The Caribbean boasts some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the world, magnificent marine life and one of the warmest year around climates on the planet. It’s no wonder Caribbean cruises are the most popular cruises on the market today accounting for more than 60% of the North American cruise industry. Caribbean cruises also offer more flexibility and options than any other type of cruise including year around cruise destinations, a vast selection of cruise itineraries, and Caribbean cruises embark from more ports of call than any other type of cruise on the market
The three most common Caribbean cruise itineraries include the Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean. Deep Southern Caribbean cruise itineraries may be considered a fourth. If you are interested in spending the least amount of time at sea and more time shopping and exploring, an itinerary covering the Eastern Caribbean may be the ideal cruise for you.
Most Eastern Caribbean cruises embark from Florida and ports of call may include St. Marteen, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St. John and St. Thomas. Excursions are plentiful and passengers generally spend less time at sea and more time engaging in water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, exploring rain forests and relaxing on white-sand beaches. Eastern Caribbean cruises also offer limitless opportunities for duty-free shopping, and dining at amazing restaurants where unique fusion foods and drinks are the norm. If time permits, the nightlife is also worth exploring.
Excursions in the Eastern Caribbean will take the eager shopper through scores of day spas, street markets and specialty shops as well as unique jewelry stores, designer boutiques and bustling town squares. One of the most popular shopping areas in the Caribbean is Philipsburg, St. Maarten and a popular nightlife spot is Sunset Beach Bar (also in St. Maarten), at #2 Beacon Hill Road, Maho Beach. If you are interested in the history of the Islands in the Eastern Caribbean region, there are many museums to visit as well.
If youâ€™re looking for a great deals and discounts, try booking your Eastern Caribbean Cruise during the month of January or September, October, November and December and late spring. The base price for most Caribbean cruises typically covers the following: ship transportation, meals, accommodations, entertainment and a variety of social activities. Dry cleaning, alcohol, extra activities such as gambling, gratuities, excursions and port charges may not be included in the price. Keep in mind that prices may vary depending on the length of your vacation, the cruise line, whether youâ€™re booking a luxury cruise or budget cruise and destinations.
A few of the more popular cruise lines serving the Eastern Caribbean include: Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Disney Cruises, Norwegian Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and Celebrity Cruises, to name a few.