-dotted park, in between shopping for Yves Saint Laurent clothes and touring sites designed by Gustave Eiffel. Vendors shout out their catch of the day – in French – at the Creole market. And in the restaurants, crêpes are served alongside spicy Caribbean chicken. You’ll see the Fort St Louis as you come in to port – this 15th-century castle is perched on a headland next to the marina. It’s an active military base, but visitors are allowed in for guided tours. Keep an eye out for the iguanas that roam through the grounds. Designed by the man behind Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Schoelcher Library is one of the city’s most eye-catching buildings. Its colourful exterior is topped by a Byzantine dome. Inside, it’s a bit like a museum, with antique books and furniture on display, while also lending books to the public. The Balata Gardens are a complete contrast to the city’s urban centre. Towering trees frame lagoon-like ponds, while hummingbirds flit between rainbow-coloured flowers. Climb to the top of one of the suspended walkways for the best view.

Somewhat unfairly, St Vincent is often overlooked in favour of its little brothers and sisters – the neighbouring Grenadines. But those who do stop here are in for a treat. Deserted beaches and untouched forest stretch for miles, interrupted only by the occasional cobbled town or dormant volcano. Kingstown is the main hub, its arched stone doors and covered walkways giving a nod to days gone by. Head over to the island of Bequia where you can alternate shopping with sunbathing. This tiny uncrowded island is just 15 kilometres from Kingstown, and the best way to reach it is on the sun-drenched decks of a catamaran. Take a trip around Fort Charlotte in Kingstown. This British Garrison was built in 1806 and it’s now home to a selection of local paintings and handicrafts. Later, head north and take in the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere. Among all the trees, shrubs and flowers, you’re likely to spot the island’s multi-coloured national bird – the St Vincent Parrot. Follow in the footsteps of Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightly with a visit to Wallilabou Bay where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed. Hop on a boat in search of dolphins. Eleven species of the mammal live off St Vincent’s coasts, so you’ve got a good chance of seeing a pod in action.

One of the British Leeward Islands, St Kitts is one of the Caribbean’s pearls. Once an illustrious sugar colony, it now focuses its efforts on being a tropical paradise. And it excels in every sense, with its seductive blend of blonde sands and duck-egg blue seas. Away from the shores though, you’ll find plenty of historic sights to tick off your checklist. Or why not pop across to the neighbouring island of Nevis, which is just three kilometres over The Narrows channel? Hop on a train at the Needsmust Station, and St Kitts Railway will take you on a tour of the island’s best bits. You’ll chug over ravines 300-feet-deep, circle Mount Liamuiga volcano and take a sneak peek at the island’s black-sand beaches. Soak up the jaw-dropping views over lush sugarcane fields from the 17th-century Brimstone Hill Fortress. Once known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies, this major British garrison was abandoned in 1850. Now, it’s been restored back to its grand former self, with cannons, swords and the like all on display. You can sunbathe your way through the day on one of St Kitts’ beaches. There’s a selection of white sand spots like Turtle Beach and black sand spaces like Pump Bay. Alternatively, see if the grass is greener on the other side of The Narrows Channel. This is where St Kitts’ tropical sister island, Nevis, simmers in the sea.

A hypnotic calypso isle, Barbados is the ultimate Caribbean dream. And at just 21 miles by 14 miles, the island really is your oyster. Of course, it’s most famous for its palm-fringed beaches, but there’s more than talcum powder sands here. We’re talking a duty-free shopping scene and sights that are second to none. In a coconut shell, it’s the small island with a big fan base. Take a tram ride through a labyrinth of underground caverns at Harrison’s Cave in St Thomas. A natural phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed, it’s all sparkling streams, playful waterfalls and stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer in shady tunnels. Relax on Carlisle Beach, one of the island’s best stretches of sand. If you’re feeling energetic, slip on a pair of flippers and propel your way past the underwater shipwrecks just off the shore.

French and Caribbean flavours combine in Martinique’s Fort de France. Here, you can sip rum punch and sunbathe in a palm tree-dotted park, in between shopping for Yves Saint Laurent clothes and touring sites designed by Gustave Eiffel. Vendors shout out their catch of the day – in French – at the Creole market. And in the restaurants, crêpes are served alongside spicy Caribbean chicken. You’ll see the Fort St Louis as you come in to port – this 15th-century castle is perched on a headland next to the marina. It’s an active military base, but visitors are allowed in for guided tours. Keep an eye out for the iguanas that roam through the grounds. Designed by the man behind Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Schoelcher Library is one of the city’s most eye-catching buildings. Its colourful exterior is topped by a Byzantine dome. Inside, it’s a bit like a museum, with antique books and furniture on display, while also lending books to the public. The Balata Gardens are a complete contrast to the city’s urban centre. Towering trees frame lagoon-like ponds, while hummingbirds flit between rainbow-coloured flowers. Climb to the top of one of the suspended walkways for the best view.

Dining

There are 2 restaurants - The Meridian Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and six-course dinner. All meals are served by waiters as open seating so you can dine when and where you please. A buffet option is also available at breakfast. Open seating for breakfast and lunch is the order of the day but the cruising tradition of fixed sittings applies for dinner. There is also Mistral's. When it comes to extravagant dining, this place is a real gem. Pick the likes of lobster thermidor and lamb rack from the à la carte menu, and enjoy attentive waiter service in contemporary surroundings. Just so you know, a cover charge applies and you’ll need to make a reservation. Kora La serves Asian dishes, with interiors that echo the exotic menu. Just so you know, a cover charge applies. Enjoy the weekly Captain's Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner. If you do not wish to eat in the main restaurant, there is the Lido Café which is a self-service buffet, open 24-hours a day and which serves a wide selection of dishes. Why not try the Terrace Grill for lunchtime pasta dishes, pizzas, and speciality salads served in the sunshine.

Entertainment

Choose from the Broadway Show Lounge, all the razzmatazz of Broadway plus side-splitting comedy from UK guest acts or Liberties which features live bands, popular game shows, karaoke, spotlight cabarets, plus the late night disco. Join in the deck parties with live music and stunning cabarets or try your luck at Hemmingway’s Casino. In addition to all of this there are 5 bars, the Sports Deck, Oceans (spa, gym, and beauty salon), card and reading room, gift shops, library with internet access, so there will never be a dull moment onboard Celebration.

Your Trip at a Glance

Day 1 London – La Romana, Dominican Republic
Day 2 Road Town, British Virgin Islands 14:00-20:00
Day 3 Basseterre, St Kitts 08:00-18:00
Day 4 Fort De France Martinique 08:00 18:00
Day 5 Bridgetown, Barbados 08:00-18:00
Day 6 Fort De France, Martinique 08:00-18:00
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 La Romana, Dominican Republic - London


Our accommodation


Marella Celebration


These compact yet comfortable cabins are designed with the single traveller in mind. The cabins have a single bed and all cabins come with air conditioning, a hairdryer, a flatscreen TV, wardrobe space, tea and coffee-making facilities and a safe, at a charge. The en suite bathroom has a shower and WC. Outside cabins have a porthole (extra charges apply for a window).

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Date Duration Holiday Notes Age group Price
07 Feb 18 7 nights Coral Islands - Marella Celebration Guaranteed Departure All Ages From £1,999

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