Just the sound of a "Caribbean cruise" is enough to excite anybody who loves to travel. You may suddenly find yourself thinking about the activities that you're going to do and get excited even more. This is because a cruise offers opportunities to learn about different cultures, interacting with new kinds of people and having new experiences that you will cherish for life.
Choosing a Caribbean cruise itinerary is therefore important when you make this trip and that will depend on your budget, expectations, and interests. It is best to start deciding on the length of your cruise. Most would recommend seven days for first timers but it really depends on your schedule and finances.
Different itineraries are available for the adventurous spirit. A Caribbean cruise offers both short- (five-night) and long (seven-night) trip schedules, both with exciting itinerary lined up. For first timers, the Western Caribbean itinerary may be to your liking. It can give you the opportunity to spend time at sea usually for two days and visit Central American and island ports. You can also choose from several ports where you can embark so it really gives you great choices to plan for your trip easily. A western Caribbean cruise usually includes ports in Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Jamaica; and Bahamas. There are opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, exploring the Mayan ruins and other scenic spots that you will truly enjoy.
There is another itinerary that you can consider as well: the one that cruises the Eastern part of the Caribbean. This time, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico are part of the itinerary stops. You will enjoy exploring the rainforests, swimming, combing the islands, rock climbing, or just lying on the beautiful, sparkling beaches. There are also two to three days at sea so you can enjoy the serenity and breeze. Cruise ships are packed with amazing amenities that include ice skating, boxing, fine dining, spa and fitness, mini-golf and swimming facilities. There are entertainment features as well so you will never get bored during the trip.
The Southern Caribbean itinerary presents different discoveries as well. Islands are far from each other and take a longer time to reach so an eight-day schedule is a wise option. Your day at sea may be shorter than other itinerary lists but you can enjoy the exotic beaches and visit Barbados, Dominica, Antigua, Grenada and St. Bart's. You may need to depart from Puerto Rico or Barbados if you choose this trip.
There are so many more to choose from so if you have time and the money, why not just try them all out?