Caribbean Cruises and Ports of Call
Top Cruise Ports in the Eastern Caribbean
Information on the top cruise ports in the eastern Caribbean, which include all of the activities you expect in a Caribbean cruise--great beaches, fascinating history, sparkling blue waters, marvelous ocean views, and excellent shopping
Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean - Which Is Best?
Choosing where to sail is one of the first decisions made when planning a cruise vacation. Most cruise travelers select a 7-day Caribbean cruise for their first experience at sea. When you search the Internet or read cruise brochures, the most common itineraries offered are Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean. Which is better?
Top Caribbean Shore Excursions
Description of the top Caribbean shore excursions--where they are and why they can make your Caribbean cruise vacation a memorable one.
Caribbean Cruise Maps
Pictures of maps of the Caribbean, which are useful in planning a Caribbean cruise
Carnival Liberty - Western Caribbean Cruise Journal
Cruise travel log of a Carnival Liberty cruise from Miami to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Grand Cayman
Ruby Princess Caribbean Cruise Travel Journal
Eastern Caribbean cruise to Princess Cays, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Grand Turk on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.
Disney Magic Caribbean Cruise Travel Log
Cruise travel log from a 7-day eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic
Eurodam - Caribbean Cruise Travel Log on the Holland America Eurodam
Holland America Eurodam cruise travel log of a voyager that sailed round-trip from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay.
Seven Seas Mariner Holiday Cruise in the Caribbean
We cruised the Caribbean during the holiday season on the beautiful ship the Seven Seas Mariner. Follow us for the 10 days we sailed on this luxurious ship.
Stingray City - Swimming with the Sting Rays
Pictures from swimming with the sting rays at the Grand Cayman Island sandbar nicknamed Stingray City. Swimming with the stingrays is one of the most popular activities for visitors to Grand Cayman in the western Caribbean.
Dolphin Swim and Ride at Dolphinaris in Cozumel
Pictures from the Dolphin Swim and Ride shore excursion at Dolphinaris in Cozumel, where participants can observe, encounter, or swim with dolphins in an ocean cove
Roatan - Bay Islands of Honduras
Photo gallery of Roatan, Honduras taken at Mahogany Bay, a beach development used by Carnival Cruises and other ships in the Carnival family and on a driving tour of the east end of the island that included stops at the Dixon Cove Harbor, YUBU-The Garifuna Experience, a Garifuna village, and a high point overlooking Roatan's coral reef
Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands
Photos of Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) from the sailing ship the Arabella
Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands
Photo gallery of the Norman Island sea caves and the Indians
Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands of the Caribbean
Photos of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), including a Champagne and Caviar Splash from the SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream I on White Bay
Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) - Great Harbor
Photo gallery of Great Harbor at Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Tortola - British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean
Photos of Tortola, the largest and most populated island of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean
The Baths at Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Cruise pictures of the boulder-covered Baths at Virgin Gorda, a British Virgin Island in the eastern Caribbean Sea
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Cruise pictures of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands
St. Croix - West End Tour from the Disney Magic
Description of a Disney Magic shore excursion tour of the western part of St. Croix, which included stops at the Estate Whim Plantation Museum, St. George Village Botanical Garden, and the Cruzan Rum Distillery of St. Croix
Ports of Call - USVI - St. Croix
St. Croix does not see as many cruise ships as its saintly brothers, which makes it a quieter U.S. Virgin island. However, St. Croix is fascinating and diverse with lots to offer if you have a day in port.
Things to Do in San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is one of the busiest ports and most exciting cities in the Caribbean. San Juan and Puerto Rico offer many opportunities for sightseeing and shopping, but also feature rain forest hiking and kayaking in a bioluminescent bay.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Caribbean Port of Call
Photos of San Juan, Puerto Rico, including the old town area near the cruise ship pier and Castillo San Cristobal
St. John - U.S. Virgin Islands
Photos from St. John in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI)
Antigua Shore Excursions
Antigua is famous for its sailing and its 366 beaches. Cruise ships stopover for a day on this British island and offer a diverse mix of shore excursions.
Castaway Cay - Disney Cruise Line Private Island in the Bahamas
Photos of Castaway Cay, which is the Disney Cruise Line private island in the Bahamas
Half Moon Cay - Private Island of Holland America Line in the Bahamas
Photos of Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's private island in the Bahamas
Grand Turk Island in the Turks & Caicos
Photos from Grand Turk Island in the Turks & Caicos Islands south of the Bahamas
Caribbean Fascination - Cruise to the Southern Caribbean
The Carnival Fascination takes the About Cruises guide and some friends to the Southern Caribbean, visiting San Juan, St. Thomas, Guadeloupe, Grenada, and Aruba. Read about the cruise and what we did in each port of call.
Antigua and Barbuda -- What to Know Before You Travel to Antigua
Plenty of stars have visited Antigua and Barbuda, but the real celebrities on this lovely pair of islands are the beaches. You'll find bigger hotels, glitzier casinos and better restaurants elsewhere in the Caribbean, but it's worth traveling to Antigua and Barbuda just for the stretches of sugar-white sandy beaches.
Aruba Travel Guide
Basic travel guide and introduction to Aruba, including information on attractions, hotels and resorts, dining, activities, culture and history, events and festivals, nightlife and more!
Bahamas Travel Guide
As this Caribbean island guide details, the Bahamas have it all: glorious beaches, warm surf, fabulous coral reefs, and challenging golf courses. Nassau/Paradise Island is just 35 minutes by air from Miami. Grand Bahama Island is home to Freeport and many resorts. On the Out Islands you'll find secluded beaches, pristine diving and fishing sites and a more authentic West Indian character.
Barbados - A Taste of Britain in the Eastern Caribbean
Barbados is both a wonderful port of call for Caribbean cruise passengers and for vacationers of all ages and interests. Barbados even has its own distinctive look, with rolling hills of sugar cane and two distinctively different coastlines.
Barbados - Caribbean Island and Cruise Ship Port of Call
Barbados cruise pictures from a driving tour around the Caribbean island of Barbados
High Tea at Sunbury Plantation - Bridgetown, Barbados
Pictures from English tea at Sunbury Plantation on the Caribbean island of Barbados
Guana Island in the BVI - The "Last" Virgin Isle
Guana Island resort in the British Virgin Islands is a wonderful place to relax before or after you cruise the eastern Caribbean.
Barbados Travel Guide
Basic travel guide and introduction to Barbados from the About.com Guide to Caribbean Travel.
Belize Travel Guide
A travel guide to Belize, Central America's true Caribbean nation, from the About.com Guide to Central America Travel.
Stingray City at Grand Cayman Island
A day on Grand Cayman Island is not complete without a visit to Stingray City. This shore excursion is one of the most popular in the Caribbean and its reputation is well deserved. Ten pictures from Stingray City accompany the article.
Bermuda Island Guide
Bermuda's appeal lies in its special blend of colonial history and African heritage. When you start thinking about traveling to Bermuda, keep in mind that the weather is relatively cool in winter and spring. As a result, Bermuda's peak travel season (when prices and demand are highest) is May through August, the opposite of the Caribbean (which Bermuda is not technically part of).
British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Basic travel guide and introduction to the British Virgin Islands from the About.com Guide to Caribbean Travel.
Grand Cayman Island - Caribbean Island Home of Stingrays, Turtles, and Hell
Grand Cayman Island pictures of stingray city, turtle farm, and the village of Hell
Before You Travel to the Caribbean: Cayman Islands Guide
Consider traveling to the Cayman Islands if you are looking for some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches and some of the world's best scuba diving. Want to open an off-shore bank account? You can do that here, too. The Caymans have long been known as a tax haven.
Colombia Travel Guide
With two ocean fronts, three Andean mountain ranges, and multiple attractions, Colombia is a scenic treat for visitors. Cruise ships visit Colombia during quiet times and can dock either in the Caribbean or the Pacific Ocean.
Costa Rica Travel Guide
A visitor's guide to Costa Rica, one of the most popular (and most beautiful) travel destinations in all of the Americas--for backpackers, cruisers, and resort travelers
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Central American Caribbean Port of Call
Costa Rican shore excursion options for cruises porting in Puerto Limon, Cosata
Curacao Island Guide
Basic travel guide to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, including information on attractions, hotels and resorts, dining and restaurants, shopping, beaches, culture, history, nightlife, and more!
Dominica - Nature Island of the Eastern Caribbean
Dominica - Champagne Snorkeling Caribbean Shore Excursion
Snorkeling on Dominica can be exhilarating, especially if you snorkel near the bubbling volcanic activity of Soufriere. A "champagne snorkeling" shore excursion can be great fun when your cruise ship is in Dominica.
Dominica Shore Excursion Options - Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Description of cruise ship shore excursion options on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica
Dominica Travel Guide
Dominica is the Caribbean for adventurers: lush, unspoiled and full of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Consider traveling to Dominica if you are the type who gets bored at the beach and wants a variety of rugged hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling to keep yourself occupied. Don't come here looking for casinos, white-sand beaches, massive resorts or even paved roads.
Dominican Republic Island Guide
The Dominican Republic is one of the friendliest islands in the Caribbean. The distinctly Latin vibe is laid-back, the nightlife is supercharged, and the beaches -- all one thousand miles of them -- offer something for everyone. Best of all, the Dominican Republic has some of the Caribbean's best bargains.
Ports of Call - Grenada
Article on how to spend a pre-cruise weekend in Grenada, the Spice Island of the Caribbean.
Grenada - Before You Travel to Grenada
Known as the Spice Island, Grenada grows more spices per square mile than any other place in the world, but that's not all this lush, friendly island is known for. Traveling to Grenada is not for gamblers or people who like to party, but if you are looking for a place where you can sunbathe on lovely secluded beaches, snorkel, fish or just relax, this is the island for you.
Guadeloupe Island Guide
Comprised of five main islands, Guadeloupe is a unique blend of France and the tropics.
Honduras Travel Guide
All about Honduras travel, from the Caribbean Bay Islands of Roatan and Utila in the east, to the Maya ruins of Copan in the west. Your Honduras vacation starts here!
Jamaica Travel Guide
Basic travel guide and introduction to Jamaica from the About.com Guide to Caribbean Travel.
Key West - Things to Do with a Day in Port on Your Caribbean Cruise to
Things to do with a day in Key West, Florida when on a Caribbean cruise that includes Key West as a port of call
Martinique Travel Guide
Traveling to Martinique is highly recommended if you would like your dream island vacation to come with a French accent. This is the Caribbean with French panache -- beautiful white-sand beaches, interesting cultural attractions, world-class sailing, a mountainous landscape with plenty of hiking opportunities, and, naturellement, delicious food.
Mexico - Yucatan Peninsula - Cancun, Cozumel, and More
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula offers a wide range of activities and attractions from beautiful beaches, ecological reserves, colonial cities and vibrant culture.
Montserrat Island Guide
Traveling to Montserrat is a special experience. It is one of the few Caribbean islands that have not been discovered by mass tourism. A visit here would not be complete without exploring the Soufrière Hills volcano, but Montserrat is also blessed with lovely beaches and interesting hikes and dive sites.
Panama - San Blas Islands - Home of the Kuna Indians
The San Blas Islands of Panama, located in the Caribbean, are home to the Kuna (Cuna) Indians. Adventurous travelers can stay in one of the ecotourism lodges in the San Blas. I stayed at Dolphin Lodge, and it was an unforgettable experience.
Panama Cruises Photo Album - San Blas Islands of the Caribbean
Pictures and photo album from Panama - Panama Canal, Taboga, San Blas and more.
Panama Travel Guide
Panama is so much more than the famous Panama canal. Here's an overview all about Panama travel.
Puerto Rico Travel - Puerto Rico Travel and Vacations
Things to do and see in Puerto Rico from the About.com Guide to Puerto Rico Travel.
Puerto Rico Island Guide
It's hard to believe that a destination this exotic is not only close to the United States (2.5 hours from Miami) but a part of it. Many cruise ships embark and/or disembark in San Juan, and the island of Puerto Rico has much to offer cruise travelers.
Saba - Dutch Caribbean Island of Saba
Pictures of Saba, a Dutch island in the Caribbean, taken on a SeaDream Yacht Club cruise to Saba
Travel to the Caribbean: Saba Island Guide
The smallest of the Dutch Antilles, Saba (pronounced "sayba") is a rocky volcanic island with a single road, lush mountain forests, and excellent scuba diving and snorkeling, making this tiny spot in the Caribbean a major mecca for eco-tourism and earning it the moniker "The Unspoiled Queen."
America's Cup Regatta - Great St. Maarten Shore Excursion
This exciting and fun shore excursion on St. Maarten will teach you that grinding is not always accompanied by bumping!
St. Kitts and Nevis Travel Guide
Unspoiled St. Kitts and Nevis are just starting to come into their own. While they've been discovered by celebrities and the wealthy, mass tourism has yet to fully catch on. Natural beauty, well-preserved ecosystems, low humidity, white-sand beaches and tastefully designed resorts make these tranquil islands two of the Caribbean's most appealing destinations.
St. Lucia Travel Guide
Basic travel guide and introduction to the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia from the About.com Guide to Caribbean Travel.
St. Martin/ St. Maarten Island Travel Guide
Does your idea of the perfect vacation include delicious food, exceptional duty-free shopping and gorgeous beaches? If so, traveling to St. Martin/St. Maarten is an excellent way to go. Many large cruise ships stopover on the Dutch side of the island, so if you are in search of solitude, head elsewhere ... or at least to the French side of the island, which is more laid-back than the Dutch half.
St. Maarten and St. Martin - Caribbean Port of Call
The island of St. Maarten and St. Martin in the eastern Caribbean is a popular port of call for cruise ships
St. Barts, St. Bart's, St. Barths, St. Barth's, or St. Barthelemy
Cruise pictures from St. Bart's in the Caribbean
St. Barths Travel Guide
Basic travel guide and introduction to St. Barths from the About.com Guide to Caribbean Travel.
Turks and Caicos Island Guide
Basic travel guide and introduction to the Turks and Caicos islands from the About.com Guide to Caribbean Travel.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Island Guide
Consider traveling to St. Vincent and the Grenadines if you're looking for an unspoiled escape and some of the best sailing in the world. St. Vincent remains so pristine that its coastline provided an authentic colonial backdrop for filming "Pirates of the Caribbean".
Key West - Things to Do with a Day in Port
Things to do with a day in Key West, Florida
St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Photos from St. Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)
U.S. Virgin Islands Guide
Each of the three U.S. Virgin Islands has its own distinct personality. Outgoing St. Thomas has an abundance of shopping and exuberant nightlife, while much of St. John is preserved as a national park. St. Croix, though neither as busy as St. Thomas nor as peaceful as St. John, will appeal to both shoppers and nature lovers.
Venezuela Travel Guide
Enjoy this collection of travel articles about Venezuela, organized by topic, written by the About.com Guide to South America and guest authors. Many of the articles have photos and links to more resources about Venezuela.
Caribbean Photo Album
Library of pictures of Caribbean ports of call taken by the About cruises guide.
Caribbean Cruise Reviews
Cruise reviews of Caribbean cruises submitted by visitors to About Cruises.
Caribbean for Visitors
Let our About guide to the Caribbean help you plan your island stopovers.
Carnival Cruise Line
The largest cruise line sailing to the Caribbean, with several ships available for 3-7 day cruises. Cruises from Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, and Galveston to the eastern and western Caribbean. Sails from San Juan to the southern Caribbean.
Celebrity Cruise Line
Celebrity ships sail from Ft. Lauderdale and San Juan to the Caribbean.
Costa sails from Ft. Lauderdale on 7-day cruises to the Caribbean.
Luxury cruise line sails the Caribbean during the winter months.
Cunard Cruise Line
The Caronia, Queen Mary 2, and the QE2 have sailings in the Caribbean during the winter months.
Disney Cruise Line
Currently Disney sails from Port Canaveral to the eastern Caribbean, western Caribbean, and the Bahamas.
Holland America Caribbean Cruises
Holland America has several choices for Caribbean cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale and San Juan.
MSC Cruises has several ships in the Caribbean during the winter months.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line has several itineraries, with ships sailing out of Miami and San Juan.
Princess has several ships with varying itineraries sailing from Miami and San Juan.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Caribbean Cruises
This luxury line has ships with interesting itineraries sailing the Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean sails the Caribbean on its megaliners from several ports.
Seabourn - The Yachts of Seabourn
This luxury line offers intimate ships with extraordinary service and sails the Caribbean and all over the world.
Luxury line with yacht-sized ships. Three Silversea ships will be in the Caribbean during the winter season.
Fleet includes three luxurious sailing ships that sail the Caribbean during the winter.
Official Aruba Tourism Authority website. All the info you need to plan your trip ashore, including some good information on Arikok National Park.
Glory Tours - Barbados Tours
Cruising to Barbados? Glory Tours can help you plan your time ashore on this beautiful island in the southeastern Caribbean.
National website of the Barbados Tourism Authority. History, sightseeing tours, duty free shopping, and even a "lesson" in how to speak Bajan so that you can communicate with the street vendors.
Belize Cruise Excursions.com
Site provides information about Belize City and excursions offered there for cruise ship passengers.
British Virgin Islands
A sailor's paradise, especially if you are into "bare boating" cruises. Most large megaships don't visit these islands, but they are very popular for charters and Windjammer cruises.
Lots of links to everything about this Dutch island. In addition to the standard tourist information, this site even includes a list of job openings, just in cast you decide not to go home!
Grand Cayman Cruise Shore Excursions.com
Site provides information about George Town Grand Cayman, excursions, shopping, snorkeling guide and other valuable information.
Official site of the Jamaica Tourist Board. A really good site that includes everything you might need to know, plus a bulletin board and an opportunity to sign up for "jmail".
Site includes good vendor listings for things to do and restaurants.
Great-looking site with lots of information about St. Barths. Also includes a web camera and some fun graphics.
St. Kitts and Nevis Beaches
A guide to the beaches, activities, shore excursions, accommodations and more in the unspoilt twin island Caribbean paradise of St Kitts and Nevis. Includes detailed travel tips, interesting photos, travel forum, blog and newsletter.
U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Thomas is one of the most popular stops for Caribbean cruises, and St. John can be easily done as a shore excursion. And then there is St. Croix, which is starting to attract more ships.
Anchor Dive Center - St. Croix
Anchor Dive Center has three prime locations on St. Croix, a wide variety of dive sites, professional staff and PADI diver training programs.