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Cruise from Caribbean

Cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados
The Caribbean is all about sun, sea, dance and music. Islands in the sun strewn amidst clear blue waters and golden beaches make up the Caribbean. This is the home of coral reefs that thrive in warm sparkling clear waters, of intoxicating Jamaican rum, of rhythmic drumbeats, of sweet smelling cinnamon and cocoa beans. A warm welcome awaits you. Come and you may never want to leave.

Highlights of the region:
 • Snorkel with the stingrays and feel the wind in your hair as you race down the beach on horseback
 • Sway to calypso music and drink Jamaican rum
 • Visit CocoCay – Royal Caribbean’s private island – loads of water sports available
 • Take a glass bottom boat ride and view the most amazing coral reefs
 • Go hiking in a rain forest

Departure Ports
Within the US, the departure ports for ships that sail to the Eastern Caribbean are Miami, Port Canaveral (Orlando) and Jacksonville in Florida, Charleston in South Carolina and departure ports for a western Caribbean sailing are Galveston and New Orleans in Texas.
Ports of Call
Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown is situated on one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean, Barbados. Bridgetown buzzes with activity – it is filled with buildings of historical importance that will keep you engaged when you are not sunning yourself on the beach. Evenings in Bridgetown are meant to sway to the beat of the calypso music and down a swig or two of the finest rum. Come to Bridgetown and enjoy!

Castries, St Lucia
Take bit of history add some sparkling aquamarine waters lapping the shoreline. Shake it up and you get a heady cocktail called Castries in St Lucia. Stumble upon secluded coves along sandy beaches, or take a trip through the many fishing villages and plantations that dot the island and who knows you may come upon some hidden treasure!

Philipsburg, St Maarten
Philipsburg is the Dutch part of the island which is simultaneously ruled by two sovereign states. Shoppers will have field day emptying their wallets at the fantastic shops and boutiques lining the streets of Philipsburg. Spend a day snorkeling at Great Bay Beach or Little Bay beach and view the most colourful marine life and evenings cab be spent at a lively bar on the boardwalk.

Nassau, Bahamas
The pretty little town of Nassau with its pink and yellow colonial buildings is an incredibly beautiful destination. A mixture of the old world and contemporary world with its old fashioned architecture and an undeniable Caribbean charm blending with modern traditions, Nassau exudes a special charisma that makes it one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Bahamas.

CocoCay, Bahamas
Clear, aquamarine waters surround this idyllic private island reserved for Royal Caribbean passengers. Snorkel and sight amazing marine life, walk the nature trail, take banana boat ride or simply laze on the white sand beach and sip a cocktail. Coco Cay is an amazingly pretty island – secluded and serene.

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
The scenic views and the shopping is what make St Thomas a very popular destination. Laze on the pristine beach, indulge in amazing duty free shopping and then watch the panoramic sunsets over the harbor. St Thomas is the proverbial island in the sun!

Ocho Rios, Jamaica
The best beaches in Jamaica are at Ocho Rios. Laze on the golden sands and watch the water lap the shores, explore the misty mountains around or visit the spectacular Dunn River Falls or shop for local crafts in the downtown markets. Bidding farewell to Jamaica will be difficult task!

George Town, Grand C ayman
Beautiful waterfront, great snorkeling opportunities around the coral reefs, bargain shopping and not to mention the rum cakes that are synonymous with the Grand Cayman Islands. George Town is a wonderful destination for a relaxed laid back holiday.

Labadee, Haiti
A private island owned by Celebrity Cruises, Labadee boasts an unspoiled beach, great snorkeling and scuba diving, parasailing and other water sports. If those activities do not excite you just laze on the powdery sands, read a book and get a glorious sun tan! Labadee is as close as you will come to owning an island!

Oranjestad, Aruba
A fascinating blend of the Dutch and the Caribbean, Aruba Oranjestad is a lively little town. Duty free shopping or local handicrafts, forays into the countryside to view nature at its best, sun kissed beaches and the divi divi tree, snorkeling in clear blue waters or exciting water sports. These are only some of the activities that await you in Aruba.

St Croix, Virgin Islands
St. Croix is a charming little town brimming with beaches and historical buildings that are bound to please. Visit historical buildings and museums, Fort Fredrick which is landmark and Gothic style churches. When you are done with the historical part get down to the fun – golden beaches, great snorkeling, lively bars and the list goes on…

Scarborough, Tobago
View the imposing King George Fort that looms over the picturesque town of Scarborough, go diving in the clear waters off the shores and discover sunken ships, or scour the lively local markets for trinkets to take back home. Scarborough is replete with history and interesting enough to be a major port for cruise liners in the Caribbean. So come fall for Scarborough’s charms.

St John’s, Antigua
A beach for everyday of the year – yes, 365 beaches of the most beautiful beaches. If privacy is a pre-requisite, you’ll find it in waiting for you on soft white sand looking over turquoise blue waves. If you enjoy action, the numerous water sports are sure to keep you busy. Plantation ruins, remnants of the pirates and British era, duty free shops – there’s plenty to do besides sunning on the beach.

St George’s, Grenada
There’s an aroma of nutmeg that hits you as soon as you set foot in Grenada. Spice plantations and rum distilleries are the mainstay of Grenada. In St George’s, arguably the most charming town in the Caribbean, the warm smiling faces of the locals welcome you to their town. Sun bathe on the beach or hike in the rain forest, or simply enjoy a gourmet meal in a charming restaurant by the water front. The possibilities are endless in St. George’s.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Check out the 16th century old fortress or take trip into the rain forest of El Yunque for a fascinating experience. San Juan is home to Bacardi rum and a visit to the distillery is recommended. The Spanish influence is never far in San Juan and you could be forgiven if you think you stepped into Spain. San Juan is city bursting at the seams with millions of tourists visiting it year round. But tarry awhile and discover the secrets of San Juan, and there are many!

Willemstad, Curaçao
The jewel in Curaçao’s crown is indisputably Willemstad. Vibrant and beautiful, Willemstad throws up fabulous beaches, colourful marine life, exciting hikes for the trekking enthusiast, lively nightspots to dance the night away and many more treasures that go into making a fabulous vacation.

Kralendijk, Bonaire
Bonaire is the Caribbean’s best kept secret: Scintillating marine life, secluded coves and beaches, pink flamingoes and top diving sites. Enjoy the lazy pace of this laid back town called Kralendijk, shop to your heart’s content at the busy local markets, sway to the beat of music or just sun bathe to golden brown on the untouched beaches.

Tortola, British Virgin Isles
BVI is the Caribbean’s best kept secret – blue, blue waters as clear as can be, white sandy beaches, yachts bobbing in the harbor and people who welcome you with open arms. Tortola is the perfect holiday destination that blends the warmth of the Caribbean with a dose of history and natural beauty which will take your breath away!

Kings Wharf, Bermuda
Lovely salmon coloured beaches line the shores of Bermuda. Shop for local handicrafts at the Kings Wharf Craft Market and pick up souvenirs to take back home. Drive out to Gibbs Lighthouse to get some spectacular views , laze on the beautiful beaches or go snorkeling in the clear blue waters around. Bermuda has what it takes to make it a popular holiday destination.

Cruise Lines Sailing in Caribbean:
Azamara
Carnival Cruises
Celebrity Cruises
Costa Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Cunard
Holland America Line
MSC Cruises
Princess Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL)
Royal Caribbean International
Regent Seven Seas
Seabourn Cruise Lines
Silversea Cruises
Windstar Cruises

Best Time to Cruise
Though cruises to the Caribbean operate year round, the best month is actually March. This is the time that the weather is at its best and there a hardly any rain storms, but the downside is at this time prices are high and spring break is on and so crowds are more.
The hurricane season typically runs from June to September in the Caribbean, and hurricanes are the exception rather than the rule. In any case, most large ships are equipped to navigate their way around the hit areas. So this should not be a deterrent.

Best Time to Book
This is a common question, but both are good as one can swim and snorkel in the bluest of waters and enjoy the sunny weather. For the subtle difference read on and then make your decision!
Eastern Caribbean

These cruises depart generally from ports in Florida and the duration is 7 nights. The eastern Caribbean ports of call include the Bahamas, St Thomas, St Maarten, St John and Puerto Rico. The upside is that these islands are grouped together and so less sailing times and more time spent on the islands with opportunities for swimming and water sports.
Western Caribbean

Ports of call on a western Caribbean cruise are Cozumel or Playa del Carmen, Mexico and the Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Other ports would be Belize or Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. These places are rather spread out time spent sailing the seas would be more and that would translate into lesser times onshore. But it will give you a chance for a varied experience that is besides the beaches and swimming an opportunity to explore Mayan ruins and maybe trek in rainforests too!



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