The Exotic Charms Of The Caribbean With P&O Cruises
Emeralds set in a sapphire sea fringed with white beaches … no wonder the Caribbean holds such allure for visitors. But why go to one idyllic island when you could visit up to eight on a single two-week holiday?
That’s what a tropical voyage with P&O Cruises offers. Its 14-night itineraries give you a full day on each of a whole series of dreamy exotic isles.
Its ships Ventura and Azura operate itineraries that make the most of this enchanting part of the world. Both modern, family-friendly ships are designed for Caribbean cruising with generous deck space, alfresco eating options and a selection of swimming pools.
One of the most appealing aspects of a Caribbean voyage with P&O Cruises is the combination of popular islands and lesser-known places that are full of surprises. And whether you want to relax under a palm tree on a beach lapped by crystal waters or zoom along jungle trails on a quad bike, there’s a wonderful range of things to do.
For example, your itinerary may include Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua. In Barbados there are the fabulous west-coast beaches frequented by celebrity visitors, or you may take a tour into the pretty interior to view historic plantation houses.
St Lucia has the unmissable Pitons, the twin green mountains by the sea, plus dense rainforest that’s good for hiking. Antigua is said to have a beach for every day of the year, or perhaps you may prefer to take an exhilarating catamaran cruise, with a stop for snorkelling?
Then there’s Grenada, with its picturesque harbour and lovely beach; St Kitts, where you can zip-wire through the jungle; Nevis with its superb Botanical Garden; and scenic St Vincent, from which you could take the short sea trip to lovely Bequia.
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Less visited are St Maarten, whose cosmopolitan atmosphere was inﬂuenced by the French and Dutch. Tortola in the British Virgin Islands has cultural sights such as the 18th Century Fort Burt; and Dominica’s rainforest drips with waterfalls. Other itineraries may visit Curacao with its fantastic beaches.
Nearby Bonaire is well known for its outstanding diving and snorkelling and Grand Turk, where Christopher Columbus ﬁrst arrived in the New World in 1492, boasts admirable colonial architecture, plus the chance to feed some stingrays.
Ventura and Azura are ﬁrst-class modern cruise ships, packed with all sorts of pleasures and activities but with plenty of space for those seeking a quiet moment. Passengers can select Club Dining, with your own place reserved each evening, or ﬂexible Freedom Dining.
Ventura is one of the larger ships in the P&O Cruises ﬂeet – and she’s all about choice. The options for dining, enjoying a drink and evening entertainment are exceptional.
The signature restaurant, The White Room, has been devised by none other than celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, while the other 10 eating options include the East oriental restaurant and Ramblas for Spanish tapas.
The Oasis Spa offers an indulgent range of pampering therapies. And, as night falls, you could take in a West End-style show, laugh along with a comedian, try your luck in the casino or take your partner for a waltz to a live band.
Younger passengers will love the sports court and Metropolis bar with its panoramic video wall. Those travelling with children are well catered for with age-speciﬁc children’s clubs that are among the best at sea.
Azura is one of the newest ships in the ﬂeet and while she has many of the great facilities of Ventura, she has her own hallmarks, too. The Oasis Spa is joined by the Retreat, an outdoor spa area on the top deck exclusively for adults.
With SeaScreen you can watch blockbusters under the balmy Caribbean sky and Sindhu is the ﬁrst restaurant at sea by the acclaimed Master of Spices Atul Kochhar, plus there’s The Glass House, a wine bar and restaurant created in partnership with TV wine guru Olly Smith.
The Planet Bar shows ever-changing footage of iconic world sights on its giant plasma screens, or perhaps you’d prefer Brodie’s, a traditional English pub, for that welcome pint.
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