You´ll depart in the evening and spend a day at sea before arriving at Kralendijk, on the beautiful Caribbean island of Bonaire. Lac Bay is the place to be if you want to swim or surf and you´ll love its inviting, warm waters and relaxed vibe. The Butterfly Garden, meanwhile, is another great place to relax and find out a little more about these fascinating creatures, too. Next stop on your Thomson Cruises 2014 Latin Gems itinerary is Oranjestad, on Dutch-flavoured Aruba. You may be forgiven for thinking you´re in Amsterdam as you explore the island´s capital and take in the architecture, but the call of the Caribbean is never far away. De Palm Island is a not-to be missed private reef home to some beautiful sea life, while California Lighthouse is a must see and offers some captivating views. The Dutch theme continues at your next port of call, Willemstad, on Curacao, where the less-populated beaches and beautiful colonial architecture of this World Heritage Site will leave you captivated. Your next port of call is St George´s, on Grenada. You´ll soon find out why the Spice Island is so named and be enchanted by heady scents as you explore picture-postcard beaches, lush rainforests and mountain ranges. Don´t miss Anse Beach for some holiday sun, then cool down with a trip to Annadale Falls. Finally, you´ll return to Bridgetown, with a chance to soak up all the sights and sounds of Barbados´s famous capital and perhaps pick up the perfect gift in one of the many shops before heading home.
Thomson cruises 2014 will also wow you with Caribbean Charms. This enchanting cruise begins in Bridgetown, from where you´ll spend a day at sea getting a chance to make the most of Thomson Dream´s facilities on your way to St Maarten. This beautiful island shares a dual French and Dutch heritage and boasts two ‘capitals’, the Dutch capital Philipsburg being your port of call. The island´s shopping capital, it´s the ideal place to grab a rustic bargain or the perfect designer item, while you can unwind in Bistro style in the French capital Marigot. Your next port of call is Basseterre, on St Kitts, a real-life tropical paradise where you´ll have the run of some truly beautiful beaches, such as Turtle Beach and Pump Bay. There are some historic sites to behold too, such as former British garrison Brimstone Hill Fortress. Then it´s on to Castries, St Lucia, famous for its banana plantations and stunning coral reefs, and Mayreau, the small Grenadine paradise which is real castaway stuff, offering some of the Caribbean´s finest beaches and the chance to explore the Tobago Cays Marine Park. Your final port of call before heading back to Bridgetown is Tobago´s capital Scarborough, where you´ll get a real sense of the island´s history as you explore Fort King George and the wonderful Georgian architecture of Upper Scarborough. The Tobago Forest Reserve is another great attraction, and home to more than 200 different species of mammals and birds.
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