Western Caribbean Cruise
Great weather, beautiful beaches, crystal clear water.
Why cruise the Western Caribbean?
Situated in a tropical climate with white sandy beaches and beautifully clear waters, Western Caribbean cruises offer lots of fun in the sun from January - December. Most all cruise lines run ships to the Western Caribbean year round, making this destination, easy and accessible for domestic and international travelers alike.
The Western Caribbean is great choice for both summer and winter cruises because of the tropical weather that abounds all year long.
Whether you are sailing to the Western Caribbean for a family trip, bachelorette party, couples getaway or just flying solo, cruise destinations in the Western Caribbean offer a cruising experience for everyone.
Western Caribbean Cruises - Something for everyone.
For family vacations, a Western Caribbean cruise offers amazing adventures both on board and on shore. Most Western Caribbean cruises have extensive on-board activities that cater to all age groups from infants to teens, with some cruise ships offering certified day care services, so that adults can get in some alone time on the islands. On shore, a cruise excursion offers white sand beaches and crystal clear waters for swimming and exploration, as well as, plenty of sight seeing that could include old forts, vintage railroads and haunted plantations.
For couple getaways, a Western Caribbean cruise can serve as a romantic location as well as a fun getaway from life with lots of activities and signs to see. On board ship activities like dancing, live show reviews, movies, comedy shows, adult-only spa and pool areas and lots of great dining and drinking. On shore entertainment on Western Caribbean cruises abound with opportunities to meet the locals and taste their cuisine or explore their home town or to take in a nice romantic walk during sunset.
For the solo cruiser, there are plenty of fun things to do on and off the ship on a Western Caribbean cruise. On board activities give you a chance to interact with other singles, couples or families or just get away with it all and be pampered. A popular cruise destination for solo traveler is Grand Cayman which has a great reputation for safety and nightlife appeal.
For large groups of friends traveling together, a Western Caribbean cruise offers the opportunity for many good memories, pampering, adventure and fun. Between the beautiful beaches and all the on board fun (and maybe shenanigans) will create a great environment that will be remembered for years to come coupled with phenomenal weather and beautiful scenery.
Want a quick getaway or a long luxurious floating adventure? Western Caribbean cruises offer both. Do you and your girl friends just want to get away for a few days to enjoy being pampered while drinking colorful and delicious tropical drinks in a beautiful tropical setting? Planning a fun and affordable family excursion during summer break that will cater to the kids but offer fun for the adults as well? How about an extravagant honeymoon trip for your newly wedded bliss? Several Caribbean cruise lines offer short four day cruises as well as seven to ten day trips that are affordable and obtainable.
Popular Western Caribbean cruise destinations.
Western Caribbean cruise lines offer many destinations, both standard touristy locations as well as off the beaten path locales, but the following mainstay ports of call are fairly commonplace on most itineraries:
Belize: This Western Caribbean port is home to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere that stretches 185 miles making it a great location for snorkeling and scuba diving. Other popular Western Caribbean cruise excursion activities are cave tubing and visiting Mayan sites.
Key West, Florida: This tiny Western Caribbean island frequented by cruise lines, considered to be the southernmost city in the United States is home to some prominent points of interest including author Ernest Hemingway's House and Museum, Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum and former president Harry Truman's "Little White House" where he went to unwind from his oval office duties.
George Town, Grand Cayman: This popular Western Caribbean Cruise port capital town is home to the beautiful white sands of Seven Mile Beach and has lots to offer shore bound travelers. Popular cruise excursion activities include snorkeling with the stingrays after a short boat trip out to Stingray City Sandbar or heading up to the Tortuga Rum factory for delicious rum cakes.
Roatan, Honduras: This remote white sand beach island frequented on Western Caribbean cruises is the largest of the Honduras Bay islands that is known as another great diving and snorkeling spot because of it's spectacular coral reefs and barrier reef system.
Falmouth, Jamaica: One of four Western Caribbean cruise destination ports offers architecture to enjoy, plentiful jerk joints and lots of shore tours. Some main attractions include Montego Bay and the Good Hope Great House.
Montego Bay, Jamaica: This beautiful and predominant port for Western Caribbean cruising has duty-free shopping making it a wonderful place to acquire authentic trinkets, gifts, souvenirs and more. You'll also find some of the most alluring beaches and local attractions to explore.
Ochos Rios, Jamaica: Besides being the best choice for exploring Reggae and it's roots, this Western Caribbean cruise destination is rife with sandy beaches, waterfall hikes, sea kayaking, zip lining and more.
Cozumel, Mexico: This port, also off the Yucatan peninsula, is a small island offering abundant shopping, reef snorkeling or diving, dining, Mayan ruin exploration and more.
Progreso, Mexico: This particular Western Caribbean cruise port is most known for it's lush abundance of Mayan ruin exploration. There are various ruin sites scattered about the place with locations like Dzibilchaltun (ceremonial center) as close as 15 minutes from shore to more remote locations like Chitzen Itza and Kulkulcan around two hours away.
Costa Maya, Mexico: A Western Caribbean port located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico which is a man-made tourism village home to restaurants, shops and pools. With clean beaches and calm waters for water sports or snorkeling adventures among Mexico's largest coral atoll which includes some spectacular shipwrecks to explore.