The Caribbean is the ultimate outdoor playground boasting an idyllic combination of white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lush green mountains, along with cloudless blue skies and swaying palms. However, it isn't just these stunning surroundings that put this paradise in a league of its own; you can also enjoy a whole host of delicious food and drink and exciting excursions as you soak up the tropical sun. What's more, as the Caribbean is made up of lots of smaller islands, a cruise is the perfect way to see as much as possible without having to hop on and off flights.
In addition, with such diverse landscapes, from the beaches to the lush green mountains and authentic, bustling towns, Caribbean cruises are great for family cruises, singles and couples as there is something here to suit all tastes.
To make your Caribbean cruise even more memorable, and to give yourself a little more time to explore and make the most of this beautiful corner of the planet, there's always the opportunity to stay a few days on one of the islands before or after your cruise with one of our cruise and stay Caribbean holidays.
The Caribbean is famous for its traditional cuisine and when exploring these islands you must try some of the local food on offer. From fresh fish, to jerk chicken, your tastes buds will burst with excitement at the authentic Caribbean flavours. While there are lots of delicious dishes, here are a few that you should really keep your eye out for:
However, the Caribbean isn't just about good food, there's also plenty of tasty drinks to help you wash down your meal. It goes without saying that your trip won't be complete without tasting a Rum Punch, made with local rum, although you'll be sure to find a whole array of other fruity cocktails to keep your refreshed as you relax in a beach bar or lounge on the sandy beaches.
Whether for summer cruises or winter cruises the Caribbean is the ultimate escape. With a year-round warm climate there is never a bad time to visit as bright sunshine and high temperatures can be found any time of the year, making this the perfect destination for those looking for a spot of sun during the dreary winter months.
In addition, 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 Cruise, you'll be able to find the perfect cruise ship to meet your needs.
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. If you like to dive in and explore the ocean, there are plenty of ways to see what marine life in this part of the world has to offer. Whether you'd like to explore what's beneath the surface on a snorkelling or scuba diving trip, or you'd rather stay on the surface and try your hand at something new like windsurfing or paddleboarding, your Caribbean cruise will have everything you need to do just this.
Alternatively, if you'd rather stay on dry land, each island has something different to offer. For those who like to stay active, there are plenty of hiking routes which will take you through the beautiful scenery that makes the Caribbean such a desirable destination, while there are also plenty of guided tours and museums to keep those wanting to soak up the culture and history of the Caribbean amused.
However you choose to spend your days, before you leave don't miss out on simply laying back on the soft, white sand and soaking up the Caribbean sunshine.
Set against a stunning sundrenched backdrop of lush landscapes and sugar sand beaches, the beautiful island of Jamaica is also a wonderful destination 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, while the really adventurous cruisers can take a magical swim with the dolphins or raft down the exciting Mountain Valley.
Take a break from your sumptuous ship and explore just what the Cayman Isles have to offer. Take a speedboat out to the sand bar where you can float around gracefully in the warm shallow waters with the enchanting stingrays or 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".
During your cruise to Caribbean, Cozumel in Mexico is a must-see paradise with its ivory beaches, swaying palms and coral reefs. For something a little different, and as a break from all that relaxation, take an educational trip to the incredible Tulum temples and discover the lost civilisation of the Maya, or go exploring on a thrilling All Terrain Vehicle, cooling off afterwards by the pool with a refreshing cocktail in hand!
As you disembark your Caribbean cruise at Bridgetown, Barbados, you will instantly love the friendliness of the welcoming, easy-going 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, marine world through the porthole of a cool, air-conditioned submarine, meaning you can go underwater without even having to get wet!
Explore the wonderful scenery of lush rainforests, 18th-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, 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, both of which will guarantee you a colourful insight into the fascinating local marine life. Those looking for a slightly more adrenaline pumping experience can opt for the Sky Safari, where you can see the whole island by exciting zip wire.
St Lucia is the perfect example of paradise in the Caribbean. From the moment you step off the ship you are treated to a colourful floral extravaganza as well as a huge distinct array of interesting fauna. While you're on dry land 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 cinnamon. 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.