Music and dance as colorful as the reefs, tranquil waters just a shade deeper than the sky, and a rich history as diverse as the breathtaking landscapes, make Caribbean cruises one of the most popular vacations, blending discovery with relaxation. The stories of the Caribbean are captivating, the beaches mesmerizing and the carefree charm intoxicating.
Visitors near and far flock to the Caribbean for the perfect tropical escape. Many guests to these islands arrive by cruise ships departing from the U.S. or San Juan with smaller vessels originating in Barbados or Antigua. Because cruises are the major source of tourism, the Caribbean is divided geographically by the cruise lines into Eastern Caribbean Cruises, Western Caribbean Cruises and Southern Caribbean Cruises. Most Eastern and Western itineraries begin in the continental U.S. with most Southern Caribbean departures from San Juan. The islands are so numerous and unique that it would be difficult to offer a preference or to comment on each. Though there are cruises that are shorter than 7 nights in length, a 7 night cruise is a must to fully explore the islands in each region.