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Cruising the Caribbean: Call of the Ports Not to Miss

29th June 2017

“I want to cruise the Caribbean and surrounds.”

Cruising the Caribbean and its tropical neighbours is all about endless sunshine, myriad marine life, and hopping from one breathtaking island paradise to the next. The region is also a haven for duty-free and bargain shopping, fascinating Mayan history, and warm, inviting cultures. Here are five of our favourite ports you can explore with Royal Caribbean International.

Costa Maya, Mexico

Immerse yourself in the intriguing history of the ancient Mayan civilisation in Costa Maya. Nearby Chacchoben is a must-visit, largely unexplored until 1999, yet dating back to 360AD. Costa Maya is also a great place to shop for silver and handicrafts. Many Royal Caribbean cruise ships call in at this port, including Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, and more.

CocoCay, Bahamas

Surrounded by the gentle blue waters of the Bahamas chain, this secluded island is reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests. Enjoy a laidback island experience reclining on a hammock or snorkelling the surrounding coral reefs and sunken wrecks. Majesty of the Seas offers short and sweet four-night cruises to CocoCay and Nassau, while Independence of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas also call into the Bahamas.

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

St Thomas isn’t known as the ‘duty-free shopping capital of the world’ for nothing. The shop-lined streets serve up bargains on everything from alcohol to activewear, crystal to china. It’s not all about the shopping, however. Head to Mountain Top, the highest point on the island, for 360-degree views, or enjoy a half-day sailing trip on a yacht to Buck Island to snorkel in Turtle Cove, named for its docile residents. Royal Caribbean International ships that sail here include Jewel of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas.

Belize City, Belize

Another epicentre for Mayan history, explore the ancient temple of the Altan Ha pyramid in Belize City, or even climb to the top of 41m-high El Castillo, the tallest Mayan structure in Belize. You can also visit a baboon sanctuary, and for the scuba divers, explore extensive marine life and underwater cave systems. Liberty of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas both cruise to Belize.

Castries, St Lucia

One of the most strikingly beautiful islands in the Caribbean, St Lucia is home to lush rainforests, flowing waterfalls, pristine beaches, and Sulphur Springs, the world’s only drive-through volcano. Take a tour of banana valleys, quaint fishing villages, and the vibrant Castries market. Swim in sulphuric pools in the mountains, or cool off with a snorkel along the azure coastline. Jewel of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, and Freedom of the Seas all cruise into St Lucia.

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CocoCay in the Bahamas is a private island owned by Royal Caribbean International. Get a bird's-eye view of the eco-friendly island paradise on a parasailing adventure from 122m above the isle.


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About Vicki Fletcher

An Australian travel writer and photographer, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, following locals to the best food in town and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's obsessed with colours, stops to admire flowers and dreams of one day restoring a chateau in France. Her top travel tip: always look up. Follow Vicki on Instagram at @vickijanefletcher