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12 Days of Christmas in the Caribbean

By HarryFriday 16th December 2016

If you’re planning a Caribbean Christmas getaway this winter, we’re here to help, with 12 Caribbean destinations for you to visit. Sit back with a cup of cocoa and cast your mind away to feeling content on the beach, with a fresh coconut cocktail in hand.

Caribbean1 On the first day of Christmas, you may very well find yourself in Barbados with us, humming ‘A Partridge In A Pear Tree’. Swap wrapping up warm for local rum cocktails, and snoring by the fire for snorkelling over shipwrecks. Barbados has been nicknamed ‘Little England’ due to the locals’ love of a good cup of tea and cricket, so swap the dark, frosty U.K for the island’s white sandy beaches. If you’re fond of discovering hidden gems, visit Harrison’s Cave; the attraction offers astounding rock formations and cascading waterfalls and is one of Barbados’s top attractions. You probably won’t spot Two Turtle Doves in Mexico, but you might spot two great-tailed grackles, or even some maroon-fronted parrots! Our port is located in Cozumel, known to many as ‘The Island of Swallows’. Rich in Mayan culture as well as wildlife, the bird-watchers amongst you won’t be able to get enough! Look out for magnificent eagle rays, red-billed tropic birds and American white pelicans when you visit to get your fill of local wildlife. Visit the ancient Celarain Lighthouse to enjoy panoramic views of Cozumel and learn more about the surrounding areas – you can even take a catamaran ride through the nearby Columbia lagoon to get a closer look. Three French Hens aren’t exactly what people visit Antigua for, but tropical breezes and coastal views certainly are. If you’re feeling daring, you can take a helicopter tour over Montserrat Volcano – a volcano that was dormant for years, but became active in 1995. Catch a jaw-dropping bird’s-eye view of the volcano and keep an eye out for your Royal Caribbean ship! If heights aren’t your thing, view the island via catamaran on an island excursion, enjoy Caribbean music and a complimentary lunch when you return. Caribbean2 Listen out for Four Calling Birds in St. Lucia, as there’s a good chance they’ll be St. Lucian parrots or other vibrantly-coloured creatures! Take a journey on an aerial tram tour through St. Lucia’s forest reserve, enjoying breath-taking views of the imposing Les Pitons at close range. Again, if heights aren’t for you, we’ll drop anchor in a scenic bay as part of your excursion so that you can take a swim, while admiring dramatic views of Gros Piton and Petit Piton from the water. Fancy treating yourself to Five Gold Rings in Jamaica? There are plenty of places to collect souvenirs and trinkets when you alight in Falmouth. Enjoy a drive to Dunn’s River Falls, stopping for photo opportunities in the water – a particularly refreshing experience on hot days! If you enjoy your holidays a little more horizontal, take a trip to Smuggler’s Beach. This hidden gem is nestled in the north of the island within Smuggler’s Cove. Here you can take in views of Pigeon Island National Park whilst sipping on a cocktail. Pure bliss! It’s unlikely you’ll encounter Six Geese-a-Laying in Grenada, but the island is responsible for producing something else entirely: spices, nutmeg and cocoa. We offer an excursion to the island’s Nutmeg Processing Station; where Grenada’s signature spice is prepared for export just as it was a century ago – with no machinery, the process is completely hands-on. If you’re in need of a beach day, relax beneath sea grape trees and enjoy a cool rum punch at Grenada’s South Point. Caribbean3 You and the family could replace the Seven Swans-a-Swimming in the Dominican Republic. With 1000 miles of unspoiled beaches, it’s a snorkelling and diving nirvana. Explore mysterious caves, shipwrecks and shoals of exotic fish whilst exploring an underwater paradise. Saona Island is one of the most highly recommended locations in the Dominican Republic, as it’s a government-protected nature reserve. Keep an eye out for orange starfish on the coast – these are native to the island! If you fancy finding Eight Maids-a-Milking (or alternatively, a coconut in the Bahamas!), then enjoy getting onboard with us to Nassau. With a world famous straw market as well as an abundance of shopping and dining options, this is the perfect place to experience something a little different. Enjoy a snorkelling adventure getting up-close and personal with stingrays, before stopping for a rare photo opportunity in the water. On an island tour of Roatan, indulge in a scenic drive along the island’s central ridge, surrounded by turquoise waters. You’re likely to see more than Nine Ladies-Dancing when you stop in Punta Gorda to admire a performance by Garifuna dancers. Travel down the two-mile-long waterway on an island style boat and be sure to bring your camera. If you visit the De Palm Island snorkel, beach and aqua park in Aruba, you’ll be jumping for joy just like Ten Lords-a-Leaping. Aruba is an action-filled island offering plenty of activities for the entire family. With a water park, volleyball, banana boat rides and more, you can check out some other excursions including horseback riding, off-road and Land Rover adventures. With the amount of things to see and do in St. Thomas, it wouldn’t be surprising if you did come across Eleven Pipers Piping. From Blackbeard’s Castle to topical terraced gardens, featuring a handcrafted fountain made from 12,000 amber jewels, the island isn’t only the gateway to the U.S Virgin Islands, but a surreal gateway to paradise. Enjoy duty-free shopping when you wander around the shops and boutiques, before a taxi-ride back to the ship. Your heart will be beating like Twelve Drummers Drumming after a ride on the Dragon’s Breath zip-line in Labadee, Haiti. Soar down the mountainside at 40 to 50mph as you zoom downwards from 500 feet. At this high, you’re enjoying views that are usually reserved for the birds on the island! As Labadee is the place for adrenaline junkies, you mustn’t forget to try out the Dragon’s Tail Alpine Rollercoaster. Race down the mountain at 30mph and see the wildlife and trees zoom by!

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