Your days off work are approved. Your dog sitter is scheduled. Your mail is being held. And your tickets are booked. Congratulations! Your family is about to spend seven days sailing the high seas on one of our memorable Caribbean cruises. It’s quite an exciting time for all.
But there’s still more work to be done. Because, let’s be honest, there’s a difference between booking a vacation and planning a vacation. Particularly when you’re planning an island vacation and taking the differing interests of your significant other and children into consideration.
So, where do you start?
Perusing this article for ideas for one. We promise to guide you in the right direction, and help you book the family island vacation of a lifetime.
Puerto Rico is a smorgasbord of adventure. For example, once one of our Caribbean cruises docks in San Juan, you’re at the doorstep of discovery. Whether or not you decide to experience a Celebrity Cruises excursion. But if you do take one on, there’s guaranteed fun for all.
Our Campo Rico Horseback Ride is a prime example of this. This excursion offers a scenic, serene jaunt through the beautiful countryside of Hacienda Campo Rico. Hacienda Campo Rico is a lush 2,200 acres of stunning landscape. A former sugar cane plantation, it has been re-purposed as a breathtaking ranch which is called home by our proud stallions.
Your significant other and children alike are certain to be awed by the rare combination of strength of grace of the ranch’s Paso Fino horses. With your experienced guide leading the way, you’ll trot past lagoons, through fields of tropical fruit, around tropical vegetation all while admiring the view of Puerto Rico’s lush coastal plains.
But if you do decide to venture off on your own, there’s still plenty to do.
About one hour outside of San Juan, there’s the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park. This park is almost a trip back in time to some of Puerto Rico’s most memorable historical and cultural events. Among the critical pieces of historicity of the lighthouse itself, which was built in 1898, as well as the Spanish-American War.
A combination of sightseeing and educational exploration, this is your opportunity to branch out a bit on one of our Caribbean cruises.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
When you get off a cruise ship, even a decadent Celebrity Cruise ship, the last thing you probably think about is getting aboard another ship. However, if you book our America’s Cup Sailing Regatta excursion, you’re probably taking part in a boating experience like no other. There are few rides quite like being aboard a racing yacht. Especially when that yacht is an authentic America’s Cup racing yacht.
But not only does your family get to ride aboard an American Cup Racing yacht, one of you can even pilot it. With a crew of experts joining you on the yacht, you’ll learn the ins and outs of sailing. From grinding a wench, to trimming a sail, we’ll have you riding the winds and the waves like a seasoned vet. And there will be plenty of opportunity for your family to snap brag worthy photos for your preferred social media platform.
For a more serene, relaxing getaway, there is a Butterfly Farm on the French side of St. Maarten. While this little trip won’t quite get your adrenaline pumping like a racing yacht, it’s pretty ideal for families with small children. And offers light hiking opportunities for adults, too. The Butterfly Farm exploration is pretty affordable, and lasts about 15 to 20 minutes—so it doesn’t take up a big chunk of your day. And your munchkins are sure to enjoy the array of colors as the Blue Clipper, Tree Nymph, and the Scarlet Swallowtail flutter above their heads.
Riding aboard a cruise ship places you mere feet above sea level. But with the ocean’s undiscovered mysteries waiting to be explored, it’s natural to want to venture below it. Our Certified Scuba 2 Tank Dive is the perfect opportunity to make your curiosity a reality. It’s a very active excursion, so we’d recommend taking if you have older children because it requires a bit of strength and overall physical fitness.
The excursion lasts about five hours, so be prepared for a workout. Your day begins by meeting your certified diving instructor. Depending on the weather that day, your instructor will choose the best location for your dive. Once you’ve collected your gear, the expedition begins just a few miles off the Nassau harbor. Once submerged, you’re essentially going from a tropical paradise to an underwater paradise. You’re trading vibrant beaches and palm trees for coral formations, sponges, and an array of sea creatures. It’s really an experience like no other.
For an entirely different experience, your family could tour some local forts. Unbeknownst to many is that Nassau is the site of a number of forts which are exciting landmarks of the island’s history. For example, Fort Charlotte was built in 1789 by Lord Dunmore and it was named in honor of the wife of King George III. The fort is actually just a short car ride from the port our Caribbean cruises dock at. The port includes a water-less moat, drawbridge, ramparts and dungeons, as well as fantastic views of Nassau Harbor. Fort Charlotte hosts family-friendly tours throughout the day, so you can usually wander over before or after exploring the rest of this bustling city.
Exploration is one of the best parts of taking a vacation. Especially when your vacation is a journey through the history-rich, tropical environments our Caribbean cruises take you to. There’s so much to see, that there may not feel like there’s enough time to see and do it all. And we’ve done some of that work for you here to get the ball rolling in planning your family island vacation. Because at the end of the day, we don’t want you to worry about planning a vacation.
We want you experiencing your vacation.