Favourite Caribbean Cruise Itineraries

Bonaire cuise ship©Brian and Shannon/Flickr

A cruise in the Caribbean is a dream come true for many travelers today and this is a great thing. There are numerous cruise line to choose from and numerous destination, not to mention the various deals and packages that make cruising an affordable and comfortable way of traveling. But with so many offers around, you might be wondering what parts of the Caribbean are really worth seeing? Well, there is no definite answer to this question, but certainly these favourite Caribbean cruise itineraries can serve as inspiration in your future trips:

ABC islands

One unwritten rule for traveling in the Caribbean says that the further south you go, the lower the chances to be hit by a hurricane. Thus, the ABC islands have become a popular destination with those willing to adventure in a Caribbean cruise during the hurricane season (June to October). However, this is not the real reason why a cruise along the ABC islands can be such a great choice. Considered to be less popular and thus less crowded islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (ABC) offer remarkable landscape and water-related activities, as well as very distinct and interesting cultures.

The Latin Caribbean

martinique coastline©BrentOzar/Flickr

Choosing those islands that are more tributary to a certain language or culture is another way to look at the very eclectic and multicultural Caribbean. The Latin Caribbean includes, among others, islands and countries like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Martinique, Guadeloupe or the French side of St Martin – these would be islands where Spanish or French, the two Latin languages, are widely spoken. While it’s hard to make any generalization about these very different locations, remember not to miss the Latino music fiestas and classy French restaurants.

Eastern Caribbean

The eastern Caribbean region includes several islands which are situated in the eastern extremity of the Caribbean Sea and form an imaginary arch between Puerto Rico and the North Eastern extremity of South America. These smaller islands have beaches at both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and are generally great destinations for scuba diving, snorkeling and nature walks. The British and US Virgin Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique are all part of this bigger group of islands.

Bahamas

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The archipelago of Bahamas by itself represents a very common itinerary for cruise operators. Its proximity to the coast of Florida in the US makes these short cruises in the Bahamas particularly affordable. As for the islands themselves, they by no means less beautiful than any part of the Caribbean. The weather is great, the nature paradisiac and the great advantage is that you don’t need to beg your boss for an early leave: a weekend is enough.

 

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