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Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime Caribbean cruise? The Caribbean is a group of gorgeous islands located in the tropical waters east of Central America. And thanks to their prime location and their year-round warm climate, the Caribbean has become a hub for holiday-goers and cruise-lovers.
Getting On Board with Caribbean Cruises
There are more ships operating in the Caribbean than anywhere else in the world! Caribbean cruises depart from various Caribbean towns and cities, including Barbados, San Juan and Jamaica, as well as other U.S. cities such as Miami, Jacksonville and New Orleans. Several major airlines also fly from Australia into major US cities (like LA), and travellers can easily grab a connecting flight to your cruise departure location.
Finding the Best Caribbean Cruise Deal
Getting the best Caribbean cruise deal is incredibly easy! Combine your own web research with advice from a specialised travel agent in order to find the best cruising deals. Some companies and websites also offer discounted cruises when booking last minute or in off-peak seasons.
The wonderful thing about Caribbean cruises is that they cater for all kinds of travellers – you can spend anything from 3 days to 3 weeks on board! All cruises offer serviced rooms with en suites, and most also offer the option of private balconies. Good Caribbean cruise deals will also include meal packages, but make sure you enquire about what activities are included too, particularly if you’re keen to participate in any shore tours along the way.
When is the Ideal Time to Take a Caribbean Cruise?
The high cruising season in the Caribbean occurs from June to August and February to April each year. Peak times also occur around the Christmas and New Year holidays. During these times, you’ll benefit from incredibly warm weather and a wider variety of ships and deals to choose from. Caribbean cruises can sell out fast in peak times, however, so ensure you book in advance.
Alternatively, travelling in the low season means cruising from late April to May and between September and January (with the exception of Christmas/New Year). This can often be the best time to find those Caribbean cruise deals, however, you’ll find that temperatures will be much milder during these times.
Land Ahoy! Things to See and Do
Destinations available on Caribbean cruises are as varied as the Caribbean itself!
The islands of Anguilla, the Turks & Caicos, Aruba, Grenada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St Lucia and Grand Cayman Islands are renowned for their magnificent beaches and superb snorkelling and diving. The Bahamas also have a great variety of stunning beaches and there are many quieter areas here to explore. Almost all of the larger islands visited by Caribbean cruises will be home to luxury resorts, and due to the constant presence of these ships, many will let you pay a day fee to enjoy their facilities.
For the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife, try St. Martin and Anguilla, St. Barths, and Barbados. Aruba is also home to great designer boutiques and glorious casinos – and its west coast is a great place to enjoy the sunset.
For fantastic scenery mixed with interesting cultures, give Jamaica, the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico a go! Trinidad and Tobago is also spectacular for scenic vistas, and has great options for wildlife and bird watching as well.
Keen to board the next cruise to the Caribbean? Contact Travellers Choice today and we can book and arrange your entire cruising tour.