More ships travel to the Caribbean today than any other destination, so it should come as no surprise that a Caribbean cruise is the worldâ€™s most popular cruise. The Caribbean is a popular cruise destination for several reasons. The Caribbean has excellent weather, beautiful waters, and an abundance of leisure activities, gorgeous scenery, and some of the best and most spectacular beaches in the world.
A Caribbean cruise is popular for these reasons and also because a Caribbean cruise offers several types of cruises, exciting ports of call, unique shore excursions, and a wide variety of itineraries. There are four different types of Caribbean Cruises including: Eastern Caribbean Cruise, Western Caribbean Cruise, Southern Caribbean Cruise, and Deep Southern Caribbean Cruise.
Eastern Caribbean cruises will typically leave from Florida (longer cruises may leave from New York) with stops in places like the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Tortola, San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Western Caribbean cruises may leave from Florida, Texas, or New Orleans and may stop in the Bahamas, Key West, Cozumel, Calica/Playa del Carmen, Costa Maya, Belize, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama. Southern Caribbean cruises may depart from Barbados, San Juan Puerto Rico or Ft. Lauderdale. Depending on where you depart from, ports of call typically include: St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, Dominica, Martinique, San Juan, and Aruba. St. Thomas is probably the most popular port of call out of all Caribbean cruises.
The most exotic type of cruise among the Caribbean cruises is the Deep Southern Caribbean cruise. Many Deep Southern Caribbean Cruises are port intensive, offering plenty of opportunities to explore or relax on the islands. Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, St. Maarten, Tortola, St. Kitts, Dominica and St. Lucia may be considered Southern and Deep Southern ports of call. Other Deep Southern Ports of call include: Ocho Rios, Cartagena, Colon, San Blas, Puerto Limon, Costa Maya, and Cayo Levantado, to name a few. Deep Southern Caribbean cruises are typically longer as well.
Depending on the type of cruise you choose, Caribbean shore excursions will have some similarities such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and sunbathing, but there are many Caribbean shore excursions are distinctly different. Tubing on the Layou River in Dominica, Stingray City at Grand Cayman Island, Hiking the El Junque Rain Forest in Puerto Rico, High Tea at Sunbury Plantation on Barbados, Walking Up Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica, and America’s Cup Yacht Racing on St. Maarten are just a few unique favorites among the many cruise excursion offerings.
Once you have decided which Caribbean cruise is for you, the length of time you would like to cruise (anywhere from 3 days up to 15 days or more) and the types of things you would like to do on your cruise, itâ€™s time to select a cruise line. Choose any of the following cruise lines for your Caribbean Cruise or contact your local cruise travel agent.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Discovery Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line
Holland America Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Princess Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The Yachts of Seabourn
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises