Once you have decided on a cruise in the Caribbean, a few decisions still remain. Fortunately, today’s cruise lines provide all-inclusive travel packages that allow you to customize every step of your holiday experience.
Most travelers choose a 7-day cruise. This is ideal for Caribbean destinations since you’ll want enough time to visit different islands to enjoy the food and culture of each. The most popular port destinations are Barbadoes, Jamaica and Antigua which brings us to your next decision…East or West Caribbean?
Eventual ports of call and available ports of departure will be two of your first considerations. Eastern Caribbean ports of call are usually the Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. John, Puerto Rico, and St. Maarten (St. Martin.) If you are traveling from the continental United States, the majority of these cruises depart from Florida. Most Western Caribbean cruises depart from New Orleans, Texas, and Florida – with ports of call such as Cozumel, Grand Cayman,the Dominican Republic, and Belize.
Something for first-time cruisers to consider is sailing time. Eastern Caribbean cruises visit islands closer together meaning more shore-time for you. If you prefer less frequent stops and some relaxing time spent sailing the ocean blue, the Western Caribbean is probably your best choice.
When planning your next vacation, consider a cruise. Leave your keys and your worries at home, eat great food, explore new cultures, enjoy the blue skies and sunny beaches, and leave the “driving” to Caribbean cruises.