Caribbean cruises have long been a popular choice with both experienced cruisers and first timers looking to try a cruise for the first time. This is a classic destination in every sense and the Caribbean promises to fill your days with wall to wall sunshine, stunning beaches, warm waters and gently swaying palm trees. Best seen by cruise ship, you can explore at your leisure and really get a feel for the distinct characteristics and varied cultural vibrancy of a number of islands in a single trip.
Steeped in history and simply overflowing with stunning natural beauty, the Caribbean promises to suit all tastes. Whether it’s exploring the dense forestry and mountainous peaks of St Lucia and St Kitts or enjoying beach-side cocktails whilst soothing reggae wafts through the air in Barbados and Trinidad, you can be sure that your luxury Caribbean cruise will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
What can you Expect on a Luxury Cruise Around the Caribbean?
As one of the world’s most popular cruising destinations it’s no wonder the Caribbean is a holidaymaker’s dream. Made up of more than 700 picturesque islands, islets, reefs and cays within the Caribbean Sea, the Caribbean Islands offer something for everyone; whether you’re looking for adventure packed voyages with an array of water sports or a slower pace with world class food and beverages, all passengers will be pleased.
However, not matter the pace of your holiday, one thing you’re sure to expect is extraordinary natural beauty, stunning clear waters, pristine beaches, fascinating wildlife and a welcoming arrival from the locals.
Top Things to See on a Luxury Caribbean Cruise
Any destination with the Caribbean has a lot to offer, however below we have detailed the best Caribbean destinations for the best food, wildlife, beaches, diving and relaxing.
For the Food
If you’re a foodie then Dominican Republic is the destination for you; mixing Spanish, African and Taino elements to create a mouth-watering range of dishes. However, for the best Dominican dishes be sure to try some local seafood including crab, lobster, octopus, red snapper and sea bass.
If it’s relaxing you’re after then the Bahamas is your best bet. Stunning beaches fringed by coconut palm trees and the sizzling BBQs and live reggae music make this a destination made for relaxing.
For the Wildlife
Every island within the Caribbean Sea has its own variety of animals, however Trinidad and Tobago play host to over 99 species of mammals and 470 species of birds. While exploring the islands you can catch glimpses of monkeys, armadillos, bats, caiman and much more. There is also the plethora of marina life including manta rays, sharks and a mix of colourful fish.
For the Beaches
Home to the seven mile beach, the Cayman Islands is a sure bet for anyone looking for the best beaches in the world. With soft white sands and clear waters the popular Seven-Mile beach is public property and therefore anyone can stroll along it’s shore.
For the Diving
Turks and Caicos, comprising of three islands, offers a diverse diving destination, with each individual island offering something special. For people travelling in the early spring there is an opportunity to see hundreds of migrating humpback whales passing in close range to the islands.
Luxury cruise ships are often somewhat smaller than many of the vessels that visit the Caribbean, so you’ll find that these cruise lines offer itineraries that visit seldom-seen ports of call and hidden islands that are largely inaccessible to larger ships. For example, SeaDream Yacht Club often features the islands of St Barts and Anguilla on selected voyages, whilst Oceania Cruises visits stunning Santo Tomas in Guatemala, a lush island steeped in Mayan history.
As there is so much to see and explore in the Caribbean and such a vast array of islands and culture to discover, you will find that the majority of cruise lines will offer luxury cruises in the Caribbean. Below is the full list of cruise lines at Deluxe Cruises that offer outstanding, world class cruises in the Caribbean:
Crystal Cruises – for year-round cruising and with itineraries from St Maarten you can enjoy all-inclusive dining and a great array of water sports, topped off with contemporary and stylish décor.
Cunard – Prefer not to fly then a Cunard Cruise may be for you. Departing Southampton in the UK and travelling across the Atlantic Ocean is a great experience not to be missed.
Oceania Cruises – Discover the uncommon Caribbean, charting lesser-known coastlines and taking you off the beaten path.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Holding the title of the ‘world’s most luxurious ship’ the Seven Seas Explorer will wow its guests with outstanding accommodation and world-class dining.
Seabourn – If you’re looking to tick of many Caribbean ports then Seabourn is the one for you; offering no fewer than 21 different ports of call, as well as spacious decks and accommodation for relaxing.
SeaDream Yacht Club – Offering al fresco dining experiences, as well as dancing and sleeping under the sky night this really is a luxury cruise experience.
Silversea Cruises – Whether it’s lazy days in the Grenadines or rafting in the Dominican, Silversea’s has it all to offer.
Windstar Cruises – great for value for money, Windstar offers a laid back style perfect for a Caribbean escape. A great choice for families.
When to go on a Cruise in the Caribbean?
There really is no ‘best’ time to visit the Caribbean on a cruise; it’s more a case of finding the best time to suit your preferences. If you’re seeking the very best of the Caribbean sunshine, then trips between November and March are a good choice, as this is when the region is at its hottest.
For the best value, departure dates in November, April, May and June are great months to capitalise on slightly lower fares and other assorted cruise deals.
Those who wish to err on the side of caution may want to avoid travelling to the Caribbean during hurricane season which normally occurs between June and late October.
However, the sun is always shining in the Caribbean therefore there is many benefits to travelling at any time of year.
Upcoming Caribbean Cruises with Deluxe Cruises
If it’s a sun soaked getaway you’re after then a luxury Caribbean cruise is sure to keep you satisfied. Below you can browse a range of upcoming luxury cruises, including cruises in the Caribbean Sea.