Caribbean singles cruise departs
from San Juan
"A Salute to Hollywood" is the ongoing theme throughout the many public areas aboard the Carnival Fascination. From the dazzling Diamonds Are Forever Disco to the Passage to India Lounge with its ancient Indian artifacts, guests will enjoy a wide range of dining and entertainment options. Enjoy dazzling Broadway-style productions in the Palace Lounge, live music and dancing in one of Hollywood Boulevard’s themed bars and lounges, or try your luck in the Casino Royale, featuring 250 slot machines along with roulette, blackjack and other table games. Guests can browse the wonderful selection of fine art in the ship’s Art Gallery, spend a few hours being pampered at Spa Carnival or have some time to relax at the Serenity adults-only retreat. The Tropical Coconut Grove Bar & Grill supplements two traditional dining rooms and a sushi bar. Out on deck, guests can enjoy a nine-hole mini-golf course and three-deck-high twisting waterslide, plus an adults-only "Serenity" area that offers bar service, ocean vistas and whirlpools for relaxation. Kids have their own areas for relaxing, too, with Camp Carnival and teen hangout Club O2. Staterooms have been redesigned and feature the luxurious linens of the Carnival Comfort Bed Collection, flat-screen TVs and restyled bathrooms.
With its natural caverns and flower forests, Barbados lends itself well to roamers. City tours of bustling Bridgetown are popular, as are island tours that show off the estates and plantation homes of the countryside. Other options include a rum party cruise or submarine ride.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cruises from San Juan depart year-round.
Old San Juan is rich in Spanish tradition, with cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. This part of the Puerto Rican city is easily seen on foot, and cruise passengers can shop for handcrafted works or relax in a shaded park. New San Juan is distinctly elegant with lavish resorts, great restaurants and grand casinos. Visitors in San Juan can join an excursion to El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. national forest system. Adventurous travelers will want to partake in a deep-sea fishing, snorkeling or diving excursion.
St. Kitts is home to some of the best examples of West Indian architecture, all of which is set amid a dramatically beautiful landscape. The best shore excursion is a well-organized island tour, featuring a visit to the 17th-century British fortress at Brimstone Hill and the sites of the capital. The beaches here are magnificent, including Friar's Bay, which opens to the Atlantic and the Caribbean.
St. Lucia is home to the majestic Piton Mountains, the twin volcanic peaks rising thousands of feet above the island. Sightseeing tours offer a look of the island's rugged beauty, including the tropical rain forests. Most also visit Le Soufriere, the world's only drive-in volcano. Water lovers will find a variety of water sports at Marigot Bay.
Flying two flags, this island is half-French and half-Dutch. Cruise ships more commonly call on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, known for its shop-lined, narrow lanes and daytime casinos. Island tours, cruising on an America's Cup yacht and snorkeling excursions are offered in Philipsburg. Golfers should check out Mullet Bay.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
This beautiful tropical island offers pristine beaches lapped by turquoise waters. The picturesque harbor town of Charlotte Amalie is known for its great duty-free shopping. The most popular shore excursions include island tours, a day at the beach at Magen's Bay, scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions.