Caribbean Cruise Holidays 2014 The Caribbean is made up of more than 7000 islands which are located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. They run from Florida to Venezuela. When cruising the Caribbean you can choose between Western and Eastern cruises. The main Western ports/cities include: Belize, Jamaica, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. The main Eastern ports/cities include: US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, Bahamas, St Thomas, Turk Islands and Puerto Rico. |
Things to See and Do: Freeport: Freeport is a 230-square-mile (600 km2) free trade zone on Grand Bahama Island, established in 1955. Its located 65 miles of the coast of Palm Beach, Florida. Its home to the Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahamas’s finest treasure. About 25 miles east of Ranfurly Circle, the park is known for its underwater cave system, which is one of the longest in the world. Visitors can easily access two of the caves – Ben’s Cave and Burial Mound Cave – via a short footpath. Bones of the island’s earliest inhabitants, the Lucayans, were discovered in Burial Mound Cave in the mid eighties. The park is also unique because it’s home to all six of the Bahamas’ vegetation zones. St Thomas: St Thomas is an island of the Caribbean Sea; along with Water Island it forms a county of the United Sates Virgin Islands. Stroll through Blackbeard's 17th century castle and colonial estates housing three manor houses. Visit the Amber Museum with its beautiful amber waterfall. Then jump a schooner to Christmas Island or Turtle Cove for an opportunity to snorkel in the clear blues seas. The St Thomas Skyride is an excellent opportunity to get a bird’s eye view St Thomas and all its beauty. Before you leave go shopping in Frenchtown is the historic port Charlotte Amalie everything is duty free and you may find a few bargains. Jewelry is great value; it’s also an opportunity to do some souvenir shopping. San Juan: The Old Town is rich in history with as over 400 carefully restored 16th and 17th century Spanish colonial buildings. Tourists visiting San Juan come for the casinos, the tropical climate and amazing beaches. In the Old Town Castillo de San Felipe is commonly known as "El Morro." It's a six-level fort topped by a lighthouse. It was built to deter invaders who sought to topple the Spanish Empire, this fort has 140-foot walls (15-feet thick), some of them dating back to 1539. The Bacardi Rum Factory is based outside San Juan It’s known as the ‘Cathedral of Rum,’ for when visiting the island it is a must do for many travelers The six-story pink tower—where the rum is distilled is visible across the San Juan bay from Old San Juan.
Belize: This is a real a paradise full of adventure, snorkel on the Belize Barrier Reef this the second largest Reef in the world, Scuba dive at the Great Blue Hole, a submarine sinkhole it lies in the center of Lighthouse Reef some 70 km from mainland Belize. Explore the Actun Tunichil Muknal Maya Ceremonial Cave, which until relatively recently was undiscovered. After all that go Cave Tubing another great way to experience the sacred Maya Underworld. Float into and through the caves on inner tubes with headlamp beams casting eerie shadows from rock formations and stalactites adds to the sense of mystery and adventure like nothing you may experienced before. Jamaica (Falmouth): From the wonders of Luminous Lagoon’s waters to swimming with dolphins, sharks and stingrays, Falmouth is an awesome Caribbean holiday destination. You can visit a plantation, take a river safari, or visit Dunn’s River Fall’s waterfall. Also worth visit is Good Hope Great House (stately plantation house). Cozumel: And at every turn, there is something exciting to discover and explore. From the majestic archeological site in San Gervasio to the rustic, vivid green church in El Cedral, Cozumel has many stories to share. And their origins go back to 300 A.D. when the first Mayans settled on the island. The climate on this island is a tropical 70-80 degrees. It is home to one of the largest reef systems in the Americas the Mesoamerican Reef has thousands of tropical fish, turtles and vibrant sea life making it a diver’s paradise. Grand Cayman: The Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman islands, with the beautiful Seven Mile Beach amazing Stingray City (Visitors can pet and interact with the huge Stingray) While visiting take advantage of the duty free shopping, jewellery in particular is favourite with tourists when visiting George Town.
Weather: While the climate and geography in the Caribbean varies, it is generally a tropical climate with year-round sunshine, although the 2nd half of the year tends to wetter than the first half. Beware of the hurricanes that do occasionally batter the region between June – November (mainly June and October).
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