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Tampa , Florida | Key West , Florida | George Town , Grand Cayman | Cartagena , Colombia | Panama Canal (Cruising) , Panama | Colón , Panama | Puerto Limon , Costa Rica | Cozumel , Mexico | Tampa , Florida

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Tampa, Florida

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

A PIRATE’S PARADISE

Cruise from Tampa, FL and kick off the morning with a café con leche in the historic Cuban-Spanish neighborhood of Ybor City. Then take the TECO Line Streetcar into the Channel District where you can explore the Florida Aquarium or the SS American Victory, a World War II era ship turned museum.

Cruise from Tampa, FL and kick off the morning with a café con leche in the historic Cuban-Spanish neighborhood of Ybor City. Then take the TECO Line Streetcar into the Channel District where you can explore the Florida Aquarium or the SS American Victory, a World War II era ship turned museum.

Things To Do

in Tampa

CULTURE FIX

Stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk and see where it leads you. You might explore interactive exhibits at the Tampa Bay History Center, or go stand-up paddleboarding from the Sail Pavilion. Tampa Museum of Art’s collections range from ancient to modern— and the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is home to splash fountains, a playground and skyline views.

HIT THE SAND

A short 30-minute drive west of downtown lands you along the Gulf of Mexico coast, which is fringed by a string of sugary beaches. Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach both offer an upbeat seaside atmosphere, while Caladesi Island State Park and Fort DeSoto Park provide serene shoreline settings.

SEA WATCH

Enter the Florida Aquarium to encounter over 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals. Cruise to Tampa and see river otters on the Florida Wetlands Trail and ring-tailed lemurs on the Journey to Madagascar. Then say hello to goliath grouper, stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles and sharks in the Bays & Beaches habitat.

LOCAL CUISINE

Tampa’s food scene stems from a fusion of Cuban, Spanish, Italian and Floribbean influences. Local raw bars serve up fresh shrimp, oysters, scallops and grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. The Cuban sandwich— piled with Genoa salami— is a city signature. For a taste of authentic Florida Cracker cuisine, try sofkee porridge, pilau (rice cakes) or fried alligator tail during your next Tampa cruise.

SHOPPING

Pick up tropical apparel and Florida-inspired souvenirs at the outdoor Channelside Bay Plaza, right at the port. Head to Hyde Park Village for upscale boutique stores, and stop in local sportswear outfitter Salt Pines. Nothing beats Ybor City when it comes to quirky vintage stores and hand-rolled cigars.

INSIDER TIP

The vintage, air-conditioned TECO Line Streetcar can transport you between downtown Tampa, Channelside and Ybor City, with 11 stations along a 2.7-mile line. Tickets can be purchased at the stations.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Key West, Florida

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
THE KEY

TO ADVENTURE

Key West is the very definition of laid-back living. Closer to Havana than to Miami, this colorful island at the end of the Florida peninsula marches to the beat of its own steel drum. Pedal past charming pastel-colored porches, paddleboard through thick mangroves, or join a sunset block party in Mallory Square. And if the locals don’t charm you, the key lime pie will.

Sunset at beach by pier in Key West, FLorida
Pelicans hanging out on dock in Key West, FLorida
Houses on Water in Key West, FLorida

Key West is the very definition of laid-back living. Closer to Havana than to Miami, this colorful island at the end of the Florida peninsula marches to the beat of its own steel drum. Pedal past charming pastel-colored porches, paddleboard through thick mangroves, or join a sunset block party in Mallory Square. And if the locals don’t charm you, the key lime pie will.

Sunset at beach by pier in Key West, FLorida
Pelicans hanging out on dock in Key West, FLorida
Houses on Water in Key West, FLorida
Things To Do

in Key West

Garden Party Parrot Jungle, Key West

Garden Party

Meet macaws and play with parrots at Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, a haven for rescued exotic birds.

Aerial view of street, in Key West, FLorida

CONCH CABOOSE

Hop on the world-famous Conch Train to get a lesson in Key West history and hear local legends while touring Old Town and some of the island’s most iconic landmarks.

Shops at a Square in Key West, FLorida

SQUARE DANCING

In the hours leading up to dusk, head to Mallory Square and watch as it comes to life with acrobats, dancers and performers. The grand finale is a sunset you must see to believe.

A piece of Key Lime pie with lime slices on the side

LOCAL CUISINE

You can catch all kinds of exotic fish in Key West’s tropical waters, so it’s no surprise that much of the local cuisine centers on fresh seafood. Be sure to try some conch fritters and the iconic key lime pie, of course. When it comes to bars, you’ll find no shortage along lively Duval Street.

Souvenir shells at a shop in Key West

SHOPPING

In Mallory Square, you’ll find lots of local vendors selling seashells, souvenirs, cigars, rum, and of course, key lime pie. If you’re looking for art galleries and clothing boutiques, head to Duval Street.

INSIDER TIP

Key West is easy to explore on foot, but you can also rent a bicycle for about $12 per day. A lot of locals prefer bikes to cars, so look out for cyclists.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 4 - TENDERED

George Town, Grand Cayman

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

LAID BACK LUXURY

Grand Cayman strikes the perfect balance between glitzy glamor and easygoing island life. You can hit the famous Seven Mile Beach and just chill, Cayman Mama in hand. Swim with stingrays on a snorkeling safari. Or treat yourself to a little retail therapy at some of the best designer shops in the world.

Aerial view of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman
Stingrays in the crystal clear waters of George Town, Grand Cayman
People riding horseback on the beach, George Town, Grand Cayman.

Grand Cayman strikes the perfect balance between glitzy glamor and easygoing island life. You can hit the famous Seven Mile Beach and just chill, Cayman Mama in hand. Swim with stingrays on a snorkeling safari. Or treat yourself to a little retail therapy at some of the best designer shops in the world.

Aerial view of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman
Stingrays in the crystal clear waters of George Town, Grand Cayman
People riding horseback on the beach, George Town, Grand Cayman.
Things To Do

in George Town

Close-up of a Hawksbill turtle in George Town, Grand Cayman

Swim with Sea Turtles

The whole family can swim alongside sea turtles and tropical fish at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Or wander around the Caribbean Aviary and spot exotic birds up close, including Grand Cayman’s national bird, the Cayman parrot..

Palm trees swaying on the Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman

Stroll the Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is actually five-and-a-half miles of coral sands and crystal-clear shoreline. But it’s peppered with restaurants, bars, and upscale resorts— and it was named one of the world’s Ultimate Beaches by Caribbean Travel + Life.

Palm trees in the North Sound Golf Club, George Town, Grand Cayman

Tee Off in Paradise

Hit the green at the North Sound Club, the only 18-hole championship golf course on the Cayman Islands.

Two women swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman

Get to Know the Locals

Take your adventure underwater and mingle with southern stingrays in Stingray City’s calm waters.

A grouper sandwich on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Locally caught fish is the main attraction in Grand Cayman cuisine. And you’ll find plenty of shellfish served marinated, in fritters, or in hearty chowders. Rum is the drink of choice, so make sure you try the “Cayman Mama,” a local signature cocktail made with light and coconut rums, banana liqueur, Triple Sec, pineapple juice, and a dash of Grenadine or strawberry syrup. Cheers!

INSIDER TIP

Everyone drives on the left here, so look both ways before crossing the street.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.

Things to Do

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Cartagena, Colombia

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM
STORYBOOK CHARM

WITH A TROPICAL TWIST

Cartagena feels like a fairy tale town with colorful streets like Calle del Tablon, where balconies overflow with bright pink bougainvillea. Beautiful historic buildings like the San Pedro Claver Church showcase the city's heritage, while flawless beaches like Playa Blanca remind you this is also a Caribbean paradise.

Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
San Felipe de Barahas castle in Cartagena, Colombia
Church of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena feels like a fairy tale town with colorful streets like Calle del Tablon, where balconies overflow with bright pink bougainvillea. Beautiful historic buildings like the San Pedro Claver Church showcase the city's heritage, while flawless beaches like Playa Blanca remind you this is also a Caribbean paradise.

Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
San Felipe de Barahas castle in Cartagena, Colombia
Church of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia
Things To Do

in Cartagena

Buildings with balconies lining a street in Cartagena, Colombia

Walk This Way

Get to know Cartagena by foot with any of the many walking tours available and learn about the city's history and charm while discovering every colonial nook. Visit the Palace of the Inquisition, the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and the chocolate or emerald museums. Only a walk will allow you the time and space to see them.

Small boats anchored close to shore at Islas de Roasario, Colombia

Soothing Shores

Get to Bocagrande and see a Colombian version of a Miami strip, clad with trendy shops and stylish sky-rises. Or head to Playa Blanca or Rosario Islands for clear waters and blinding bright sand and be lulled by the gentle waves.

An outdoor market under a covered walkway in Cartagena, Colombia

Market Finds

To get a real local experience head to the bustling Mercado de Bazurto, where you can find fresh local fruits like Mamey, Cherimoya and Lulo or have a plate full of seafood — try the popular crab rice — for less than $5.

Two arepas rellenas filled with shredded beef

Local Cuisine

Cartagena proudly serves some of the best seafood in the country. Caribbean and Latin American flavors blend in dishes like ceviche, arepas rellenas (corn pancakes filled with meat) and pandebono (cheese bread). Don't miss Mila Pasteleria and Gelateria Paradiso for local sweets like coconut cake layered with dulce de leche and gelato made with mamey, a local fruit with a creamy texture and sweet pumpkin-like flavor.

Traditional hats for sale in Cartagena, Colombia

Shopping

Walk to Casa Chiqui, This is Cartagena or Abaco Libreria and Cafe for local books, crafts and coffee. Cruise to Cartagena and stroll the Mercado for trinkets like traditional Colombian hats. If you're looking for jewelry, Cartagena is one of the world's largest producers of emeralds. Go to Lucy Jewelry to find your very own precious stone.

INSIDER TIP

Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote extensively about Cartagena. Bring with you some of his quotes and try to find the spots he wrote so passionately about.

DAY 7 - CRUISING

Panama Canal (Cruising), Panama

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
3:00 PM

SIGHTS BETWEEN SEAS

Cross from one ocean to another while taking in the unparalleled mountain and water views of the engineering marble known as the Panama Canal. The best way for visitors to see the canal is to literally get in the middle of it. See the man-made marvel of the canal while you take in the natural wonders around it, including the rainforest of Soberania National Park and the bright green hilltops of Barro Colorado Island.

The second lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean
A bridge spanning over the Panama Canal
Jungle on the shoreline of a small island in Lake Gatun, in the Panama Canal, Panama

Cross from one ocean to another while taking in the unparalleled mountain and water views of the engineering marble known as the Panama Canal. The best way for visitors to see the canal is to literally get in the middle of it. See the man-made marvel of the canal while you take in the natural wonders around it, including the rainforest of Soberania National Park and the bright green hilltops of Barro Colorado Island.

The second lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean
A bridge spanning over the Panama Canal
Jungle on the shoreline of a small island in Lake Gatun, in the Panama Canal, Panama
Things To Do

in Panama Canal (Cruising)

The first lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean with a view from a ship

Get Swept Up

The man-made system of locks are where the Panama Canal works its magic by lifting passing ships up to the canal's main elevation, then letting them down again. You'll see three lock systems as you make your way through the canal: Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun.

A yellow-backed bird found in the Soberania National Park that can be seen from the Panama Canal

Exotic Views

From the ship, you'll get great views of Soberania National Park, a 55,000-acre area of protected rainforest that's home countless species of birds, mammals and reptiles. See if you can catch a glimpse of an orange-chinned parakeet or a white-faced capuchin monkey.

Caupchin monkeys on Monkey Island in Lake Gatun on the Panama Canal

Lake Gatun

Be sure to look for the islands that surround Lake Gatun during your Panama Canal cruise. See the lush forests and colorful birds, and get to know the impressive body of water itself — at the time it was created, it was the largest man-made lake in the world.

INSIDER TIP

Record the Panama Canal crossing during the ship's elevation, an unforgettable experience to keep for years to come.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Colón, Panama

ARRIVES:
4:30 PM
DEPARTS:
10:00 PM

CONGOS CULTURE CRUISING

Colón is your portal to many quintessential Panama attractions. See the world-famous Panama Canal at the Gatun locks. Explore the Caribbean Sea coast at pristine beaches like Playa La Angosta. Or take the one-hour drive to Panama City, where you can walk among Colónial-era buildings in Casco Viejo or take in the local feel of vibrant Avenida Central.

Wild two-toed sloth hanging on tree in Colon Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama in Colon
Tropical paradise of sandy beaches with clear blue water in Panama

Colón is your portal to many quintessential Panama attractions. See the world-famous Panama Canal at the Gatun locks. Explore the Caribbean Sea coast at pristine beaches like Playa La Angosta. Or take the one-hour drive to Panama City, where you can walk among Colónial-era buildings in Casco Viejo or take in the local feel of vibrant Avenida Central.

Wild two-toed sloth hanging on tree in Colon Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama in Colon
Tropical paradise of sandy beaches with clear blue water in Panama
Things To Do

in Colón

The second lock of the Panama canal from the Pacific ocean

Lock in the Wonder

Experience the Panama Canal in all its engineered glory as you witness ships being lifted in the Gatun locks to enter Gatun Lake. Ships then traverse through the lake and exit the canal on the Pacific Ocean side, going down again in the Miraflores locks.

The San Lorenzo fortifications in Portobelo National Park in Colon, Panama

Naturally Fortified

Head to the Portobelo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find yourself surrounded by historic fortifications like the ruins of San Lorenzo Castle and Fort. Don't miss San Lorenzo Protected Forest, which houses many hiking trails and marine flora and fauna, like mangroves and sea turtles.

The Panama Cathedral in Colon

The Beat of the City

Drive for just an hour and find arguably the most visually appealing city in Central America: metropolitan Panama City. Cruise to Colón and walk by impressive skyscrapers like the Vitri Tower, feed your artistic side with a visit to BioMuseo museum, and shop for souvenirs in the historic streets of Panama Viejo.

Young woman holding in hands wicker basket with freshly baked empanadas

Local Cuisine

Seafood in its many forms is the staple cuisine of Colón. Sample shrimp and coconut rice or white fish ceviche marinated in lime and habanero. Not feeling like fish? Seek out golden-brown empanadas stuffed with meat and cheese or sancocho, a hearty chicken stew with corn, squash and herbs. Finish your meal with raspados, the local dessert of grated ice sweetened with condensed milk.

Panama Hats sold in Colon, Panama

Shopping

The Colón Free Zone is one of the biggest duty-free markets in the world. Head here to find wholesale stores selling everything from clothes to shoes and jewelry during your Colón cruise. If you're heading to Panama City, don't miss out on the shopping there. Shops like Karavan, Beermarkt and Papiro y Yo selling indigenous art, local beer and the ever-popular Panama hats.

INSIDER TIP

Take a road trip on the Caribbean coast and find hidden beach villages, like Costa Arriba, along the way.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

RIDE THE WAVE

Come to Puerto Limon ready to meet a raw and beautiful side unlike any other in Costa Rica. Go off-road and through prehistoric forests in places like the famous Veragua Rainforest Park. Glide on a canoe over the Tortuguero Canal, meet wild creatures at the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, or get in some of the region's best surfing at the Salsa Brava reef break, just an hour's drive south of the port.

Two islands in front of the port of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Small tropical river with fallen tree in a tropical forest near Purto Limon, Costa Rica
Small island off the beach of Cocles near Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Come to Puerto Limon ready to meet a raw and beautiful side unlike any other in Costa Rica. Go off-road and through prehistoric forests in places like the famous Veragua Rainforest Park. Glide on a canoe over the Tortuguero Canal, meet wild creatures at the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, or get in some of the region's best surfing at the Salsa Brava reef break, just an hour's drive south of the port.

Two islands in front of the port of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Small tropical river with fallen tree in a tropical forest near Purto Limon, Costa Rica
Small island off the beach of Cocles near Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Things To Do

in Puerto Limon

Three-toed sloth animal climbing plant in the jungle of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Swept Away

Fly over trees on an aerial tram, zip-line through the tropical forest or spot three-toed sloths as you hike at the Veragua Rainforest Park, a 3,212-acre nature reserve with views of the remote Talamanca Range. Then head to the biological exhibit for a glimpse of the wildlife researchers as they study the creatures and vegetation that inhabit this land.

Wild Caribbean beach of Manzanillo near Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Get Salty

Costa Rica's beaches are known for their unspoiled beauty, and the ones in the province of Limon are especially popular for their Caribbean vibe. Relax in the white sand and warm waters at Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca or Puerto Viejo. Pick up souvenirs at the stalls set up by the water, sip on a fresh coconut, stroll by the shore as you take in the palm-fringed coast.

Plants of the rainforest, as seen from a boat in the canals of Tortuguero National Park in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Into the Wild

Limon is home to several outdoor attractions, including nature thrills like river rafting and zip-lining. If you're a nature fan looking for a more contemplative outing, then head to the Tortuguero Canal, where you can paddle among water lilies, orchids and sea turtles. Have your camera ready to catch the sloths dangling from the trees, the iguanas jumping into the water and the tropical birds overhead.

Tostones or patacones, fried green plantain slices, typical in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Local Cuisine

Taste your way through Puerto Limon and enjoy the mealnge of Spanish and Afro-Caribbean flavors. Cruise to Puerto Limon and try the distinctive dish rondon, a hearty, ginger-spiced stew of coconut milk, yams and seafood, typically fresh white fish and crab. Or sip on an agua de sapo (ginger lemonade) and snack on patacones (fried plantains) and chicharrones, slices of deep-fried pork belly brightened up with a pinch of lime.

Artisan earthware clay vase, pottery for sale in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Shopping

Puerto Limon's shopping experience is as laidback as its beachy mood. Stop by casual Mercado Municipal for leatherware, ceramics, pottery and wood carvings, or go to shoreside shops in beaches like Playa Bonita for ocean-inspired souvenirs during your Costa Rica cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Visit the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the entity's efforts to protect local wild animals.

DAY 9 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Things to Do

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 10 - DOCKED

Cozumel, Mexico

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM
MEXICAN HEART AND

CARIBBEAN SOUL

Cozumel blends Mexican culture with Caribbean vibes. You can explore its Maya roots in Tulum, or discover a secret world of sea life as you snorkel beneath the waves in Chankanaab. And there’s no better way to close out a day of adventure than with an ice cold michelada and a beachside massage at Playa Mia.

Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Girl snorkeling with fins in Cozumel, Mexico
Panoramic view of the God of Wind Temple Ruins in Tulum close to Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel blends Mexican culture with Caribbean vibes. You can explore its Maya roots in Tulum, or discover a secret world of sea life as you snorkel beneath the waves in Chankanaab. And there’s no better way to close out a day of adventure than with an ice cold michelada and a beachside massage at Playa Mia.

Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Girl snorkeling with fins in Cozumel, Mexico
Panoramic view of the God of Wind Temple Ruins in Tulum close to Cozumel, Mexico
Things To Do

in Cozumel

San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel

Temple Trekking

Get up close and personal with Maya history at San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel, which dates back to as early as A.D. 300.

Swim with dolphins at Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel

Dive Into Adventure

At Chankanaab National Park, you’ll find everything from snorkeling and scuba to swimming with dolphins.

Aerial View of Punta Sur National Ecological Park, and its adjacent beach.

Natural Thrills

Reconnect with nature while wandering the endless mangroves, beaches and reefs in Punta Sur National Park during your Cozumel cruise.

Michelada, Mexican drink made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

Local Cuisine

Cozumel’s cuisine is dominated by Mexican, American and international cuisine. Fresh seafood is always a good choice, and so is the cochinita pibil— a slow-roasted, highly seasoned pork dish. Cool off with a michelada, made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Or keep it traditional with Mexico’s signature spirit, tequila.

an assortment of Mexican souvenirs including painted ceramic skulls

Shopping

For great deals and guaranteed stores, walk along the waterfront on Avenue Rafael E. Melgar, a mile-long strip in San Miguel. And be sure to check out the Chile Tequila Factory for a sampling of Mexico’s favorite spirit.

INSIDER TIP

Remember to tip between 10% and 15%.

DAY 11 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performers dancing on stage for Piano Man Cruise Show on Radiance of the Seas

Performers dancing on stage for Piano Man Cruise Show on Radiance of the Seas

Things to Do

Performer singing on stage during Piano Man Show in Radiance of the Seas
Piano Man

SING US A SONG TONIGHT

Take a trip down memory lane as pianists tickle the ivories to the great contemporary piano ballads of our time.

The logo of the Pure Country original production of Royal Caribbean
Pure Country

A GRAND OLE TIME

Take a hand clappin' crash-course in Pure Country! covering everything from classics to new country hits.

DAY 12 - Arrival Day

Tampa, Florida

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM

TREASURE BY THE BAY

Tampa offers plenty of adventure for every age. Bring the family to Glazer Children’s Museum. Hit up Busch Gardens for thrilling amusements. Venture just outside the city for powdery beaches. Or check out world-renowned art museums in neighboring St. Petersburg. Native Florida wildlife, Cuban-Spanish cuisine, a fun-filled pirate legacy— experience it all before heading home.

Tampa offers plenty of adventure for every age. Bring the family to Glazer Children’s Museum. Hit up Busch Gardens for thrilling amusements. Venture just outside the city for powdery beaches. Or check out world-renowned art museums in neighboring St. Petersburg. Native Florida wildlife, Cuban-Spanish cuisine, a fun-filled pirate legacy— experience it all before heading home.

Things To Do

in Tampa

CULTURE FIX

Stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk and see where it leads you. You might explore interactive exhibits at the Tampa Bay History Center, or go stand-up paddleboarding from the Sail Pavilion. Tampa Museum of Art’s collections range from ancient to modern— and the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is home to splash fountains, a playground and skyline views.

HIT THE SAND

A short 30-minute drive west of downtown lands you along the Gulf of Mexico coast, which is fringed by a string of sugary beaches. Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach both offer an upbeat seaside atmosphere, while Caladesi Island State Park and Fort DeSoto Park provide serene shoreline settings.

SEA WATCH

Enter the Florida Aquarium to encounter over 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals. Cruise to Tampa and see river otters on the Florida Wetlands Trail and ring-tailed lemurs on the Journey to Madagascar. Then say hello to goliath grouper, stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles and sharks in the Bays & Beaches habitat.

LOCAL CUISINE

Tampa’s food scene stems from a fusion of Cuban, Spanish, Italian and Floribbean influences. Local raw bars serve up fresh shrimp, oysters, scallops and grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. The Cuban sandwich— piled with Genoa salami— is a city signature. For a taste of authentic Florida Cracker cuisine, try sofkee porridge, pilau (rice cakes) or fried alligator tail during your next Tampa cruise.

SHOPPING

Pick up tropical apparel and Florida-inspired souvenirs at the outdoor Channelside Bay Plaza, right at the port. Head to Hyde Park Village for upscale boutique stores, and stop in local sportswear outfitter Salt Pines. Nothing beats Ybor City when it comes to quirky vintage stores and hand-rolled cigars.

INSIDER TIP

CityPASS gives you entrance to top city attractions like Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and more, all for one package price of $106 for adults and $96 for kids— and it’s good for 9 consecutive days.

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