Sailing the Caribbean onboard a cruise ship is an experience complete with turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, black sand beaches, and even a pink sand beach! The Caribbean consists of a myriad of islands sprinkled all the way from the southern tip of Florida to South America, and cruises to the Caribbean are usually divided into three different regions: Southern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, and Eastern Caribbean.
From the sugar plantations of Antigua to the distinct drums of Jamaica, the Caribbean’s location has accumulated influences deriving from Europe, Latin America, and Africa, resulting in a diverse and cultural experience for visitors. Snorkel with stingrays, hike through the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico, visit the cascading waterfall of Jamaica’s Dunn’s River Falls, watch the sunset atop a Mayan pyramid, and more.
Enjoy the tranquility of the Caribbean from your balcony while watching dolphins swim as you sail between the islands, and once the ship is in port, continue to relax by lying on an exotic beach. More adventurous travelers can kick it up a notch and try snorkeling amongst colorful fish or zip lining over tropical canopies. For the avid scuba diver, there isn’t a better place to dive or snorkel than the Cayman and Virgin Islands with their abundance of fish, colored coral reefs, sea anemones, sting rays, and even sights of old ship wrecks to dazzle the enthusiastic swimmers.
The Caribbean consists of an array of exciting destinations including the hustle and bustle of St. Martin, the sea turtles of the Bahamas, the hidden caves of the British Virgin Islands, the flavors of Costa Rica, and the alluring sands of Aruba. Since the islands of the Caribbean are so distinct, the options are endless on how travelers decide to spend their time during the perfect cruise getaway to the Caribbean.