At a glance
21 Day Cruise on Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas - Call for price
Departure 08 January 2020 | Exotic Islands & Grand Caribbean
- At Sea
- Saint John's
- At Sea
- At Sea
- George Town
- Costa Maya
- Harvest Caye
- Santo Tomás de Castilla
- At Sea
- Key West
Exotic Islands & Grand Caribbean
Explore the best of the Eastern and Western Caribbean on this back-to-back combination cruise
Day by day itinerary
Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands in 1503 and named them Las Tortugas, because the only inhabitants found were turtles. By 1530, they were known as the Caymanas, meaning "crocodile" in Carib. Although Sir Francis Drake visited the islands in 1568, they did not come under British rule until 1670. The Caymanians are descendants of the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh seamen who settled the islands and later intermarried with Jamaican immigrants.
Cozumel is the largest inhabited island in Mexico, which lies just off the mainland. The coasts are known for large, breaking surf on the east side, and calmer waters for diving on the west side. In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world. Diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities.
Costa Maya is the closest port of access to many of the lesser known Mayan ruins in the Yucatan including Chacchoben and Kohunlich. These sites are substantially less excavated than the better known pyramids near Cancun. The Mexican government is trying to improve the standard of living for the Indian population. The path chosen to do this in the Costa Maya area is to develop small-scale ecological based tourism destinations, including natural reserve parks.
This pristine mangrove-covered private island is a gem in the crown of Belize’s natural resources. Encounter wildlife and learn about the fauna as you explore the island’s mangrove estuaries or snorkel along the reef that surrounds the island. Bask under the warm Caribbean sun on Harvest Caye’s untouched sandy beach located on its northern shores; enjoy an exhilarating day of water sports on the lagoon or simple take a stroll along the island village and marina.
One of two major Guatemalan ports on the Gulf coast, Santo Tomás de Castilla is a few kilometers south of Puerto Barrios on Santo Tomás Bay. It is Guatemala’s largest and most efficient port on the Caribbean Ocean. It was formerly known as Matías de Galvez, and now handles 77% of the country's exports and half the imports, as well as 20% of El Salvador's imports and 10% of its exports. It is a wonderful place to get an authentic taste of local Guatemalan culture.
Warm Caribbean waters with excellent diving, white sand beaches, and tropical sunsets are some of the attractions of the Bay Islands. Roatan’s major source of income is tourism, particularly because of SCUBA diving attractions. The underwater environment is rich and extensive with reefs surrounding the islands, often within swimming distance of the shore. Caves and caverns are a common feature, with a variety of sponge and the best collection of pillar coral.
This flower-scented little city/island is a haven for famous writers, former hippies, struggling artists, sun seekers, and tourists from all over the world. They like the relaxed pace, the storybook architecture, the carnival-like street life, and they are drawn to Mallory Square every evening to applaud the sunset. The island, just 2 miles wide by 4 miles long, is one of about a thousand coral islets in an archipelago that stretches 126 miles southward from Miami.
Sailing on Seven Seas Explorer
Seven Seas Explorer launched in mid-2016, and is set to be the most luxurious cruise ship ever built. Seven Seas Explorer will transport 750 guests from port to port in opulence yet to be experienced on any ocean, accompanied by a resident orchestra.