Cruises to the Mexican Riviera: Cruise availability, Plus 5 Must-Sees in the Mexican Riviera

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A Cruise Ship Arrives in Mexico!

[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”left”]Everyone knows of the French Riviera, known as one of the first high-class seaside resorts in the world, but how many people have heard of the Mexican Riviera?[/blockquote] The idea is a newer one, stemming from the Mexican Government’s attempts to stimulate tourism along the country’s Pacific coastline by building resorts during the 1970’s. The idea worked and soon the area became known worldwide for its mix of spotless white-sand beaches and dramatic coastal cliffs, ascending into the pervasive Mexican jungle. Among the more well-known ports on this stretch of coast are Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

In the US, the area is famous for being the subject of the TV series “The Love Boat” which played a big part in popularising cruises amongst the American public. Partly as a result, the Mexican Riviera is often ranked in the top five most popular cruise destinations in the world and has a year round service from many of the major cruise lines. Like the Caribbean, the area is temperate for most of the year but can become too hot for some during the height of summer (August, September).

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Step onto your balcony and get a superb view of Caleta Beach in Acapulco

The vast majority of tourists visiting Mexico are American and the most common departure ports for these cruises are San Diego, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, California. Luckily, these ports are also convenient for those travelling in by plane making a Mexican cruise a possibility for people from all around the world.

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What cruises are available to the Mexican Riviera and from which companies?

Some of the biggest cruise companies offer itineraries in the Mexican Riviera including Carnival, Crystal, Holland America, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. A variety of cruise lengths are available, starting at three days and going up to 14 days. The briefest cruises will call only at Ensenada whilst the longer ones will generally have an itinerary involving Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

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A beautiful resort well worth the wait!

5 Must-Sees in the Mexican Riviera

1. The Death Defying Cliff Divers of Acapulco Bay

Diving off the Cliffs in Acapulco Bay
Diving off the Cliffs in Acapulco Bay

Just outside of the luxury resort town of Acapulco is a a pair of coastal cliffs known as La Quedabra. In between them is a narrow, shallow inlet of water into which local men dive from dizzying heights. It’s an outdoors variant of the old fashioned circus trick of diving into a tiny pool and the tourists love it, coming back time after time to witness the feat.

If adventurous stunts are not to your taste then there are plenty of other things to draw you to Acapulco, from the Zona Dorado high-end shopping district to any of the numerous luxury hotels that line the seaside.

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2. Go Whale Watching and Meet the Sea Lions at Cabo San Lucas

Whale Watching in Mexico
Whale Watching in Mexico

There are many reasons to go to Cabo San Lucas, from the brand new resorts to the legendary club Cabo Wabo Cantina ran by former lead singer of Van Halen, Sammy Hagar. However, the most striking thing as far as we are concerned is the wildlife including plentiful California Gray whales (December-March) and barking sea lions to be found lolling about on the rocks at Land’s End.

Aside from the wildlife the area is also known as a favourite hangout for celebrities and for its championship golf courses. Famous photo opportunities include El Arco, a natural stone archway located at Land’s End, and Lovers Beach, the only beach in the world surrounded by two different oceans.

The Beautiful Mexican Hot Spot That is El Arco!
The Beautiful Mexican Hot Spot That is El Arco!

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3. Be Blown Away by La Bufadora Geyser in Ensenada

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La Bufadora Geyser

La Bufadora is a powerful, intermittent geyser located in the resort town of Ensenada. Every day, tourists gather from all over the world to watch it fire, often reaching heights in excess of 80 feet. The fun of La Bufadora is seeing it, hearing the thunderous bang it makes when it goes off, and then watching unsuspecting tourists being drenched by the spray. The area is also home to a beautiful coastline as well as many up and coming Mexican wineries providing excellent quality for the money.

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4. Take a Hillside Pulmonia Tour in Mazatlan

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A Beautiful Sunset on Acapulco Beach

Mazatlan is the largest port on this stretch of coast and is known the world over for its watersports and fishing. However, without a doubt the most unique part of visiting Mazatlan is taking a tour on a pulmonia, an open-sided taxi, up to the clifftops for a magnificent view of the bay and the Sierra Madre mountain range.

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5. Walk the Cobbled Streets of Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town

Puerto Vallarta's Old Town
Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town

In stark contrast to its ultra-trendy nightlife scene, Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town is well known for preserving all the best of European culture and architecture. Walk the sculpture-lined streets and explore any of the towns six or so art galleries. The town is famous for its artists and the town’s malecon, or esplanade, has many examples of local sculpture.

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Bermuda Cruises 2013/2014: Top 5 Most Popular Things to Do on Your Bermuda Cruise

Escape With A Wonderful Cruise to Bermuda
Escape With A Wonderful Cruise Holiday to Bermuda

Bermuda is one of Britain’s five Overseas Territories in the Caribbean and its low levels of direct taxation make it popular amongst British expats. Technically, though, it’s not in the Caribbean at all but the Atlantic. However, its climate, geography and culture are as Caribbean as can be, leading most people to group them together.

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Aside from its reputation as an island haven for the rich and famous, it is also known for its exceptional natural beauty. It is famous worldwide for its pink sand beaches and exceptionally clear waters, making it easy for tourists to come face to face with marine turtles, terrapins and tropical fish on some of the world’s best snorkelling tours. The architecture on most of the island is a mixture of 19th-Century cottages in every colour and modern shops and museums.

The Allure of Bermuda's Pink Sandy Beaches is Irresistible
The Allure of Bermuda’s Pink Sandy Beaches Are Irresistible

Despite having the largest population of any of Britain’s Caribbean possessions, it is actually a pretty small island chain – 8 islands connected by bridges and causeways. As such, you can travel the whole length of the island in about 15 minutes, making it possible for you to see literally everything on the island even if you are only stopping there for a few days.

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Due to its previously ambivalent stance towards megaships, Bermuda remains an up-and-coming destination for cruise tourists. Only recently has it begun opening its ports to these larger vessels for fear of overcrowding, and they remain slightly less trafficked than the Bahamas or other similar islands. For most tourists, however, this will be a good thing – this beautiful Caribbean island chain has yet to be spoilt by excessive tourism and is now readily accessible by means of a cruise.

Bermuda viewed from Above
Bermuda viewed from above 

This fierce protectiveness of their island is what makes Bermuda the beauty that it is:

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  • Billboards, advertising hoardings and neon signs are banned

There are strict regulations on driving:

  • Including a nation-wide speed limit of 20 miles per hour and a ban on car rentals.

Moreover, the nation has what some would see as fairly puritanical rules on showing flesh

  • You’re not allowed to show more than a certain amount of flesh when you’re more than 25 feet away from the sea and any shorts you wear off the beach must end no more than two inches above the knee. Hence the need for the world famous Bermuda shorts.

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[styledbox type=”general shaded” ]Still, whether despite or because of all that, Bermuda remains an exceptionally popular tourist destination with over 500,000 visitors per year with – amazingly – around 50% of them returning within a year![/styledbox]

Top 5 Most Popular Things to Do

1. Enjoy the Bright Blue Sea at Horseshoe Bay Beach

Horseshoe Bay Beach
Horseshoe Bay Beach

Bermuda’s most popular beach is Horseshoe Bay and for good reason. It has an excellent mix of natural beauty and modern facilities. This beach is also ideal for families with young children as it has a lifeguard patrol throughout high season making sure that you and your family are bathing in safety. Famous for its pink sand.

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2. Snorkel Coral Reefs in Some of the Clearest Waters in the World

The Coral Reef in Bermuda
The Coral Reef in Bermuda

The lack of rain in Bermuda is what makes the water so clear – without rain there’s no chance for sediment and organic matter to run down from the land into the sea. As such, the islands are the perfect environment for snorkellers who want to check out the beautiful coral reefs. Scoot along on an aqua scooter to zip through these waters and see all manner of exotic underwater life.

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3. Golf at a PGA Course

Play a Round of Golf in Bermuda at Port Royal Golf Course
Play a Round of Golf in Bermuda at Port Royal Golf Course

Port Royal Golf course was designed with the help of the PGA to be a challenging course and has since played host to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (2009). Exceptionally well-maintained with carefully manicured lawns, the course also maintains high standards when it comes to its dress code – make sure to come with a shirt that has a collar.

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4. Dive the Famous Bermuda Triangle

Explore Shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle
Explore Shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle

Numerous diving companies offer boat trips out for diving ship wrecks and coral reefs in the Bermuda Triangle and, as with the snorkelling, the waters are amongst the clearest in the world.  The diving schools in the area are also world-renowned for their level of skill and expertise.

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5. Meet Seals, Turtles, Fish, Monkeys and Tropical Birds at the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo

Some of the fascinating things to see at the Bermuda Zoo!
Some of the fascinating things to see at the Bermuda Zoo!

Wildlife can be unpredictable and even if you’ve already gone snorkelling and diving you may not have been able to see all you wanted to. Thankfully, the Bermuda Aquarium, Natural History Museum and Zoo exists to enable everyone to see a full range of Bermuda’s flora and fauna  without even having to get wet! The aquarium is also home to the world’s first living coral reef exhibit, for all those who might not be able to see a coral reef by snorkelling.

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Which ports do they dock at?

For large cruise ships, the most common port of call is King’s Wharf which right on the far edge of Bermuda, on Ireland Island. It is, however, just a short ferry ride to the capital of Hamilton. While you’re there, however, you may want to try out the new Snorkel Park, visit the Bermuda Maritime Museum or play with the dolphins at Dolphin Quest. The other common ports for cruise liners are Hamilton and St George’s but these are both too small for the mega-ships and as a result it is becoming less common for a cruise to dock there.

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Northern Europe Cruises: Baltic Sea, Fjords, Arctic Sea & Gulf of Bothnia

An Arctic Sea Cruise
An Arctic Sea Cruise

[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”left”]Cruises to Northern Europe offer a unique opportunity to sample a wide range of cultures which few people outside of this area are familiar with. [/blockquote] A typical cruise of Northern Europe might take in countries as different as Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Others may even include areas as distant as Iceland and Greeland. Itineraries may opt to explore the whole region or focus solely on one, a popular country such as Norway – the choice is yours.

When most people think of this region they think of the Norwegian Fjords (which happen to be on our top 10 cruises list) and maybe a few of the more famous Scandinavian capitals like Copenhagen (home to famous authors Hans Christian Andersen and Soren Kierkegaard) and Stockholm, a cultural and economic centre. However, there are also cruise ports in: Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; Kalipeda, Lithuania.

Since Estonia and Latvia have entered into the European Union, cruise tours have begun to dock there far more frequently. Both these cities, although not as well known as they should be, are home to some of the most stunning architecture, and amazing places to visit in Estonia in Europe as well as both having up and coming nightlife scenes. These factors, plus the relative affordability of a Northern European cruise, are contributing to the increasing popularity of this region for cruise-lovers.

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Northern Europe offers many ports and destinations for Cruise holidays

Most Popular Northern European Itineraries

Baltic Sea Cruises

The Baltic Sea is the area of water between the East Coast of Denmark and Russia, framed by the coasts of Finland and Sweden. The most popular ports of call on a Baltic cruise are Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Tallinn – all capital cities of these European nations.

Cruises going to The Fjords

Everyone has heard of these stunning water-valleys, dotted around the Norwegian countryside. The biggest port on a Norwegian Fjord cruise is usually the picturesque city of Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city and one of the most vibrant cities in the region. Smaller ports visited on these cruises, often on the verge of fjords themselves, include Stavanger, Geiranger, Tromso, Alesund and Trondheim.

Gulf of Bothnia

Little known outside of the region, these waters between the eastern coast of Sweden and Finland are the northernmost reaches of the Baltic sea. Travelling here gives you the chance to experience the surprisingly different cultures of Finland and Sweden. The main Finnish ports in this area are Rauma (whose ancient wooden houses are a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Pori (famous for the lovely Yteri beach). On the Swedish side you’ll usually end up stopping at Sundsvall with its beautiful stone houses and Lulea.

The Famous Yteri Beach
The Famous Yteri Beach

Arctic Sea Cruises

Your opportunity to sample the icy delights of Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. This cruise is increasingly being regarded as quite trendy. Take your opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths of Reykjavic and pick up some Faroese knitwear.

Where do these cruises generally start out from?

The most common ports to embark from are Stockholm and Copenhagen, capitals of Sweden and Denmark respectively. Flights to these cities from the UK are frequent and relatively inexpensive, and from the US are at least relatively common. Travellers from the UK, however, may prefer to start out at home taking a boat from Dover, Southampton or Harwich.

4 Facts about The Baltic You Probably Didn’t Know!

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  • Over 85 million people live within the catchment area of the Baltic Sea – in other words, in the coastal areas where the rain that falls eventually runs down to the Baltic.
  • A wide range of languages are spoken in this region: Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, German, Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian.
  • At any one time at least 2,000 large ships are sailing through the Baltic, most of them freighters carrying cargo to and from the Baltic nations.
  • As a mix of fresh and saltwater, the Baltic sea is one of the largest bodies of brackish water in the world, giving it a unique eco-system all of its own.

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Nile River Cruises: Fun Facts & Figures About Nile Cruises!

A Nile River Cruise... Bliss!
A Nile River Cruise… Bliss!

The Nile river runs for over 4,000 miles through nine countries, stretching from Lake Victoria in Uganda to the Alexandria, Egypt where it meets the Mediterranean Sea. The majority of Nile river cruises tend to focus on Egypt with the typical route starting at Luxor and ending at Aswan. On the way, it passes by some of Egypt’s most magnificent ancient monuments. From the mind-bogglingly vast collection of Ancient Egyptian monuments at the Karnak Temple Complex to Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

Cruise excursions are also an excellent way to access many other famous monuments in the country such as the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and the Temple of Kom Ombo. The great advantage of taking a cruise along the nile is that almost the entirety of its population lives along the green belt that follows the Nile through the country. This also means that almost all of the historic population centres, with their ancient architecture and modern museums are located in easy reach of  the river. Not to mention the modern day Egyptian culture of farmers tilling the land and traders selling spices and local crafts in the local bazaars.

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What kind of ships are used for Nile cruises?

A Nile Cruise Ship Typically Takes 100 People On Board
A Nile Cruise Ship Typically Takes 100 People On Board

Don’t expect a massive ocean liner with gambling and a gym, the Nile is nowhere near deep enough for a large boat. The majority of the cruise boats touring the Nile carry just over 100 people in four passenger decks. Facilities on board generally include a pool (on the sun deck), restaurants, air-conditioned cabins with TV and mini-bars. The quality of the boat differs greatly between different providers, from rather old vessels to brand new ones so make sure to take a good look at the pictures before booking.

The person navigating the boat is the Chief Navigation Officer, and will be someone with many years of boating experience on this river. Generally, they grow up in a village on the banks of the Nile and start boating from a young age before eventually gaining enough respect from the cruise operators to be allowed to pilot one of their boats.

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I’ve heard it gets crowded during high season…

River Nile
The River Nile Covers Over 4,000 Miles and Intersects Nine Countries!

From October to April there are roughly 300 cruise ships doing the typical route down the Nile.  The main downside to the overcrowding is that in these circumstances, cruise ships sometimes tie up to one another to prevent them from knocking each other around on the waters. This is ok if you are in one of the boats on the outside but on the inside this very often spoils you view. Travelling during high season can also make the whole experience slightly less relaxing as the river is slightly noisier, but there will likely still be stretches where there are not too many boats.

Cruise to The Bahamas: When to Travel, Hot Spots, Weather, Food & Culture!

A Popular Cruise Destination, Paradise Island in the Bahamas
A Popular Cruise Destination, Paradise Island in the Bahamas

The Bahamas are an island chain of around 700 islands and home to the port of Nassau which regularly tops the lists of most popular cruise ports in the world. Nassau itself is known for playing host to some of the world’s most luxurious resort hotels, including the enormous, all-inclusive hotels lining Cable Beach. Meanwhile, nearby Paradise Island is a gambling mecca with everything from high-roller blackjack tables to slot machines.

These are just two of the Bahamas’ 30 populated islands, however, and many cruises will also choose to visit the less heavily developed Grand Bahama, home to the towns of Freeport and Lucaya. Lucayan National Park is located here and this is the place where Pirates of the Caribbean II and III were filmed. Meanwhile, in Port Lucaya there are a wide variety of shops and restaurants which frequently feature live entertainment.

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Cruises to the Bahamas to see and experience sights as stunning as these!

Freeport is also a casino centre, bigger than Paradise Island and also surrounded by crystal clear waters and sugar white beaches. There are also plenty of opportunities to pursue adventure sports such as parasailing and cave diving on both these islands. Your cruise operator may well have links to recommended local providers for this sort of activity and it is well worth asking questions  about this before leaving the boat.

Weather: When’s best to take a Cruise to the Bahamas

Unlike an Alaskan Cruise, December to April is the high season but due to the Bahamas proximity to the Equator you can expect to experience very little temperature variation around the year. The rainy season is May to October but the rain generally doesn’t last long so don’t let this put you off necessary. It is possible to experience hurricanes in this season. There’s a 1 in 5 chance of your being affected by a hurricane if you travel in this season.

Cruises to the Bahamas: The Bahamian Beaches are A Must See
Cruises to the Bahamas: The Bahamian Beaches are A Must See!

Food – The local cuisine of the Bahamas

Those looking to sample the local cuisine will appreciate the tradition of fish frys, outdoor fish frying parties generally involving live music and dancing. These are generally held once a week in well-known locations and if your boat is staying overnight at a port this is a perfect opportunity to join one of these. One of the more popular ones happens on Taino Beach, Grand Bahama every Wednesday.

Dolphins are just one of the many cute mammals you may encounter in the Bahamas!
Dolphins are just one of the many cute mammals you may encounter in the Bahamas! 

Language and Culture

The official language is English but a Bahamian dialect of this is widely spoken. The majority of the locals are of African descent but there is a minority white population who are descended from American Loyalists and British Puritans. There is also a small Bahamian Greek culture, the result of workers who came over to work in the sponging industry. The country achieved independence from the United Kingdom in the 1960s and still retains many signs of its British colonial past. Strangely enough, you may be able to find specific cruise deals to the Bahamas through Twitter, often the major cruise lines have special offers and release them through twitter.

A Cruise Ship Docked Next To The Castaway Cay Island
A Cruise Ship Docked Next To The Castaway Cay Island

Hawaii Cruise Guide: Hawaii Cruise Itinerary, Top Six Beaches & Islands

Hawaii is a chain of eight volcanic islands each with different geographies and climates giving each a character entirely of its own. Most Hawaii cruises will begin at the capital, Honolulu on the island of Oahu which has all of the attractions of a large city as well as the famous Waikiki beach – former playground of the Hawaiian monarchy. Oahu is also the surfing capital of the world with some of the largest waves hitting its Northern shores every winter.

Hawaii Cruise
Hawaii Cruise

However, Maui and Kauai represent a completely different experience with far less real estate development taking the place of the natural rainforests and waterfalls. These islands are particularly well known for their hiking excursions although they are also home to many white-sand-blue-sea beaches, most of which are far quieter than Waikiki.

There are many cruises which start and end in the port of Honolulu although if you are looking for a longer trip it is also possible to travel there from many ports on the western coast of America, Mexico or Canada. Doing the cruise this way will mean about a week at sea in the Pacific, the desirability of which will depend on the kind of cruise vessel you’re taking.

Top Six Beaches Outside of Waikiki (We Wanted Five But There Are Too Many Good Ones)

Waimea Bay, Oahu
Waimea Bay, Oahu

Situated on the north shore of the island this is without a doubt the most famous surfing beach in the world. In the summer, however, the waves are a lot smaller making it ideal for anyone to take a paddle in. Sun, sea and white sand are exactly what you get at this beach.

Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

An extremely popular beach, lined with luxury resorts and famous for the many scuba and snorkelling schools available in the area. This area is particularly good for families as there are a large number of lifeguards all along the beach as well as plenty of facilities. The waters are generally pretty calm and it rarely gets as crowded as some of the other popular beaches – the happy medium between isolated and popular.

Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Big Island

Aloha and welcome to Punaluu!
Aloha and welcome to Punaluu!

This is the best place in all of Hawaii for spotting sea turtles and for those who have never been to a black sand beach before, the experience is an unforgettable one. The beach is surrounded by swaying palm trees so it really does look like a beach rather than a volcanic wasteland.

Poipu Beach, Kauai
Poipu Beach, Kauai

Poipu Beach, Kauai

Excellent for young children, the water is calm and shallow as well as clear enough for inexperienced snorkellers. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on the islands with a fair range of facilities. As such, it was once voted America’s Best Beach.

Shipwreck Beach
Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach

A great, fairly secluded beach with a massive lagoon where you can often sea locals diving for crab and octopus. As per the name, you can expect to see an early 20th-century shipwreck here, stuck in a coral reef. The waters here are rough but it’s nevertheless worth coming out for the dramatic scenery and solitude.

Panama Canal

A man, a plan, a canal – Panama! This famous canal even has a palindrome dedicated to its honour. Completed in 1914, the purpose of the canal was to allow ships to move between the East coast of the Americas and the West coast without having to sail all the way down to Cape Horn and around.

The Panama Canal
A Cruise Ship Going Through The Panama Canal

This cut the time many freight ships took to complete their routes in half and completely changed the shape of modern day America. Furthermore, because of the immense amount of earth that had to be shifted as well as the careful managing of the tidal waters, the canal has been hailed as “one of the seven wonders of the modern world” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

High season is from October to April but the rainy season ends in November so after November is the most pleasant time to visit. The cruise liner that goes to Panama the most often would be Princess Cruises but most major tour operators will have at least one ship going there in summer.

Cruise Itineraries to Hawaii

In terms of itineraries, the canal itself is only 50 miles long but most cruises to Panama take 14 days and travel from Florida, stopping in the Caribbean, Mexico and other locations. Others, however, can be longer or shorter depending on your taste with anything from 7 to 21 days possible from the bigger cruise lines. As standard, all cruises will depart from Florida (Miami or Fort Lauderdale) and end in L.A (San Diego or San Francisco). Most typical cruises will also stop at Colon, Panama which sits on the Eastern entrance to the canal and Limon, Costa Rica on the Western side.

As You Can See, The Poas Volcano is Quite A Sight!
As You Can See, The Poas Volcano is Quite A Sight!

Some of the most popular excursions are to be found in the area around Puntarenas port, Costa Rica. These include a trip to Tabacon Hot Springs, the luxury resort and spa based around volcanic springs, therapeutic for sore muscles they also form beautiful miniature waterfalls in the river running down to the pools. The Poas Volcano is also an unforgettable sight, as it is filled with an unbelievably bright blue lake.

Meanwhile, an excursion to Villa Blanca will give you the opportunity to walk through an authentic cloud

forest. Or you could go see some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

If you don’t dock at Puntarenas and would still like a rainforest trip then your best bet is to try out the new aerial tramway in Braulio Carillo National Park, just outside of Limon, Costa Rica. This takes you out, through and sometimes above the forest canopy where you’ll come face to face (literally) with all manner of Central American wildlife.

Above All, A Cruise To Hawaii Will Over Deliver On Your Expectations!
Above All, A Cruise To Hawaii Will Over Deliver On Your Expectations!

Alaska Cruise Guide: Top Alaskan Ports & Best Cruise Lines Departing from the UK

An Alaskan Cruise
With thousands of miles of glacial scenery, gold-rush port towns and plenty of Native American cultural heritage, cruising through Alaska is a truly unforgettable experience.

[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”left”]The main draw is the landscape and the wildlife. On an Alaskan cruise you can often see whales, eagles, bears, and meese from your boat against a backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges and endless pine forests. It’s no wonder that these cruises are getting more popular every year.[/blockquote] One drawback, however, is the weather and we don’t just mean that it’s cold. Most Alaska cruises go in the summer months when it is less cold but persistent rain and grey skies are common. Meanwhile, this unpredictability can make excursions hit-and-miss. Some cruise ships offer helicopter and plane tours so that you can spy out more wildlife but these are often cancelled at short notice due to inclement weather.

The most popular operators in Alaska are probably Princess Cruises and Holland America although the vast majority operate at least one itinerary in Alaska. It is important to remember that there is a trade-off to be had between the big and little boat cruises. The choppy seas of the Gulf of Alaska may be easier on the stomach if you take a giant cruise liner but you are far more likely to see a lot of wildlife if you take a smaller boat.

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What an Alaskan Cruise Itinerary Looks Like:

Inside Passage

The Inside Passage is a sailing route that passes on the inside of the many islands that make up the Alaska panhandle, on the south-west of the state. It can pass through Ketchikan, Skagway and Sitka, three Alaskan ports that are amongst the most popular with tourists. The Alaskan stretch of the route is around 500 miles long and generally takes about 7 nights on a cruise ship. Cruises on this itinerary generally leave from Vancouver or Seattle making them convenient for those travelling in by plane.

Gulf of Alaska

The Gulf Of Alaska
The Gulf Of Alaska

The Gulf of Alaska is an area of water more northerly than the Inside Passage and these tours generally go from Seattle or Vancouver up to Seward or Whittier which are near to the town of Anchorage. This area has markedly choppier waters than those of the inside passage, as mentioned above. Generally these cruises will  last 7 days and will also take in some of the Inside Passage route and may visit Ketchikan, Skagway etc.

Fortnight Trips

If you’re willing to spend a fortnight at sea then there are some cruises that will travel from as far away as San Francisco to destinations as northerly as Anchorage. Another benefit of these itineraries is that it makes it more possible to make trips over land that last a number of days.

Smaller cruise ships

It’s possible to book expedition cruises with a number of companies who will take you to more out of the way ports with shallower waters as well as allowing you to get more up close and personal with the marine wildlife.

Popular Alaskan Ports

Ketchikan

Sitka
The port of Ketchikan in Alaska

Creek Street is the main street in Ketchikan and it’s built on a wooden pier sitting on top of the water. It’s full of restaurants and independent stores as well as having colourful timber buildings reminiscent of a pioneer town. It’s Alaska’s fourth biggest town giving it a surprisingly vibrant atmosphere for a place out in the middle of the arctic wilderness.

Juneau

Juneau
The Alaskan Port of Juneau

Juneau is the state capital as well as the largest city, situated in the middle of the historic gold belt. Tourists on excursions may choose to take the Mount Roberts Tramway for aerial views of the mountains and harbor. The area also features bear viewing platforms and art demonstrations from native craftsmen and women.

Skagway

Skagway
Skagway, with a couple of cruise ships already docked.

Another former gold town, well known for its walking and mountain flying tours offering a birds eye view of the thundering Skagway river. There’s also a historic miners steam railway offering short trips for $110 dollars. Continuing the pioneer aesthetic, you can visit Jeff Smith’s Parlor famously run by the con artist and gangster Soapy Smith.

Sitka

Sitka
Sitka is a historic goldmine, and a great place to visit whilst on a cruise.

This town changed hands between the Tlinget Indians and the Russians before eventually falling under US rule as a result of the Alaska purchase in 1867. It remains the centre of the tribal government of the Sitka tribe and native arts and crafts are to be found all around the city as well as remnants of the Russian culture such as Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. There’s also the Alaska Raptor Center which looks after injured American Eagles.

Asia Cruise Guide: Top 5 Cruise Excursions in Asia

If you’re looking for one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cruises imaginable then Asia is a good option for you. In just a few days or weeks it is possible to visit countries as different as India and China, Japan and Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, or all of them together. It should come as no surprise that Asia is still virgin territory for many cruise lovers – all of the top 10 most popular cruise ports in the world are in the Caribbean islands. However, this only makes it more of a unique experience for those who choose to go off the beaten cruise route and try something different…

Asia Cruises are off the beaten cruise path and  offer something unique to cruise holidays
Asia Cruises are off the beaten cruise path and offer something unique to cruise holidays

In recent years, many of the larger and more well-known cruise providers such as Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean have begun to send cruise ships to Asia, enabling cruisers to flit between destinations as distant as Qingdao and Singapore. On the other hand, many smaller ships are also available for seeking out the many smaller cruise ports of the region such as the  tiny port of Larantuka(pic below), nestled at the base of a beautiful forested mountain on the island of Flores, Indonesia.

The Beautiful Port of Larantuka
The Beautiful Port of Larantuka

High season from December to March which means the best time for budget travellers is October/November or April.

Top 5 Cruise Excursions in Asia

1. The Great Wall of China

The Very Impressive Great  Wall of China can be part of your Asia Cruise Excursion
The Very Impressive Great Wall of China can be part of your Asia Cruise Excursion

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting the Great Wall then an Asian cruise is an excellent way of going about it. Most cruises that stop at Beijing will have excursions to the Great Wall but if not then it is only about an hour’s journey by road if you would like to organise it yourself. Beijing actually has two cruise ports, Tianjin and Xingang, both of which are located in the city of Tianjing which is itself a two hour drive from Beijing. As such, if you want to take an excursion to the Great Wall it will take up a whole day but the trip is undeniably worth the effort.

2. Angkor Wat

Visit the Mysterious Ankor Wat
Visit the Mysterious Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the largest, grandest religious monument in the world and was described by one of the first Western visitors as “a rival to that of Solomon… erected by some ancient Michelangelo. This is undoubtedly one of the biggest must-sees in the East Asian area. Unfortunately, the nearest cruise port is a 7 hour journey away from Angkor Wat. Nevertheless, the cruise companies recognise its popularity and offer overnight stays in port in order to make this excursion popular.

It is possible to visit the temple from either Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s only cruise port and one which is surrounded by four beaches, or Bangkok.

3. The Grand Palace, Floating Markets and Many Temples of Bangkok

Colourful Bangkok Cruise Excursions
Colourful Bangkok Cruise Excursions

There are well over 20 highly ornate temples in the city of Bangkok (known in Thai as the City of Angels) as well as the Grand Palace of the King of Thailand and the world’s largest floating market. In fact, it’s hard to recommend the best thing to do in Bangkok when so many things compete for the top spot. Taking a walk around the city and soak in the sights and sounds might be enough on its own.

4. Kerala Backwaters, Cochin Port, India

The Kerala Backwaters
The Luscious Kerala Backwaters – Cochin Port, India

Many cruise ships offer boat excursions to the Kerala backwaters on the local ketuvallam, hand made house boats, with thatched roofs and private rooms. The Kerala backwaters themselves are a series of lagoons lined with tropical palm trees and known worldwide for their exceptional natural beauty.

5.  Tokyo. Just Tokyo.

Just Tokyo
Just Tokyo

It’s almost a cliché to point that Japan is about as different from America and the UK as it can get but as we all know there’s an element of truth to every cliché. There are a million exotic experiences you can have in Tokyo, even if you’re only docking for one day: meet a geisha, take a traditional Japanese bath at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari or hang with the famous rockabillies of Yoyogi Park. Like Bangkok, Tokyo is one of those larger than life Asian cities that represents a microcosm of the country it’s in. This makes it the perfect way to sample all that’s Japanese about Japan in a short period of time.

Caribbean Cruises

It should not come as a surprise to learn that Caribbean cruises are the most popular type of cruise in the world.

The Idyllic Carribean Cruise
The Idyllic Carribean Cruise

It certainly features in the top 10 cruising destinations mentioned on the same site, and it continually crops up among the most popular destinations listed on countless other websites too.

Why is this? Perhaps it is the gorgeous weather, the warmth that enables you to enjoy time out on deck when you are cruising from place to place. It also provides you with an opportunity to visit many Caribbean islands, whereas a traditional holiday to this part of the world may restrict you to just one island.

[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”left”]Over 65% of all UK cruises leave from the four cruise terminals at Southampton.[/blockquote]

While some cruises to other destinations are only available at certain times of the year, Caribbean cruises are available on a continual basis. It is perhaps not surprising to discover many passengers hailing from the UK are particularly eager to book a winter cruise, to escape the uncertain weather in this country.

If you are considering boarding a Caribbean bound cruise for the first time, you will likely have some questions about the experience. Here we have covered most if not all of the main areas to focus on.

Can you book no fly cruises to the Caribbean departing from the UK?

Beautiful Caribbean Scenery
Beautiful Caribbean Scenery

Cruises headed for Europe, the Fjords or similar areas typically leave from one of the UK based ports. However since the Caribbean is a lot further away you will often see cruise offers that require you either to fly out to meet the cruise ship or fly home once the cruise ends.

However if you prefer not to fly you can find some no fly cruises departing UK ports including these:

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  • Southampton
  • Bristol
  • Tilbury

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These cruises tend to be far longer in duration than those which require a flight one way as part of the booking. This takes into account the extra time spent at sea. Typical lengths of such cruises can be as follows:

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  • 35 nights
  • 26 nights
  • 24 nights
  • 32 nights

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Clearly while you may want to go on a no fly cruise you will have to consider your budget and the amount of time you have available for a Caribbean cruise. If you would rather try a shorter cruise you may have no option but to catch a flight out to the departure port.

 

Caribbean Islands
The Caribbean Islands… A Cruise Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

Do all Caribbean cruises visit the same islands and destinations?

No; in fact there is far more variation than you may at first expect. Cruises to the Caribbean are typically split into three different types, visiting one of the following areas in particular:

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  • Eastern Caribbean – including Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten
  • Southern Caribbean – including Aruba, Grenada and Dominica
  • Western Caribbean – including Havana, Montego Bay and Playa del Carmen

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Amazing Sights in the Caribbean
Amazing Sights in the Caribbean

Incidentally the Mexican Riviera is often included as part of the Caribbean too; so don’t be surprised to see a few Mexican destinations included on some itineraries to this part of the world. These include:

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  • Acapulco
  • Mazatlan
  • Ixtapa
  • Manzanillo

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If you enjoy your first cruise to the Caribbean you can therefore go on other cruises to the same part of the world while visiting very different areas in the process.

A Cruise Ship Docked in The Caribbean
A Cruise Ship Docked in The Caribbean

Which cruise lines offer Caribbean cruises?

Since this is the most popular part of the world for cruising, most cruise lines provide a range of cruises to the Caribbean. These include the following big name lines:

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  • Norwegian Cruise Line (Website: www.ncl.co.uk)
  • Royal Caribbean International (Website: www.royalcaribbean.com)
  • Celebrity Cruises (Website: www.celebritycruises.co.uk)
  • Costa Cruises (Website: www.costacruises.co.uk)
  • Princess Cruises (Website: www.princess.com)

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When you are searching for potential cruises you will notice many other names cropping up as well. It is wise to delve into each line in more detail, as some lines are better for certain types of traveller than others.

Children friendly Caribbean cruises

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line

One of the biggest reasons why families head out to the Caribbean on a cruise liner is because of the gorgeous beaches that await them on arrival. However you still have to get there and if you have children you’ll want to book a cruise that enables you to travel on a child friendly ship. Disney hits the top spot in this respect, but if you are travelling from the UK you will find several other cruise lines to consider as well, including Royal Caribbean.

Affordable Caribbean cruises

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises

A Caribbean cruise can be expensive if you don’t shop around. While Celebrity Cruises offers Caribbean itineraries that are easier on the pocket, be sure

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to consider other cruise lines as well. Princess Cruises is another name that is regularly connected to good value cruises.

 

What would a typical itinerary look like?

There is no easy answer to this one. It all depends on which part of the Caribbean you visit and how long your cruise is set to last. However we have picked out a number of cruises departing for the Caribbean this year and given the highlights below. This should give you an idea of what to expect on a typical cruise.

You should note the cruises listed below are all no fly cruises and thus feature an impressive list of destinations. Shorter cruises that require you to fly in one or both directions to meet your ship will have far fewer ports of call included in the itinerary.

 

35 nights in the Caribbean with P&O Cruises

A Caribbean Cruise with P&O
A Caribbean Cruise with P&O

 

This trip departs from Southampton and heads to a number of stunning ports of call before returning home to the same port 35 nights later. You’ll visit these destinations during your Caribbean cruise with P&O:

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  • Madeira
  • St Lucia
  • St Kitts
  • Montego Bay
  • Grand Cayman
  • Cozumel
  • New Orleans
  • Key West
  • Port Everglades
  • Port Canaveral
  • Charleston
  • Ponta Delgada

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26 nights in the Caribbean with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen Caribbean Cruise
Fred Olsen Caribbean Cruise

 

This trip also leaves from Southampton and offers a number of appealing destinations:

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  • Funchal
  • Bridgetown
  • St George’s
  • Castries
  • Antigua
  • Philipsburg
  • Ponta Delgada

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24 nights in the Caribbean with P&O Cruises

Cruise to the Caribbean
Cruise to the Caribbean

This is a shorter trip than the previous P&O cruise, but it still takes you to some stunning ports of call:

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  • Ponta Delgada
  • Antigua
  • St Lucia
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Madeira

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32 nights in the Caribbean with Cruise & Maritime

Enjoy the Caribbean with Cruise & Maritime Cruises
Enjoy the Caribbean with Cruise & Maritime Cruises

This month long trip will treat you to a number of beautiful destinations before you return to the port of departure, Tilbury:

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  • Ponta Delgada
  • Antigua
  • Philipsburg
  • Gustavia
  • St Kitts
  • Grenadines
  • Mayreau
  • Bridgetown

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When is the best time to go on a cruise to the Caribbean?

 

When is the best time to go on a Cruise to the Caribbean?
When is the best time to go on a Cruise to the Caribbean?

In terms of living in the UK, you’ll probably find it more appealing to go during our winter months. The downside is it can be more expensive to book a cruise to this part of the world at this time. Look out for special deals or last minute deals if you have some time available to head abroad on holiday. Alternatively you can get some deals by booking well ahead of time, depending on the cruise line you book with and the specific trip you are looking for.

However it is typically better to spend a little more and get away from the UK winters. You will also be escaping the hurricanes that can ravage the Caribbean anytime between June and November each year. While cruises are still available during this season, it is more likely your cruise may get diverted or miss one of the ports you are scheduled to visit. Bear this in mind if you want to postpone your cruise until the summer months.

 

Is a Caribbean cruise ideal for you?

While every cruise typically spends one or two days at sea, a trip to the Caribbean will usually mean three or four days at sea in order to get there (if not longer; it’s dependent on where your first port of call is situated).

Many cruise passengers want to explore the Caribbean and all it has to offer, but it may not be ideal for your first ever cruise. Shorter trips of just a few days are available to the Caribbean, but these typically depart from and return to a port in another country much closer to this part of the world. Thus it is often better to get your ‘sea legs’ on a shorter cruise much closer to home before embarking on the cruise trip of a lifetime to one or more parts of the Caribbean.

Cruises to Barbados

Introduction: Guide to Barbados Cruises, with hints and tips to getting the most out of your Barbados cruise holiday!

Around 450,000 people arrive in Barbados every year on cruise ships, and with some of the most beautiful platinum-sand shorelines in the Caribbean it’s easy to understand why. The island boasts plenty of duty-free shopping in Bridgetown alongside lush rainforest jungles containing an eye-popping selection of wild flora and fauna situated further inland.

Take a cruise to Barbados from Florida in 2013
Take a cruise to Barbados from Florida in 2013

Within the Caribbean, Barbados has long held the nickname “Little Britain” for its strong connections with the UK and this fact has left its mark on the island to this day. Driving is on the left, the language is a local variant of British English and administrative regions are based around the island’s Anglican parishes. These cultural ties have had the knock-on effect of making Barbados particularly popular amongst British tourists and as many as 175,000 of them visited in 2010.

What to do when the cruise ship docks in Barbados (Read: Cram lots of activities into a couple of days or chill out and do things in your own time)

History buffs will be drawn the island’s many plantation houses and gardens as well as the well-preserved chattel houses, temporary structures originally built to accommodate slaves. Many of these establishments house museum collections and offer guided tours, enabling tourists to experience the legacy of colonialism close up.

Others will prefer to spend their holiday lapping up the scenery and the island affords such a wide variety of  leisurely tropical walks and adventurous hilltop hikes that you are sure to find something to suit every level of fitness.

The beautiful Barbados coastline really is something spectacular
The beautiful Barbados coastline really is something spectacular

When a cruise ship stops in a port you are generally only there for a day or less and whilst you may be able to fit in plenty of sightseeing this way you’re still going to have to prioritise. Below are our Top 5 things to do in Barbados, all of which are located near enough to where the cruise ships dock (Bridgetown) to make them viable activities for a one-day excursion. Try a few or, if you’re up for it, see if you can squeeze in all of them!

Essential ‘must know’ facts & figures:

  • Currency: Barbados Dollar, although US Dollars are widely accepted
  • Language: English/Bajan Patois.
  • People: People from Barbados are known as Bajans. Like much of the rest of the Caribbean they have a reputation for taking life easy. Politeness is considered important as is friendliness – if you pass them in the street be sure to greet them!
  • Mount Gay Rum is the alcoholic drink of choice in Barbados
    Mount Gay Rum is the alcoholic drink of choice in Barbados

    Drinks: Mount Gay Rum is the island’s favourite tipple. If you’re not a fan of straight spirits try asking for it in a Daiquiri.

  • Food: You won’t find much fast food on Barbados but this is generally available in volume on cruise ships. The local delicacy is also the national symbol, the flying fish, served best at Oistins Fish Fry.
  • Travel: The blue buses, run by the Barbados Transport Board (BTB), are safe and reliable but do not give change. Taxis are affordable and readily available and do not run on meters.
  • Hurricane Season: Between June and November. Possibly not the best time to visit.

Top 5 Things to Do on a Barbados Cruise Excursion

1. Sun Yourself On White Sand Beaches in Holetown

Holetown Beach, simply beautiful!
Holetown Beach, simply beautiful!

If you’re looking for the classic, picture perfect Caribbean beaches you’ve seen in the brochures then Holetown, Barbados is the place to go. Just a 15 minute ride away from the cruise port in Bridgetown, Holetown has palm trees, blue seas and platinum sand stretching for miles in both directions. This area is home to a number of highly exclusive hotel resorts but the entirety of the beach is public. When you feel like you need to cool off take a walk through the famously colourful chattel village or dine in one of the many bar-restaurants lining the beachfront. There may also be opportunities to swim swith sea turtles or go snorkelling in coral reefs around this area.

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2. Shop til you Drop in Bridgetown

A stylish blend of modern and British-style colonial era architecture surrounds one of the most popular duty-free shopping towns in the world. Head down to department stores such as Cave Shepard and Harrisons for a mix of local and international goods, from gemstones to spices. Alternatively, take a walk down Broad Street for a mix of smaller shops. For rum fans there’s also the Mount Gay Rum Tour http://www.barbados.org/mountgay.htm which lasts 45 minutes with the ticket price including free tasting sessions. The patriots amongst you may also enjoy snapping a pic with the bronze statue of Lord Nelson in Heroes Square.

3. Gaze in Awe at Harrison’s Cave

One of Barbados' most famous tourist attractions, this spectacular cave features underground caverns ornamented with giant stalactites and thundering waterfalls.
One of Barbados’ most famous tourist attractions, this spectacular cave features underground caverns ornamented with giant stalactites and thundering waterfalls.

For just BDS$60.00 an electric tram ride takes visitors on an hour-long ride around the breathtaking rock formations. Again, this attraction is just a short taxi ride from the cruise port in Bridgetown.

4. Meet the Monkeys at Welchman Hall Gully

Monkeys at Welchman Hall Gully
Monkeys at Welchman Hall Gully

If you’ve never been the the jungle before then now’s your chance. Welchman Hall Gully is the former site of a plantation owned by the Welshman William Asygell Williams whose natural garden has now been turned into a national park. The area is renowned for its wildlife, including monkeys and many species of bird, as well as for its hiking paths suitable for all levels. It is geologically linked to Harrison’s Cave and the two are so close to one another that it’s well worth spending the time to see one after the other.

5. Take High Tea at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Fairmont Royal Pavilion

This luxury hotel is unapologetically British in style and culture and serves a daily high tea between 3:30 and 5pm which is popular with tourists. Many cruise ships will have a departure which rules this out but if this is not the case then it’s worth making the time. The staff are highly customer oriented and you can expect nothing less than the height of luxury when you dine here. It’s an excellent experience for anyone who would like to know what Barbados was like during its heyday.

Where do Barbados cruises generally depart from?

There are currently no transatlantic cruises departing from the UK and calling at Barbados but this only adds to the adventure, giving you the chance to visit an additional destination that you might not have otherwise considered. The most common starting point for a cruise to Barbados is definitely Florida but there are a number of other options listed below for those who would like to see more of the Americas.

1. Florida

The most common ports for cruises to Barbados are without a doubt Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In Miami you’ll have the opportunity to visit sun-kissed beaches at the same time as enjoying all of the hustle and bustle of one of America’s biggest cities. Plus, the nightlife in Miami is known around the world for its eclectic mix of exclusive clubs and Latino music bars. Ft. Lauderdale meanwhile is known as the Venice of America and his home to over 4,000 restaurants and 120 nightclubs, having built up a reputation over the years for being the place American college students go to let their hair down.

2. New York

If you’re looking for a holiday that takes in hot and cold contrasts then starting your cruise in the Big Apple is the way forward. Go shopping on Madison Avenue, visit the Statue of Liberty or chomp on a hotdog with mustard and ketchup before hopping on board and heading for the Caribbean. The trip down the American coast takes a few days, which on a luxury cruise liner will be a pleasure, before arriving at your destination.

3. Buenos Aires, Argentina

An option frequently overlooked by British tourists, if you’ve ever wondered what South America is like a great way to find out is to start your trip in one of its largest cities. With plenty of old-style European architecture the city has a completely different atmosphere than either New York or Miami whilst at the same time being completely different than anything you’ll ever find in Europe. Visit porteño style cafés or take a wander down the multi-coloured streets of La Boca.

4. For time-savers – Intra-Caribbean

Those looking to save time and money will, of course, not depart from any of the above but will instead opt to fly straight to the Caribbean and take a roundtrip cruise from there. There are a number of cruises departing from Bridgetown Cruise Terminal in Barbados or from a number of the other islands which call at Barbados at some point along the way. This option is particularly popular amongst British tourists.

What kind of cruise ship can I expect?

As one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean there are a number of luxury cruise liners which dock at Bridgetown as well as cruises on smaller (but by no means small) vessels such as clippers. Below is a list of the different cruise ships which visit Barbados along with some of the shops, restaurants and activities you can expect to find on board.

Carnival Cruise (Carnival Valor, Carnival Victory, Carnival Splendor)

When you book a Barbados cruise with Carnival you can expect to travel on one of the above Conquest- or Concordia-class cruise ships. For a bit of a fun, each of the ships comes with its own theme, with Valor being based around “Heroes and Heroics” for instance. All of the ships have 24 hour room service as well as 24 hour casual dining in multiple different restaurants, representing cuisines from around the world. There are plenty of things to do on board for kids and adults with children’s entertainers, live emcees, a cinema, internet café, library, casino, live music and much, much more. They definitely give you the luxury experience.

Princess Cruises (Caribbean Princess, Emerald Princess)

Just as luxurious as the ships above, the Caribbean Princess features a giant poolside cinema running films outdoors at all hours. Spa treatments are available including massage and facials inside while street performers entertain the travellers in the onboard Piazza. Meanwhile the Emerald Princess comes with over 900 rooms that have balconies allowing you to watch the sun set over the open seas. Both ships also come with fitness centres as well as numerous cafés and wine bars – there are activities to suit every preference on board these cruise liners.

Star Clippers (Royal Clipper)

Star Clippers operate two 7-night Caribbean cruising tours which stop at Barbados: a tour which takes in the Windward Islands and one of the Grenadines. This operator has none of the pzazz of the previous two cruise operators and its ships are much smaller. At the same time, they are amongst the world’s largest sailing ships and they pride themselves on providing a subtler experience, more akin to yachting than taking a big American cruise. The Royal Clipper has five masts and boasts a three-deck dining room as well as passenger accessible crows-nests for you to climb up and admire the view.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to Barbados Cruises!
We hope you enjoyed our guide to Barbados Cruises and hope you to see you back soon!