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   Monday, June 17, 2019 

Vote for your Country in the Battle of the Islands! Caribbean Cruises: The Only Way to Explore the Tropics

By Daniel Ricon

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There is nothing quite like a vacation to the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. The sun, sand and incredible islands are truly like nowhere else in the world. It is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax, or even delve into an exotic adventure.The only problem with a trip to the tropics is trying to settle on one place to go. With so many incredible options, how can you possibly narrow it down to a single destination?You can forget all about that problem when you decide to explore the Caribbean by way of a cruise vacation. Hop aboard and explore a myriad of different islands, ports, and seas.

The best part about a cruise is that you don't have to worry about spending too much time planning.All of your meals, accommodations and transportation are taken care of. You can ask the advice of the captain and crew for places to check out when you port, or you can just get out ad explore on your own. The choice is yours.Still, you are going to have to settle on what area of the Caribbean you decide to travel to. Here are a few vacation packages that will take you to different corners of the Caribbean Sea.

7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise

This cruise sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida aboard Holland America's ship, the Eurodam. The ship itself is equipped with a whole host of ways to entertain its many guests. Enjoy the premium Sterling Silver beef at the Pinnacle Grille or check out the latest edition of The New York Times at the Explorations Café and Coffee House.The Eurodam also has plenty of nightlife opportunities for adults and youth facility centers for kids. But don't get caught up on the ship, there is much to explore!Your first stop after a day at sea will be Grand Turk, an island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Enjoy Grand Turk's incredible beaches and pristine coral reefs. This is a great stop for scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing.

You will spend an afternoon there before heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico.While San Juan has gorgeous beaches of its own, you should take this opportunity to explore some of the cultural and historical gems in this fantastic city. Old San Juan is a small island connected to the main city by a series of bridges. Rent a scooter and explore the colonial architecture just like the main character in Hunter S. Thompson's "The Rum Diary."Leaving San Juan, your ship will head to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, then to Half Moon Cay and finally back to Fort Lauderdale. This week long journey is the perfect amount of time to get a taste of the Eastern Caribbean.

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise

Of course, for some people a week at sea might be a little bit too long. This 5-night cruise on Celebrity Cruise Line's Celebrity Century is just a quick 5-night jaunt to the Western Caribbean.After you leave Miami and spend a day at sea, you will dock for the day on the island of Roatan, just off the coast of Honduras. This island is located right near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It is the largest in the Caribbean Sea and the second largest in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

This makes Roatan an amazing place to see bottlenose dolphins, moray eels and a wide array of colorful fish and coral.Your next stop from there is the island of Cozumel, Mexico. This island features a rich history and lush landscapes. There is a plaque on display at the Cozumel museum stating that President Abraham Lincoln once considered purchasing the island as a place to send freed slaves. However, due to the raging war that was then occurring on the Yucatan Peninsula, he reconsidered.From there, it is back to sea for a day before returning to Miami. This short trip is sure to be big on adventure.

7-Day Southern Caribbean Cruise

The Southern Caribbean is another great destination, and you can see it all aboard Princess Cruise Lines' ship, the Caribbean Princess. Leaving from San Juan, you will make a stop at St. Thomas before heading on to the island nation of Dominica. Dominica has a wealth of natural beauty, including mountainous rain forests and the world's second-largest boiling lake. The Cabrits National Park, on the north end of the island, has many hiking trails by which you can explore the forest, wetlands and offshore reefs.

This cruise will then take you to Grenada, Bonaire, and Aruba before safely returning you to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Southern Caribbean is like nowhere else in the world. Get out and explore it today.When it comes to the Caribbean Sea, visiting one island just isn't enough. There are so many gorgeous destinations and exciting people; the only way to see it all is through a Caribbean cruise vacation.

 About the Author     

Daniel Ricon is a freelance writer who writes about travel and leisure topics and options such Caribbean cruises.

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    Scott says:

    Have you taken any of these cruises?  What do you think?

    Posted on 06 Mar 2011 at 3:31am | View Post in Forum

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