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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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

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

    Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups

    Cons

    Confusing corridors and congested main decks

    Bottom line

    Fun, fun, fun for everyone

    Reviews

    Norwegian Epic Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With so much going on, Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship with broad appeal. The ship was one of t...

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    cregger57
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Wonderful Back-to-back cruises
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    It Could Easily Have Been Just Two Stars...
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      St. Lucia
    • Day 8
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 9
      St. Thomas
    • Day 10
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    BirdTravels
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    BirdTravels to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy
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    bwatton
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    AVOID!! Total Money Grab!!!
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Aruba
    • Day 7
      Curacao
    • Day 8
      Bonaire
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 12
      Miami
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    Norwegian Getaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Getaway makes the most of outdoor spaces like the Waterfront with its South Beach vibe.

    Cons

    Fees add up for wow-factor experiences, such as upscale restaurants and dinner theater.

    Bottom Line

    Getaway offers an abundance of dining and entertainment options with a Miami flair.

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    Norwegian Getaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Getaway simply oozes Miami, and that's exactly what Norwegian Cruise Line was going for when it...

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    nfish
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Poor Layout
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    DISAPPOINTMENT
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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
      Antigua
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    margaretandy67
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Superb size of ship and excellent staff; Singapore Phuket Malaysia
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    jf33180
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor Management decisions Stay away from NCL
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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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bonaire

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

    Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups

    Cons

    Confusing corridors and congested main decks

    Bottom line

    Fun, fun, fun for everyone

    Reviews

    Norwegian Epic Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With so much going on, Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship with broad appeal. The ship was one of t...

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    kclanders
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Wife and I had a great time!
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    Hansonl
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great cruise, food, service and entertainment-swimming pools not so much
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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:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Bonaire Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 11
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Sun - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbished spaces boast clean, modern design; a plethora of tasty dining options abounds.

    Cons

    Buffets are often congested and signage is lacking; there are no water slides/water parks.

    Bottom Line

    Great overall experience with tons of dining and activity choices and itinerary options.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in May 2018, which ...

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    QuickieGlenn
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Worst cruise yet
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    mjl125
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    OKAY simply Okay
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