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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

BEACHY KEEN

Watch the sun rise above the Atlantic horizon on a morning walk along the Fort Lauderdale Beach promenade. Then grab breakfast by the water— you have plenty of spots to choose from, after all this “Venice of America” is home to more than 300 miles of waterways.

Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
High rise building lit up at nightfall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Promenade at a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Watch the sun rise above the Atlantic horizon on a morning walk along the Fort Lauderdale Beach promenade. Then grab breakfast by the water— you have plenty of spots to choose from, after all this “Venice of America” is home to more than 300 miles of waterways.

Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
High rise building lit up at nightfall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Promenade at a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Things To Do

in Fort Lauderdale

High rise building on Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale

STREET SCENE

Las Olas Boulevard, nestled next door to downtown, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upscale shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water trolley for a cruise across mega-mansion-lined canals.

Bird's eye view of A1A and adjacent beach

VITAMIN SEA

Soak up the sun, sand and seaside fun along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Walk along the palm-lined “Strip” on State Road A1A to get your fill of beach bars, souvenir shops and outdoor restaurants. Fort Lauderdale cruises allow you to go full throttle on a Jet Ski®— or go parasailing high above the ocean.

Close up of bird at the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

GLADES OF GLORY

Head west and explore the Florida Everglades, an untamed river of grass spanning 2,200 acres of picturesque wetlands. Whether you take a wild ride in an airboat or splash around in a swamp buggy, you’ll encounter wild alligators and native birds thriving among Florida’s finest natural landscapes.

Family style fresh seafood platter in Fort Lauderdale

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Fort Lauderdale dining experience than eating fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a waterfront eatery. Local “Floribbean” cuisine melds Caribbean and Latin-influenced flavors with locally caught fish, shrimp and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas sidewalk restaurants.

Tourist shop with hats and beachwear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up beachwear at The Gallery at Beach Place, or find rare books and handmade hats on Hollywood Boulevard. Dania’s Antique Row is home to some 100 dealers, while art galleries and unusual boutiques line Las Olas Boulevard. For serious bargains, head to the Swap Shop flea market or the Sawgrass Mills outlet sprawl.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

HM, Harmony of the Seas, instructor, man doing a high jump, jumping on Flow Rider, onboard surfing, surf, waves, fun, action, excitement, athletic, athlete, horizon, ocean view in background,

HM, Harmony of the Seas, instructor, man doing a high jump, jumping on Flow Rider, onboard surfing, surf, waves, fun, action, excitement, athletic, athlete, horizon, ocean view in background,

THINGS TO DO

HM, Harmony of the Seas, woman holding on to mat as she races down Perfect Storm waterslide, smiling, laughing, fun, excitement, action, transparent section of slide, view of outside, Instameet shoot

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The Perfect Storm℠

A TWISTING TURNING ADVENTURE

Grab a buddy and plunge through three stories of twisting, turning thrills to the bottom of the dual racer slides Typhoon℠ and Cyclone℠. The conditions are just right — for The Perfect Storm℠.

HM, Harmony of the Seas, OOH, female, woman on Flow Rider, arms out and raised, laughing, smiling, guests, family watching in background, waves, onboard surfing, surf, fun, action

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FlowRider®

HANG TEN, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Catch a wave right onboard with FlowRider®, our 40-foot-long surf simulator, or cheer on friends from stadium seating with prime wipeout views. Surf’s up!

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Cozumel, Mexico

ARRIVES:
7:30 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 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 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Two plates with sushi at Izumi on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Sugar Beach on Independence of the Seas

Two plates with sushi at Izumi on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Sugar Beach on Independence of the Seas

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.

Sugar Beach Candy Store
Sugar Beach℠

TREAT YOURSELF

Treat your sweet tooth to every candy under the sun — plus a few sugarcoated surprises. Sugar Beach℠ is stocked to max candy capacity with all your favorite confections.

DAY 5 - Arrival Day

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

A YACHT OF ADVENTURE

Before leaving South Florida, be sure to visit the Florida Everglades for a thrilling afternoon gliding in a high-speed airboat across this expansive river of grass. Keep your eyes peeled for herons, turtles, and the American alligator— all of which are native to the wetlands.

Before leaving South Florida, be sure to visit the Florida Everglades for a thrilling afternoon gliding in a high-speed airboat across this expansive river of grass. Keep your eyes peeled for herons, turtles, and the American alligator— all of which are native to the wetlands.

Things To Do

in Fort Lauderdale

High rise building on Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale

STREET SCENE

Las Olas Boulevard, nestled next door to downtown, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upscale shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water trolley for a cruise across mega-mansion-lined canals.

Bird's eye view of A1A and adjacent beach

VITAMIN SEA

Soak up the sun, sand and seaside fun along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Walk along the palm-lined “Strip” on State Road A1A to get your fill of beach bars, souvenir shops and outdoor restaurants. Fort Lauderdale cruises allow you to go full throttle on a Jet Ski®— or go parasailing high above the ocean.

Close up of bird at the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

GLADES OF GLORY

Head west and explore the Florida Everglades, an untamed river of grass spanning 2,200 acres of picturesque wetlands. Whether you take a wild ride in an airboat or splash around in a swamp buggy, you’ll encounter wild alligators and native birds thriving among Florida’s finest natural landscapes.

Family style fresh seafood platter in Fort Lauderdale

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Fort Lauderdale dining experience than eating fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a waterfront eatery. Local “Floribbean” cuisine melds Caribbean and Latin-influenced flavors with locally caught fish, shrimp and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas sidewalk restaurants.

Tourist shop with hats and beachwear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up beachwear at The Gallery at Beach Place, or find rare books and handmade hats on Hollywood Boulevard. Dania’s Antique Row is home to some 100 dealers, while art galleries and unusual boutiques line Las Olas Boulevard. For serious bargains, head to the Swap Shop flea market or the Sawgrass Mills outlet sprawl.

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