Think ‘Caribbean cruise’ and it’s likely that you’ll conjure up images of year-round sunshine, dreamy beaches and a rainbow of cocktails. The good news is that the reality really isn’t far from this! The Caribbean is the most popular area for cruise itineraries in the world, with hot spots including Jamaica, Barbados and and St. Thomas. Like most people, you’re probably already sold on the idea of going on such a voyage, but now it’s time to start putting those plans into action. Take a look at this quick guide on Caribbean cruises.
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Most ships depart from Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Port Canaveral) or Florida Panhandle (Tampa or St Petersburg). Others set off from New Orleans (Louisiana) or even Galveston (Texas). Work out which port is easiest for you to travel to and look at what operators provide cruises from that destination.
What kind of cruise?
Different cruise liners are tailored to different kinds of passengers. Do your research first! Do you want a family orientated ship, with plenty for the kids to do? Or would you prefer life on board to be child free, and catered towards adults looking for relaxation?
With over 7,000 islands to choose from, there are various itineraries to pick. Usually, these are split into Eastern, Western and Southern.
Eastern: Barbados, Antigua, Dominica, Martinique, St Croix, St Kitts, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Lucia and St Maarten.
Western: Mexico, Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
Southern: Tobago, Barbados and Trinidad.
Because it is generally great weather all year round, you can choose to take your cruise in the off-peak season for slighter less expensive prices. If you want to make the absolute most out of the weather, between November and May is peak season. June through November is hurricane season but captains and cruise companies are very aware of this and might change course last minute to avoid a nasty storm.
Life on board
Modern cruise ships are bursting with activities, from language classes to gym sessions to late night cabaret – it’s pretty much impossible to get bored. Your ticket cost usually includes food and there is often a wide selection to choose from, some even backed by celebrity chefs. Be aware that some restaurants and alcoholic drinks may carry a separate charge. If you prefer to take it easy, simply find a lounger near the pool, rub in your sun cream, pull out your book, lie back and relax. There’s even the chance to get a well-deserved massage or manicure.
Once you hit the shores, it’s time to explore the island! Again, you can book onto excursions arranged by the cruise company or park yourself on the beach with a rum based cocktail in hand. It’s definitely worth researching each port of call before setting off and highlighting anything specific that you want to do there – you can make your own plans rather than following the ship’s excursion activities. You might even find cheaper deals.
All you need to do now is go ahead and get planning the vacation of a lifetime!
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