Caribbean Cruises

A region which is synonymous with the Cruise Industry, there are next to no lines which do not indulge in the beauty and relaxation of a Caribbean cruise at some point across their calendar. Itineraries commonly start from the major hubs of Miami or Fort Lauderdale, but there are some lines which will take in the Caribbean from the UK with a Transatlantic crossing included, often stopping at the Azores or Bermuda on the way.

A Caribbean Cruise has something for everyone and therefore this is a great option for first-time cruisers and experienced travellers alike. Rates in the Caribbean can also regularly be very reasonably priced.

The Caribbean can be split into the distinct Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean areas and itineraries often stick to these areas, but obviously the proximity to each other in this relatively small sea mean that many lines will juggle itineraries to keep them fresh.

The Southern Caribbean covers Northern South America, the former Dutch colonies in the Netherlands Antilles such as Aruba and Curacao and Trinidad & Tobago, one of the larger island nations.

The Eastern Caribbean is the region that those aforementioned ex-UK itineraries will reach and covers some of the most beautiful and famous islands such as Barbados, St. Lucia, the British Virgin Islands and Antigua.

while the Western Caribbean contains famous cruise ports like Grand Cayman and developing destinations such as Cuba, now freed from diplomatic tensions.

Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Eastern Caribbean:

eastern caribbean map

An Eastern Caribbean cruise is a great itinerary for first-time cruisers and experienced travelers looking for a slow and relaxing pace in comfortable surroundings. Popular with both adults and children, Eastern Caribbean cruises visit the fewest number of ports, so most of your time is spent on board the ship and often with two consecutive days as sea.

Popular Ports of Call:
Nassau – Bahamas, Tortola – BVI, Virgin Gorda – BVI, San Juan – Puerto Rico, St. Martin / St. Maarten, USVI – St. Thomas, St. John, St Croix, Grand Turk

Private Islands
If you are taking a cruise to the Caribbean or Bahamas, one of your ports of call may be a full-day stop at your cruise line’s Private Island. Private Islands are exactly as they seem, small islands, typically in the Bahamas, that are owned and operated by a cruise line for the exclusive use of their guests. Surrounded by tranquil blue waters, sugar white beaches, and gorgeous palm trees, the Private Island day is often considered the one of the highlights of a Caribbean cruise vacation. Since these islands cater to only one ship a day, the cruise lines have created a perfect paradise that’s free of the crowds and hassles that you may find on other ports of call.

 Castaway Cay, Bahamas – Disney Cruise Line
 CocoCay, Bahamas – Royal Caribbean International
 Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas – Norwegian Cruise Line
 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas – Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line
 Princess Cays, Bahamas – Princess Cruises
 Labadee. Haiti Private Resort – Royal Caribbean International

Eastern Caribbean cruises are very affordable and available year-round for 7 nights. Longer itineraries from 10-12 nights are available during the winter months. Almost every cruise line offers an Eastern Caribbean itinerary, so it’s often easy to find availability, even at the last minute.

Look for ships departing from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral which are excellant locations for cruise and stay holidays,and seasonally from eastern US ports as far north as New York. A variety of different types of cruises offer Eastern Caribbean itineraries from contemporary lines to luxury lines and even specialty sailing ships.

Western Caribbean Cruises

western caribbean mapcruises combine some of the Caribbean’s most vibrant cultures with natural wonders found both on land and under the sea. The countries found in the Western Caribbean rank as some of the world’s great vacation spots and top diving areas. Most itineraries provide a nice balance between time in port and time spent at sea, and are popular with the contemporary cruise lines that offer resort-style onboard atmospheres, so you’ll find the best that the Caribbean has to offer both on the ship and in port.

Popular Ports of Call:
Jamaica, Cozumel, Key West, Roatan – Honduras, Belize,
Grand Cayman, Costa Maya.

Western Caribbean Cruises are Offered year-round, the Western itinerary is the most affordable cruise in the Caribbean and can range from 4, 5, 7 nights any time. During the winter months you can take 8, 10, 11 or even 14-night itineraries.

The Western Caribbean can be visited from as many as eight US departure ports in Florida and all along the Gulf Coast making it easily accessible and therefore one of the best cruise values in the Caribbean. Look for ships sailing from Galveston, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral.

Southern Caribbean Cruises

southern caribbean map

A Southern Caribbean Cruise is for vacationers seeking the maximum amount of fun-in-the-sun and time in port. This itinerary in the area’s sunniest climate offers the most port-intensive Caribbean cruises with a fast and busy pace. Since these “island-hopping” cruises typically begin in San Juan, Puerto Rico, they combine the popular ports of call in the Eastern Caribbean along with the islands of the Southern Caribbean you can take a vacation that really has it all.

Popular Ports of Call:
Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Dominica, Curacao, Willemstad, Martinique, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Martin / St. Maarten

Southern Caribbean Cruises are offered year round by Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Internatial usually for 7 nights. Other cruise lines offer the departures only on a seasonal basis during the peak winter months and some lines also sail for 9-12 nights at this same time.

The most popular point for Southern Caribbean departures is San Juan, Puerto Rico, but some ships sail from other islands, such as Barbados, and the longer itineraries usually depart from Miami or Fort Lauderdale. All types of cruise lines offer the islands of the Southern Caribbean and you can find resort-style cruises as well as luxury lines visiting these idyllic islands. This itinerary is also the most popular with the specialty sailing vessels.

Departure Ports for Caribbean Cruises

Fort Lauderdaleporet everglades fort lauderdale

While Port Everglades is not quite within walking distance of the beach, it is hugely convenient for everything else, just four miles equidistant between Fort Lauderdale’s international airport and the city centre. It boasts nine cruise terminals and caters to 10 cruise lines.Fort Lauderdale is a beachside jewel on the Atlantic coast with a myriad of attractions within easy reach, including magnificent shopping, dining and the immense Florida Everglades. This is ideal territory for a pre- or post-cruise stay, with a fabulous array of activities and amenities in the area, including some of Florida’s best beaches. In truth, you’ll be spoiled for choice, while even a week is barely enough to see the highlights.

There are 664 Caribbean cruise departures from Port Everglades in 2019. The main cruise lines are:

carnival cruiselines logo

82 cruises

celebrity cruise lines logo

72 cruises 

holland america cruise line logo

129 cruises 

princess cruise line

 149 cruises

royal caribbean cruise line

208 cruises

Port Miami port miami
Not only is Miami the world’s busiest cruise port – with a corresponding choice of destinations and cruise lines that’s second to none – it’s also one of the most iconic beach resorts on the planet.Port Miami is hard to beat. It’s situated on the Downtown waterfront, putting passengers directly between Biscayne Bay and the high-rise city skyline. The port’s multiple terminals serve more than 20 different cruise lines, Miami’s biggest draw is its miles of sandy shore, and it would be remiss to embark on a cruise here without adding a pre-or-post beach stay. The obvious place to begin is South Beach and its stunning collection of Art Deco architecture.

There are 893 Caribbean cruise departures from Port Miami in 2019. The main cruise lines are:

carnival cruise line

284 cruises 

celebrity cruise line

47 cruises

disney cruise line

32cruises 

msc cruise line

136 cruises

norwegian cruise line

131 cruises 

oceania cruise line

34 cruises 

royal caribbean international

186

Port Canaveral port Canaveral
When you want all the excitement of Orlando’s theme parks and attractions with the convenience of a cruise port nearby, Port Canaveral is the perfect choice, just a 50-minute drive from Disney and Co. It is also the home of Disney Cruise Line and a gateway to the blissful Bahamas.Just 45 miles east of Orlando Airport, Florida’s fastest-growing port is tailor-made for cruise-and-stay holidays, offering three and four-day voyages to the Bahamas and longer trips to the Caribbean. Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruises are all based here With so many amazing attractions in and around Orlando, it’s not uncommon to be here for a week or more to take advantage of the seven theme parks, four water parks, 10 dinner shows, hundreds of restaurants and great sports opportunities. There are dozens of smaller attractions and lots of nature and wildlife in places like Gatorland, Wild Florida, Central Florida Zoo and Forever Florida.

There are 592 Caribbean cruise departures from Port Canaveral in 2019. The main cruise lines are:

carnival cruise line

226 cruises 

disney cruise line

157 cruises

norwegian cruise line

58 cruises 

royal caribbean cruise line

151 cruises

Bridgetown – Barbados barbados cruise port
Barbados offers first-rate sightseeing, dotted around the rolling and lush interior are plantation homes and glorious botanical gardens to visit, and the British colonial garrison and parts of the capital Bridgetown are a Unesco World Heritage Site. If you want to take things easy, enticing beaches lie in easy reach of the port, good restaurants are plentiful,aswell as rum shops – laid-back and characterful bars that serve as cornerstones of local life. Barbados is the departure port for many P & O Caribbean cruises, and it’s well worth considering adding on a couple of nights on land at the start or end of the trip. Doing so could enable you to sample one of the cosseting hotels that line the west coast and several of the island’s many gourmet restaurants. There’s also Oistins Fish Fry, a large-scale, food-oriented street party every Friday evening.

There are 226 Caribbean cruise departures from Bridgetown in 2019. The main cruise lines are:

carnival cruise line

51 cruises 

p & o cruise line

45 cruises 

seabourn cruise line

17 cruises 

star clippers cruise line

16 cr

Caribbean Cruises from the UK

NO Fly Cruises:

29 October 2019 – £2,251 pp
28 Night Grand No-fly Caribbean
P&O Arcadia
Southampton, Funchal, Bridgetown, St. George’s, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St. Kitts, Sint Maarten, Ponta Delgada, Southampton

19 November 2019 – £2337 pp
26 Night Grand No Fly New York and Caribbean
Queen Mary 2
Southampton, New York, Tortola, Dominica, Bridgetown, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Southampton

15 December 2019 – £3404 pp
26 Night Grand Caribbean Celebration
Queen Mary 2
Southampton, New York, St. Thomas, Dominica, Bridgetown, St. Kitts, Sint Maarten, Southampton

3 January 2020 – £2706
35 Night Grand No Fly Caribbean
P&O Ventura
Southampton, Funchal, Bridgetown, St. Vincent, St. George’s, Curacao, Colon, Puerto Limon, Cartagena, Bonaire, St. Lucia, Sint Maarten, Ponta Delgada, Southampton

4 January 2020 – £3839
55 Night Caribbean and Central America
P&O Aurora
Southampton, Funchal, Bridgetown, Tobago, Curacao, Bonaire, St. George’s, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola, St. Kitts, Sint Maarten, Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Progreso, New Orleans, Miami, Port Canaveral, Charleston, Ponta Delgada, Southampton

11 February 2020 – £2591 35 Night Bermuda, New Orleans and Caribbean P&O Ventura Southampton, La Coruna, Nassau, New Orleans, Key West, Miami, San Juan, St. Kitts, Dominica, Bridgetown, Ponta Delgada, Southampton

Caribbean Transatlantic (one way cruises)

18 October 2019 -£1,059 pp
14 Night Caribbean Transatlantic
P&O Azura
Southampton | Funchal | Antigua | St. Lucia | St. Vincent | Bridgetown

25 October 2019 -£1,055 pp
14 Night Caribbean Transatlantic
P&O Britannia
Southampton | Funchal | Antigua | St. Lucia |St. Vincent | Bridgetown

26 October 2019 – £1,019 pp
14 Night Caribbean Transatlantic
Independence of the Seas
Southampton | Sint Maarten | St. Thomas | San Juan |Labadee | Fort Lauderdale

5 November 2019 -£937 pp
14 Night Southern Caribbean Transatlantic
Explorer of the Seas
Southampton | St. Lucia | Bridgetown | Dominica | Miami

31 October 2020 – £1,349 pp
14 Night Caribbean Transatlantic
Independence of the Seas
Southampton, Ponta Delgada, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, San Juan, Labadee, Fort Lauderdale

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