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Caribbean cruising: a guide

Caribbean cruising: a guide

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. Because of this, there are more cruise ships operating in the Caribbean than anywhere else in the world! 

This means there are plenty of options to choose from, and departures from a range of places. You can depart from a Caribbean island like Barbados and Jamaica, or from U.S. cities such as Miami, Jacksonville and New Orleans. 

The wonderful thing about Caribbean cruises is that they cater for all kinds of travellers – you can spend anything from three days to three weeks on board, and there is endless entertainment for children, and adults alike! Make sure you enquire about what activities and on-shore excursions are included, and pre-book those you don’t want to miss out on.

When is a good time to cruise the Caribbean?

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, and during these times, you’ll benefit from incredibly warm weather. 

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 because ports of call will be quieter, however, you’ll find that temperatures will be milder during these times.

Land Ahoy! Things to See and Do

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 cruise 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. Barthélemy, 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.

 

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