Western Caribbean cruises

Cruising in Western Caribbean

The Western Caribbean is a very popular destination for cruisers who are interested in the history of the area, the marvellous sites of once thriving ancient civilisations, the sunshine, the crystal clear waters, and the fantastic flavours of the local cuisine.

The most likely ports of call on a Western Caribbean cruise are the islands south of Florida such as Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and coastal ports of Mexico such as Costa Maya, Cozumel and Progresso. Central American countries such as Belize and Honduras also feature as does Key West, on the southern tip of Florida.

High season for cruises to this area is Christmas and the winter months here in the UK. When the weather here is at its worst the weather in the Caribbean is at its best, with temperatures in the high twenties and early thirties centigrade. The dry season in the Caribbean is between November and April and the wet season from May to October, so the destination is perfect for a post-Christmas getaway, and a great way to escape the January blues. The hurricane season runs from June through to November, with storms more likely between August and November; however, there is huge demand for holidays in the summer months and cruisers to the area tend not to be daunted by the storm possibilities. Our experts at Planet Cruise can advise you on the best time to travel.

Nearly all major cruise lines offer Western Caribbean cruises, among them Carnival, P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and Disney Cruise Lines are there year-round. Other cruise lines offer seasonal cruises, such as Norwegian Cruise Lines, Celebrity, Holland America, Costa and MSC. The luxury cruise lines such as Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Crystal and Oceania visit seasonally too.

There are some incredible excursions to do in the Caribbean such as scuba diving with stingrays and nursing sharks, visiting the incredible Mayan ruins of Chitzen Itza, visiting the Ocho Rios waterfall, or simply lazing on the sandy beaches, shopping, or sitting in a friendly bar and watching the world go by. The food in the Caribbean is full of spice and warmth, and the jerk chicken and curry goat must be sampled, along with fabulously fresh grilled fish, washed down with a cold Caribbean beer. The people are famously welcoming and laid-back, and the weather is enviable, which is a combination that is hard to resist when choosing where to escape to when winter approaches and the nights draw in in the UK.

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