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Itinerary

Ports Visited During the Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise


Day Port Arrive Depart Status
Thurs., Feb. 15: Miami - 7:00 pm* Docked
Fri., Feb. 16: At Sea - - -
Sat., Feb. 17: At Sea - - -
Sun., Feb. 18: St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda 9:00 am 6:00 pm Docked
Mon., Feb. 19: Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis 7:00 am 6:00 pm Docked
Tues., Feb. 20: Fort de France, Martinique 8:00 am 5:00 pm -
Wed., Feb. 21: Philipsburg, St. Maarten 9:00 am 6:00 pm Docked
Thurs., Feb. 22: Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands 7:00 am 2:00 pm Docked/Tender
Fri., Feb. 23: At Sea - - -
Sat., Feb. 24: Freeport, Bahamas 2:00 pm 9:00 pm Docked
Sun., Feb. 25: Miami 7:00 am** - Docked

*Boarding begins around noon and you MUST be on board by 5:30 pm. Be sure to plan your flight or other transportation to allow you to arrive on time.
**Although the ship arrives at 7:00am, please allow extra time for the disembarking process. MSC recommends return flights be scheduled no earlier than 12:00pm from Miami International Airport, or 1:00pm from Ft. Lauderdale.




Shore Excursions

MSC Cruises offers a variety of shore excursions at each of the ports of call. Please check back in mid-summer for details on a wide choice of relaxing, natural and cultural tours suitable for older and younger guests, as well as more active and sports-oriented excursions for those who prefer a little more excitement.

2018 Ports of Call

Miami, Florida

Sun. February 16th
Depart: 7:00 pm

Miami

From Miami’s glitzy waterfront skyline to the elegant splendor of Miami Beach’s pastel-coloured art deco extravaganza, from the subtropical wetlands of the Everglades to a choice of stunning beaches giving onto the azure blue of the Atlantic Ocean, this all-American resort is a holidaymaker’s dream. Miami’s year-round sunshine, its cosmopolitan ambience, dramatic glass-and-steel architecture and fascinating hinterland have made it popular as a holiday destination in the United States for people all over the world – regardless of the season.

Must-sees on your break in the United States not only include the incredible Everglades wetlands area, an important natural habitat for alligators and other marshland wildlife, but also the beautiful, multi-hued art deco district in Miami Beach and the jaw-dropping architecture on Star Island. The city’s long stretch of pristine beach is naturally a highlight in itself.


St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda

Sun. February 18th
Arrive: 9:00 am
Depart: 6:00 pm

The island of Antigua, a colony of the British crown for over 300 years, has retained the taste for tropical life introduced by her majesty’s subjects. Here, you will find Nelson’s Dockyard, an old restored dockyard and Royal Navy district. Its coast is a parade of beaches: 365, like the days in a year (as the island’s inhabitants say); beaches that are famous, secret, or even set in volcanic craters. Some are more appealing to those who love being around people, such as Dickenson Bay and Runaway Beach. Those who love more isolated destinations, on the other hand, should head for the Five Island peninsula, where they will be able to enjoy the beaches of Deep Bay and the long and immaculate Lignumvitae Bay.


Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

Mon. February 19th
Arrive: 7:00 am
Depart: 6:00 pm

In spite of its small size, holiday goers will not find Basseterre short of things to see. The city’s two cathedrals, St. George’s Anglican Church and the Catholic Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in East Square Street, are at the top of the list. On South Square Street, one can visit the Georgian House, one of the better-preserved examples of local 18th century architecture.

Other intriguing destinations to visit during your holiday in St. Kitts are all outside the city. On the way to Old Road, you will come across Romney Manor, the home of the Caribbean Batik, where you can witness the birth of these hand-painted fabrics. Or visit Wingfield Estate and the botanical gardens. Admire the perfectly restored structures, the separate kitchen building made with lava rocks, the dining room that seats 16 and overlooks the ocean, and the bathing room with volcanic rocks for heating.


Fort de France, Martinique

Tues. February 20th
Arrive: 8:00 am
Depart: 5:00 pm

Martinique provides the perfect setting for a holiday in the Caribbean - white beaches, coconut trees for shade and luxurious inland vegetation as a background. Less than 20 minutes away from the island’s capital, in Balata, there is a Botanical Garden set up in the heart of the rainforest. It has over 3000 species of tropical plants and flowers that can be observed along trails some of which are partly suspended. Nearby, you will also find Balata’s Sacre Coeur, a miniature replica of the basilica in Montmartre, Paris.


Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Wed. February 21st
Arrive: 9:00 am
Depart: 6:00 pm

Philipsburg

The capital of St. Maarten, Philipsburg has a historic charm, a bustling commercial center, and is flanked by wide expanses of white-sand beaches. Owing to a colonial compromise in the 1600s, the island is split between two countries - the southern half comprises St. Maarten, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while the northern half is Saint-Martin and falls under the influence of France.

Great shopping, historic forts and museums, and beautiful stretches of beach are the main attractions in Philipsburg. Diamonds set in duty-free jewelry is a major draw to many shoppers, while others prefer the multitude of souvenir options. While there, sample the local drink - a guavaberry liquer. Stroll through the remnants of Fort Amsterdam, and see the brown pelican nesting sites nearby. Beaches are clean, white and sandy and you can refresh yourself at one of the vibrant boardwalk cafes. For the more active, choose from water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, and jet-skiing, snorkelling or diving, or the ultimate sense of freedom, a horseback beach ride.


Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Thurs. February 22nd
Arrive: 7:00 am
Depart: 2:00 pm

As soon as you disembark, you will feel as if you are part of an adventure film. The capital of the British Virgin Islands, Road Town is situated in the largest bay of Tortola, the largest of the islands.

One of Tortola’s most charming beaches, Sugar Cane Bay is so called for the large sugar cane plantation located behind it. Bathing in these waters and laying on the crystalline sand while sea birds dive into the sea from great heights in search of sustenance is an incredible experience in itself. It can, however, be made even more interesting by a visit to the Callwood Rum Distillery, which houses the original structure of a sugar cane distillery, and a rum tasting.


Freeport, Bahamas

Sat. February 24th
Arrive: 2:00 pm
Depart: 9:00 pm

At Freeport visitors love to shop at Ranfurly Circus and the International Bazaar, a faded warren of simple shops and cafés marked by red Japanese-style Torii gates. Go a little further to the Port Lucaya Marketplace to experience a busy, colourful tourist market overlooking the boats at Port Lucaya Marina, with shops selling the standard duty-free assortment of goods, open-air stalls displaying straw work and other souvenirs, and several lively restaurants and bars packed with vacationers.

For nature-lovers, there are two main attractions outside Freeport – Lucayan National Park and Paradise Cove. Lucayan National Park encompasses forty acres of mixed forest, limestone caverns and sinkholes, mangrove creeks, a spectacular beach and several nature trails all less than a mile long. A trail from the car park on the north side of the highway leads to a six-mile-long underwater cave system, one of the world’s longest.


Miami, Florida

Sun. February 25th
Arrive: 7:00 am

Miami

From Miami’s glitzy waterfront skyline to the elegant splendour of Miami Beach’s pastel-coloured art deco extravaganza, from the subtropical wetlands of the Everglades to a choice of stunning beaches giving onto the azure blue of the Atlantic Ocean, this all-American resort is a holidaymaker’s dream. Miami’s year-round sunshine, its cosmopolitan ambience, dramatic glass-and-steel architecture and fascinating hinterland have made it popular as a holiday destination in the United States for people all over the world – regardless of the season.

Must-sees on your break in the United States not only include the incredible Everglades wetlands area, an important natural habitat for alligators and other marshland wildlife, but also the beautiful, multi-hued art deco district in Miami Beach and the jaw-dropping architecture on Star Island. The city’s long stretch of pristine beach is naturally a highlight in itself.

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