Close your eyes and picture paradise – white sandy beaches, exotic food and drink, charming accents, jewel-toned seas and warm tropical weather. Sound familiar? There’s a reason that this part of the world is famed for its cruise holidays, with the blissful islands of the Caribbean and the Bahamas remaining one of the most popular cruise destinations. Are you ready for your next Caribbean Island cruise?
The idyllic dream of sitting on a pristine, powder-white beach, with the sunshine warming your body and soul, becomes a reality on Caribbean cruises. Stare out to clear turquoise waters and take in the stunning vista, with a cocktail in hand – this amazing array of islands is the gift that keeps on giving. With such diversity and charm, there really is only one way to see it all – by sailing around on your luxury liner, dropping anchor in various picturesque ports.
The locals are renowned for giving a welcome that’s as warm as the climate, with a cheery and delightful demeanour. Explore sun-kissed shores and quaint villages, as you island hop from the luscious St. Lucia, to beautiful Barbados, Aruba, Jamaica, and so many more.
A Caribbean and Bahamas cruise is truly the best way to relax in the sunshine as it gets a little cooler in the UK. There’s something magical about escaping the hustle and bustle of life to sip rum cocktails on the white sand beaches of Barbados.
St. Lucia’s famous twin peaks are among the most startling geological formations in the world, rising above this beautiful island. Its expansive coral reefs are perfect for exploring, as you can snorkel or swim with dolphins. Relax with a drink and sample the rum, no doubt shaken into a colourful cocktail. For a taste of local life, hit the beach bars – day and night these ring out with traditional reggae and calypso rhythms, and you’ll find that your feet just naturally move to the beat.
While the surroundings are unmistakably Caribbean, the ambiance is decidedly British. Victorian architecture can be found throughout the city, stretching onto stunning white beaches. Soak up local flavour with tequila or rum tastings, cooking schools or culinary tours. The resurgence in the popularity of pirates has led to sailing adventures, historical tours and even pirate-themed tourist destinations.
Western Caribbean cruises can take you to the magical Costa Maya, where it’s just a short ride to discover the ancient Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatan coast. You can snorkel the barrier reef off the coast of Belize or visit Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach to while away a lazy hour or two. Once a hideout for notorious pirates, Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, is now host to visitors eager to experience snorkelling among the rays and sea turtles, in the azure blue waters.
Beyond its glorious beaches, St. Thomas offers many unique attractions. Nestled on the coast of a mountainous tropical paradise, this picturesque pocket of the world is home to bountiful culture and history, with the famous Fort Christian built in 1680. Overlooking the pristine Magens Bay on an innocuous bend of the road is Drake’s Seat, a humble bench that awards finders the most wonderful view of the Caribbean Sea. You can also catch the Skyride scenic tram up to Paradise Point, for breath-taking views of the harbour.