New Orleans, Miami & Caribbean Cruise
12-Night Cruise and Stay
Explore the vibrant cities of New Orleans and Miami before taking to the waters on an island-hopping Caribbean Cruise.
Days 1-3: New Orleans
Your adventure begins with a visit to New Orleans, a uniquely eclectic city where history, music and gastronomy combine to dazzling effect. You’ll be staying in the French Quarter, right in the beating heart of The Big Easy where jazz musicians burst into impromptu street performances, steam ships cruise along the Mississippi and creole cuisine reigns supreme.
Days 4-5: Miami
Next, take a short flight to Miami where you’ll be staying in downtown Miami, right in the heart of a neighbourhood brimming with culture and shopping. By day, wander over to the nearby open-air malls and jewellery shops, or spend sun-soaked days people-watching on vibrant Ocean Drive, admiring the city’s iconic pastel-hued Art Deco architecture or visiting the Venetian Pool for a touch of old-world elegance.
Day 6-7: Miami – At Sea
Finally sail away to a Full Board Caribbean Cruise aboard MSC’s Meraviglia for a 7-night island-hopping. Depart Miami, spending your first day at sea.
Day 8: Isla de Roatan, Honduras
Your first port of call is Isla de Roatan, Honduras. Here you will be able to visit the western tip of the island where you will pass a pleasant day shopping and explore every corner of Roatán in complete safety. About midway along the island, which is 60 km long, there is a bend in the coast, which protects Parrot Tree Beach and its tourist facilities. Just a short distance from the open ocean, you will be able to pass a serene day swimming in a lagoon with a sandy bottom, pampered by the services of one of the island’s most beautiful and exclusive resorts. Roatán also has a golf course and several adventure parks where you can have fun with your family darting from tree to tree across suspension bridges and zip lines.
Day 9: Belize City, Belize
Here you will see two of the very best colonial structures carefully restored which are open to visitors; the former city jail, built in Victorian times, now the Museum of Belize, and the even earlier Government House, a museum and cultural centre. The city is divided neatly into north and south halves by Haulover Creek, a delta branch of the Belize River. The pivotal point of the city centre is the Swing Bridge, always busy with traffic and occasionally opened up to allow larger vessels up and down. The surrounding Belize District, which extends north, west and south of the city, is tailor-made for excursions and includes some of the country’s top sights, including the Altun Ha Maya site, the splendid Belize Zoo and the Community Baboon Sanctuary.
Day 10: Costa Maya, Mexico
When your cruise ship stops in Costa Maya, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get off the boat and experience the magic that this amazing port has for you. Puerto Costa Maya, where the ships dock, is out of sight north of Mahahual, but its influence is felt on cruise-ship days, when the village springs to life with souvenir stands and jet-ski rentals along the slick seafront promenade, an extremely miniature version of Playa del Carmen.
Day 11: At Sea
Spend a day at sea making the most of the ship’s impressive array of facilities.
Day 12: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Bahamas
An island owned by your cruise line, the paradisiacal Ocean Cay is the perfect spot to chill out on your last day, before you head back to Miami. Sink your toes into the powder-soft sands as you hop from the warm ocean waters to your comfortable lounger.
Day 13: Miami
Arrive back in Miami early in the morning, then disembark and head to the airport for your flight home.
Total Price: £2798 Deposit: £499pp
Includes: Flights, Transfers, Accommodation
Departs: London Heathrow
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The biggest sea-related tourist attraction of Honduras are the Islas de la Bahía, an archipelago composed of three main islands and over sixty surrounding minor islands. With a low mountain chain crossing it from end to end, Roatán, like the other islands in the bay, has deep coves protected by coral reefs along the coast facing Honduras, which have proved a safe landing place for ships through the centuries. Its main settlement, Coxen Hole or Roatán Town, took its name from the pirate John Coxon, who seems to have anchored his ship here at the end of the 15th century. Now the times of the pirates are past; however, if you disembark here, you will be able to visit a modern reconstruction of an old galleon at Dixon Cove.
The city’s astonishing energy comes from its 76,000-plus inhabitants, who represent every ethnic group in the country, with the Creole descendants of former slaves and British Baymen forming the dominant element and generating an easy-going Caribbean atmosphere. This relaxed attitude blends with an entrepreneurial flair, for Belize City is the country’s business capital, banks, offices and shops line the main streets, while fruit and fast-food vendors jostle for pavement space with others selling plastic bowls or cheap jewellery. The jubilant September Celebrations, which pack the already full streets with music, dancing and parades, culminate in Carnival, with gorgeously costumed dancers who shimmer and gyrate through the city to electrifying Caribbean rhythms.
Puerto Costa Maya, where the ships dock, is out of sight north of Mahahual, but its influence is felt on cruise-ship days, when the village springs to life with souvenir stands and jet-ski rentals along the slick seafront promenade, an extremely miniature version of Playa del Carmen. When your cruise ship stops in Costa Maya, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get off the boat and experience the magic that this amazing port has for you. Sure, the fact that this Costa Maya Port is surrounded by the vast natural beauty of the Mexican Caribbean and the Mayan jungle is a clear draw. But what makes Costa Maya, Mexico truly unique, is that it is an authentic Mexican port, offering a wide range of unforgettable opportunities for adventure, culture and relaxation just steps away from the dock.
An island owned by MSC cruises, the paradisiacal Ocean Cay is the perfect spot to chill out and sink your toes into the powder-soft sands as you hop from the warm ocean waters to your comfortable lounger.
Discover the new and exclusive Bahamian destination: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Here you can spend a one-of-a-kind experience on an authentic Caribbean Marine Reserve, while connecting with the natural world, feeling the warmth of the Bahamian spirit and immersing in an eco-friendly environment. On Ocean Cay you can enjoy a relaxing massage in a cabana, discover the beauty of the sea and explore the area with dedicated excursions.
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