If you’re ready for some fun in the sun, a summer Caribbean cruise is where it’s at. The Caribbean’s blissfully warm aquamarine water is over 80 degrees Fahrenheit in many areas of the Caribbean during the summer. That salty water plays host to a number of activities while the islands within it are full of vibrant culture and exciting experiences.
If you're ready to set sail to Caribbean waters, here are some cruise itinerary and excursion ideas to ensure you have a fantastic summer Caribbean cruise.
Summer Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas
A Bahamas cruise is an easy journey from Florida embarkation ports, making it convenient for people who don’t have as much vacation time this summer to take a longer cruise.
You can find Bahamas cruises that are as short as two to four nights and which take you to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, for some water sports thrills and beachside relaxation.
Nassau has many different excursion options, but one of the most popular to do involves a famous resort. The Atlantis Paradise Island resort is a Nassau landmark you can’t miss seeing since it stretches up above the bay with two sand-colored towers. Atlantis is home to the Aquaventure water park that is also open to travelers who aren’t staying at the resort.
While in Nassau, you can get a day pass to the water park and spend your time in port splashing around one of its many pools or having some thrills on an inner tube going down the river ride. The water slides are also a big draw for people as they’re massive and there’s even one that goes through the shark exhibit in the resort’s onsite aquarium.
Summer Caribbean Cruise to the ABC Islands
The ABC Islands in the Caribbean refer to three of the islands in the Netherland Antilles, a small cluster of islands located in the southern Caribbean not too far off the northern coast of Venezuela. The ABC Islands consist of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, and they are heavily characterized by their Dutch influence and wild natural beauty.
Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao are known for having a more arid climate while still showcasing the gorgeous sea and beaches that the Caribbean is known for.
The location of these islands also makes them ideal for people who are planning a summer Caribbean cruise during hurricane season as ports of call for the ABC Islands are usually not affected by hurricanes as their southwest Caribbean location places them out of the path of most hurricanes. So if your only option is to travel at the peak of Caribbean hurricane season, choosing an itinerary with the ABC islands on it is a good bet.
In Aruba, explore the port of Oranjestad, which has a variety of shops, restaurants, and casinos to visit, then head to popular Eagle Beach and relax under one of its neatly formed Divi Divi trees.
In Bonaire you can take a Catamaran sail boat and explore the Bonaire National Marine Park that surrounds the island. A glass bottom kayak is another fun excursion to do to explore the unique park.
Curacao port of calls occur in Willemstad, a charming city in which you can walk around the main streets and take in the pastel-colored buildings. Take a tour to learn about the different cultures that have influenced Curacao over the centuries, including Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The U.S. Virgin Islands and a Tip About Hurricane Season in the Caribbean
The U.S. Virgin Islands were some of the islands devastated by Hurricane Irma, but they are on their way to recovery and open to cruise guests again. Show these islands your support by planning a cruise that stops there, such as the beautiful island of St. Thomas.
While in St. Thomas you can visit gorgeous Magens Bay and marvel at the curving landscape and scenic horizon. Shopping while in port is also a popular pastime while in St. Thomas since you can take advantage of duty-free prices. St. Thomas is known for jewelry and diamond deals as well as other luxury goods.
Hurricane season in the Caribbean lasts from June through November and is at its peak in the Caribbean from the months of August to October. Most cruises are able to still set sail even if a hurricane is predicted for ports on its itinerary; thanks to modern technology, the cruise line is able to see weather patterns and adjust the cruise itinerary as needed to avoid the hurricane. This means your ports of call may change so if seeing specific islands, like St. Thomas, during your cruise is important to you, aim for a summer Caribbean cruise that embarks in June to improve your chances of avoiding any schedule changes due to hurricanes.
Underwater Adventure in Turks and Caicos
The Caribbean Sea is known for its shades of turquoise as well as its incredible visibility. That visibility becomes especially important when you want to snorkel or scuba dive. If getting underneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea and exploring the underwater world of coral and marine animals sounds appealing and is a must-do for you on your summer Caribbean cruise, then consider choosing an itinerary that make a stop on the island of Turks and Caicos.
Cruise ships call at the port of Grand Turk, and from there it doesn’t take long to get to one of the island's many long, flat sandy beaches. Bring your own snorkeling gear or rent some and wade right into the warm water to see what sea life you can discover beneath the calm surface.
For a more in-depth underwater experience, opt for a snorkel or scuba diving adventure that takes you to one of Turks and Caicos’ many coral reefs. The islands of Turks and Caicos are located on the third largest barrier reef in the world. Coral reefs in Turks and Caicos are known for their vibrancy, visibility, and the vast amount of aquatic creatures that live among them.
If the idea of sun, sand, and surf this summer sounds fantastic to you, find your ideal Caribbean cruise itinerary with Celebrity Cruises. Then start dreaming about that perfect water and sandy beaches.