Choosing a cruise itinerary – Eastern and western caribbean cruises
Caribbean is the most popular destination for cruise travelers. Choosing where to sail – the eastern or western Caribbean – 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. The most common cruise itineraries offered are Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean.
Let’s take a quick look at the two most popular Caribbean cruise itineraries.
Eastern caribbean cruises
Most cruise ships sailing to the eastern Caribbean on 7-day itineraries embark from Florida. Ports of call on an Eastern Caribbean often include the Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. John (USVI), Puerto Rico, and perhaps St. Maarten/St. Martin.
The islands are relatively close together, smaller, and shore excursions tend to be more geared to beach or water activities.
Western caribbean cruises
Cruise ships sailing to the western Caribbean embark from Florida, New Orleans or Texas. Ports of call on a Western Caribbean often include Cozumel or Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West, FL; the Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Belize; or Costa Rica.
You can explore ancient Mayan ruins, hike the rain forests, or go snorkeling or SCUBA diving in some unforgettable locations.
The Caribbean Sea is a cruise lover’s heaven–blue seas, sunny beaches, and interesting ports of call. You will get all of these whichever direction you cruise!