Southern Caribbean cruises are ideal for those who want to see the more exotic side of the Caribbean. They say, if you visit a different beach in the Caribbean each day of the year, you won’t visit the same beach twice. The Caribbean is famous for its endless amount of beaches, but it is also famous for having the most magnificent marine life in the world and one of the warmest year around climates on the planet. One of the most popular ways to explore the Caribbean is at sea and during the past few decades, more than 90 million people have taken a deep-water cruise.
There are several common itineraries including: Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean and Deep Southern Caribbean. While the Western Caribbean is the most popular Caribbean region for tourists, the Southern Caribbean region is actually one of the most exotic, secluded and least traveled region of them all. Visitors to the Southern Caribbean Islands have the opportunity to experience the Caribbean in its purest form, which makes for a unique and unforgettable vacation.
Southern Caribbean cruises generally embark from San Juan, New York or Ft. Lauderdale, with San Juan being the most popular departure point. Ports of call may include: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Tortola, Curaçao, Grenada, Martinique, St. Barts, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Maarten or Virgin Gorda, to name just a few.
The Islands of the Southern Caribbean are among the most relaxed in the Caribbean. Visitors have access to hundreds of peaceful, white-sand beaches at every port, relaxed snorkeling tours through crystal clear waters alongside exotic fish and marine life, and laid-back mountain biking opportunities in places like Barbados. Antigua offers the most opportunities to sunbathe in seclusion, while an abundance of natural wonders such as rain forests, waterfalls, rivers and coral reefs can be found in Dominica.
Other notable attractions in the Southern Caribbean include Castries at St. Lucia featuring the world’s only drive-through volcano, the baths in Virgin Gorda, superior snorkeling in nearby Spring Bay, historic Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and visitors to Aruba can walk across Aruba’s Natural Bridge – a 100-foot-long coral rock bridge made by crashing waves.
Wherever your vessel takes you in the Southern Caribbean, there are endless activities, attractions and adventures to choose from, so make sure you choose a vacation length that will allow you to experience as much of the Southern Caribbean as you possibly can. Vacation lengths are generally longer for Southern Caribbean cruises and may range anywhere from 7 days up to a whopping 16 days or more!
Before booking your Southern Caribbean Cruise, there are a few things to consider. Some of the best values are offered during the month of January, late spring and September-December. Prices may vary depending on the type of accommodations you choose (luxury or economy), the size of the cruise ship, length of vacation and the destinations you are interested in. Bring extra cash for alcohol, tips, dry cleaning, excursions, port charges and extra activities such as gambling, as they are not included in the price. Prices generally do include entertainment, most social activities, ship transportation and accommodations.
A few of the more popular cruise lines serving the Southern Caribbean region include Norwegian Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Disney Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, Royal Caribbean International and Princess Cruises.