Miami Stay & Cruise
Miami Stay & Cruise – a classic combination of a 3 night stay in Miami followed by a 7 night Caribbean Cruise onboard the MSC Seaside.
On arrival in Miami, transfer the Avalon Hotel, South Beach for a 3 nights stay:
Walk to top Miami Beach destinations from Avalon Hotel. Located on Ocean Drive, bustling with restaurants, shops, and vibrant nightlife. Step out and find yourself amid stunning 1920s architecture in the centre of Miami Beach entertainment. Across the street, discover Lummus Park, with grassy areas for picnics, volleyball courts, and, of course, the Atlantic. At the end of the day, our hotel’s comfort and art deco style welcomes you home.
Board the MSC Seaside for a fabulous 7 night Caribbean Cruise
MSC Seaside rewrites the rule book of cruise ship design, blending indoor and outdoor areas to connect you with the sea like never before. Circling the ship as low as Deck 7 is a unique seafront promenade lined with places to eat, drink, shop, swim and sunbathe. And you can enjoy superb views from the two glass-floored catwalks and panoramic elevators
- Return flights from the UK
- 3 night stay in Miami
- 7 night MSC Caribbean Cruise
- MSC Premium Drinks Package
Any applicable hotel or resort fees – payable locally
Prices based on 2 share, departing November 2020. Flights available from most UK airports. Alternative dates & durations available on request
Just like a mirage, the white buildings of Ochos Rios seems to appear unexpectedly from lush vegetation covering the coast. On Main Street, you will be able to shop or pass your day on solid ground. However, during your MSC Caribbean cruise, we suggest you try the many outdoor activities offered on its rivers, such as kayaking and tubing. With an MSC excursion, you will be able to admire the Cobaya Gardens and Museum: an explosion of tropical plant and animal life with different aromas emanating from sinuously shaped flowers and colourful parrots at every corner. Another must-see attraction are the waterfalls along the Dunn River: almost 200 metres of natural steps over which the water flows to then fall about 60 metres directly into the sea. To enjoy this spectacle to the fullest, these enchanting waterfalls can be climbed via stairs set on either side. The beach below with its extremely fine, pure white sand is equally beautiful. The sea of Ochos Rios will also grant you the opportunity of a close encounter with a very popular sea mammal: the dolphin.
An excursion will take you to Turtle Beach, hidden among almond and palm trees: if you look towards the blue horizon, you will see Dolphin Cove, where the dolphins love to pass their time. A must-go for adventure lovers is a safari in a Jeep 4x4: an exhilarating itinerary in a completely wild and uncontaminated setting
The houses on the narrow George Town streets are interspersed with artisan workshops, where you can find some rarities to take home as a reminder of your MSC cruise in the Caribbean Sea. You can take a plunge into the history of the island at the dual-purpose National Museum of George Town: you can both explore samples of the most interesting endemic flora and fauna, and trace the long and tough inhabited history of the island.
However, if you want to learn about the lives of the first European colonists, an excursion to Bodden Town located five kilometres from the capital is ideal. In this former capital of Cayman Islands, you can visit the Mission House, a building used as a family residence by teachers and missionaries during the 18th century. As an alternative, visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park located, in the east of the island. Here, if you are lucky, besides the riot of tropical plants you may also encounter the extremely rare blue iguana.
Lovers of shopping will also find great satisfaction in the Cayman Islands: the entire country is duty free. You just have to choose what interests you the most among the myriad of watches, liqueurs, jewellery and porcelain. There is even a museum of curiosities. Not far from Turtle Farm, sits the Cayman Motor Museum, which exhibits the incredible collection by the Norwegian businessman Andreas Ugland. His “pearls” include the original Batmobile and Batcycle from the Batman TV series, a replica of the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, considered the first car in the world, and another seventy rare cars and motorcycles.
A holiday to Mexico with MSC Cruises will present you with restaurants, souvenir shops and jewellery stores, all along the malecón (Av Rafael Melgar) in downtown San Miguel.
If you fancy a museum, the attractive Museo de la Isla de Cozumel has small displays of the flora, fauna and marine life of the island, as well as a good collection of Maya artefacts and old photos.
If you’re not a diver, there’s a certain appeal in wandering the relaxed inland blocks of San Miguel, away from the piers, spotting Maya ruins and birds (the Maya called the island cuzamil – “land of the swallows”) in the dense forests and being the only person on the windswept eastern beaches.
Midway across the island, San Gervasio is the only excavated Maya site on Cozumel. With several small temples connected by sacbeob, or long white roads, it was one of the many independent city-states that survived the fall of Chichén Itzá, flourishing between 1200 AD and 1650 AD. As part of a larger nature reserve the site is worth a visit for the numerous birds and butterflies you can spot early in the morning or late in the day.
Another place to visit is Xcaret, a surprisingly pleasant theme park: it offers all the Yucatán’s attractions in one handy place, with a museum, a tropical aquarium, a “Maya village”, a beach, some small authentic ruins, pools and more than a kilometre of subterranean rivers down which you can swim, snorkel or float. On the other hand, neighbouring Xplor is dedicated to ziplines and other outdoor adventure.
The largest open-air aquarium in the world, it has over 100 different species of colourful tropical fish. In Nassau, you can interact with dolphins and go on excursions to neighbouring islands in motorboats. The historical centre of Nassau boasts charming colonial-style buildings and numerous pastel-coloured wooden shops that alternate with Georgian-style structures.
However, to get a taste of the local style of living, take a trip to Cable Beach. Located just 5 km west of the city, on it you will be able to admire the Bahamian Riviera and its fantastic colours: golden sand and lively nightlife. In addition to the casinos, which are very popular with gamblers, one of the most appealing characteristics of a holiday in Nassau is the possibility to do some low-cost shopping.
At the Straw Market, where the typical Bahamian souvenirs are sold, be prepared to bargain: here, bartering is a tradition that is almost a duty. A ride in a surrey, a horse-drawn carriage, is an excellent way to discover the old city while listening to stories told by the driver on the ride between monuments, numerous island fortifications and the intriguing Queens Staircase, a large, hand-made stone staircase from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of Nassau, Paradise Island and a good portion of the Bahamas.
To learn about the past and cultural traditions of the island, you can visit its two museums: the Pompey Museum, which houses man-made artefacts, documents and drawings; and the Junkanoo Museum, dedicated to the Junkanoo Carnival of street music, which is growing in popularity.