More ships cruise Caribbean islands than any other region in the world, and Caribbean cruises treat vacationers to crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, abundant water sports and duty-free shopping.
Because so many people cruise Caribbean islands, you'll find the most competitive pricing and the best per-diem rates on a Caribbean cruise. This is especially true in the fall - just before the start of the peak Caribbean cruise season - when ships return to the Caribbean from Alaska and Europe.
Caribbean cruises are divided into three regions: Western Caribbean cruises, Southern Caribbean cruises and Eastern Caribbean cruises.
Eastern Caribbean cruises may call on ports in the Bahamas, San Juan, the Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos.
Southern Caribbean cruises can take you to the varied landscapes of Aruba, the rain forest of Martinique or the beautiful beaches of St. Thomas.
Western Caribbean cruises can take you to see Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatan coast, snorkeling in the barrier reef off the coast of Belize or to Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, but with the sophisticated radar and weather-tracking systems found on larger Caribbean cruise ships today, there is little cause for concern. Ships can easily change course to avoid storms and will substitute alternate Caribbean cruise ports as necessary.