turquoise water, stretches of sandy beach, and the beat of a
steel drum band are just the main ingredients of a Caribbean
cruise. Toss in
balmy breezes and abundant sunshine and the allure of the
number one choice of vacationers in search of a warm weather
cruise is instantly apparent.
cruises come in three distinct seven-day flavors: Eastern,
Western, and Southern. Longer
cruises of ten and eleven nights are frequently called
something like “Caribbean Circle.”
Caribbean is usually the choice of first-time cruisers
and those veterans who relish more “at sea” days. Three,
or sometimes four, ports of call generally include St.
Thomas/St. John, St. Martin/Sint Maarten, San Juan, St.
Croix, or various cruise lines’ “private” islands for
a beach party.
passengers who regard snorkeling and SCUBA diving a most-do,
the Western Caribbean offers the best options. They
include Key West, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, or a
Caribbean cruises offer the choice of more island
destinations for the inquisitive. Embarking
in San Juan, ports of call may include Antigua, Aruba,
Barbados, Tortola/Virgin Gorda, Curaçao, Grenada,
Martinique, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and sometimes
St. Thomas/St. John or St. Martin/Sint Maarten.
these islands all the same? Not
a bit. Each has its
own personality and style—some derived from their colonial
culture and geography. Most
are home to friendly residents and offer pleasant diversions
and enough shopping for even the most addicted shop-aholic. It’s
quite possible to take as many as four or five Caribbean
cruises and “repeat” very few islands.
your course for Caribbean relaxation with Cruise Diva’s
Caribbean Ports of Call. Make your selection from the
column on the right-hand side of this page.
Cruise Lines' Private Islands -- Established to
provide a beach break on an island (or part of one) reserved
for their exclusive use, most are located in the Bahamas
chain of "home" islands and included in certain Caribbean
to Caribbean Vacations -- Outstanding online source
of information from M. Timothy O'Keefe, a veteran of more
than three decades of travel to the islands and a regular
contributor to Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine.
Trips -- Take
charge of your port calls by pre-booking shore excursions.
All are personally selected by travel professionals to
enhance your days ashore.
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