Antigua Southampton Cruise – P&O Arvia – 10 March 2023
When choosing a Caribbean cruise, the possibilities are endless. From 5-star luxury cruise lines to small yachts and sailboats, there are so many types of ships to choose from. Some Caribbean cruises are suitable for families with kids while others are geared more toward adults. Take your pick between entertainment at every turn or a three-piece band after dinner; exploration and adventure or glitzy and glamor; mega-ship vs. yacht. There are truly countless options to consider when booking a Caribbean cruise.
The Caribbean is made up of hundreds of islands, ranging from large ones like Cuba, Puerto Ric, and Jamaica all the way down to Jost Van Dyke and Bequia.
When choosing a Caribbean cruise, there are three regions to consider: Western, Eastern, and Southern Caribbean.
Western Caribbean cruises departing from FL hug the coast of Florida, including the Florida Keys, and head west around Cuba towards Mexico and Central America. Popular Western Caribbean destinations include Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Belize, and Roatán (Honduras).
The Eastern Caribbean consists of well-known islands such as the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix), the British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke), and Puerto Rica. Some smaller and lesser-visited islands include St. Barts, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, and Dominica, which are also considered a part of the Southern Caribbean.
The Southern Caribbean region is quite spread out, so many cruises tend to be longer than 7 nights. If you’re willing to brave a 14-night cruise from Barbados, you can even make it as far as Cartagena, Colombia, and on to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. These are becoming increasingly trendy destinations on Caribbean cruise itineraries.