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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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9 Night
Caribbean - Southern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Curacao
Cruise Line:Sea Cloud Cruises
Dec 12, 2022
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Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas

7 Night
Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

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Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jan 29, 2023
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Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas

5 Night
Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Dec 18, 2022
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10 Night
Southern Caribbean SeafarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 20, 2022
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10 Night
Southern Caribbean SeafarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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12 Night
Caribbean - Southern CruiseDetails

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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 19, 2023
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7 Night
Southern Caribbean AdventureDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Feb 13, 2022
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21 Night
Southern Caribbean Wayfarer / SeafarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 30, 2022
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16 Night
Southern / Western CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 30, 2021
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21 Night
Southern Caribbean Seafarer / WayfarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 30, 2022
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16 Night
Eastern / Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 23, 2021
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7 Night
Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 10, 2022
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10 Night
Ultimate Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Feb 24, 2023
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21 Night
Southern Caribbean Wayfarer / SeafarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 14, 2023
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10 Night
Southern Caribbean SeafarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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8 Night
Atlantic SunrisesDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Apr 1, 2023
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7 Night
Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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12 Night
Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Feb 11, 2023
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5 Night
Southern Caribbean Island HopDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jan 3, 2023
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10 Night
Panama Canal SunfarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 15, 2023
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7 Night
Southern Caribbean HolidayDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Dec 23, 2022
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14 Night
Eastern / Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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8 Night
Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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12 Night
Southern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Baltimore
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Apr 8, 2023
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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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