12 Night Cruise sailing from Ft Lauderdale roundtrip aboard Veendam.
Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs - but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.
Highlights of this cruise:
Beaches, boats and year-round warm, sunny weather make Ft. Lauderdale a mecca for snowbirds, vacationers and sports enthusiasts. Once an infamous spring break destination, the Venice of America now has a decidedly upscale, sophisticated vibe. Cruise its famous canals and check out the passing scene of luxury mansions. Watch for the historic Stranahan home. Once a trading post, it's the city's oldest surviving structure. Spend an afternoon in the posh galleries and boutiques of Las Olas Boulevard, and unwind in a chic little bistro. Wildlife lovers will find much to explore in nearby Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Grab your binoculars and sunscreen and hop on an airboat. The park is home to alligators manatees, gentle giants of the swamps as well as rare Florida panthers. Birders can add the great blue heron, white ibis, pelican and snowy egret to their life lists.
Cozumel, an island in the Caribbean off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatn Peninsula, draws scuba divers, snorkelers and seekers of sand and sun who are attracted by the reliably sunny and tropical climate. The island and its environs also offer all other manner of on- and around-the-water attractions, many of which are quite unique, such as underwater sculpture gardens, a submarine excursion to see a shipwreck and a sailboat-racing experience that's second only to the America's Cup. For visitors who are intrigued by Mexico's Maya culture, there are several archaeological sites in and around Cozumel, including the UNESCO-inscribed Chichn Itz and, on Cozumel itself, San Gervasio, once a site where women made offerings to the goddess of fertility and childbirth. When you're done sightseeing, there's shopping for traditional Mexican crafts, jewelry and leather goods, including custom-made sandals, and excellent food (the seafood, of course, is stellar).
Costa Maya, Mexico
Mexico's Yucatn Peninsula is, in some ways, a world apart from the rest of Mexico, thanks in part to its geography. That's never deterred visitors from coming here, however Costa Maya, like the larger resort towns on the Yucatn, attracts scores of visitors each year. Eager to enjoy the sun and fun, they are also keen to explore the region's cultural attractions, including dozens of Maya sites, some of which were only recently rediscovered, excavated and opened to the public. In addition to seeing the pyramids, temples and ceremonial centers of Maya sites like Chacchoben and Kohunlich, modern-day visitors to Costa Maya can experience the Western Hemisphere's longest reef and cenotes, the sinkhole-formed pools that dot the region. Freshly caught fish and seafood dominate the menus here, as is to be expected, and restaurants are mostly casual in ambiance, with friendly, welcoming service. Shoppers will likely be drawn to Costa Maya's many jewelry shops, where you can buy rare gems set into stunning souvenirs or more affordable pieces that are believed to have healing properties.
Key West, Florida
One of the first things you'll notice about Key West, after the colorful gingerbread wooden houses and the amazing sunsets, is the constant crowing of roosters. Hundreds of the noisy birds - along with their quieter-clucking mates - roam the streets at all hours, and are nearly as synonymous with Key West as its six-toed cats, the famous furry residents of Ernest Hemingway's mansion in the Old Town district. They're all part of the quirky charm of the United States' southernmost point, whose compact 11 square kilometers (4.2 square miles) pack in everything from gorgeous historic architecture and spectacular fishing and sailing to a raucous party scene along famed Duval Street.While the island is known for its laid-back approach to life - Margaritaville singer Jimmy Buffett developed his signature musical style in bars around town - it also has a flourishing creative scene, with many galleries and artists' studios as well as live theater. But back to those brilliant sunsets: There is no shortage of places in Key West to soak in the fiery spectacle, from sunset cruises to rowdy waterfront bars to peaceful beachside parks.
Havana is the capital city of Cuba and one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the Caribbean. It boasts an old town area, a 19th-century district of densely packed, houses and narrow streets contrasting with the high-rise city center (Vedado). The sea wall, known as the Malecn, extends for 8km and is a popular walking spot. Havana's best beaches, the Playas del Este, are about 20km from the center.
Cienfuegos is a city on the southern coast of Cuba, capital of Cienfuegos Province. It is located about 250 km (160 mi) from Havana. It is one of Cuba's chief seaports and boasts an amazing array of Neoclassical structures. In 2005, UNESCO inscribed the Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos on the World Heritage List
Montego Bay (also known as Mo'Bay) is the capital of Jamaican tourism and Jamaica's second-largest and most modern city. From Gloucester and Kent Avenues, there are superb views onto the clear Caribbean waters and the long reef protecting the bay. Most of the hotels are found on a strip of coastline about 2.4km long.
The Cayman Islands-a British Crown colony that includes Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman is one of the Caribbean's hottest destinations, world-renowned for two offshore activities: banking and scuba diving.