San Juan

January 5 - 16, 2020

Southern Caribbean Cruise

Join AAA and Royal Caribbean on this 11-night cruise to Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, and more.

Booking Deadline: September 6, 2019

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Pricing

Stateroom Category Double Rate Single Rate
6D Balcony $1,889 $3,339
8D Balcony $1,849 $3,259
2N Oceanview $1,649 $2,859
2N Interior w/ virtual balcony $1,549 $2,659

All nonmembers must add $60 to the above rate.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 full-fare passengers.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Cape Liberty Cruise Port, NJ
  • Eleven nights aboard the ANTHEM OF THE SEAS
  • All onboard meals and entertainment (specialty restaurants have nominal fees)
  • $50 per stateroom onboard credit
  • Welcome reception
  • Baggage handling
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s 500-year old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand.

Fun Things to Do:

  • El Yunque National Forest offers 29,000 acres of mountain terrain exploding with overgrown jungle, fast flowing waterfalls, and towering bamboo stands. Hike along 23 miles of nature trails, or summit El Toro, nearly 3500 feet above sea level, for sensational views. 
  • Visit Catedral De San Juan Bautista, founded in 1521, this can’t-miss landmark is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon and the mummified remains of religious martyr St. Pio. 
  • Enjoy the local cuisine in Old San Juan. You’ll find plenty of island fare and criolla cuisine, home cooking flavored by Spanish and African influences.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. There’s plenty to do on this little island; you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.

Fun Things to Do:

  • Visit Loterie Farm, a natural sanctuary with 135 miles of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls. 
  • Hike to the top of Mount Concordia, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, for the best views of both sides. 
  • Enjoy this gourmet capital of the Caribbean which serves a mix of French, East Indian, and island flavors. Stop by a roadside barbecue (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local café. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.

St. Johns, Antigua

In the capital city of St. John, you’ll discover charming candy-colored architecture, lively markets, and a beautiful baroque cathedral. And smiling locals greet you everywhere you go. On the southern coast, you can explore Nelson’s Dockyard, a centuries-old British naval base built by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Past Antigua’s yacht-studded coastline, you’ll find upscale boutiques, wild forest trails, hidden coves, and coral reefs bustling with tropical fish.

Fun Things to Do:

  • Explore Betty’s Hope, two restored stone windmill towers that were once part of Antigua’s first major sugar plantation.
  • For some of the best views on the island, head to Shirley Heights, a restored military lookout nicknamed “The Lookout”.

Castries, St. Lucia

From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Explore the coast by catamaran or hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. Or take a relaxing dip in warm mineral pools heated by the dormant volcano of Soufriere. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage from the architecture to the cuisine.

Fun Things to Do:

  • Melt away your cares in the town of Soufriere, home to Sulphur Springs, known for its medicinal waters since the 1600’s. Soak in natural thermal pools at the bottom of the bubbling craters and zen out while indulging in a therapeutic mineral mud bath from head to toe.
  • Make your way to Marigot Bay, a gorgeous natural harbor straight out of a movie scene, dotted with restaurants, bars, and shops.

Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

Greens in every shade spring from the rolling hills of St. Kitts, an island ripe with eco-tourism adventures. In the port city of Basseterre, you’ll find centuries of history to explore in impressive estates and photo-worthy monuments like the Brimstone Hill Fortress, one of the best preserved military structures in the Americas. Escape to the unhurried sister island, Nevis, for smooth golden beaches and clearwater snorkeling.

Fun Things to Do:

  • Hit the Mount Liamuiga trail and trek through towering trees, tangled vines, and tropical flowers to the crater of the 3,792-foot dormant volcano.
  • Hop on the West Indie’s’ last railway, double decker railcars that travel along a line built a century ago to transport sugarcane across the island.

*Please see your Travel Agent to reserve your choice of shore excursions.*

Tour Activity Level: 2
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.

Itinerary

Date Port Arrive Depart
01/05 Cape Liberty, NJ   3:00PM
01/06 At Sea    
01/07 At Sea    
01/08 San Juan, Puerto Rico 3:00PM 11:00PM
01/09 Philipsburg, St. Maarten 10:00AM 7:00PM
01/10 St. Johns, Antigua 8:00AM 5:00PM
01/11 Castries, St. Lucia 8:00AM 5:00PM
01/12 Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis 7:00AM 5:00PM
01/13 At Sea    
01/14 At Sea    
01/15 At Sea    
01/16 Cape Liberty, NJ 6:00AM  

Itinerary is subject to change at anytime without notification and/or compensation.

General Information

Travel Documents

U.S. citizens on homeport cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same U.S. port) are currently able to enter or depart the country with a state issued birth certificate with a raised seal and government-issued photo ID. AAA recommends traveling with an original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s).

Payment

Deposit of $450 per person/$900 per cabin will confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by September 6, 2019. Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus…
From October 8 - 22, 2019 25% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees
From October 23 - November 5, 2019 50% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees
From November 6 - December 5, 2019 75% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees
After December 5, 2019 NON REFUNDABLE

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Clothing/Climate

Average temperatures in the Caribbean for January are in the 80s. Daytime, casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Evenings require casual or semiformal attire, with two formal nights.

Baggage

Two suitcases per person will be allowed by the cruise line. You may also bring a small carry-on bag.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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