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The Western Caribbean is calling..

Cruising is in full force right now, and I recently did a poll in our Magical Vacations and More group on Facebook where the majority were dreaming of a Caribbean cruise. Why wouldn't they be? It's January and many are buried in snow!

So let's start by talking about the Western Caribbean

Depending on where you are departing from, the basic stops for a Western Caribbean cruise are:
Cozumel Mexico
Falmouth Jamaica
Grand Cayman
Roatan, Honduras
Costa Maya, Mexico
Key West, FL.
Progreso, Mexico
Cartagena, Columbia

And then a couple of the cruise lines private islands like,
Harvest Caye
Perfect Day at Coco Cay
Disney's Castaway Cay

The great thing about a Caribbean Cruise, is most of these ports are open year-round with the winter months being the busiest time to cruise. (can you blame them?)

Now usually when you think of these locations, you immediately think of crystal blue waters, and white sandy beaches, which in its own right we would take in a heartbeat on any given day. BUT what you may not think about is the history some of these places offer for you to explore, and learn!

Places such as:
  • Ancient Mayan Ruins

  • The town of Falmouth is 250 years old, and has historical walking tours

  • Dunn's River Falls is believed to have been the site of the famous battle of "Las Chorreras", fought in 1657 between the Spanish and the English for possession of the island

  • Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya

  • Historic homes in Key West

  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site by taking the ferry over to the ancient ruins of Tulum in Cozumel.

  • Volcanos in Columbia, and so much more.

Not that you could ever tire of the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, but if History is your thing, those are some great options!

Ready for water?
  • Belize's 185-mile barrier reef is the largest in the Western Hemisphere

  • Take an excursion to Doctor’s Beach in Jamaica, It’s of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean

  • Take a Catamaran tour

  • Go Cave tubing in Belize

  • Swim with the stingrays in Grand Cayman

  • Climb Dunn's River Falls

Splash Splash to your hearts content with more activities such as paddle boarding, jet skiing, etc.

You could truly go on a Western Caribbean cruise and not see and do everything this unique blend of history meets sun and surf has to offer!

Fun fact: Did you know there is a place on Grand Cayman Island called HELL? "Hell" is a patch of pitch-black limestone that was formed by lime and salt over millions of years, but hey, you could tell people you’ve been to hell and back, literally.

U.S. citizens do not need a passport if their cruise starts and ends in the same U.S. port, however we always recommended traveling with one in case of emergency.

Some things you should pack, but might not think of!
  • Lots of REEF FRIENDLY sunscreen

  • Bathing suites

  • Water shoes

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunhats

  • Bathing suite cover ups

  • Day Bag

  • light jacket

  • Lightweight clothing that drys fast

  • Cooling towels

  • Snorkeling equipment (saves money from renting)

  • Water bottle with built in filter

  • Lanyards

  • SPF Lip Balm

  • After Sun Care Lotion

  • Waterproof dry bag

  • Portable phone charger

  • Magnetic hooks

  • Portable fan

Ready for your Western Caribbean sailing, message us for your free quote from one of the cruise lines we Specialize in like Royal Caribbean International, Disney Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines!
Happy Cruising!!

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