Cruising to the Caribbean is more popular than any other Cruise destination. So what makes a Cruise to Caribbean so popular? Well it's more than likely a combination of a number of factors including;
· Some of the World's best beaches.
· Diversity of influences such as; British, French, Spanish & Dutch
· Vast choice of itinerary's from a wide selection of Cruise Companies.
· Clear Sea's full of marine life.
· Great duty free shopping.
· Warm climate all year round.
The list goes on & on so it's easy to see why the Caribbean is the number 1 Cruise destination.
The Caribbean Cruising area is so vast it's generally split up into 3 separate areas; Southern Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean & Western Caribbean.
The Southern Caribbean consists of Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, Margarita, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia along Kitts & Nevis among many others. The Islands on a Southern Caribbean Cruise are very close together & so cruise ships can stop at more than one a day so the itinerary's tend to be more hectic & fast paced, because of these these cruises are more suited to the experienced cruise passenger.
The Western Caribbean takes in Cuba, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos & the Bahamas. Cruises depart from a variety of ports mainly, Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, or Port Canaveral all in Florida. Other ports sometimes used are Mobile in Alabama, Galveston in Texas & New Orleans in Louisiana. Because of the distances involved Western Caribbean cruises often include 2 days at sea & are therefore more relaxing & especially recommended for first time cruisers.
The Eastern Caribbean Cruises normally depart from ports in Florida or San Juan in Porto Rico, they offer more variety than Western Caribbean Cruises with the Islands being very close together, making it possible to make 3 or 4 ports of call a day. Most Itinerary's take in St Thomas, St marten, British Virgin Islands, Haiti & the Bahamas. If departing from Florida you may start & end with a day at sea. Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean are more suited to the active cruise passenger or more experienced traveler.
There are a host of activities you can get involved in whilst cruising or you can just put your feet up & relax. Apart from all the shore excursions possible on your Caribbean cruise you will not be short of anything to do whilst cruising between ports. From rock climbing to surfing, from roulette to West End shows there is always something going on on board your cruise ship. Regular cruisers will be familiar with all the activities available while I can promise first time cruise travelers that they will be amazed at the facilities provided on modern cruise ships.
Cruise durations to the Caribbean can be from as little as 2 days up to 14 days or more. You should decide what type of Caribbean cruise you are looking for ie a relaxing cruise or a busy site seeing cruise then decide which area you would like to visit. One other thing you may like to think about is "cruise & stay" where either either start or end your cruise with a stay on land either in a city or beach destination. If you do decide on this option I would definitely recommend that you choose to stay at your land based destination before, and NOT after your cruise, the reason for this is that many people become so accustomed to the level of service & attention on the cruise part that they are most disappointed with the land based part of the holiday.