If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you’re missing out. They’re perfect for every type of traveler: those who just want to unwind by the pool and read a book, those who seek adventure, and those who want to explore as much as possible. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to find the right cruise. The first question you need to ask yourself is where you want to go, and for how long. Then, the research can begin. With summer in full gear, we’ve taken a look at the best Caribbean cruises and are excited to share our favorites with you.
Whether you want to travel for three days or a week, want to explore, be pampered or just want to be around hoards of people or something more private, there’s a cruise for you.
Set sail with the best Caribbean cruises out there:
5.) Caribbean Cruises: Viking Sea
Perfect for: Seasoned travelers seeking more off-the-beaten-path destinations
Port: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Itinerary: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Cartagena, Colombia; Santa Marta, Colombia; Orangestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao
Starting price: $3,870
Time frame: 11 days
Launched in 2016, Viking Sea is a relatively small ship, carrying just 930 passengers and 550 crew members. Due to its small size, it can access smaller ports than other, larger ships can.
All rooms feature balconies, free Wi-Fi, and king-sized beds. Ship amenities include a fitness center, a Nordic spa (complete with a snow grotto), outdoor gym and yoga spaces, a theater, and an infinity pool at the stern of the ship that makes you feel as though you’re in the ocean.
The 11-day journey launches in San Juan, Puerto Rico (one of our favorite “shithole countries”), and makes its way toward South America. Explore the Caribbean’s most southerly ports: Santo Domingo; the Dominican Republic’s cultural center; Colombia’s historic cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta; the Dutch capitals of Oranjestad, Aruba and Willemstad; and the vibrant architecture of Curaçao.