Cure the “winter blues” with a fabulous Caribbean cruise. Perhaps you’re simply looking to enjoy some quality island time. Before you can say “pass me the lotion,” you could be getting pampered on a spectacular ship. Take advantage of the fabulous deals being offered and before you know it, you’ll be lounging on a sun-drenched beach with a gentle breeze, powdery sand and sparkling aquamarine water. Boasting an average daily high temperature of 78 degrees makes the Caribbean a popular vacation choice year-round — especially during the frigid winter months, when inviting beaches and warm weather beckon. It’s no wonder that couples, families and singles flock to these vibrant destinations.
Sail in delightful comfort and wake up in a different tropical paradise almost every day. Enjoy the many delightful onboard amenities, including a host of fabulous restaurants, including casual venues; rejuvenating spas offering relaxing treatments, state-of-the-art fitness centers, lots of fun activities for kids and teens in their own dedicated areas, plus much more. Choose from a variety of spacious accommodations, including those that are family-friendly. Many boast balconies which provide the ideal spot to enjoy the famous romantic Caribbean sunrises and sunsets.
Unique surprises await you as each island has a distinct cultural ambiance including English, Danish, Dutch, French, Spanish and African influences. While renowned for beautiful beaches and tropical climate, every destination in this region is special. Marvel at such breathtaking wonders as the Baths in Virgin Gorda and Bioluminescent (Mosquito) Bay, Puerto Rico. Take the family and explore centuries-old forts in St. Kitts, San Juan and Curaçao. Kids will be thrilled with winding staircases and hidden tunnels as your family creates lifetime memories.
Be as active or tranquil as you like. Stroll along romantic beaches and explore ancient ruins. Savor local cuisine, where seafood dominates most meals, including lobster, conch and bonito. Traditional Caribbean dishes vary, with favorites including coconut shrimp, jerk chicken and curries. Roti is a delicious tortilla-like wrap that is filled with curried shrimp, chickpeas or conch. Creole dishes are served on the French islands of St. Barts, Martinique and St. Maarten. Treat your palate to such beloved desserts on your cruise vacation as key lime pie, banana fritters and the famous Black or Caribbean Christmas cake, made with aged rum from famous local distilleries. You’ll be back again.
Enhance your Caribbean cruise with a myriad of diverse shore excursions in every port. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Visit Stingray City while on Grand Cayman Island and swim with these amazing creatures or view them from a glass bottom boat. Nature-lovers will enjoy a visit to the world-famous Cayman Turtle Farm. Captivate your senses as you zip-line through the tree-tops for an exhilarating thrill as you experience rain forests in a completely new way. Scaled-down courses, just for kids, are also offered in some places. Hikers will want to visit the El Yunque Rain Forest, Puerto Rico, home to some of the region’s most lush terrain and hundreds of animal species. Explore the famous Hato Caves in Curaçao, with beautiful limestone formations, charming pools and waterfalls. Adventure is yours when you go cave-tubing in Belize.
The Caribbean is also a shopper’s paradise, where you can find good values, including various duty-free items. The stores carry fine jewelry, native goods, bone china, perfume, watches, liquor, crystal and everything in between. Designer names are found throughout the islands. St. Lucia offers a wide variety of shops, boutiques and art galleries, while Curacao’s Harbor Duty-Free Zone in Willemstad is one of the largest in the Caribbean. Antigua’s Heritage Quay Shopping Center in St. John’s is a haven for buyers. Broad Street in Bridgetown, Barbados features many couture brands. St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands offers convenient duty-free shopping at the Havensight cruise ship pier. The Bahamas and St. Maarten also feature many high-end showrooms.
Whichever cruise region you select, Eastern, Western or Southern Caribbean, you are sure to be delighted by this spectacular and unique destination. Immerse yourself in island life on a Caribbean cruise and have “fun in the sun”.