Land and Sea Your Beach and Cruise Vacation This Summer

Hi Nadine, thank you for contacting me to help with your summer break escape. I have two cruising options from Florida ports for you, with beach stays pre-and-post. The date range used for this quote is June 23 - July 7, cruising from June 25-July 2. Below is an overview of the cruise options, followed by air and hotel resort details. All package details are broken down at the end of the quote. Let's get started!

Option 1 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean on the Allure of the Seas, RCI

Allure of the Seas

Having sailed with Royal Caribbean before, you are familiar with their commitment to service. Allure of the Seas has been named Best Cruise Ship for a number of years in a row. But with seven distinct neighborhoods, including the winding paths of Central Park to the ziplining and skating activities, this is not your regular cruise ship. Also included are 25 dining options - never eat at the same place twice if you choose not to!

Itinerary and Ports of Call

Depart Fort Lauderdale on June 25 for this seven night cruise of the Eastern Caribbean. Visit Nassau, Bahamas with its dazzling beaches, turquoise waters, colorful past and vibrant Junkanoo culture; St. Thomas, with a fascinating history and beautiful surroundings and the diverse heritage in Charlotte Amalie, there are also greet snorkelling and scuba adventures to be had; and finally visit St. Kitts & Nevis, which the European powers fought over for more than a century. Discover French and British heritage in Basseterre and the complex colonial legacy amongst the ruins of fortresses and once-grand estates.or splash your way around at vibrant reefs or a gorgeous beach.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Your Superior Oceanview Balcony Stateroom

Superior Oceanview Balcony

These luxurious staterooms offer a sitting area and private balcony, with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors looking onto the blue waters. Your 7 night eastern Caribbean cruise in the Superior Oceanview Balcony stateroom, entry level for this category is $3550 CAD. Please note this does not include gratuities or a beverage package.

Option 2 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean on the Equinox, Celebrity

Celebrity Equinox

Although you specifically requested Royal Caribbean, while researching for you I learned of an incredible value available for a limited time on RCI's premium sister line, Celebrity. I have to share the details so that you may choose what best suits your vacation desires. Your Crown and Anchor card is recognized on Celebrity, and you will receive equivalent perks as if this were an RCI voyage.

One of the many unique dining experiences on the Equinox - the Lawn Club Grill. The deck is real grass - grab lunch and have a picnic.

The Eastern Itinerary

Celebrity's Eastern Caribbean Itinerary and Ports of Call

Depart Miami on June 25 for this seven night cruise of the Eastern Caribbean. First stop, San Juan: One of the largest islands in the Eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico's landscape encompasses mountains, underground caves, coral reefs, white-sand beaches and an incredibly massive rain forest that supplies fresh water to most of the island. At the same time San Juan, the capital of the commonwealth, is a big city with a bustling business district, glitzy resorts and casinos, as well as one of the most stunning examples of colonial life in the Western world.

San Juan

Next visit St. Thomas, with a fascinating history and beautiful surroundings and the diverse heritage in Charlotte Amalie, this island also has great snorkelling, scuba, and the ever-popular shopping adventures. Finally, visit St. Maarten. When the Spanish closed their colonial fort on St. Maarten in 1648, a few Dutch and French soldiers hid on the island and decided to share it. Soon after, the Netherlands and France signed a formal agreement to split St. Maarten in half, as it is today. Philipsburg displays its Dutch heritage in its architecture and landscaping. The island offers endless stretches of beach, beautiful landscapes and great shopping.

Your Superior Oceanview Verandah Stateroom

Equinox Verandah Stateroom

Enjoy both indoor and outdoor spaces with a Veranda Stateroom. Relax in the spacious sitting area or step outside to linger over morning coffee or marvel at evening sunsets. This premium category is on the widest part of the ship, affording you panoramic ocean views from your veranda. For a limited time (must be booked and paid in full by April 3), this also includes two of the following perks: Classic Beverage Package for 2 people; Prepaid Gratuities; Onboard Credit - $300 per stateroom; or an Internet Package up to $349 per person. Your 7 night eastern Caribbean cruise in the Equinox Veranda stateroom, including 2/4 perks, is $3580 CAD. This is an incredible value for the stateroom level with beverage and gratuities included.

Flight Details

I've selected flights for you with Air Canada, the cost for flights alone is $1373.86.

Pre-Cruise, June 23-25 at the Confidante, Hyatt Unbound

The Beach at the Confidante - start your vacation off right!

Spend two nights pre-cruise at this top Miami Hotel, located right on Miami Beach with matchless views of the glittering ocean. This hotel offers direct beach access and excellent beach service, on the boardwalk you can walk to south beach, near restaurants and shopping. At The Confidante Miami Beach, originally opened in the 1940s, you’ll see lots of Art Deco touches, mid-century modern influence and be steps from the beach.Your stay in a standard room for June 23-25 is $551 CAD. Daily resort fee of $26 US plus tax for amenities, payable on site.

The Confidante Poolside
Standard Room at the Confidante with Queen Beds

Post-Cruise, July 2-7 at the Diplomat, Hollywood, Florida

The Diplomat Beach Resort, a Hilton Curio property

A grand re-imagining of a legendary Florida resort, The Diplomat Beach Resort brings iconic hospitality back, wrapped in a spirited escape-to-sunny-shores feeling. Rising above the Atlantic surf and beyond the expected, this vibrant Hollywood destination extends its stylish flair from coast to Intracoastal – a Florida playground rendered to contemporary perfection. This resort is a good balance of lively and relaxation - there are endless ways to connect, recharge, and recreate. Slip out to the shore, into the lagoon pool, away to a private cabana – havens all – and enjoy your chaise, the sun, and the sparkling personality of this blissful beachside treasure.

The Diplomat at night
Superior Room at the Diplomat

Spend five nights, July 2-7, at the Diplomat on Hollywood Beach, for $1284.71 CAD. This special pricing is only available if bundled with the flights quoted above. Independent of flights the same stay is $1424.76 CAD. Daily resort fee also charged onsite.

An Overview of Your Vacation

  • 23 June: depart St. John's for Fort Lauderdale
  • 23-25 June: 2 nights pre-cruise at the Confidante, Miami Beach
  • 25 June - 2 July: 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise
  • 2 - 7 July: 5 nights at the Diplomat Resort and Spa, Hollywood Beach

PACKAGE COSTS

Flights, pre-and-post cruise resort, 7 nights on Allure of the Seas: $6759.57

Flights, pre-and-post cruise resort, 7 nights on Celebrity Equinox, including two perks: $6789.77

Nadine, please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to book components of this vacation. All prices were accurate at time of quote but subject to change until booked. Also please note the Celebrity bonus is only available is the cruise is booked and paid in full by April 3.

Nicole Kavanagh, Travel Portfolio Manager, The Destination Experts. nkavanagh@thedestinationexperts.com; 1 866 899 8969, ext. 386

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