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Caribbean Cruises

If you close your eyes and try to envision a tropical paradise, there’s a strong chance it will look like the Caribbean. White sandy beaches, rugged mountain peaks, colourful coral reefs and laid-back seaside cafes characterise the mellow yet diverse landscapes of this island region. Go scuba diving with stingrays, explore pirate shipwrecks, or dance the night away in a salsa club. From the romantic city streets of Old Havana in Cuba to the trendy nightlife of Barbados, you’ll find urban landscapes as intriguing as the natural one...

CARIBBEAN CRUISE PORTS

Antigua

Antigua

Famous for its sunshine and white sandy beaches, Antigua offers the quintessential Caribbean experience. Top attractions include the rocky coves of Half Moon Bay and colonial history at Nelson’s Dockyard. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, take a tour of sugar plantations or visit St John’s to see Creole architecture. The Antigua and Barbuda Museum is located here, filled to the brim with cool artefacts.

Aruba

Aruba

Golden sandy beaches and sunny weather are top draws for visitors to Aruba. Go scuba diving to explore long-lost shipwrecks, or visit the charming port city of Oranjestad to admire the colourful Dutch colonial architecture and relax in Wilhelmina Park. Head to Arikok National Park to explore natural pools and rock formations. The island’s also famous for its Carnival, when it springs to life with vibrant parades.

Martinique

Martinique

The tropical Caribbean island of Martinique stands out for its French Creole culture and beautiful interior mountains. If you’re a rum fan then a distillery tour is a must, and you can also visit sugarcane fields and banana plantations. Fort de France is the island’s friendly capital known with its imposing fort and vibrant covered market. Trois Ilets is the go-to destination for casinos, golfing and nightlife.

Grenada

Grenada

Grenada may be small in size, but it’s jam-packed with plenty of attractions including the incredibly picturesque port city of St George’s with its red-brick buildings and pretty harbour. Grenada is also famous for its lush rainforest interior, particularly within the Grand Etang National Park. And don’t miss the chance to sample local produce at the River Antoine Rum Distillery and Grenada Chocolate Company!

Nassau

Nassau

The main Bahamas port, Nassau is just a stone’s throw away from sandy beaches. The city is famed for its history as a hotspot for pirates, who you may still see wandering about near the Pirates of Nassau attraction! From the trinkets of Straw Market to the pastel buildings of Parliament Square, there’s plenty to discover. Book a day pass to Atlantis Resort to treat yourself to all the water sports of Paradise Island.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

You’d be forgiven for spending all your time on Puerto Rico’s sun-drenched beaches, ringed with palm trees. However, it’s also home to historic monuments like the 16th-century Castillo San Felipe del Morro, as well as lush rainforests like El Yunque with its waterfalls, horseback riding and hiking trails. Explore San Juan’s Old Town with its cobbled streets and pastel architecture, or enjoy the glittering nightlife.

Barbados

Barbados

Relax and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle in Barbados, famed for its white sands and colonial buildings. Take a walk around Bridgetown’s Trafalgar Square and bustling fishing harbour. The climate is lush and tropical, so why not pay a visit to the Andromeda Botanic Gardens or Welchman Hall Gully? Don’t miss taking a gander at the island’s giant Baobab Tree, and be sure to sample the amazing soul food and rum punch.

Havana

Havana

This gorgeous Mexican island is untouched in comparison to neighbouring destinations, making it the perfect spot for relaxing. Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park is the go-to spot for diving – you’ll be able to swim around the Mesoamerican Coral Reef and view underwater artwork in the Museo Subacuatico de Arte. See sea turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat at Chankanaab, and Mayan ruins at San Gervasio.

Montego Bay

Montego Bay

Montego Bay is a lively port town where you can experience the laid-back rhythms of Jamaica. Dance the night away to live dancehall music, sip spiced rum or watch the world go by in Sharpe Square. Montego Bay boasts plentiful places to unwind, including Doctor’s Cave or Walter Fletcher Beach with its amusement park. Go snorkelling in Marine Park to see vibrant coral reefs, and don’t forget to try the jerk chicken!

Cozumel

Cozumel

This gorgeous Mexican island is untouched in comparison to neighbouring destinations, making it the perfect spot for relaxing. Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park is the go-to spot for diving – you’ll be able to swim around the Mesoamerican Coral Reef and view underwater artwork in the Museo Subacuatico de Arte. See sea turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat at Chankanaab, and Mayan ruins at San Gervasio.

What You Need To Know About Caribbean

When is the best time to visit the Caribbean?

The peak time for visitors to the Caribbean is between the months of December and April, when humidity’s low and temperatures are warm. Hot, sunny days give way to breezy evenings so you can make the most of the regional attractions, spending time on the beach and enjoying the onshore nightlife. Hurricane season begins in June, lasting through to November. This time period brings wetter, stickier weather and the chance that your cruise itinerary might be changed due to storms (particularly in September and October). On the bright side, you’ll get the best deals in summer and autumn!

What are the can’t-miss highlights of a Caribbean cruise?

Whether you’re in search of adventure or blissful relaxation, the Caribbean doesn’t disappoint. Top snorkelling and scuba diving destinations include the Cayman Islands, where you can swim with tame stingrays. Additional Caribbean highlights include the famous Piton mountains in St Lucia, made from craggy volcanic materials, or the hiking trails around Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. You can cruise around in a classic car through Cuba’s Old Havana, or visit the cloud forest in Puerto Rico with its amazing wildlife. Speaking of wildlife, a must-do on any Caribbean itinerary is swimming with the wild pigs on the Bahamas island of Grand Exuma!

What are the visa requirements?

Whether you’re in search of adventure or blissful relaxation, the Caribbean doesn’t disappoint. Top snorkelling and scuba diving destinations include the Cayman Islands, where you can swim with tame stingrays. Additional Caribbean highlights include the famous Piton mountains in St Lucia, made from craggy volcanic materials, or the hiking trails around Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. You can cruise around in a classic car through Cuba’s Old Havana, or visit the cloud forest in Puerto Rico with its amazing wildlife. Speaking of wildlife, a must-do on any Caribbean itinerary is swimming with the wild pigs on the Bahamas island of Grand Exuma!

Which Caribbean dishes should you try?

Expect the freshest possible seafood and lush tropical fruits during a trip to the Caribbean, often combined in mouth-watering combinations. Local ingredients like plantain, breadfruit, rice, beans and yams are used in abundance. There’s a wide range of influences on the local cuisine from French to Creole and Indian. These vary from island to island, reflecting the area’s colonial history. In the West Indies region, spicy jerk seasoning offers an explosion of flavour, used in preparing fish, pork and most famously chicken. Treat yourself to a fresh fruit salad, with pineapple, banana, coconut and papaya growing in abundance here. And don’t forget to try the locally produced rum!

CARIBBEAN EXPERTS

We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Caribbean and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.
Josephine Wright

Josephine Wright

"There is so much to see in America and the wonderful Islands that make up the Caribbean. Just remember the best dates to go - Beginning November to end March."

"There is so much to see in America and the wonderful Islands that make up the Caribbean. Just remember the best dates to go - Beginning November to end March."

Cruise Expert Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

"It's no wonder that the Caribbean is the world’s most popular cruise destination. The best way to see the islands is by taking some of the cruise lines tours – they can be pre-booked before or on board."

"It's no wonder that the Caribbean is the world’s most popular cruise destination. The best way to see the islands is by taking some of the cruise lines tours – they can be pre-booked before or on board."

Cruise Expert Haydn Jones

Haydn Jones

"In all my years of travelling I’ve never seen sand so white and waters so clear. Situated on Grand Cayman’s west shore, Seven Mile Beach measuring only 5.5 miles."

"In all my years of travelling I’ve never seen sand so white and waters so clear. Situated on Grand Cayman’s west shore, Seven Mile Beach measuring only 5.5 miles."

Lesley Millward

Lesley Milward

"Barbados is one of the friendliest islands. The island is really beautiful and is home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean as well as having a UNESCO World Heritage listed capital!"

"Barbados is one of the friendliest islands. The island is really beautiful and is home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean as well as having a UNESCO World Heritage listed capital!"

CARIBBEAN CRUISE REVIEWS

P&O Britannia

Our 1st Cruise Together After 48 Years

CARIBBEAN

Whittaker, Birmingham, 10th Dec 18

Have always wanted to do a Caribbean cruise and visit so many beautiful islands. We did an organised trip of every Island and loved each one. The choice of organised trips were excellent.

Carnival Legend

Aventura Dance Cruise

CARIBBEAN

De ita, Rhinelander, 08 Dec 18

I loved being there. Carnival is an awesome place to have a honeymoon. We had such magical nights and the food was just from other world. You have salt water pools and hot tubes too.

CARIBBEAN - DID YOU KNOW?

  • Did you know that there are about 7000 islands in the Caribbean region? With so many tiny islets, there’s little chance of you getting bored here. Only 2% of these are inhabited, leaving an abundance of secret coves to explore.
  • Are you interested in learning about the real-life pirates of the Caribbean? Try visiting Anedaga reef, which has caused 300 shipwrecks over the years and is though to be a favoured hideout for pirates.
  • The Caribbean is extraordinarily diverse when it comes to plant and wildlife, giving you the chance to get up close to colourful toucans and lush cloud forests! Tree canopies give way to crashing waterfalls like Jamaica’s Dunn’s River Falls & Park, with its 180 metres of tiered falls.
  • In addition to all the wildlife and natural scenery you’ll see on land, you could also come face to face with humpback whales. The Dominican Republic’s Samana Bay is a hotspot for these magnificent creatures, who come to breed between the months of January and March. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear a male humpback’s courting song on a whale watching trip!
  • Although you may associate the Caribbean with rum, it’s also an excellent place to try coffee. Head to the Blue Mountains in Jamaica to sample a cup of java fresh from the source.