Eastern Caribbean cruises

Cruising in Eastern Caribbean

Nearly all cruise lines offer the Eastern Caribbean  as a destination because it is a perennial favourite and features high up on most people wish list. With picture perfect sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and a laid back and friendly atmosphere, it is no surprise that tourists flock to the region. The climate also plays a significant part in why people choose to holiday in this part of the world. The temperature remains constant year round, <strong>between 24 and 32 degrees centigrade</strong> and the only variation is between the rainy season, from May to October, and the dry season for the rest of the year. The dry season corresponds perfectly with our winter and so provides a perfect respite from the cold, dark and drizzly days that we endure. The hurricane season is between June and November but there are some islands that are rarely affected, for example Barbados (too far east) and Trinidad and Tobago (too far south). Our experts at Planet Cruise can advise you when and where to travel to get the best weather during your holiday.The islands that you will see featured on most itineraries to the Eastern Caribbean are Barbados, Puerto Rico, St Vincent, Dominica, St Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts, Grand Turk, Tortola, and St Maarten. The most popular duration is two weeks with flights to and from the UK at the start and finish. It is possible to fly one way and cruise the other but that does diminish the number of islands you can visit. Of the fly cruise options they often start in Fort Lauderdale or Barbados, cruise around the islands and then return to the same point to fly home.</p> <p>Some cruise lines have their own private islands in the Caribbean. Half Moon Cay is owned by Holland America, Castaway by Disney Cruise Lines, Great Stirrup Cay by Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cay by Princess Cruises and Coco Cay and Labadee by Royal Caribbean. These privileged islands offer private beaches, barbeques, water sports, restaurants and beach bars as a home from home extension of the cruise ship.</p> <p>In other more authentically Caribbean ports of call the excursions entail all sorts of options, from <strong>shopping</strong>, to <strong>island tours</strong>, <strong>swimming with dolphins</strong>, <strong>boat trips</strong> and more. The history and the culture of each island are there for exploring and the famous Caribbean cuisine must be sampled during your stay. Grilled fish, Jerk chicken, sweet potato and black bean curry or even a fresh fruit smoothie will tempt you to stay and savour more. The best advice we can give is to kick back, relax and get into the Caribbean way of life while you cruise around these beautiful islands.</p>

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