Eastern Caribbean Cruises – What Does this Destination Offer?

26 August 2017 | By admin in Family Cruise, First Time Cruisers, General Information, Ports of Call

Eastern Caribbean cruises are perhaps the most accessible and widely available among the many destinations the world over. You don’t have to search high and low for Eastern Caribbean cruise deals because almost all cruise lines have itineraries on this side of cruising heaven. It is not surprising then why this side of the Caribbean is a favorite for first time cruisers.

Unlike other cruise destinations, ports of embarkation of Eastern Caribbean cruises are well distributed all over the US — Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Norfolk, Charleston and Jacksonville–, you don’t have to fly to the major ports of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to board the ship, thus saving you hundreds of dollars in airfare.

Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean also offer the most flexible options in scheduling your cruise the whole year round. You can just go there from as short as a weekend jaunt to as long as a week of cruising bliss.

Choose ports of call between the major jump off islands of St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Tortola, or the emerging San Juan when taking the big cruise ships of major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or Celebrity cruises. If you want to visit more offbeat, albeit smaller, ports, take the smaller ships of Windstar, SeaDream and Silversea.

Eastern Caribbean cruises are perfect for family holidays. It offers the most child friendly resorts and attractions. There’s Dig, of the Atlantic Resort in Nassau where children can play archaeologists for the day or just horse around the 14 acres of pools and water slides that the resort features. Coral World and its underwater observatory tower in St. Thomas is also a must see family destination; if you want a more hands on experience, hop on to the nearby Coki Beach for a snorkeling break and be one with marine life at least for a little while.

Take a cab to Garden of Groves and marvel in the 11-acre garden, complete with waterfalls, wild flowers, and 10,000 kinds of trees. Also give St. John a visit and relax in the National Park’s many beaches and exotic hiking trails. If you want to stroll free on nude beaches, St. Martin is the way to go. For duty-free shopping, Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas is a must for shopaholics.

Eastern Caribbean cruises may be a little too crowded and touristy for the more experienced cruisers, but it is an exciting experience for the newly initiated. Choose from among the many cruise deals online and get ready to savor the cruisers’ way of life.

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