Considered one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, the Caribbean is famous for its colorful islands, friendly people, beautiful beaches, endless water sports, romantic sunsets and delicious food. A Southern Caribbean cruise will transport you to some of the region’s most idyllic islands stretching from Antigua to Trinidad and along the northeastern coast of South America, to the French West Indies and the Grenadines. A variety of embarkation ports makes it fairly easy to reach this tropical paradise.
Beauty abounds in the Southern Caribbean, which stretches from the lush paradise of Dominica to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, known as the “ABC” islands These itineraries include such enticing destinations as Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada (the Spice Island), Bequia (in the Grenadines), upscale French St. Bart’s (St. Barths), St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts/Nevis and Puerto Rico.
Discover unique islands, miles of unspoiled beaches dotted with hidden coves, secluded bays and amazing ports. Known for their magnificent scenery and endless natural beauty, each of these unique destinations offers memorable experiences. From the lush rainforests of Dominica to the delightful French ambiance of St. Barts and the white sand beaches of Antigua, something special awaits. Choose your favorites from a variety of shore excursions in each destination to create the perfect Southern Caribbean cruise.
Boasting 365 beaches – one for everyday of the year – Antigua is a water lover’s dream as it is crystal-clear, making it ideal for swimming, snorkeling, diving, water-skiing and relaxing. History buffs will appreciate a visit to the famous Fort James and Nelson’s Dockyard National Park.
Charming Aruba is a Dutch island famous for its white-sand beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun. Entertainment may include water sports such as diving and snorkeling, while a fun jeep tour along the rugged coastline is ideal for adventure-seekers. If you are looking for that special souvenir, the many duty-free shops will certainly have what you desire. Foodies will be in heaven with the many fabulous culinary offerings at a seemingly endless variety of restaurants.
Experience the many delights of Barbados and its English culture. People flock here from all over the world for its breathtaking beaches, exceptional cuisine and more. One of the best places for wildlife tours is the world-famous Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Explore Harrison’s Cave, where you will discover limestone stalactites and stalagmites and glorious scents wafting through the air will surround you at the acclaimed botanical gardens.
Considered one of the Caribbean’s most recognizable landmarks is the iconic image of the Dutch-influenced waterfront of Curaçao’s capital, Willemstad, with buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Designed with Dutch gables and red-tiled roofs, they are painted in delightful hues of pink, blue, pistachio and citrus yellow. Connecting neighborhoods is the famous floating Queen Emma Bridge. Nearly 300 years old, the Mikve Israel Synagogue Curaçao is one of the most historic synagogues in the world, with its original fixtures and mahogany wood. One of multiple unique features is a floor entirely covered in sand from the Sinai desert. This is symbolic of 40 years spent wandering in the desert before the Jews reached Israel.
The “spice island” of Grenada boasts what is considered the Caribbean’s most beautiful harbor, in addition to holding the title as the world’s leading producer of cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg and clove. Aquamarine waters boast the Caribbean’s largest shipwreck just off the coast along with kaleidoscopic coral reefs and fish ensuring spectacular sights while you are snorkeling and diving. Traverse cobblestone streets for a panoramic view of the magnificent waterfront, take a stroll in the powdery sand of famous Grand Anse Beach and swim in Annandale Falls’ tropical pool at the 50-foot waterfall. Nature-lovers will be captivated by the birds, animals and native flora and fauna of the Grand Etang National Park, where you may catch a glimpse of the elusive Mona monkey.
St. Bart’s (St. Barths)
Luxurious and elegant, St. Bart’s offers a distinct French ambiance and upon arrival it becomes clear why this delightful island is a favorite retreat for the rich and famous. Its well-known harbor of Gustavia will beckon to you with its bevy of chic boutiques and diverse restaurants. Shell Beach, aptly named, is covered in millions of shells and just a short walk from here.
Experience these vibrant islands on your thrilling and amenity-filled Southern Caribbean cruise. Bring the family along, you’ll find something for all age groups in this wonderful sun-draped region.