The Caribbean has to be one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world. Bathed in warm sunshine and surrounded by clear waters, these islands make a truly idyllic vacation spot.
Perhaps the best way to experience the region is on Caribbean cruises and if you’ve not yet experienced the luxury and convenience of seaborne adventures like this: do you know what you’ve been missing out on?
Pack more into your vacation
One of the best things about these cruises is the fact that they allow you to visit a number of islands in a relatively short space of time. Within a week or two, you can experience the exotic landscapes and cultures of several Caribbean destinations. On the other hand, if you try to do this as part of a more conventional vacation, by flying and booking into hotels, you’ll end up putting in a lot more work and potentially spending much more money.
There are plenty of different styles of cruise to choose from too. Whether you’re after an indulgent, spa-style break, a family trip, a romantic sojourn or an adventure-packed activity break, you won’t be disappointed. Depending on the package you choose, you could find yourself mountain biking in Antigua, swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas, taking a Bob Marley tour in Jamaica or snorkeling in Barbados.
Another highlight of taking a cruise compared to regular trips is the fact that these holidays are pretty much stress-free. You don’t have to worry about making detailed travel arrangements, checking into various hotels or planning a complex itinerary. Instead, you can let your cruise line worry about all this and simply spend your vacation relaxing.
As an added bonus, some cruises include stops at private islands. These tranquil spots are the perfect places to completely unwind and feel like a very special person indeed.
Tailor your trip
For the best experiences on your Caribbean cruises, it’s important to make sure you book trips that perfectly match your preferences. There are plenty of options to choose from. For example, departure ports in Florida include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, St Petersburg and Tampa. In addition, you can embark on your adventure from New Orleans or Galveston, or you can start your cruise on one of the islands themselves.
Bear in mind that eastern Caribbean cruises tend to include ports such as Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbados, while trips around the west of the region typically incorporate the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Mexico. If you opt for a southerly itinerary, you may travel to places such as Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Trinidad and Tobago.
As long as you make sure you choose a route and a style of cruise to suit you, you should experience a sun-soaked, zero-stress holiday that leaves you with memories to last a lifetime.