(26) Cruising the Caribbean

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(26) Cruising the Caribbean

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Cruising the Caribbean

The Caribbean holds the title of the hottest cruise ship destination in the world and the majority of new and repeat cruisers (especially in North America) choose the Caribbean. Cruise itineraries in the Caribbean are as diverse as the islands themselves. Sail the Eastern Caribbean with ports of call in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Martin/St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. Sail the Western Caribbean for a taste of Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Belize and the Dominican Republic. And, the Southern Caribbean offers popular ports like Dominica, Martinique, Aruba, St. Lucia and the northern coast of Venezuela.

  • Best Bets: Avoid the hectic Miami International Airport and crowded Port of Miami where as many as sixteen cruises are waiting to sail. Check out cruises from Florida ports of Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Port Canaveral or New Orleans, LA and Galveston, TX. Don't miss island snorkeling expeditions and a visit to the Atlantis Resort Aquarium on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
  • Best Time: The Caribbean is a year-round cruise destination. However, the best time to cruise there is late November through May when temperatures and humidity are lower and the rainy/hurricane season is over.



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