Miami to Miami TROPICAL ESSENCE 10 Nights Departs Feb 09, 2018 Seven Seas Explorer

  • Warm Caribbean waters with excellent diving, white sand beaches, and tropical sunsets are some of the attractions of the Bay Islands. Roatan’s major source of income is tourism, particularly because of SCUBA diving attractions. The underwater environment is rich and extensive with reefs surrounding the islands, often within swimming distance of the shore. Caves and caverns are a common feature, with a variety of sponge and the best collection of pillar coral.

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

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  • Deep Sea Fishing

    Go deep-sea fishing for blue marlin or kingfish, two species known for putting up legendary fights when hooked. Your experienced local captain knows just where to look for them in these waters.

    It's a short drive from the pier to your deep-sea fishing boat, where everything needed for your adventure is provided. Depending on what's been biting lately, the captain will decide whether to fish for blue marlin or kingfish.

    Blue marlins are among the world's largest and most recognizable fish. Cobalt blue on top and silvery-white below, they grow up to 14 feet in length and weigh an average of 200 to 400 pounds. They are extremely fast swimmers and use their long, spear-like upper jaw to slash through schools of fish, wounding them so they can easily be consumed. If you catch one of these strikingly beautiful billfish, be prepared for a tremendous fight, as blue marlins are powerful and have a reputation for tenacity that borders on the legendary.

    If the captain opts to go after kingfish, you'll have a fight of a different sort on your hands. Kingfish, also known as King Mackerel, are aggressive, hard-hitting and built for speed. They typically feed by sight in the daytime, attacking their prey from underneath, prodigiously leaping out of the water on the follow through, and then returning to the water headfirst like a diver. Hook one and it will be an unforgettable experience.

    After approximately 2-hours of fishing, you'll return to the fishing dock and then transfer back to the ship.

    Please note: There is minimal walking on this tour, but handling the rods and reels can be quite strenuous in the event you hook a fish. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable, non-skid walking shoes are recommended. All fishing is catch and release and no fishing license is required.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      3 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-010 $249.00
    • Activity Level

      Most Active or Strenuous Regent Choice
  • Jolly Roger Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling With Lunch

    Your adventure begins at the cruise ship pier, where you’ll be met by your Captain and crew. After a scenic 30 minute bus transfer get ready to board your waiting 60 foot, modern, sailing catamaran. After a short safety briefing, you’ll set sail along the scenic coast of Roatan in stunning turquoise Caribbean waters. During your sail to the snorkeling point, you’ll be fitted with your snorkeling equipment and given safety instructions. There is plenty of room to stretch out on the forward sun deck and ample comfortable shaded seating. There’s also a bar serving soft drinks and purified water before snorkeling. After approximately one half hour, you’ll arrive at the snorkeling point.

    Snorkeling here is about the best the Caribbean has to offer. Enter the crystal clear, warm water, via the center stair case. Get an up close view of beautiful living coral and a large variety of tropical reef fish. All levels of snorkeler's, novice, intermediate and advanced snorkeler's will enjoy this site. Your snorkel guides will direct you to the best areas and make sure you are comfortable. After all snorkeling is finished (approximately 60 minutes) you’re invited aboard to enjoy unlimited rum punch, rum drinks, fruit punch, soft drinks and a rotisserie roast chicken lunch with rice, pasta salad, cabbage salad and fresh fruit in season. Kick back and relax, listen to Caribbean music as you sail to the disembarkation point for your return transfer to your ship, approximately 30 minutes. One of the crew will accompany you back to the ship and be happy to answer any questions about Roatan & Honduras. Feel free to take home complimentary local Honduran currency as your souvenir and free digital photographs taken while onboard your tour.

    Note: Participants who weigh more than 325 lbs. and with heart or lung problems are not able to participate. Snorkel equipment is not available for children 6 years of age and under.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      3 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-016 Free
    • Activity Level

      Most Active or Strenuous
  • Big French Key Beach Escape & Snorkeling

    Zip over to Big French Key on a motorboat to relax on the island’s sugar-white stretch of sand and snorkel along a nearby reef that is teeming with colorful marine life.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive across slender Roatan to French Key dock. You will see idyllic Little French Key and Big French Key beckoning just offshore. A short ride across the turquoise waters in a motorboat takes you to the larger of the private islands, where you will spend several immensely relaxing hours at the beach.

    Big French Key hasn’t changed enormously since Christopher Columbus explored the surrounding Bay Islands in 1503 and described them as “incredibly green and fertile.” While a few buildings are scattered about Big French Key, the nearly 12-acre island remains a lush, beach-rimmed paradise caressed by gentle trade winds.

    Life here revolves around the sea, and you are free to enjoy it in whatever way you wish. You might take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water, meander along the shore or relax in a beach chair shaded by a palm tree. To snorkel, just ride the boat to the offshore platform floating above the reef. About 96% of the Caribbean’s marine life has been spotted in these waters, so you can expect to see a wide variety of colorful, curious and unusual species.

    Later, you might enjoy lunch on your own before retracing your route back to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion; however, participants should be good swimmers. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Swimwear under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Life vests are available for rent on site. Snorkel gear included.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      3 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-015 Free
  • Hydroponic Farm Tour & Onboard Cooking Class

    If you are looking for a truly authentic, eco-friendly culinary experience - this tour is for you ! Join your CAK/TCC chef in The Culinary Arts Kitchen/The Culinary Center for an introduction to today’s immersion into Roatan’s unique gastronomic scene. Hondurans enjoy a unique cuisine; one that celebrates a fusion of influences from Africa, Spain and Central America. A key ingredient of Honduran cuisine is the coconut, widely used in both sweet and savory dishes.

    After a short bus ride from the pier, you are welcomed at the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum - a 160-acre eco-friendly botanical garden, fruit orchard and hydroponic farm. Stroll with a local guide through the scenic and lovingly manicured orchard, stopping along the way for a viewing and explanation of seasonal exotic fruits such as nispero, coco plum and soursop. Enjoy a soursop smoothie while learning about the 14-step process used here for harvesting and processing cashews. Your time at the arboretum will conclude with a tour of the hydroponic greenhouse - where you will harvest a few heads of lettuce --from among the greenhouses’s 70,000 --to use later in your onboard, hands-on cooking class.

    Return to the ship and meet Chef Samuel, a local culinary ‘legend’ and expert on Honduran cuisine. Enjoy a 90-minute cooking class in the Culinary Arts Kitchen/Culinary Center . You’ll master a few local recipes and enjoy a delicious lunch, featuring local pink shrimp harvested from the turquoise blue waters of the island just that morning. Cap off your day with an island cassava cake with roasted cashews and a ‘monkey lala’ dessert cocktail.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      5 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-2GT $99.00
    • Activity Level

      Most Active or Strenuous Gourmet Explorer Regent Choice
    • Gourmet Explorer

  • Island Highlights

    Enjoy tropical Roatan by observing iguanas in a protected zoo-like habitat and then visiting an eco-pard to interact with butterflies and tropical birds.

    Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely narrated drive through Roatan's lush countryside, which supports a diversity of wildlife. Few tropical animals are as iconic as the iguana, which you will see in abundance at the Iguana Hideaway. It's an excellent venue to observe these prehistoric-looking reptiles, as iguanas are threatened on Roatan from loss of habitat and being captured for the pet trade. Watch them basking in the sun, lounging in trees and munching on vegetables. Some of the iguanas are over three feet long, and while they may look imposing they're really quite passive.

    Continuing on, you'll make your way to the Mayan-Eden Eco-Park for a visit to the butterfly and tropical bird section there. Take a magical walk through an enclosed area that contains a wide variety of local butterflies. Learn about some of Honduras' most vibrant varieties of butterflies and about this delicate creature and its intricate lifecycle. The garden is also home to tropical trees, plants and exotic rescued birds and animals. Hummingbirds dart happily from blossom to blossom and you'll no doubt see colorful parrots flying free. You can even have a photo taken with one of these birds sitting right on your arm!

    On your way back to the pier you will pass through the small capital city of Coxen Hole, once home to the pirate John Cox.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of easy walking/standing plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. While the venues are wheelchair accessible, the restrooms are not. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      3 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-008 Free
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking
  • Tabyana Beach Day

    Roatan is renowned for its amazing tropical settings and marine environment. Now imagine a place where the jungle meets a white powder-sand beach and crystalline clear waters that are home to some of the world's finest pristine coral, lap at the shoreline. This is the kind of place that many only dream of visiting, seeing themselves lounging on the beach, enjoying the aqua waters, lush tropical vegetation and cool Caribbean winds.

    Tabyana Beach is this dream come to life and this wonderful half-day excursion allows you to make all this your reality. Boarding your transport at the pier, it's approximately a 1-hour scenic drive to this marvelous beach that provides visitors the best nature has to offer, along with the amenities that make any visit here comfortable and completely relaxing. Along with offering you a stretch of amazing beach and sparkling ocean, you will also be able to take advantage of fresh water showers with changing/restroom facilities, gift boutiques, cash bar and great Caribbean music. The more adventurous may want to do some snorkeling in this unspoiled environment and the coral reefs begin close to the water's edge. You can even join in a vigorous game of beach volleyball if you choose or go kayaking, followed by a cooling glass of ice water, iced tea or homemade lemonade (included at no charge).

    Considered to be Roatan's finest beach, Tabyana Beach is truly an undiscovered paradise waiting for you to experience.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guest's discretion and will be over sandy surfaces. This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks; swim suits, towel, a change of clothing; sun caps, sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Snorkeling equipment, kayaks and lockers are at an additional cost. Tour participants wishing to snorkel or swim should be agile swimmers. Tour participants taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and may be required to sign a release form before being allowed to take part in any snorkeling or kayaking activities.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-001 Free
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking
  • Gumbalimba Preservation Park

    Nature lovers will enjoy this delightful half-day tour that has you witnessing the raw beauty of the Caribbean at Roatan's finest preservation park - Gumbalimba Park.

    Boarding your transportation at the pier, it's a 45-minute picturesque drive to the park where you will have the opportunity to explore unspoiled trails where flowers and butterflies give way to the shade of the tropical forest canopy. Arriving at the park, you will have a comfort break before joining your guide for a 90-minute guided tour. Enjoy the marvelous environment all around you as you make the crossing over Gumbalimba Pond via a scenic rope bridge. Delight to the tranquil sounds of the garden waterfall and befriend the brilliant winged citizens of the Bird Sanctuary, where friendly parrots and macaws bring the colors of the Caribbean alive. One of the other outstanding exhibitions at the Park is the Monkey Refugio, where spider, white face, and howler monkeys are eager and willing for you to hold and play with them.

    During your tour, trace the steps of the real Pirates of the Caribbean inside Coxen's Cave, where you'll encounter the infamous Captain John Coxen, his stolen treasure and colorful sculpted murals depicting Honduran history. Following your guided tour, you will have an opportunity to roam through the Botanical Garden at your leisure and learn more about the exotic plants that are indigenous to the region. Others may wish to simply bask in the sun, take a dip in the pool or wade in the turquoise waters. A poolside café is available for those who would like to enjoy a snack or some refreshment.

    Following your visit at this incredible park that allows you to discover the true beauty of Roatan while surrounded by nature, history and a bit of adventure, you will be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: There is moderate walking on this tour over natural terrain and some uneven and cobblestone surfaces. This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and is not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns. Light-weight clothing, flat, comfortable walking shoes; sun caps, sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. No Deet repellants, flower or fruit scented lotions or perfumes are allowed. Flash photography, smoking and feeding of the animals is strictly prohibited. Those who wish to swim should bring a swimsuit and towel. Tour participants taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-002 Free
    • Activity Level

      Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Dolphin Encounter

    If you have ever dreamt of meeting a dolphin face-to-face, you won't want to miss this tour.

    Departing from the pier, you will travel approximately 30 minutes to Anthony's Key Resort and Roatan's Institute for Marine Sciences. Upon arrival at the facility, it's a short boat ride over to Bailey's Key - home to the Institute's resident bottlenose dolphins. After a briefing by the staff, your experience of a lifetime will begin as you are led into the waist-deep waters of the surrounding ocean in small groups with your trainer, to reach your waiting dolphin. As you are introduced to your dolphin and learn all about their physiology, you will be allowed to touch and stroke this incredible animal. Next, you will be given the unforgettable opportunity of getting hugs and kisses from this friendly creature that brings smiles to the faces of everyone it interacts with.

    All too soon, your amazing dolphin encounter comes to an end and you will be transported back over to the main grounds of Anthony's Key Resort. Once there, you will have approximately 45 minutes to change clothes and purchase photos and other souvenirs of your memorable experience before it's time to head back to your ship.

    Please note: This tour requires moderate activity and participants should be able to step into and out of the boat as well as stand unassisted in waist-deep water. This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or guests with mobility concerns. Flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks; swim suits; towel; a change of clothing; sun caps; sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Tour participants taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and may be required to sign a release form before being allowed to participate. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old and children must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      2 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-005 Free
    • Activity Level

      Regent Choice
  • Mayan Reef Clear Kayak & Snorkel

    This adventure tour begins at the pier where you will board your transport and take a 30-minute drive to the beach area. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide and be given a briefing of the area, the activities you will be participating in and your equipment.

    Your exploration commences as your guides lead you on a 45-minute kayaking trek along the pristine white sand beaches and lush hill sides of Roatan. The natural beauty of this tropical environment will amaze you as you paddle through the clear waters, learning about the sites you are seeing from this unique vantage point.

    Returning to shore, you will leave your kayaks behind as your guides now lead you on a 45- minute snorkeling trip from the beach to the living coral reef. Witness a living reef system that is teeming with fish of all colors and varieties and revel in the formations of the different coral heads. Snorkeling may come first depending on the conditions.

    Before transferring back to the pier, participants will have approximately 1 hour to relax and use the beach, beach chairs and hammocks, or visit the shops and restaurant.

    Please note: This tour requires strenuous activity and participants should be in good physical condition and able to paddle a kayak and snorkel without assistance. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks; swim suits; towel; a change of clothing; sun caps; sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Tour participants taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and will be required to sign a release form before being allowed to take part in any snorkeling or kayaking activities. Tour sequence may be reversed. Minimum age to participate is 8 years of age and maximum age limit is 65 years of age. Children aged 8-11 must ride in the kayak with an adult parent or guardian. Maximum weight limit for the kayak is 400 lbs. Personal belongings are not permitted in the kayak, but may be left on the bus or stored in a locker ($3.00 fee). Pictures on CD are also offered for an addtional fee.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      4 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-004 Free
    • Activity Level

      Most Active or Strenuous
  • Glass-Bottom Semi-Sub & Shopping

    Marvel at the colorful marine life just offshore from the comfort of a semi-submersible viewing vessel, then shop for handicrafts and tour the only cameo factory in the Americas.

    It's a 30-minute scenic drive from the pier to the extraordinarily beautiful southwestern tip of Roatan. At the end of the boardwalk dock at West Bay Beach, you'll board a semi-submersible vessel that offers the visibility of a glass-bottom boat but with more comforts. Unlike riding in a traditional glass-bottom boat, you won't have to crane your neck to look down at the marine life. The seats in the semi-submersible's enclosed air-conditioned hull have windows about six feet below the water's surface, allowing you to look straight out into the underwater world. The sights are spectacular, as you'll be cruising over one of the world's largest coral reefs, where the water is typically crystal-clear and teeming with tropical fish.

    After disembarking, enjoy nearly an hour of free time at West End Village, where you can shop and savor a complimentary cup of fresh-brewed Honduran coffee, lemonade or iced tea. While the village is known for its handicrafts, your next stop at Stone Castle Cameo offers some of the most unique merchandise on the island. It's the only cameo factory in the Americas, and its skilled artisans hand-carve each piece from double-layered conch shells or coral, using a steel burin to cut the designs. It's a highly detailed, fascinating craft, and the elegant cameos produced are truly one of a kind. After watching a demonstration of cameo making, you'll have a bit of time to shop for one of these treasures before it's time to re-board your coach and travel back to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and semi-sub, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      3 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-009 Free
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking
  • Big French Key Beach Escape

    Relax on the beach at Big French Key, a lush private island lying in the shadow of Roatan, where you will be free to enjoy the tranquility and beautiful blue waters.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive across slender Roatan to French Key dock. You will see idyllic Little French Key and Big French Key beckoning just offshore. A short ride across the turquoise waters in a motorboat takes you to the larger of the private islands, where you will spend several immensely relaxing hours at the beach.

    Big French Key hasn’t changed enormously since Christopher Columbus explored the surrounding Bay Islands in 1503 and described them as “incredibly green and fertile.” While a few buildings are scattered about Big French Key, the nearly 12-acre island remains a lush, beach-rimmed paradise caressed by gentle trade winds.

    Life here revolves around the sea, and you are free to enjoy it in whatever way you wish. You might take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water, meander down the beach as the waves gently lap the shore, or do nothing more ambitious than sunbathing in a beach chair.

    Palm trees and other tropical foliage provide plenty of shade, where you can read or listen to island music from the outdoor bar. There is also a restaurant, where you may linger over lunch and a cool beverage on your own.

    After a few hours relaxing, you will retrace your route back to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Swimwear under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. During certain times, the surrounding water currents may deposit seaweed on the beach.

    • Approx. DURATION:

      3 1/2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      ROA-014 Free
    • Activity Level

      Light Activity /Walking

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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