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Caribbean cruises: the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure

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If you want to experience a holiday that offers you the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, a Caribbean cruise could be the ideal choice. These seaborne sojourns provide you with the chance to explore some of the world’s most beautiful islands and, as an added bonus, they’re stress-free. So, all you have to do is turn up, go to your room and enjoy all the benefits of this paradise of the seas.

Total convenience

One of the best things about these trips is their convenience. You simply choose an itinerary that suits you and leave all the hard work to your cruise company. You’ll be taken from island to island without having the hassle and stress of planning your own transport and accommodation. Also, this means that you’ll only have to unpack your suitcase once, during the trip.

You won’t struggle to find cruise ships that meet your needs and expectations either. Whether you’re planning a solo trip, a romantic vacation with your partner or a family break, there’ll be a vessel to suit you. Some cruise ships also cater for multiple generations, which is ideal if you want to enjoy a holiday with your children and grandchildren in tow.

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The social side of cruising

Another major draw of cruise holidays is the fact that they’re so social. Sure, you can enjoy plenty of you time while being pampered in spas, reading a book or sunbathing, but if you want to meet people, you can get involved in the array of activities offered on board.

Depending on the ship and cruise line that you select, this could include dance workshops, bridge sessions, yoga, wine tasting, educational lectures and other group pastimes.

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The perfect location

You might not be surprised to learn that the Caribbean is the most popular region in the world for cruise holidays. These sun soaked islands have everything you could possibly want from a vacation destination. They boast beautiful beaches, superb weather and sumptuous cuisine.

Bear in mind that most Caribbean cruises depart from ports in Florida, but to save time you can fly directly to one of the islands and embark on your adventure from there. Broadly speaking, the routes stick to the south (which includes the likes of the Grenadines and perhaps the Dutch Antilles), the east (including such highlights as Antigua, St Lucia, Puerto Rico and Barbados) or the west (Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica).

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Seafood abounds across the region, and you’ll be able to tuck into the likes of flying fish and grouper while on your travels. It’s also worth looking out for jerk dishes. Watch out though because this dry or wet rub, which is applied to chicken and other meats and is the signature flavour of Jamaica, can be super spicy.

In terms of the weather, it’s possible to cruise the Caribbean right through the year, but the best time to enjoy these trips is between November and May.

As soon as you’ve sampled the delights of a Caribbean cruise, you’ll understand exactly why this is such a popular holiday choice among people of all generations.

 

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