Sail Date: January 08, 2024
Port: Ft. Lauderdale
Ship: Celebrity Equinox®
Final Payment Date: September 25, 2023
Mon, Jan 8, 2024, FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA Departs: 4:00PM
In the 1800s, William Lauderdale built a fort. Today, 16 million visitors come each year for miles of broad white sandy beaches, dozens of lush green golf courses, and Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale. Stroll the famous beachfront promenade, just 15 minutes from the port, and plunge into the warm Atlantic.
Head downtown to Las Olas Boulevard, paralleling New River, to sip lattes in outdoor cafés, shop chic boutiques, and catch concerts at the performing arts center. Stop at Stranahan House, the city’s oldest structure, built in 1901 as a trading post and preserved as a museum, or explore a whole village of historic buildings at History Fort Lauderdale. Join a Segway tour along the river or a waterborne cruise of Millionaire’s Row.
Day 2, Tue, Jan 9, 2024, AT SEA
While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies, or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination.
Day 3, Wed, Jan 10, 2024, AT SEA
Day 4, Thu, Jan 11, 2024, ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Cruise to Antigua, named by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and discover 365 Caribbean beaches—one for every day, every type of beach—hidden among the countless cliffs and bays. The lush rainforest, dramatic landscapes, and turquoise waters tempt eco-adventurers from swimmers to hikers to zip-line flyers.
Swim and snorkel with gentle stingrays—even feed and pet them—and snorkel the coral reefs that ring the island and teem with life. Take a scenic catamaran sail. Stop at Paradise Reef and peer below the surface of the clear Antiguan waters. Lie on a golden beach and sip a rum punch or enjoy some lobster on your St. John’s cruise.
When it’s time to go shopping, find Caribbean fashions, local crafts, and designer fashions in the duty-free shops of St. John’s. Browse luxurious Heritage Quay or quaint seaside Redcliffe Quay.
Day 5, Fri, Jan 12, 2024, BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS 10:00AM to 6:00PM
When Bajans say, “Life’s a beach,” they mean 80 pristine beaches, some long and straight, some hidden among cliffs, many among the world’s most beautiful. Cruise to Barbados for water sports include jet skiing at lively Mullins Beach, paddle boarding at Pebbles Beach, and surfing at Atlantic Shores. Small boats will take you swimming with the turtles, or you can skipper your own Hobie Cat, try spearfishing, or lounge aboard a luxurious catamaran with drinks. Launch a 4×4 safari into the Barbados Wildlife Reserve in search of green monkeys, a rare sight outside Africa. Explore Harrison’s Cave from a tram, viewing stalactites, stalagmites, and underground streams. People have come here to trade since the English in 1627. Today, you’ll find designer fashion, fine jewelry, fragrances, electronics, and leather in this tax haven. Talented islanders produce exquisite art and collectables. Foodies love this “culinary capital of the Caribbean,” fusing the flavors of Africa, the West Indies, and Europe. The Atlantic provides a delicious array of fish including shark, salmon, cod, red snapper, and flying fish, a symbol of Barbados, as well as shrimp, lobster, and crabs. Chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and duck are served fried, grilled, baked, roasted, and pickled. On the side, look for cou-cou, rice and peas, pelau, and macaroni pie, along with tropical fruits.
Day 6, Sat, Jan 13, 2024, CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA 8:00AM to 6:00PM
Fan out from Castries to find escapes for every taste. Near the port, browse Pointe Seraphine, for duty-free goods, or colorful Castries Central Market, for native spices and hand-made crafts. Sample the best of St. Lucia on a highlights tour to the Castries Market, historic Catholic church, and city square, and don’t miss breathtaking views from Caribelle Batik, offering artisanal goods. Or, join a leisurely coastal cruise past Marigot Bay. Novelist James A. Michener described it as “the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean.”
Day 7, Sun, Jan 14, 2024 FORT-DE-FRANCE, MARTINIQUE 8:00AM to 6:00PM
Experience a symphony of French and Creole cultures, with a volcanic landscape as the backdrop. This largest city of the French West Indies offers narrow streets, wrought-iron balconies, and Parisian-style boutiques. Visit the museums, sample the restaurants, shop the boutiques, and explore historic Fort Saint-Louis, visible from your ship. Up the coast, visit Saint-Pierre, a town with roots in the 17th century. See the 1502 landing site of Christopher Columbus. Learn about the devastating eruption of Mount Pelée. Savor the local cuisine and do some rum tasting. Down the coast, discover coral reefs with tropical fish on a guided dive or snorkel excursion to Anse Dufour Beach and the Bat Cave. Or, enjoy a peaceful afternoon unwinding on a lovely beach. Fort-de-France, Martinique offers great shopping. Buy luxurious French products at reduced prices in the malls. Stroll Rue Victor Hugo for European-style boutiques and colorful Caribbean places. Find local art and crafts in open-air markets like Grand Marché. Martinique serves up a flavorful blend of French cuisine, Creole spice, and island rum. Admire the bountiful fruit and seafood at the covered market near the port. For lunch, try the national dish, fresh fish in a spicy tomato sauce.
Day 8, Mon, Jan 15, 2024, BASSETERRE, ST KITTS & NEVIS 7:00AM to 5:00PM
Explore French and English colonial architecture, breathtaking beaches, and lush landscapes beneath soaring mountain peaks.
Walking distance from the St. Kitts cruise port, find the Circus and Independence Square. The Circus is a roundabout lined by local shops with artisanal batik clothing, leatherwork, and weaving. Stroll another couple blocks to Independence Square, site of the stately courthouse and cathedral.
You’ll have so much to discover before returning to the St. Kitts cruise port.
Day 9, Tue, Jan 16, 2024, AT SEA
Day 10, Wed, Jan 17, 2024, AT SEA
Day 11, Thu, Jan 18, 2024, FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA Arrival: 7:00AM
Head out to the Everglades and enjoy Flamingo Gardens, home to pink flamingos, snarling alligators, black bears, and Florida panthers—plus exotic trees, butterfly gardens, and native flowers.
You’ll find great shopping on Fort Lauderdale cruises. Look for high fashion at Galleria Fort Lauderdale, north of the port and blocks from the ocean. Head west to Sawgrass Mills for 350 designer outlets, specialty shops, and eateries. Spend a relaxing day in downtown Hollywood, south of the port, for quaint shops, sidewalk cafés, and events in the park.