The Western Caribbean is one of the most popular cruise regions. It appeals to
all sorts of tourists, from first-time cruisers to experienced travelers, and
from families with young children to couples celebrating golden anniversaries.
The region's warm temperatures, laid-back atmosphere and wide range of activities
-- sightseeing, shopping and water sports -- draw millions to the area each year.
Visit popular cities in the Yucatan region of Mexico, well-known for ancient
Mayan ruins and white-sand beaches. Snorkel or swim with the stingrays in Grand Cayman,
splash around at Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica or scuba dive in Cozumel. Some
Western Caribbean cruises stop in eclectic Key West, where shop-lined streets,
amazing art galleries and lively bars welcome guests ashore.
Destinations such as Belize and Honduras are emerging as popular Western Caribbean
cruise destinations as well-traveled cruisers search for new and unusual destinations
to explore. And, from time to time, ports located in the Eastern Caribbean or
Southern Caribbean, the Bahamas, Central America and South America are visited
on Western Caribbean itineraries as well.
Western Caribbean cruises usually depart from U.S. ports along the Gulf Coast and
Florida, from cities such as Galveston, New Orleans and Port Canaveral, as well as
Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Easily accessible departure cities, short cruise options
(sailings range from 4 to 14 nights in length) and relatively low prices make a
Western Caribbean cruise an ideal choice for those interested in an inexpensive getaway.
- The Western Caribbean is blessed with continuously balmy, pleasant weather,
making it a year-round cruising destination.
- Western Caribbean cruises typically last 4 to 14 nights, although there may be
- Western Caribbean cruise ports are often found on Panama Canal sailings.
- Many ships will alternate 7-night eastern and western itineraries, giving
passengers the option of purchasing back-to-back cruises and remaining on one
ship for a 14-night sailing.
- Western Caribbean cruises are particularly kid-friendly, making them ideal for
family getaways. Most ships have children's programs, youth counselors and
children's activity centers.
For a list of Western Caribbean cruise ports,