Duration

  • 18 Days

Price

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$6,895
Single
$10,595
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 SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS CRUISE

Swap pines for palms on a Caribbean Christmas cruise! A guided tour of glamorous New York City and the Radio City Rockettes ring in the holidays! Steps from Broadway, we’ll stay at the Marriott Marquis Times Square then leave the snow for sand aboard the refurbished Norwegian Gem. Ocean tides fade to turquoise over three relaxing days at sea. Luxury amenities like the world-class spa, tranquil pool, fine dining, and casino make this ship sensational!

Nine sun-soaked ports of call add tropical colour to the holidays. San Juan’s blue cobblestone streets and the stalls of St. Kitts invite exploration. Admire the slopes and sails of St. Lucia, walk the pink sands of Barbados, and taste exotic produce (sorrel and black pineapple!) in the markets of Antigua. The red roofs of St. Thomas gives a warm nod to Christmas poking out of the lush green jungle.

Back to sea to ring in the New Year with new friends! This Christmas put a hammock and a warm breeze in your stocking! Cast off the cold and cruise the Caribbean with DeNureTours.

 

Experience the Holidays in New York City!

Few places in the world are as decadent for the Christmas season as New York City. Luxury department stores go all out, their window designs a sight to behold. The Rockefeller Christmas tree is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, a tradition that dates back to the 1930s when construction workers set up a small tree on the site.

Central Park is peaceful and lovely, best enjoyed during a stroll or carriage ride. Take in a Broadway show, only steps from your ideally located hotel. Gaze out across the glowing city from The Top of the Rock, the One World Observatory, and one of New York City’s top rated things to do! The Big Apple stuffs its streets with shops and sites to see. Do up the holidays with DeNureTours in the City that Never Sleeps. 

• Stay in the heart of Times Square
• Guided tour of New York City
• Radio City Rockettes
• One World Observatory

Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 17 nights accommodation, 17 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 17 dinners, 14-day cruise on Norwegian Gem (outside cabin, Category OB), “Ultimate Beverage Package” onboard, shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates.

• Scranton, PA: Hilton (1 night)
• New York, NY: Marriott Marquis (1 night)
• Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Gem (14 nights)
• Syracuse, NY: TBA (1 night)

Day1

Scranton, PA

Board our deluxe motorcoach to begin your Caribbean holiday. Travel a picturesque route to Scranton, PA. Settle into your hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow passengers.

Stay: Hilton, Scranton, PA
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

New York City, NY

After breakfast at the hotel, travel to New York City and enjoy some free time and lunch on your own in dazzling Times Square. After lunch enjoy a tour of New York City with a local step on guide which introduces you to the many iconic sights. Check into the conveniently located Marriot Marquis, before enjoying an included dinner and seeing the Rockettes perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Stay: Marriott Marquis, New York, NY
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day3

One World Observatory, Board Cruise

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and additional sightseeing in New York City. We will visit One World Observatorylocated on floors 100-102 of One World Trade Center. From way up there enjoy views, exhibits that show how New York changed from unsettled land to its current skyscraper skyline, and restaurants that serve cocktails (among other things!). Next we’ll depart for the cruise terminal to board the Norwegian Gem for an 14night Caribbean cruise.

Stay: Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Cruise Line
Nights: 14
Meals: B, L, D

Day4 - 5

At Sea

The incredible Norwegian Gem is newly refurbished and offers everything you need for a relaxing and luxurious time at sea. Spacious staterooms, pools, a casino a spa and their ‘freestyle’ dining make you feel welcome. Your days at sea are as busy or as restful as you wish.

Meals: B x 2, L x 2, D x 2

Day6

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Founded in 1521, San Juan’s picturesque cobblestone streets, plazas and chapels reflect its Spanish heritage. But the second oldest city in the Americas also boasts fine beaches, lush rainforests, verdant mountainsides, imposing forts and a lovely tropical climate.

Meals: B, L, D

Day7

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (Christmas Day)

Celebrate Christmas Day in the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands! The town of Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas has one of the most breathtaking harbours in the world. Once home to pirates of long ago, visitors find treasures of a different kind today: beautiful beaches and bountiful duty-free shopping are truly its claim to fame.

Meals: B, L, D

Day8

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

With an area of only 37 square miles, the island of St. Maarten is the smallest landmass in the world to be divided between two governments. The southern Dutch half offers casinos, duty-free shopping and island culture. The French half is all subdued sophistication.

Meals: B, L, D

Day9

St. John’s, Antigua

The town is compact, which lets you enjoy many attractions. The cute Museum of Antigua and Barbuda details the island’s history as far back as 10,000 years ago. The bustling public market sells Caribbean crafts and produce. Heritage Quay does up duty free, and the beaches of Antigua are so white they might remind you of the snow back home.

Meals: B, L, D

Day10

Bridgetown, Barbados

The most British of all the Caribbean islands, games of cricket are as common here as the typical island water sports. Visit the third-oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth. Stroll the inviting beaches of Carlisle Bay, tour a rum factory, or visit the historical Garrison area.

Meals: B, L, D

Day11

Castries, St. Lucia

A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with thriving coral reefs and rain forest preserves. Explore the world’s only drive-in volcanic crater at Sulfur Springs. Visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Falls and the Morne Coubaril Estate.

Meals: B, L, D

Day12

Basseterre, St. Kitts

St. Kitts boasts golden beaches and historic plantations. Founded in 1627, this British paradise is known for hospitality, shopping,and stunning landscapes. Optional excursions include a rail tour across the island and tours to historic sites. Of course, settling down on the beach for a day is a pleasant way to enjoy the island!

Meals: B, L, D

Day13

Tortola, British Virgin Islands (New Year’s Eve)

New Years Eve!

Discovered by Christopher Columbus himself in 1493, this exotic, peaceful island is home to both towering mahogany trees and white-sand beaches. The region offers a challenging hike that extends 1,780 feet up Sage Mountain. A great spot for great birdwatching and breathtaking views of Tortola and neighbouring islands.

Enjoy a glass of champagne this evening as we ring in the New Year!

Meals: B, L, D

Day14

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Let yourself relax and experience the best of Punta Cana, where sugar-fine sands, sapphire surf, verdant green palms and the warm kiss of the tropical sun are sure to leave you in a tranquil state of mind.

Meals: B, L, D

Day15 - 16

At Sea

Board the Gem for your return cruise to New York City. Be sure to make use of the onboard amenities like the spa, casino and pool!

Meals: B x 2, L x 2, D x 2

Day17

Disembark Ship, Syracuse, NY

Say farewell to the Gem and New York City today as you travel to Syracuse, NY for an overnight stay en route home.

Stay: Syracuse, NY: Marriott Downtown Syra
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day18

Travel Home

After breakfast at the hotel, board our coach for your return journey home.

Meals: B

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

 

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