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The ultimate luxury Caribbean cruise with Silversea from San Juan
There are over 7,000 paradise islands in the Caribbean, most surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters and beautiful white sandy beaches fringed by swaying palm trees. One of the best ways to see as many of them as possible, is on a luxury cruise and we've got two new Caribbean itineraries with Silversea - a byword for all-inclusive luxury - on offer exclusively for readers of The Times.
"Silversea has some of the most stylish and ultra-luxurious ships at sea and service is as good as or even better than that which you'd experience at the finest five-star hotels."
Sue Bryant, Cruise Editor, The Sunday Times
All Silversea's cabins are spacious suites and over 80 per cent have private verandas plus all suites come with attentive butler service and a pre-stocked complimentary minibar. There are multiple restaurants and fine-dining on board and drinks - including champagne and fine wines - are included throughout your voyage. There's also a beautiful pool deck, large spa and superb live entertainment.
Times readers can choose between two wonderful itineraries, both on Silversea's elegant Silver Whisper, which accommodates up to 388 guests and, after a recent multi-million pound refurbishment, is one of the most technically up to date ships at sea.
The Eastern Caribbean, West Indies and Lesser Antilles, which these two unique itineraries include, boast paradise beaches, fascinating historical sites and amazing marine wildlife. This itinerary includes an 11-day cruise with a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in San Juan before you set sail to St Thomas, St Barths, Antigua, Martinique, Guadaloupe, St Marteen, Spanish Town in the BVIs and Key West.
To cruise from Fort Lauderdale to paradise islands Grand Turk, St Vincent, St Kitts and Jost Van Dyke on a longer, 14-day cruise, please see our alternative itinerary here.
Reasons to book
Pre-cruise stay in San Juan
Your luxury cruise
- Return flights from the UK
- One night pre-cruise hotel stay in San Juan
- 11-day all-inclusive cruise on Silver Whisper in a Vista suite, including unlimited champagne, wines and spirits, 24-hour dining and butler service
- Free shore excursion in every port
- All overseas transfers, on-board gratuities and taxes and unlimited free Wi-Fi on board
Day1London to San JuanSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly from London to San Juan on an indirect flight. Upon arrival, you'll transfer to your hotel in Puerto Rico's vibrant capital city, San Juan.
Day2San JuanSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Leave your hotel this morning and transfer to your luxury cruise ship, Silver Whisper. Spend the day exploring Puerto Rico's capital. 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. Locals go about their business surrounded by colonial architecture and towering modern structures.
Day3St Thomas, US Virgin IslandsSaint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
From the harbor you see an idyllic-looking village that spreads into the lower hills. If you were expecting a quiet hamlet with its inhabitants hanging out under palm trees, you've missed that era by about 300 years. Although other islands in the USVI developed plantation economies, St. Thomas cultivated its harbor, and it became a thriving seaport soon after it was settled by the Danish in the 1600s.
Day4Gustavia (St. Barthelemy)Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy
You can easily explore all of Gustavia during a two-hour stroll. Some shops close from noon to 3 or 4, so plan lunch accordingly, but stores stay open past 7 in the evening. Parking in Gustavia is a challenge, especially during vacation times. A good spot to park is rue de la République, alongside the catamarans, yachts, and sailboats.
Day5St John's, AntiguaSaint John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua's capital, with some 45,000 inhabitants (approximately half the island's population), lies at sea level at the inland end of a sheltered northwestern bay. Although it has seen better days, a couple of notable historic sights and some good waterfront shopping areas make it worth a visit. At the far south end of town, where Market Street forks into Valley and All Saints roads, haggling goes on every Friday and Saturday, when locals jam the Public Market to buy and sell fruits, vegetables, fish, and spices. Ask before you aim a camera; your subject may expect a tip. This is old-time Caribbean shopping, a jambalaya of sights, sounds, and smells
Day6Fort-De-France MartiniqueFort-de-France, Martinique
The largest of the Windward Islands, Martinique is 4,261 mi (6,817 km) from Paris, but its spirit and language are decidedly French, with more than a soupçon of West Indian spice. Tangible, edible evidence of the fact is the island's cuisine, a superb blend of French and creole. Martinique is lushly landscaped with tropical flowers. Trees bend under the weight of fruits such as mangoes, papayas, lemons, limes, and bright-red West Indian cherries. Acres of banana plantations, pineapple fields, and waving sugarcane stretch to the horizon. The towering mountains and verdant rain forest in the north lure hikers, while underwater sights and sunken treasures attract snorkelers and scuba divers. Martinique is also wonderful if your idea of exercise is turning over every 10 minutes to get an even tan and your taste in adventure runs to duty-free shopping.
Day7Les Saintes GuadeloupeÎles des Saintes, Guadeloupe
This small group of islands lies opposite the western part of Guadeloupe. They were discovered in November 1493 by Columbus, who named them Los Santos. French settlers established themselves in 1648 and changed the name to Iles des Saintes, commonly known as Les Saintes. Since then the islands have been closely connected with Guadeloupe. Until a recent influx of tourism, Les Saintes were among the Caribbean's most unspoiled destinations. Only two of the eight islands are inhabited: Terre-de-Bas and Terre-de-Haut. The latter is known for its impressive Fort Napoleon built in the early 19th century to replace an earlier 17th-century fort. From its vantage point there are fine views of the many tiny islets scattered in the bay and across to Guadeloupe. Terre-de-Haut is the main island of Les Saintes, with steeply scarped hills, scenic valleys, hidden coves and beautiful beaches.
Day8Philipsburg (St. Maarten)Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
The capital of Dutch St. Maarten stretches about a mile between Great Bay and the Salt Pond, and has five parallel streets - with dozens of shops and restaurants.
But if adventure is on the agenda today, this island in the Netherlands Antilles has much more to offer than shopping and eating: your optional activities (supplement applies) include a speedboat trip to spot sea turtles and stingrays, a fascinating trip to the historic Rockland Estate, and a thrilling trip on an America's Cup-winning racing yacht - assisting an expert crew as you sail in an unforgettable regatta.
Day9Spanish Town British Virgin IslandsSpanish Town, British Virgin Islands
Virgin Gorda, or "Fat Virgin," received its name from Christopher Columbus. The explorer envisioned the island as a pregnant woman in a languid recline, with Gorda Peak being her belly and the boulders of the Baths as her toes. Different in topography from Tortola, with an arid landscape covered with scrub brush and cactus, the pace of life is slower here, too. Goats and cattle own the right of way, and the unpretentious friendliness of the people is winning. The top sight (and beach for that matter) is the Baths, which draws scores of cruise-ship passengers and day-trippers to its giant boulders and grottoes that form a perfect snorkeling environment.
Days10-11Days at seaSpanish Town, British Virgin Islands
Day12Key West, FloridaKey West, United States
Located closer to Havana than Miami, Key West is synonymous for all that is fabulous. Whether it's beaches, back country or just a brilliant time that you're after, Florida's most southern point holds a wealth of intrigue, both past and present. Famed for its unique originality, Key West is a condensation of the best of the sunshine state - fantastic weather, laid back attitude, deep-rooted history and masses of fantastic, fresh seafood; it's little wonder that nobody ever wants to leave.Floating in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, the island has two very definite personalities: bookish and bizarre. On the one hand, the literary festivals, exquisite Caribbean architecture and splendid art galleries attract the bourgeoisie, while on the other, the eccentricity and reticence to be associated with "the mainland" attracts all kinds of "happies" -new era hippies.
Day13Disembark in Fort LauderdaleFort Lauderdale, United States
Disembark your ship in Fort Lauderdale today. Explore the downtown's innovative arts district, cafés, and boutiques and the equally inventive beach area, with hotels, cafés, and shops facing an undeveloped shoreline, and new resort-style hotels replacing faded icons of yesteryear. Later today, board your flight back to the UK.
Day14Arrive back in the UKFort Lauderdale, United States
Silver Whisper sports a relaxing, sophisticated and elegant atmosphere
Silver Whisper accommodates up to 388 guests and, after a recent multi-million pound refurbishment, is one of the most technically up-to-date ships at sea.
All Silversea's cabins are spacious suites and over 80 per cent have private verandas. All suites come with attentive butler service and a pre-stocked complimentary minibar. There are multiple restaurants and fine-dining options on-board, all your drinks - including champagne and fine wines - are included throughout your voyage. There's also a beautiful pool deck, a large spa and fantastic live entertainment.
N.B. Silver Whisper has recently been refurbished, thus images may not be fully representative of the refurbished ship.