Royal Caribbean Launches New Adventures From Barbados

Grandeur of the Seas Debuts Three Distinct Itineraries to the Sought-after Islands of the Southern Caribbean, beginning December 2021

Royal Caribbean International will for the first time call Barbados “home” next winter, offering travelers fresh ways to experience the southern Caribbean on Grandeur of the Seas. Three distinct 7- and 14-night itineraries will each feature a unique lineup of bucket-list destinations – including three new ports of call in the islands of Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent. Showcasing the natural beauty and cultures of the region, weeklong sailings will island hop to a different destination every day or offer late-night stays in the famed ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaireand Curacao. Grandeur’s longer escapes will tout an overnight stay in Aruba coupled with visits to Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, among others.

January 2021 – Royal Caribbean International will call Barbados home for the first time beginning December 2021. The line will offer vacationers new ways to experience the southern Caribbean on board Grandeur of the Seas, including three new ports of call in the islands of Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent.

Barbados is known for its rich history and celebrated for its kind and hospitable people – a defining Bajan trait passed on for almost 400 years and still strong today. Adventure-seekers looking to discover the Bajan island vibe will have diverse experiences to choose from across the country’s 11 parishes – a mix of coastal, rural and urban neighborhoods, some sophisticated and luxurious, others immersive and based in nature. Spanning 166 square miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the island affectionately known as “Little England” is chock-full of natural and cultural heritage to satisfy wanderlust of all types.

Royal Caribbean’s new 2021-22 winter cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados open for sale today. The itineraries depart on Sundays and ports of call for each are: 

  • 7-night Southern Caribbean Island Hop: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting Scarborough, Tobago(new); Port of Spain, Trinidad (new); St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent (new); Roseau, Dominica; and Castries, St. Lucia
  • 7-night Southern Caribbean Adventure: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting St. George’s, Grenada; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and Port of Spain, Trinidad (new) 
  • 14-night Ultimate Caribbean: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent (new); Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba (overnight); Willemstad, Curacao; Port of Spain, Trinidad(new); Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Royal Caribbean’s inaugural season sailing from Barbados adds even more variety to the cruise line’s current 2021-22 winter season. New departure ports and destinations will bring a breadth of fresh experiences for travelers to make the most of their highly anticipated vacations. 

Sandals Resorts Announces Expansion To Curaçao

This week, Sandals Resorts International announced the signing of an agreement that will bring Sandals Resorts to a brand-new destination, at the Santa Barbara Resort on the island of Curaçao.

Pictured above: Future home to the luxurious new Sandals Curaçao

This will mark the ninth island destination for the brand in the Caribbean region. The new Sandals Curaçao will initially include 350-luxurious rooms and suites stretched along the Spanish Water Bay and the Caribbean Sea, with a further expansion planned in the coming years. Formerly the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, part of a broader 3,000-acre development, the resort will be completely “Sandalized,” a process set to begin in 2021. 

Conceptual plans for the new resort include adding key elements for the signature Sandals experience, including new expansive pools, a variety of gourmet dining options and lavish accommodations, including a Sandals first–River Suites. Guests will also have access to the neighboring 18-hole Pete Dye championship golf course, two onsite marinas and 38,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on the island.  

World-famous for its vibrant culture, pristine beaches and coves, Curaçao also boasts spectacular dive sites and exotic marine ecosystems. With year-round temperatures of 80 degrees, it’s touted as the perfect anytime-escape.

I can’t wait until this new resort opens–Curaçao has been on my travel to-do list for ages. Knowing Sandals Resorts, the experience will be the perfect mix of all-inclusive and island adventure.

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Fall in Love with Barbados

One year ago I was laying on the beach at a resort on the beautiful island of Barbados. 🇧🇧 It was my first true adult vacation—and it was memorable for many reasons. I got engaged!I fell in love with the Caribbean! And, I learned quickly that my mind’s creative juices finally reset after a much-needed break. Learn why it might be the next vacation on your bucket list. 

Sandals Royal Barbados, Barbados – Courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

Amazing Airport Experience

There’s nothing like getting off a plane and being handed a rum punch as you head to pick up your luggage. In fact, the whole experience at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados makes you wish every airport was the same. It’s small, efficient and typically your ride to your accommodations is relatively short (in my case–a wonderful 10 minutes!). Travel has never been so simple or easy.

Chalky Mount, Barbados – Photo courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

The Scenery is Exquisite

The island of Barbados is a cozy 432 square kilometres. It’s covered in stunning green palm trees as far as the eye can see. The spirited ocean is great for the adventurous and if you’re lucky, you’ll come across some green monkeys on the beach, ready to pose for photos with you.

Oistins Fish Fry, Barbados – Courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

Good Vibes

The friendly people, delicious food, lively culture and music are truly what makes the island a unique vacation destination. The safe, warm country provides an excellent escape for both families and couples alike, whether you stay on a resort or in a private residence. 

Engagement photo!

In fact, I love this island SO MUCH, that I’ll be hopping on a plane the first chance I get to visit. The resort–Sandals Barbados, of course.