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About Bonaire

Shy pink flamingos, gentle sad-eyed donkeys and elusive sea turtles all share something quite rare in today's world. They flourish on or around Bonaire, one of the ABC isles (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) deep in the Southern Caribbean. Each lives in sanctuaries set up by island residents who boast an awareness and level of conservation that few countries can match.

Though ecotourism is one of the latest buzzwords in the travel world, Bonaire, just 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela, was a world leader in the field of ecology long before the term was even coined. The island's greatest claim to fame is proudly touted on its license plates -- "Divers Paradise." This is no tourist-bureau puffery, although many believe that the license plates should read "Nature Lovers Paradise." Beyond the diving and snorkeling, there's windsurfing, kayaking, bird watching, kite boarding, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Many Caribbean islands brag about their underwater worlds, but Bonaire has set the standard by which everywhere else in the world is measured -- it led the way by protecting sea turtles back in 1961, banning spear-fishing in 1971, making it illegal to remove live coral in 1975 and establishing the first marine park in 1979. It also helps that the island is outside the traditional hurricane zone and is a desert island with no river runoff into the sea.

It has been called "Arizona by the Sea" for its climate and abundance of cacti. There is no rainy season and temperatures are consistently pleasant with lows in the 70s and highs in the 80s. Unlike its better-known neighbors, Aruba and Curacao, this isle of about 20,000 residents is quiet and laid-back. There are no flashy Las Vegas-type casinos as in Aruba or a showy pastel-colored capital city as in Curacao.

The first recorded Bonaire scuba diving began back in 1962 when Don Stewart, a would-be California actor, dropped anchor on this small, arid boomerang of an island. Considered the father of Bonaire diving, he was the first to use fixed moorings to prevent coral damage and helped set up the Caribbean's first island-wide underwater park. He has received numerous international awards for his conservation efforts. The park is a United Nations Environmental Program Model Marine Protected Area.


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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Aruba, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

    Cons

    Specialty dining charges can run high

    Bottom Line

    Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

    Reviews

    Celebrity Silhouette Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, ...

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    upthehudson
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Enjoyable Cruise on a Terrific Ship
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    JL Boggess
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Celebrity Silhouette Dec 2nd 2019
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Kitts, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    Mushinatsea
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    An amazing itinerary on a beautifully refurbished ship
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Expectations Beater
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    Aruba, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Aruba
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Bonaire
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      St. Maarten
    • Day 8
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Freedom of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    A dizzying number of onboard activities and top-notch entertainment ensure you'll never be bored.

    Cons

    The ship's central Royal Promenade is a bit like a shopping mall, and sales pitches are at every turn.

    Bottom Line

    Despite its age, the ship still shines, and there's something for every age group.

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    Freedom of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Freedom of the Seas launched in May 2006 as the world's biggest cruise ship, measuring 155,000 ...

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    Krusty94
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Awesome Time with Family & Friends!
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    New Years Freedom of the Seas cruise
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      Aruba
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Key West
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Equinox - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show

    Cons

    Main dining could use a little improvement

    Bottom Line

    Sail for a strong mix of dining and activity options

    Reviews

    Celebrity Equinox Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Equinox undergwent an extensive refurbishment in May 2019. It received additional...

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    true45
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Choose your cruise — This was the right one for us
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    MillerThyme
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Best Cruise Ever!
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      St. Lucia
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      King's Wharf
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

    Cons

    Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

    Bottom Line

    Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Dawn Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Dawn is a ship you love despite its flaws. Built in 2002 as the third ship in the Nor...

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    gold1959
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Wonderful cruise- planning another!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    12 days on the Dawn
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 117 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Antigua, St. Lucia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    117 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Antigua
    • Day 5
      St. Lucia
    • Day 6
      St. George
    • Day 7
      Bonaire
    • Day 8
      St. Eustatius
    • Day 9
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 10
      Panama Canal
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Manta
    • Day 13
      Guayaquil
    • Day 14
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Salaverry (Trujillo)
    • Day 16
      Lima
    • Day 17
      Lima
    • Day 18
      Pisco
    • Day 19
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 20
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 21
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 22
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 23
      Easter Island
    • Day 24
      Easter Island
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Cruising
    • Day 30
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 31
      Bora Bora
    • Day 32
      Cruising
    • Day 33
      Cruising
    • Day 34
      Pago Pago
    • Day 35
      Cruising
    • Day 36
      Cruising
    • Day 37
      Cruising
    • Day 38
      Cruising
    • Day 39
      Paihia
    • Day 40
      Auckland
    • Day 41
      Auckland
    • Day 42
      Tauranga
    • Day 43
      Napier
    • Day 44
      Wellington
    • Day 45
      Akaroa
    • Day 46
      Dunedin
    • Day 47
      Milford Sound
    • Day 48
      Cruising
    • Day 49
      Cruising
    • Day 50
      Burnie
    • Day 51
      Melbourne
    • Day 52
      Cruising
    • Day 53
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 54
      Cruising
    • Day 55
      Brisbane
    • Day 56
      Brisbane
    • Day 57
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 58
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 59
      Cairns
    • Day 60
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 61
      Thursday Island
    • Day 62
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 63
      Darwin
    • Day 64
      Cruising (Timor Sea)
    • Day 65
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 66
      Bali
    • Day 67
      Bali
    • Day 68
      Surabaya
    • Day 69
      Cruising (Java Sea)
    • Day 70
      Singapore
    • Day 71
      Singapore
    • Day 72
      Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)
    • Day 73
      Penang
    • Day 74
      Phuket
    • Day 75
      Cruising
    • Day 76
      Bay of Bengal
    • Day 77
      Colombo
    • Day 78
      Cruising
    • Day 79
      Kochi (Cochin)
    • Day 80
      Mangalore
    • Day 81
      Mormugao (Goa)
    • Day 82
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 83
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 84
      Cruising
    • Day 85
      Cruising
    • Day 86
      Muscat
    • Day 87
      Fujairah
    • Day 88
      Dubai
    • Day 89
      Dubai
    • Day 90
      Cruising
    • Day 91
      Cruising (Gulf of Oman)
    • Day 92
      Salalah
    • Day 93
      Cruising
    • Day 94
      Cruising
    • Day 95
      Red Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 96
      Red Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 97
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 98
      Safaga
    • Day 99
      Safaga
    • Day 100
      Suez Canal
    • Day 101
      Suez Canal
    • Day 102
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 103
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 104
      Limassol
    • Day 105
      Rhodes
    • Day 106
      Patmos
    • Day 107
      Lesbos
    • Day 108
      Istanbul
    • Day 109
      Istanbul
    • Day 110
      Canakkale
    • Day 111
      Kusadasi
    • Day 112
      Santorini
    • Day 113
      Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 114
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 115
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 116
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 117
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 118
      Marseille
    • Day 119
      Barcelona
    Ship Details

    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a ...

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    geebee2546
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    The Amazon
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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