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Eastern Caribbean Cruises

St. Maarten (Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

About Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Your first Caribbean cruise is likely to visit the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, which include the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. Enjoy shopping in popular ports such as St. Thomas, or explore Spanish history in Old San Juan. And of course, there are plenty of places for beach bums to grab sun and a cocktail.

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Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas

10 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

3,646 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Symphony of the Seas
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Symphony of the Seas

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Carnival Mardi Gras
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Carnival Mardi Gras

8 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Carnival Mardi Gras

6 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Norwegian Gem

11 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Encore

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

191 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Gem

10 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Carnival Legend

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Zuiderdam

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Norwegian Escape

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Celebrity Reflection

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Harmony of the Seas

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Anthem of the Seas

9 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Bayonne
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Oasis of the Seas

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Rotterdam (2021)

7 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Norwegian Sky

9 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Celebrity Edge

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Eurodam

7 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Harmony of the Seas

7 Night
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Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Carnival Horizon

6 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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SeaDream I

6 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

42 Reviews
Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:SeaDream Yacht Club
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SeaDream I

7 Night
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Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:SeaDream Yacht Club
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SeaDream II

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:St. Thomas
Cruise Line:SeaDream Yacht Club
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What is the best time to cruise to the Eastern Caribbean?

Eastern Caribbean cruises sail year-round. They are more affordable during the summer months, but since hurricane season here runs from May through November, many cruisers choose sailings in the winter and spring.

Which cruise lines go to the Eastern Caribbean?

The Eastern Caribbean -- encompassing islands like Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic -- is arguably the most common region offered by mainstream cruise lines. You'll have plenty of choices including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Disney, Celebrity and more.

What are some things to do in the Eastern Caribbean?

Lazy beach days, water sports and duty-free shopping (think St. Thomas) will always be Eastern Caribbean mainstays, but there are plenty of other options, as well. You can visit historic forts and ruins in St. Kitts, tour a rum distillery in San Juan, go fishing or sailing in Grand Turk or take a food tour on St. Croix.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean?

If you're an American citizen and your cruise starts and ends in the same U.S. port, you do not need a passport. However, requirements can vary for ports on your cruise itinerary, so you should always check before you book your sailing.

What should I pack for a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean?

The Eastern Caribbean is hot and humid all year. Pack plenty of comfortable shorts, t-shirts and sundresses. Sandals, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must. Water shoes -- especially for the little ones -- can be helpful to have on hand.

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