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What you can expect from Caribbean cruises

12 December 2013

If you love cruises and are thinking about going on one, there are many different options to look into. Caribbean cruises, in particular, are a popular choice with holidaymakers, peaking at the top as the nation’s favourite. They provide the perfect opportunity to explore multiple islands within a single trip. The warm, tropical climate also makes them ideal for holidays during the winter, so there are many benefits of which to take advantage.

Caribbean cruises are extremely popular with tourists all over the world, but the British, in particular, are huge fans. Due to this high demand, the cruise lines operate throughout the whole year. Many Brits decide to take a Caribbean cruise during the cold, winter months, as the climate is still very warm out there at this time. The winter is also their driest season.

Even though cruises are available throughout the year, the recommended time to go is between November and May. The period from 10th June to 30th November is classed as the Caribbean’s hurricane season, and cruise trips are often changed in order to avoid the worst of the weather. Due to this planning, it is very unlikely that you will hit a storm, but it is important to buy holiday insurance that includes hurricane cover prior to your holiday.

‘Shoulder seasons’ are also an ideal time to book for, as ships align themselves to and from the Mediterranean during the shoulder months of September and October and April and May. There are often many amazing deals to be had during these times, so if you are looking to save money on your trip, then it is definitely worth noting this.

A Caribbean cruise is excellent value for money compared to a standard holiday, as it gives the ideal chance for people to explore various islands within just one or two weeks, without having to pay for and arrange various flights, accommodation and travel costs to hop between them. This makes a cruise a cheaper option overall if you are looking to explore many areas in one go.

There are three main types of cruises within the Caribbean, which are separated into different regions. There are actually more than 7,000 islands, reefs, islets and cays in total, but these are grouped into eastern, southern and western areas. The eastern cruises include the Leeward and Windward Isles, with ports at Barbados, Antigua, Puerto Rico, St Kitts, St Lucia, Dominica, and Antigua. The western cruises often go to the Cayman Islands, Mexico and Jamaica, while the southern ones include Netherlands Antilles, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and sometimes La Guaira. You will need to make your own way to one of the designated ports from which your chosen cruise liner departs.

There is a wide variety of cruise packages that are available. It completely depends on what you are looking for, whether it is a family trip, entertainment and activities, relaxation, luxury, something that is affordable or perhaps something for the older traveller.

As a Caribbean cruise is so popular, pretty much every cruise line travels through the Caribbean at some point in the year. Some of the larger ones that regularly travel in this part of the world include Celebrity Cruises, Carnival, Holland America, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Star Clippers, Princess Cruises, Windstar Cruises and Sea Dream Yacht Club. It is a good idea to look at the different companies to see what kind of trips each one has to offer and compare prices in order to find the best available deal.

There are many activities to take part in whilst in the Caribbean. It is an ideal location for all types of tourists, including families. The beaches are stunning and thrill seekers will enjoy the opportunities that the coast has to offer. This includes horse riding on the shore, swimming with dolphins and various other water sports. Each island is different, so it is worth doing some research beforehand and to look into the various activities that are on offer.

English is widely spoken by many inhabitants of the islands within the Caribbean, making it a perfect holiday destination for those tourists who may feel nervous about being able to communicate with the locals.

Animal lovers can also enjoy this sort of holiday, as there is a variety of exotic wildlife to see.

The Caribbean Sea is home to a wide variety of tropical fish, coral reef formations and turtles, making it a stunning and fascinating place to visit.