Cruising the Caribbean & Mexico

Want to see more than one destination on your Caribbean vacation? Cruising to Mexico’s Mayan Riviera along with several islands in the Caribbean is a good choice. Enjoy all the entertainment and dining options your state of the art cruise ship has to offer then explore ashore as you visit a number of different ports of call. It’s a winning combination for an idyllic vacation.

With so many enticing ports to visit, selecting the itinerary that suits you best might be a challenge! Cruises from a few days to a couple of weeks focus on the Eastern, Western or  Southern Caribbean. Longer cruises have time to combine two or three of these magnificent regions.

The Western itineraries include calls in Mexico where you can explore Mayan ruins, swim in a cenote, zipline through the rain forest, snorkel at one of the world’s top reefs or simply relax at a spectacular beach. Be sure to stop by the colorful markets, great places to purchase silver jewelry, leather goods and Mexican arts and crafts.

There are so many spectacular Caribbean islands, each with its own character and points of interest. Your luxurious and comfortable cruise ship can take you to many islands on one exciting vacation. Imagine having Cozumel, the Cayman Islands and Tortola come to life; experiencing San Juan, St. Thomas, Martinique, St. Lucia and Antigua. There’s something very special about cruising the Caribbean and seeing so many alluring places.

Many cruise lines have their own private island as well where you can enjoy a private beach day during your cruise. These havens have all the amenities and activities you could wish for with a tempting beach bar-b-que and assorted dining venues for when you’re hungry.

The newest addition is Harvest Caye on an island off the coast of Belize. Complete with swim up bar in the pool by the LandShark Bar & Grill, a seven acre beach area, and shopping village, Harvest Caye also offers tours to the Mayan ruins and other points of interest on mainland Belize.

Other lines create a special event at a port of call, like Windstar’s "St.Lucia Destination Discovery" event, a private beach day complete  with coconut drinks, beach buffet, Officer vs. Guest volleyball tournament, bocce ball, Steiner Fitness Program, and a mixology class featuring a local-themed drink.

Whether you want a big ship with all the features of a resort/ theme park at sea for the entire family to enjoy, a small ship with a more country-club lifestyle or something in between, there’s a ship for you calling at the Caribbean and Mexico. Different cruise lines, even ships within a cruise line fleet, cater to varying travel styles. You’ll find there’s a cruise vacation to suit every taste.

So stop dreaming and start planning your exceptional cruise to the Caribbean and Mexico, an exciting destination that fills the promise of a rewarding and refreshing vacation.

Photo: Near Chichen Itza, Mexico
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