For months, you've been saving for your big vacation, going over the options with your loved ones, and arranging the time off of work. Now, all the preparation is about to pay off: you've decided to take a Caribbean cruise. A wise decision, for a lot of reasons.
To start with, the Caribbean is North America's "backyard paradise:" it's a tropical sea, with a climate of eternal summer, and bordered by scenic coasts, pleasant harbors, and chains of beautiful islands. For American or Canadian travelers, a Caribbean cruise is only a short flight away. As an added advantage, on most of the islands, English is spoken or understood. Spanish is also widely used, and French and Dutch are also frequently encountered. No matter where you're from, you're likely to find someone in the Caribbean who speaks your language.
Especially if your language is the language of fun in the sun and relaxation. The Caribbean is famous for its natural beauty, and some areas, such as the Dutch Antilles or the Cayman Islands, are known world-wide for their scuba diving. On a Caribbean cruise, you can book shore excursions to help you experience everything the region has to offer. The websites of the major cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean International, will all have descriptions of the shore activities they offer. Booking excursions is a great way to get the most out of your Caribbean cruise.
In addition to detail shore excursions, the Royal Caribbean Cruises website gives a great deal more information to make your Caribbean cruise the best vacation you can have. Make sure you read the section titled "Before You Board;" not only does it tell you about shore excursions, but it will also give you good information on the travel documentation you will need (do not forget your passport; the Caribbean may be close, but you're still crossing international borders!), and general tips on taking a cruise (pack your first day's clothes and toiletries in a carry-on, so you will not have to wait for your bags to be delivered to your stateroom!).
All in all, a Caribbean cruise is an ideal vacation. With some foresight, and good planning on your part, it will be a worry-free, hassle-free, time, as well.