Where do Caribbean Cruises Go?

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Many inexperienced cruisers or first-time cruisers are a little unsure where to go, so I have decided to talk about the various types of Caribbean Cruises to begin, as this is where most people start their cruise adventures.

Any cruise may stop at a private island owned by the cruise line or other unique stops, depending on the cruise line.

Cruise Itinerary Names, Generally

  • Bahamas – often blended with an Eastern Caribbean or “Bahamas and FL” type itinerary
  • Western Caribbean – Mexico gulf side and nearby islands
  • Eastern Caribbean – tends more towards Puerto Rico, and southeast of there
  • Southern Caribbean – Further south, usually includes at least one or more the “ABC” islands of Aruba, Barbados, and/or Curacao.

How Far They Can Reach by Sailing Days

  • 3-5 night cruises usually visit the Bahamas & a private island, sometimes 1-2 stops elsewhere.
  • 7 night cruises can take you from Florida to the Eastern or Western Caribbean, usually not southern.
  • 8-10 night cruises are great if you’d like to visit the southern Caribbean
  • 11+ nights are great if you want to visit more unusual ports of call or something else special, unique or further away.

Western Caribbean

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Western Caribbean cruises tend to include most definitely some Mexico ports of call, like Cozumel, Costa Maya, Playa del Carmen, or Progreso with Cozumel being #1! They also tend to stop at these locations, which is typically about as far as you can get on a 7 night or less cruise:

  • Belize’s Belize City
  • Cayman Islands’ Grand Cayman at Georgetown
  • Florida, USA’s Key West, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, or Port Canaveral (more likely from a northeast port in NY or MD)
  • Honduras’ Isla Roatan
  • Jamaica’s Falmouth, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Port Antonio

Long Western Caribbean Cruises: Some cruise lines offer 10+ night cruises, which may combine Central American & Caribbean island ports with several days at sea.

Eastern Caribbean

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Eastern Caribbean cruises go from the Bahamas/FL region to many, many ports of call around this region:

Destinations that are most common for Eastern Caribbean Cruises are:

  • Antigua: St. John’s
  • Bahamas: Freepport, Nassau or Grand Bahama
  • Barbados: Bridgetown (also found in Southern)
  • Bermuda
  • Dominican Republic: Amber Cove, La Romana
  • Martinique
  • Puerto Rico: San Juan
  • St. Croix, USVI
  • St. Kitts: Basseterre
  • St. Lucia: Castries
  • St. Maarten: Philipsburg
  • St. Thomas, USVI: Charlotte Amelie
  • Tortola, BVI: Tortola
  • Turks & Caicos: Grand Turk

Southern Caribbean

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Southern Caribbean cruises often include the same cruise port countries as the Eastern, such as Antigua, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, & St. Thomas but also include:

  • Aruba – Oranjestad
  • Barbados – Bridgetown
  • Bonaire – Kralendijk
  • CuraƧao – Willemstad
  • Dominica
  • Grenada – St. George’s
  • St. Lucia – Castries
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Bequia, Mayreau, Tobago Cays
  • Trinidad & Tobago’s Tobago (Pigeon Point beach)
  • Venezuela’s Los Roques Islands

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