More ships cruise the Caribbean islands than any other region in the world and Miami is considered the cruise capital of the world. Caribbean cruises offer crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, abundant water sports and duty-free shopping.
Caribbean cruises are divided into three regions:
The Western Caribbean is one of the most popular cruise regions that appeals to everyone - from first-time cruisers to experienced travelers and from families with young children to couples celebrating golden anniversaries. The region's warm temperatures and laid-back atmosphere offers wide range of activities - sightseeing, day & night clubs, shopping and water sports.
Visit popular cities in the Yucatan region of Mexico, well-known for ancient Mayan ruins and white-sand beaches. Snorkel or swim with the stingrays in Grand Cayman, splash around at Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica or scuba dive in Cozumel. Some Western Caribbean cruises stop in eclectic Key West, where shop-lined streets, amazing art galleries and lively bars welcome guests ashore.
The Eastern Caribbean Cruise region has a unique atmosphere of its own. Well-known for its scenic destinations, architecture and great shopping, this region also appeals to those looking for quaint towns, beautiful beaches and great water sports.
Ports of call include St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos, as well the Dominican Republic, Nassau in the Bahamas and sometimes Key West, FL. Many cruise lines own private islands nearby and schedule stops so guests can enjoy resort-style beaches, barbecue and all sorts of water activities.
Crystal-clear water, palm trees swaying in the breeze and the hypnotizing beat of a calypso drum are some of the memories you'll have of your Southern Caribbean cruise. With fewer days at sea, Southern Caribbean cruises stop nearly every day of the voyage to visit unique destinations, each characterized by different cultures, atmospheres and terrain.
Southern Caribbean cruises usually depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a weeklong itinerary, although longer itineraries are sometimes offered from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Each port on a Southern Caribbean itinerary offers something different. Aruba and Antigua are well-known for their beautiful beaches, and lush rain forests are a highlight for tourists in Dominica. Snorkel in the turquoise waters off the island of Barbados.