|Miami Pre-Cruise Package Includes:
Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas:
Prices Per Person
Interior: $1,579 per person, Double…$2,339 Single
Oceanview: $1,845 per person, Double…$,2875 Single
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Day 1 – Friday – Miami, FL
Today arrive into Miami, FL for an overnight stay at a Miami Beach Hotel. Dinner is on your own.
Day 2 – Saturday – Little Havana Tour & Board the Empress of the Seas – After breakfast this morning, you will meet a local guide for a Little Havana Art Tour. Little Havana boasts a thriving arts and culture scene with a distinctly Cuban flair. The streets are colorful with both painted and mosaic tile murals. They depict symbols of Cuba, like tropical fruit, musical instruments, dominos, and cigars, while others illustrate Cuban legends, from poet and revolutionary Jose Marti to the singer Celia Cruz who once performed in the neighborhood.
This afternoon you will board Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas. The ship sets sail at 4:00 pm. From the moment you step aboard, you’ll see that the Empress of the Seas offers something for everyone. Your options are nearly limitless with numerous dining options, bars and lounges, an onboard spa and a casino that has all of your favorite games and slots.
Day 3 – Sunday – Day at Sea – Today, enjoy the day sailing the warm Caribbean waters. Grab a book from the ship’s library and enjoy reading it on the sun deck, or get yourself a manicure or massage from the Vitality Spa. The day is yours to enjoy however you wish!
Day 4 – Monday – George Town, Grand Cayman – George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands. It lies in the west of the largest island, Grand Cayman. It’s known as a financial hub. Tax-free shops cluster around Cardinal Avenue. The Cayman Islands National Museum is housed in a 19th-century building on Harbour Drive. It contains displays on local history, culture and wildlife. Take an optional excursion to the Cayman Turtle Farm or to the world famous Stingray City and get up close and personal with these beautiful sea creatures.
Day 5 – Tuesday – Cienfuegos, Cuba – The colonial waterfront town of Cienfuegos, known as La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South), sits pretty on the south-central coast of Cuba. Cienfuegos literally translates to “one hundred fires”, and the town certainly adds a bright light to this fascinating country.
Clean and laid-back, Cienfuegos is a place whose elegant French charm meets its fiery Caribbean spirit to a refreshing and delightful result. Enjoy pleasant breezes as you take in the neoclassical, art nouveau and art deco styles the town has to offer. Discover the stunningly ornate Palacio de Valle along the Paseo del Prado and take in the Arco de Triunfo, the only structure of its kind in Cuba, dedicated to the Cuban independence.
Enjoy the short boat ride to cross the castle drawbridge and explore Castillo de Jagua, a 17th-century Spanish fortress. Discover the staggering collection of tropical plants among the 97 hectares of the Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos, an extraordinary botanic garden, or venture a little further to explore the trails, waterfalls and cascading natural pools of Parque el Nicho.
Day 6 – Wednesday – Day at Sea – Today is another day spent at sea. Take part in one of the many activities scheduled throughout the day. Relax in the pool or the whirlpool. The day is yours.
Day 7 – Thursday – Santiago De Cuba, Cuba – A tropical and energetic cultural epicenter, Santiago de Cuba is the country’s second largest city and has played an instrumental role in the evolution of Cuban music, literature and architecture. Wedged between the looming Sierra Maestra mountain range and the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, the city offers a plethora of rich heritage and cultural diversions amidst a dramatic backdrop. Discover the city’s fascinating history at Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, where Cuban hero José Martí and Emilio Bacardí Moreau of the famed rum dynasty are both buried. Countless musicians have emerged from Santiago de Cuba including Miguel Matamoros of Trío Matamoros and Sindo Garay, and many say the heart of this thriving city lives in its music scene.
Day 8 – Friday – Labadee, Haiti – Royal Caribbean’s private beach area provides a plethora of beach activities. Relax in a hammock by the beach, or rent a jet ski for the day. Plenty of shopping, and a catered lunch on the beach just for Royal Caribbean guests are just a few things offered on this beautiful beach spot.
Day 9 – Saturday – Day at Sea – Your last day onboard the ship is spent sailing the Caribbean Sea. Take a stroll through the shops and pick up that item you’ve had your eye on this week.
Day 10 – Sunday – Return to Miami – This morning disembark in Miami and begin your journey home.