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Southern Caribbean Cruises

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About Southern Caribbean Cruises

Less visited than other areas in the region, the Southern Caribbean has expansive natural beauty and gorgeous scenery. Popular islands include the French West Indies (Martinique, Guadalupe and St. Bart's), lush St. Lucia, Dominica, and Grenada, and the sandy ABCs (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). With Barbados and Puerto Rico as main embarkation ports, your cruise vacation begins before you even board the ship.

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Nieuw Statendam
Nieuw Statendam

21 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

162 Reviews
Leaving:Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Celebrity Equinox
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Celebrity Equinox

12 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

2,128 Reviews
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Equinox
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Celebrity Equinox

12 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Edge
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Celebrity Edge

10 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

571 Reviews
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Zaandam

14 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Explorer of the Seas

7 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Grandeur of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Voyager of the Seas

5 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Norwegian Getaway

12 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Rotterdam (2021)

10 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Celebrity Equinox

10 Night
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Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Norwegian Epic

7 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Sirena

12 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Riviera

12 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Carnival Magic

8 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Magic

8 Night
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Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Sunshine

10 Night
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Leaving:Charleston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Sea Cloud Spirit

9 Night
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Leaving:Curacao
Cruise Line:Sea Cloud Cruises
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Sirena

12 Night
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Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Sirena

12 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Sirena

12 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Grandeur of the Seas

14 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Volendam

20 Night
Cruise to Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Explorer of the Seas

8 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Grandeur of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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What is the best time to cruise to the Southern Caribbean?

Southern Caribbean cruises -- to ports like the ABC islands -- run year-round with the most popular months being December through April. Summer sailings run a slight risk of being affected by hurricanes, but offer better deals.

Which cruise lines go to the Southern Caribbean?

Most mainstream cruise lines including Celebrity, Princess, Carnival, Disney, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line all feature Southern Caribbean itineraries. Luxury cruise lines like Crystal and Regent Seven Seas also frequent the region.

What are some things to do in the Southern Caribbean?

Many Southern Caribbean ports -- like Bonaire -- are less commercialized than Eastern and Western Caribbean ports -- tour significant historic sites like Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua and Willemstad in Aruba, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But these ports still offer the opportunity for glorious beach days, spectacular snorkeling and diving, shopping at local craft markets and engaging in water sports. For more on where to get in the water: Southern Caribbean: Top 10 Cruise Ports to Snorkel & Dive.

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

If you're a U.S. citizen and your cruise starts and ends in the same U.S. port, a passport is not formally required. Some islands, depending on the itinerary, might require a passport so it's always prudent to bring one just in case.

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

Comfortable, casual, lightweight clothing, flip-flops, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential in the Southern Caribbean.

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