The Caribbean is Calling
Sun kisses, turquoise waters, rhythmic beats. The wind at your back and the sand between your toes.
Let the Caribbean soothe your soul and wash the world away.
The Caribbean is a tropical paradise, offering turquoise waters, vivid landscapes, and a rich history. On a cruise, you’ll be introduced to a kaleidoscope of colors and unforgettable experiences. The azure seas, white beaches, lush green forests, and vibrant Caribbean culture must be seen to be believed.
Indulge in mouth-watering Caribbean food found in local markets and explore a wide range of islands, beaches, cultures, and flavours. Hop from one island to another and satisfy your inner outdoor adventure enthusiast. Lose yourself in the rhythmic beats of Calypso steel drums. Snorkel with manta rays, uncover ancient jungle ruins, and explore vibrant colonial towns in must-visit islands like Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Aruba. If you prefer a more relaxed pace, bask in the sun on the beautiful beaches and swim in the azure blue waters of the Bahamas.
A Caribbean cruise is more than just a holiday – it’s a soulful journey that rejuvenates both your body and mind. Embrace the freedom of “Island time” and discover a cruise experience like no other.
In search of the perfect time to cruise the Caribbean?
Typically, the period from mid-December to mid-March offers the best weather conditions for a Caribbean cruise. This is the Caribbean’s dry season, presenting a golden opportunity to soak up the sun. However, it’s important to note that this period is also the high tourist season, attracting a multitude of sun-seekers escaping the winter chill. Remember to check the climate specific to your desired destination as weather patterns can vary across different regions of the Caribbean.
If you’re seeking a more serene experience away from the masses, late spring or autumn, particularly May or late October and November, provide an excellent chance to revel in warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. During these months, you can bask in the tranquil beauty of the Caribbean without the hordes of sunscreen-slathered tourists. If you’re after a budget-friendly option, late summer and winter, commonly known as hurricane season, offer unbeatable deals. Although temperatures may dip slightly, and June tends to be one of the wettest months in the islands, cruise prices drop as the crowds disperse. It’s essential to keep in mind that hurricane season officially lasts from 1 June to 30 November. However, some regions in the Caribbean are seldom affected by hurricanes due to their proximity to the equator.
Popular Cruise Lines
When it comes to Caribbean cruises, you’ll find that nearly every well-known cruise line offers this itinerary. Some of the most popular cruise lines sailing in and around the islands include Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises. However, the options don’t stop there! There is a vast array of itineraries available across several other esteemed lines, granting you even more choices.
Among these additional lines are Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, P&O Cruises UK, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, and Silversea.
Highlights of the Caribbean
The Bahamas is a must-do Caribbean destination. It is the ultimate playground for grown-ups. Imagine getting lost among a thousand islands, swimming with adorable pigs (yes, really!), indulging in mouthwatering Caribbean street food, exploring vibrant reefs, and hiking through lush rainforests. The Bahamas offers stunning light blue beaches, mesmerizing translucent underwater caves, a rich royal heritage, and exclusive private isles. You can indulge in the luxurious amenities of resorts like Atlantis, which has the world’s largest open-air maine habitat, and an exhilarating waterpark called Aquaventure. Saddleup for a horseback ride, both on land and in the ocean. Swim with stingrays, enjoy a beach bbq, or cocktails at a private cabana. A cruise to the Bahamas is your ticket to experiencing all of this and more.
Key Ports to Visit
⚓ San Juan, Puerto Rico
Discover the vibrant charm of San Juan, Puerto Rico – an unforgettable destination that promises endless adventure, rich history, and breathtaking beauty. Immerse yourself in the allure of Old San Juan’s cobblestone streets, explore fortresses and museums, and indulge in local souvenirs along Calle Cristo. Extend your stay to marvel at El Yunque National Forest’s majestic rainforest or unwind with coastal views at Bahia Beach. Whether before or after your cruise, let San Juan guide you on an adventure of a lifetime.
⚓ Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbados is a highly sought-after destination in the Caribbean, attracting numerous cruise ships and offering both embarkation and disembarkation options in the vibrant city of Bridgetown. This charming slice of paradise is often included in Southern Caribbean itineraries, making it a must-visit spot. From its captivating shipwrecks to its world-class golf courses, Bridgetown offers a coming together of relaxation, adventure and culture.
⚓ Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
From swimming with friendly Southern Stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar to exploring the island’s vibrant markets and indulging in mouthwatering cuisine, Grand Cayman has it all. Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of Seven Mile Beach, where powdery white sand and thrilling underwater adventures await. The Cayman Craft Market is a gem that you shouldn’t miss, and don’t forget to indulge in some window shopping in George Town.
⚓ Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel offers an enchanting blend of vibrant tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters, and ancient ruins, guaranteeing unique and thrilling adventures. For a trip back in time, venture into the majesty of the towering Maya ruins at Tulum. Treat yourself to a blissful beachside massage at Playa Mia. Snorkel amidst the mesmerising colorful reefs in the underwater wonders of the island. Cozumel provides countless opportunities, whether you seek an enriching cultural experience or simply wish to soak up the warm sunshine.
⚓ Nassau, Bahamas
Let Nassau embrace you with its laid-back vibe and whisk you away into a world of pure bliss. Dive into crystal-clear waters, stroll along pristine white-sand beaches, and immerse yourself in Caribbean charm. Discover the rich history of this former pirate haven and be captivated by its colonial fortresses. Embark on an adventure like no other as you encounter majestic sea creatures and explore the luxurious Paradise Island. All of your paradise dreams will come true in the enchanting capital of the Bahamas.
The Bahamas enjoys warm temperatures year-round, which is one of its biggest draws for holidaymakers. Even in the evenings and mornings and December to April, when it may be slightly chilly, the sea remains inviting for swimming, and the sun shines warmly. Summer brings a bit more intense sunshine and increased humidity, along with a higher chance of rainfall. However, during this time, the islands adopt a slower pace of life, and as visitors decrease during this time, it can be a great opportunity to savour tranquil island life
Choose right Caribbean region for you cruise!
The Caribbean is divided into three main cruise regions – Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean. And while they share some similarities, each cluster of islands has its own unique characteristics, so do a bit of research into each region to see what cruise might be right for you.
The Western Caribbean includes destinations such as the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Belize (which is technically part of Central America), Roatan (off the coast of Honduras), and Labadee on the northern coast of Haiti. Western Caribbean itineraries also often include visits to Mexican ports like Costa Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Cozumel. If you prefer fewer ports and have a keen interest in Mayan culture and diving, this Caribbean cruise region is ideal for you.
On the other hand, the Eastern Caribbean boasts a wide range of destinations, including the Bahamas, an archipelago of more than 700 islands; Hispaniola, which encompasses the Dominican Republic and Haiti; the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix; the British Virgin Islands of Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda; the Turks and Caicos; Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States; and St. Maarten/St. Martin. It’s a paradise for shopping enthusiasts and beach lovers.
The Southern Caribbean is the perfect choice if you’re yearning for a more adventurous and less crowded experience. It includes stunning destinations such as Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bequia, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, Grenada, Nevis, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, and Trinidad. Puerto Rico’s San Juan is also often a stop on a Southern Caribbean voyage.This region appeals to those who can embark on longer cruises and desire new and less-explored ports of call.