Southampton - Embark Queen Mary 2
You will commence your journey in Southampton where you’ll board the majestic Queen Mary 2. A spectacular ship whose very essence, from grand design to final flourishes, harks back to the grand old ocean liners of the golden age of travel - there’s simply no more fitting way to cross the Atlantic on your seven-day voyage to New York.
Find world-class entertainment, an on board planetarium, as well as the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and famous speakers from the arts and beyond to entertain you on your voyage. In keeping with Cunard’s luxurious and refined service you can also enjoy daily traditional afternoon tea served by white-gloved waiters in the magnificent Queens Room, accompanied by the gentle strains of the live orchestra.
Day 8 New York - Disembark Queen Mary 2 - Embark Norwegian Gem
Today you’ll say goodbye to the Queen Mary 2 and embark Norwegian Gem for your Christmas cruise around the Caribbean. This sparkling ship has all the flexibility and choice you’d expect from NCL’s Freestyle Cruising concept, as well as a few surprises. With lovely pool areas and exciting varied entertainment, and fabulous spa facilities, it’s easy to see why Norwegian Gem is already a hugely popular choice for all.
Today you’ll have a couple of days at sea to get into the festive spirit on board. This year you can enjoy the ultimate no-stress Christmas, with no meals to prepare, decorations to put up or traffic to beat. Instead, spend precious time with your travelling companions enjoying delicious Christmas-themed meals, fun-filled activities or relaxing treatments.
Your first port of call is San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, where you’ll celebrate an unforgettable Christmas Day. Make sure you see the festive lights of Old San Juan and the Christmas tree that stands outside City Hall draped in twinkling lights.
Basseterre (St Kitts)
St Kitts awaits, home to the UNESCO-recognised Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which offers a glimpse into the island’s tumultuous past. The Sugar Train, a scenic railway that curves around the coastline, past plantation houses, disused mills and the stunning landscape, offers fantastic views and great way to experience the beauty of the island.
St Lucia is an island of breathtaking beauty that deserves its reputation as one of the most romantic Caribbean islands. Its lush interior features towering mountains, dense rainforest and acres of banana plantations but the island’s stand-out attractions are the sheltered coves hiding palm-fringed sandy beaches. In the capital Castries, visit bustling markets, do some duty-free shopping or head to the nearby beaches of Vigie or Marigot Bay.
Barbados is a country of natural beauty, vibrant culture and friendly locals that welcome visitors with open arms. The coastline offers beach paradise, while a walk into the city reveals many shops, selling everything from designer clothes to the famous Barbados rum. Take an island safari to learn about the area’s history and culture, or visit the dramatic and beautiful landscape of Bathsheba, home to white-sand beaches, verdant parks and striking rock formations.
Antigua is the very essence of a Caribbean island: sun-drenched sandy beaches lapped by aquamarine waters and candy-coloured villages where friendly islanders offer a warm welcome. Its long tradition of sailing – even Admiral Nelson found refuge in its sheltered bays – is evident from its many regattas and superyachts moored here. There’s a distinctly British feel to the island too, from the English Harbour to historic forts and other colonial artefacts.
This small island in the US Virgin Islands is packed with delights from the stunning views and some of the prettiest beaches in the world to historic buildings that tell tales of explorers, pirates and artists. Take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for fantastic views. Or enjoy diving, snorkelling or fishing in the island’s turquoise waters.
Spending New Year’s Eve on a cruise means you’ll never be short of parties to attend and if you don’t want to stay in one bar, you can just move on to the next. Norwegian Gem has a total of 15 bars, lounges and nightclubs so you can welcome in the New Year in your choice of venue. You won’t even have to worry about getting a taxi home at the end of the night.
New York - Disembark Norwegian Gem - Hotel Stay
Welcome to the Big Apple! From the Statue of Liberty to Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile and Central Park's peaceful walkways, New York City is awash with things to see and do during your one night hotel stay. Whether you’re into shopping, food, culture or entertainment, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed by this much talked about city.
New York - Embark Queen Mary 2
For over a century and a half, Cunard have epitomised the sophisticated grandeur of ocean travel. The Queen Mary 2 is one the most famous cruise ships in the world and will transport you to a more refined age, while surrounding you with all the luxury and modern amenities you could wish for on your cruise holiday.
From morning to night you’ll be spoilt for choice with activities and entertainment options on board. Take afternoon tea in the Queens Room, which at night turns into the largest dance floor at sea, or enjoy an evening at Illuminations, a luxury 3D cinema, a planetarium and a classical music venue.
Southampton - Disembark Queen Mary 2
Today, you’ll arrive back in Southampton where you’ll disembark Queen Mary 2.