The Caribbean is the ultimate outdoor playground that boasts an idyllic combination of white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lush green mountains, along with cloudless blue skies and swaying palms. These stunning surroundings put this paradise in a league of its own.
From swimming with dolphins to going on a jungle safari, the Caribbean islands are home to some of the best shore excursions in the world. Go snorkelling to see an array of beautiful marine life, take a city tour to get a taste for local Caribbean life or be adventurous and board a helicopter to observe breath-taking, panoramic views of these stunning islands.
The Caribbean is famous for its traditional, local cuisine and when exploring these islands you must try some of the local food. From fresh fish, to jerk chicken, your tastes buds will burst with excitement at the local Caribbean flavours.
With a year round warm climate there is never a bad time to visit the Caribbean. Bright sunshine and high temperatures can be found any time of the year. The hottest time to visit will be between May-September where temperatures will reach up to 39°c.
For those wanting to spend a little more time in paradise, why not spend a few days on one of the islands before or after your cruise with one of our cruise and stay Caribbean holidays?
Whether for summer cruises or winter cruises the Caribbean is the ultimate escape. With many of the best cruise lines now spending all year exploring this fascinating part of the world including, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and P&O Cruises.
Set against a stunning sun drenched backdrop of lush landscapes and sugar sand beaches, the beautiful island of Jamaica is also a wonderful island to visit if you are looking to soak up a little unique African history and culture. Excursions to the beach at Laughing Waters in Montego Bay and the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls are a must. For the really adventurous, take a magical swim with the dolphins or even raft down the exciting Mountain Valley.
Take a break from your sumptuous ship, and become at one with nature - take a speedboat out to the sand bar where you can float around gracefully in the warm shallow waters with the enchanting stingrays. Alternatively if you prefer to be on terra firma, enjoy the swashbuckling pirates tour around Georgetown, the capital city, aboard the aptly named "Trolley Roger."
Cozumel is a Mexican paradise which will delight you, during your Caribbean cruise, with its ivory beaches, swaying palms and coral reefs. Take an educational trip to the incredible Tulum temples and discover the lost civilisation of the Mayas or alternatively explore on a thrilling All Terrain Vehicle and afterwards relax by the pool with an ice cold refreshing cocktail!
As you disembark your Caribbean cruise at Bridgetown, Barbados, you will instantly love the friendliness of the welcoming, easygoing and laid back local people. Excursion highlights include either exploring this beautiful island at a leisurely pace by bike and then stopping off at a sun drenched beach for a well earned swim and rest, or enjoying the breathtaking, colourful, sub aqua world through the port hole of a cool airconditioned submarine without even having to get wet!
Explore the wonderful scenery of lush rainforests, eighteenth century balconied white houses, unspoilt coastline and secluded cliffs and caves in St Kitts on your Caribbean cruise. If you like to keep your cool at all times, either enjoy the more tranquil warm underwater world by taking part in one of the resort scuba dives or stay on the surface for some awe inspiring snorkelling; a colourful insight into the fascinating local marine life. Those looking for a slightly more adrenaline rushing experience might opt for the Sky Safari, where you can see the whole island by exciting Zip Wire.
St Lucia (shown below) is the perfect example of paradise in the Caribbean. There, you are treated to a colourful floral extravaganza as well as a huge distinct array of interesting fauna. Discover the majestic twin peaks of the infamous Pitons mountains or visit the world’s only ‘drive-through’ volcano in Soufriere, a unique experience for all those enjoying Caribbean cruises.
Stop off during your Caribbean cruise and take a day trip to the heart of Grenada, the ‘Spice Island’, where the air is permeated with the warm aromas of nutmeg and cinammon. Visit the many fascinating museums in the charming capital, St Georges, also known for its circular harbour and colourful French Colonial style houses. Take a jeep adventure to the Grand Etang National Park where you can marvel at the enormous water filled crater or simply, kick back and relax onboard the "Rhum Runner" and savour the local punch while taking in the history and glittering coastline at leisure.