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Viking Oceans Cruises – West Indies Explorer (9 Countries) 11 Days

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  • 11 Days
  • River Cruise
  • 9 Countries

Map of West Indies Explorer itinerary

Call on a new port every day

Set sail on a roundtrip voyage from San Juan to explore the colorful Caribbean. Start deep in the heart of this tropical paradise and avoid the long sea days associated with most Caribbean cruises—allowing you to visit more ports and spend more time discovering rich island cultures. Immerse yourself in the British, French and Dutch cultures of the Lesser Antilles as you cruise azure waters from Tortola and St. Lucia to Dominica, St. Martin and St. Thomas.

West Indies Explorer

Departure & Return Location

San Juan, Puerto Rico / San Juan, Puerto Rico

Departure Dates/Times

2023 Sailings from November to December

2024 Sailings from October to December

2025 Sailings from January to March

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Rates

Cruise fare from $4,299.0 per person

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What's Included

Itinerary

Day 1San Juan, Puerto Rico

Transfer to your ship and settle into your stateroom. San Juan is a city of white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and inspiring Spanish colonial architecture. Compact and elegantly planned, Old San Juan spans the centuries. El Morro fortress has been standing watch over San Juan Bay since the 16th century and its formidable cannons peer out to sea. The streets of the centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Site are paved with steel-blue adoquín stone, used to ballast the Spanish galleons that brought settlers here. These colorful, narrow byways lead to picturesque multihued facades and townhouses with neoclassical balconies.

Day 2San Juan, Puerto Rico

Throughout San Juan, there is evidence of the city’s Spanish influence. Centuries-old, two-story houses line the streets of the Old Town, many of them brightly hued with pastel facades. Some of the city’s most historic structures have been transformed into cultural venues. In the stately Ballajá Barracks, built to house troops in the mid-1800s, the Museum of the Americas chronicles the region’s heritage. The metallic-blue 16th-century La Fortaleza, once a defensive citadel, is the oldest continually used executive mansion in the Americas, today home to the city’s governor.

Day 3Tortola (Road Town), British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands, a territory of the Crown, is comprised of more than 50 islands and cays lined with white-sand beaches and blanketed with emerald-green hills. Its main islands—Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke—host thriving cultural centers, market towns and remnants of the sugar plantation days. The British Virgin Islands’ capital, Road Town, is a tranquil haven for yachts and fishing boats bobbing on a harbor overlooked by rainforest-clad hills. A drive along Tortola’s steep roads lead to secluded beaches, hidden coves and breathtaking vistas.

Day 4St. Kitts (Basseterre), St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts is lush with unspoiled vistas and old sugarcane fields. Together, St. Kitts and its neighboring island of Nevis comprise the smallest independent country in the Americas. Home to vervet monkeys, banana trees and coconut palms, St. Kitts’s coastal road leads to white-sand beaches and calm bays. The compact capital and main port, Basseterre, is one of the oldest towns in the eastern Caribbean, dotted with Victorian and Georgian architecture. At Independence Square, locals gather to exchange gossip in the shade of stately 18th-century buildings.

Day 5Castries, St. Lucia

St. Lucia boasts some of the Caribbean’s most idyllic beaches, many near its capital of Castries. This paradise is so seductive that the British and French fought over it for 150 years. The British finally triumphed in 1814. Today, St. Lucia is a sovereign nation, but it is still part of the British Commonwealth. The island has a rich artistic heritage: the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Castries is adorned with lush murals painted by a local artist and batik artisans keep a cherished tradition alive in their shops.

Day 6Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados is rich in British history and spectacular sandy beaches. Home to the Commonwealth’s third-oldest parliament, Barbados is often called “Little England” for its lasting British influence. Bajans, as islanders are known, exude a hearty love of their small island country and delight in sharing its culture. Cricket matches and afternoon tea are as common here as surfing and sunning on the beach with family and friends. And a bottle of the island’s native Mount Gay Rum, accompanied by a conkie, a pumpkin-coconut cake steamed in banana leaves, are never far out of reach.

Day 7Roseau, Dominica

Dominica is celebrated for its mountainous rainforests and rare flora and fauna. Its compact capital of Roseau boasts a collection of French and English colonial architecture, and the city’s Botanical Gardens are rare in the Caribbean for their central urban location. Outside the city, the Caribbean of yesterday unfolds through the island’s indigenous Kalinago. Nine volcanoes bring heat to the island’s boiling lakes and sulfur springs. The island’s centerpiece for nature lovers is Morne Trois Pitons National Park, named for its triple-peak mountain.

Day 8Antigua (St. John’s), Antigua & Barbuda

Blanketed with tropical forests that lead to sheer cliffs overlooking azure waters, Antigua has a rich past as a naval outpost of the royal Crown. It is the largest of the Leeward Islands and one of the most British in the Caribbean. Today, Antigua and neighboring Barbuda, along with several smaller islands, comprise an independent country. Its capital, St. John’s, has been an administrative center since 1632, and the baroque twin bell towers of the cathedral attest to a long British influence. The nation boasts a powder-sand beach for every day of the year.

Day 9Philipsburg, St. Martin

St. Martin is a fascinating mix of France and Holland and the island has been shared by the two nations since 1648. The early economy relied on cotton, tobacco, salt and sugar. A large salt pond remains, once harvested by the Dutch East India Company for trade. Today, the Dutch side of the island, anchored by its capital, Philipsburg, is dotted with resorts and casinos. The renowned Rotary Lookout Point offers stunning panoramic views of the Simpson Bay Lagoon and surrounding islands. Further north, the 1.5-mile swath of white sand at Orient Beach is ideal for sunbathing.

Day 10St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie), US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas is a rich blend of colorful architecture, stunning beaches and intriguing history. Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro was born here in 1830 , his childhood stone house is nestled on Charlotte Amalie’s Main Street. In Pissarro’s day, a significant Jewish community flourished here. The 1833 St. Thomas Synagogue, perched on Synagogue Hill, is the second-oldest on US soil. Nearby, Danish bankers and merchants who helped build St. Thomas kept multihued houses on Government Hill, some of them now gloriously restored.

Day 11San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is a city of white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and inspiring Spanish colonial architecture. Compact and elegantly planned, Old San Juan spans the centuries. El Morro fortress has been standing watch over San Juan Bay since the 16th century and its formidable cannons peer out to sea. The streets of the centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Site are paved with steel-blue adoquín stone, used to ballast the Spanish galleons that brought settlers here. These colorful, narrow byways lead to picturesque multihued facades and townhouses with neoclassical balconies. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

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* One shore excursion included per port; all others available at an extra charge.

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