Caribbean Cruises and White Sandy Beaches

The Caribbean

The island states of the Caribbean have long been a hit with honeymooners and retirees looking for a laid-back holiday, and many of these destinations are becoming popular for nature excursions too.

Spread across the Caribbean Sea between North and South America and easily accessed from Europe, the region is perfect for cruising, with many of its ports and beaches considered to be among the best in the world.

Choose an island to explore or embark on a Caribbean cruise to see the highlights of the region, from Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman to the forests of Puerto Rico and the alpine landscapes of the Dominican Republic.

7 Night Single Cruise onboard Oasis of the Seas

Western Caribbean Cruise from Orlando (Port Canaveral)
Departs 04 Jun 2017
from
$ 3979*
total price

7 Night Family Cruise onboard Disney Wonder

Western Caribbean Family Cruise from Port Canaveral
Departs 25 Feb 2018
from
$ 5956*
per family

7 Night Family Cruise onboard Harmony of the Seas

Eastern Caribbean Family Cruise from Fort Lauderdale
Departs 23 Sep 2017
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$ 6416*
per family

19 Night Cruise onboard Seabourn Sojourn

Caribbean Isles & Brazil Cruise from Miami to Rio De Janeiro
Departs 04 Jan 2018
from
$ 11499*
per person twin share

Yachtsman's Caribbean

7 night cruise sailing from Philipsburg, St. Maarten aboard the Wind Surf.
Departs 10 Feb 2018
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Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral)

6 night cruise sailing from Port Canaveral aboard the Norwegian Epic.
Departs 17 Dec 2016
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Roundtrip Montego Bay

7 night cruise sailing from Montego Bay aboard the Celestyal Crystal.
Departs 23 Dec 2016
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Bahamian to Port Canaveral

3 night cruise sailing from Port Canaveral aboard the Disney Dream.
Departs 09 Feb 2018
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Bahamian to Port Canaveral

3 night cruise sailing from Port Canaveral aboard the Disney Dream.
Departs 31 Mar 2017
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Western Caribbean Cruise from Port

7 night cruise sailing from Port Canaveral aboard the Disney Fantasy.
Departs 12 May 2018
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Marigot to Marigot

7 night cruise sailing from Gustavia aboard the SeaDream II.
Departs 24 Mar 2018
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Eastern Caribbean from New York to San Juan

5 night cruise sailing from New York aboard the Disney Magic.
Departs 26 Nov 2017
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Western Caribbean

7 night cruise sailing from Port Canaveral aboard the Oasis of the Seas.
Departs 03 Dec 2017
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Caribbean East/West Adventurer

14 night cruise sailing from Fort Lauderdale aboard the Regal Princess.
Departs 15 Jan 2017
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Roundtrip Havana

7 night cruise sailing from Havanna aboard the Celestyal Crystal.
Departs 17 Apr 2017
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Eastern Caribbean Itinerary C

7 night cruise sailing from Miami aboard the Disney Magic.
Departs 11 Dec 2016
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Western Caribbean

5 night cruise sailing from Tampa aboard the Brilliance of the Seas.
Departs 15 Jan 2018
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Bahamas from port canaveral

3 night cruise sailing from Port Canaveral aboard the Disney Wonder.
Departs 16 Feb 2017
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Destination Overview

With a history of colonialism, piracy and Cold War tension, the islands of the Caribbean have to offer than just beaches.

  • Currency - the East Caribbean Dollar is used in 8 countries and territories and the US Dollar is also widespread as an official or secondary currency, meaning you won't have to worry about changing your money between most destinations. Some European territories use the euro and individual currencies.
  • Population - nearly 40 million people inhabit the islands of the Caribbean, the largest populations belonging to Cuba (11.2 million), Haiti (10.7 million) and the Dominican Republic (9.7 million). Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are each home to several million people.
  • Language - the mixed colonial history of the region is reflected in its diversity of languages, with English, Dutch, French and Spanish being official languages in various territories alongside official and informal creoles.
  • Time Zone - most destinations in the Western Caribbean follow Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is 5 hours behind Universal Coordinated Time (UTC-5). The Eastern Caribbean uses Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is 4 hours behind (UTC-4). There are some regional variations, including Daylight Saving Time, which is observed in several countries including Cuba, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
     

Who goes there?

The Caribbean is one of the most well established cruise regions in the world, and many cruise lines depart from North America, Europe and even further abroad.

Major cruise lines including Carnival, Disney, Princess and Royal Caribbean International offer cruises all year round. Seasonal cruises are offered by Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises from North America and by Costa, MSC Cruises and Silversea from Europe.
 

Best time to go?

The busiest time for Caribbean cruises is from December to March, as international travellers seek escape from the cold winter weather back home. Low season is between June and November, when storms and hurricanes are most likely.
 

Highlights

  • Jamaica - a favourite stop on Caribbean cruises, Jamaica has something for everyone – family-friendly swimming and shopping at Montego Bay, romantic sunsets at Negril and waterfalls and mountain adventures at Ocho Rios. Jamaica boasts some of the region's leading visitor attractions including the waterslides of Mystic Mountain and memorable animal encounters at Dolphin Cove.
  • Puerto Rico - popular for eco-tours, water sports and historical explorations, Puerto Rico offers plenty to keep visitors busy, whether you stick to the tourist spots or venture off the beaten path to discover unspoilt beaches, scenic caves and rare birds. San Juan is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean, with fortifications and churches dating back to the 16th century.
  • Dominican Republic - sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the most diverse terrain lies on the Dominican side. The north shore is a haven for thrill-seekers, from water sports to canyoning, and there's plenty of nature to explore from mountains to desert plains.
  • Saint Martin - divided between the French and the Dutch, the two halves of Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten have held on to their distinctive heritage, so visitors can enjoy the best of European cuisine. Philipsburg is one of the most popular shopping spots in the Caribbean for duty free bargains.
     
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