All major cruise lines (including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line) have itineraries that sail to the Western Caribbean. Depending on your departure port, choose a short excursion (three or four days) or longer trips up to two weeks.
When to Go
The best time to sail the Western Caribbean is between January and April. Avoid June and July, when it is dust storm season. The rainiest months are May, June and September to October. Temperatures soar in the summer months, when the Caribbean turns into a tropical sauna; in the winter, temperatures hover between 50 and 88 degrees.
Explore exotic ports such as Cozumel in Mexico, Ocho Rios in Jamaica, the Grand Cayman Islands, Belize, Freeport in the Bahamas, Colon in Panama and the Yucatan on a Western Caribbean cruise. Find adventure on a cruise ship excursion. Try activities like riding a Segway human transporter or snorkeling in Cozumel, hiking the rain forests in Belize, swimming with dolphins in Nassau and race 4x4 vehicles in Cabo St. Lucas.
Cruise ships provide unlimited dining choices. Three daily buffets (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are available, plus a nightly multiple-course gourmet meal and 24-hour room service. Special shows such as a chef's ice carving and chocolate buffet will make your vacation memorable.
Pack a variety of comfortable clothes for your cruise, including swimwear, hiking and exercise gear, one to two formal outfits and casual wear. Bring a protective hat, sunglasses and sunblock for hiking and exploring the ports. A camera (and its accessories), waterproof bag or purse and sweater for the ship's cool temperatures will also be handy.
It is recommended that all U.S. citizens cruising to the Western Caribbean have a valid U.S. passport. However, U.S. citizens taking "closed-loop" cruises (which originate and terminate in the same U.S. port) are not necessarily required to have a passport, but will need proof of citizenship. Passengers wishing to consume alcohol must have a valid U.S. driver's license (the drinking age is 18 once the ship sails into international waters). Go to the link in Resources for more information.
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