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The Caribbean with ShoreTrips

When you think of the Caribbean you typically conjure up images of white-sand beaches and tropical drinks with little umbrellas and cabana boys (or girls)to wait on your every need. It’s a pleasant thought, but the islands of the Caribbean offer so much more.  The contradictions hit you the moment you arrive. With a history built on piracy, sugar, slavery, revolt and colonial identity, the islands support a vibrant mix of cultures. There are cricket players and Rastas, Cuban rebels and lobster fishermen. The shifting sands on sheltered beaches come in impossible hues, from sugar white and salmon pink to coffee brown and charcoal black. While some islands are nothing more than an overgrown sandbar, others project majestically from the sea.

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60-Second Geography

The Caribbean

So what do people remember most about their experiences in the Caribbean? It is different for everyone but you can expect a variety. It may be an archipelago with stunning beauty, or that first glimpse of a sea turtle floating by your snorkel mask. It may be the high peaks of the pitons of St. Lucia or the rainforests teeming with one of a kind flora and fauna. It may be the rhythms of reggae, soca, or salsa. It may be the freshest seafood you have ever eaten. It may be the welcoming smiles of the people—or it could indeed be those little umbrellas in the icy cool drinks!
    Caribbean cruises are the most popular cruise destination for cruise travelers. Choosing where to sail – the eastern or western Caribbean – is one of the first decisions made when planning a cruise vacation. Most cruise travelers select a 7-day Caribbean cruise for their first experience at sea. 

  • Eastern Caribbean Cruises. Most cruise ships sailing to the eastern Caribbean on 7-day itineraries embark from Florida. Ports of call on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary often include the Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. John (USVI), Puerto Rico, and perhaps St. Maarten/St. Martin. If you want less sailing (i.e. time at sea) and more shopping and opportunities to go to fantastic beaches, then an Eastern Caribbean itinerary might appeal more to you. The islands are relatively close together, smaller, and shore excursions tend to be more geared to beach or water activities.
  • Western Caribbean Cruises. Cruise ships sailing to the western Caribbean typically embark from Florida, New Orleans or Texas. Ports of call on a Western Caribbean itinerary often include Cozumel or Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West, FL; the Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Belize; or Costa Rica. If you look at a map, you will see that since the ports of call are further apart, more sailing is usually involved on a western Caribbean cruise. So you may have more time at sea and less time in port or on the beach. The ports of call in the western Caribbean are sometimes on the mainland (Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica) or at larger islands (Jamaica, Dominican Republic). Therefore, the shore excursion options are more varied. You can explore ancient Mayan ruins, hike the rain forests, or go snorkeling or SCUBA diving in some unforgettable locations.

Rum Point

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Stingray City

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  • Our 3 port Eastern Caribbean discount package “EASTERN CARIB 3 PORT PKG” is also a great and easy sell for the Eastern Caribbean itineraries.
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