Arvia: the best way to explore the Caribbean

Soak up the Caribbean sunshine aboard our new star, Arvia. With a host of exciting itineraries and eight magical islands to explore, it’s time to plan your winter 2022/23 escape.

For her winter 2022/23 season, Arvia heads to the Caribbean for an adventure like no other. With her retractable SkyDome, bright spaces, open decks and infinity pool, she’s designed to make the sea the star and let the sunshine in.

Arvia’s itineraries let you explore eight of the region’s idyllic islands: Antigua, Barbados, Curaçao, Dominican Republic (a maiden call), Martinique, St Kitts, St Lucia and St Maarten. Each has its own personality and charm. Hike rainforest trails, explore underground caves, discover artisan chocolate and rum; feast on fresh catches; admire historic architecture, snorkel in rainbow reefs, take a wild helicopter ride or simply lose yourself on a pristine white beach to the sounds of lapping waves and lilting music.

You can explore the region your way. Cruises range from seven to 22 nights so you can get a taster of the Caribbean or take more time to immerse yourself further. To maximise your time on shore, Arvia’s itineraries include overnights and late calls you’ll love. All cruises overnight in Barbados, where the party gets started when the sun goes down. If you choose a 14-or 15-night cruise, you’ll enjoy late calls in Antigua and St Lucia. And if you join one of Arvia’s 22-night positioning cruises, you’re treated to two blissful days in Barbados in addition to either two full days in St Kitts or two full days in both Martinique and St Lucia.

With so many exciting adventures, on ship and on shore, Arvia offers the best of all worlds. Here’s to welcoming you aboard for a great sunshine escape.

Immerse yourself in the glories of the Caribbean

From admiring endless views on board to big adventures on shore, Arvia takes you to heart of the region with eight fabulous islands to explore.

Enchanting Antigua

At just 23km long and 18km wide, Antigua might be small, but it packs a hefty punch with its beaches (all 365 of them), vibrant coral reefs, historical forts, fun-loving locals and tasty barbecue joints.

Big-hearted Barbados

This welcoming island offers a unique mix of pristine glamour and rugged natural beauty. Laidback, welcoming and a little bit British (check out the place names for starters), it’s got everything you’d hope for in a Caribbean island and so much more.

Colourful Curaçao

Cosmopolitan Curaçao is a melting pot of cultures, where up to 50 nationalities merge, Caribbean style. Add in lush forests, white-sand bays and a desert studded with giant cacti, and this treasure island has adventures aplenty.

Lively St Lucia

One of the Caribbean’s most photographed islands, St Lucia wows in every direction. In the upscale north, calm beaches and home comforts abound. In the south, the island’s famous volcanic peaks, the Pitons, tower over colourful towns, protected rainforests and stunning waterfalls.

Magnifique Martinique

A French outpost since 1635, Martinique is a bustling, beautiful blend of cultures. On one side la belle France, complete with boulangeries, pétanque and haute cuisine; on the other the Caribbean with its coconuts, Creole rhythms and, of course, rum.

Leisurely St Kitts

Glorious beaches, charming villages, historic sites and an easy-going outlook – St Kitts and sister island Nevis have got the lot. The clear waters of this Caribbean nation are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and watersports (the sea temperature rarely dips below 26°C) but there’s so much more to these friendly isles.

Dazzling Dominican Republic

When the island was ‘discovered’ by Christopher Columbus in 1492, he knew he was on to a good thing. He promptly claimed it for the Spanish crown, thus establishing the first European settlement of the New World. Today’s seafarers come in peace and the brutal colonial past has been replaced with a lively mix of historic, cultural and geographical riches.

Multi-faceted St Maarten

Two names, two cultures, one magical island... Whether you call it Sint Maarten or Saint Martin depends on where you are. Divided by colonial powers in 1648, the south (Sint Maarten) is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands side while the north (Saint Martin) is a French territory. Wherever you find yourself, there’s plenty to see and do.