Cruises to the Caribbean
When we think of sun, sea, sand and flip flops, the word that often comes to mind is “the Bahamas”, and that is exactly where Caribbean cruise lines take you! The Caribbean islands sit in the Caribbean Sea, a group of countries nestled between the North and South American continents. With departure points from Florida in the United States of America, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, you can explore as much of the 700 islands and reefs that comprise the Caribbean group of islands as you desire.
Caribbean Cruises from Florida and Louisiana
Cruises to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana through the Western Caribbean Islands take in the Bahamas, Grand Cayman Island, Cozumel on the Mexican coastline and finally through Key West, disembarking again in Florida. Some Caribbean cruise lines offer an itinerary visiting Jamaica and Labadee, a private port and resort in the north of Haiti. A western Caribbean cruise is typically seven nights.
The group of islands considered the eastern Caribbean can be accessed from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, or departing from the Bahamas themselves. Explore the Bahamas, stopping at the ports of Nassau and Cococay, in as little as three nights. Seven-night cruises travel further afield to include Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and St. Martin in the Anguilla’s.
Caribbean cruises to the southern group of islands, including Barbados, Puerto Rico, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba and St. Lucia, typically depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The port of Charlotte Amalie, on St. Thomas, was once a great trading center of swashbuckling pirates!
Other Cruises to the Caribbean from America
For an unusual escape, bid farewell the hustle and bustle of New York with a nine-night cruise exploring the Caribbean islands. Longer cruises that begin on the pacific west coast of North America, departing from Vancouver or Los Angeles, round the southern tip of the continent through the Panama Canal and have excursions on islands in the Caribbean. Some world or transatlantic cruises from European cities will also take this route in reverse.
No matter which Caribbean cruise you choose, you are guaranteed to find a Caribbean cruise ship with the perfect itinerary for you, with more than seven major cruise lines operating in the region. Unless you intend to come from farther afield, a cruise around the Caribbean will take no more than seven nights and can be explored over a long weekend if you’re strapped for time.