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What You Need to Know About Going on a Southern Caribbean Cruise

While many Western and Eastern Caribbean destinations have become so popular with cruise liners as to have lost much of their sense of magic and mystique, the Southern Caribbean maintains that feeling of the unknown that many travellers look for when heading for foreign shores. Many Southern Caribbean islands have an almost eerie feeling of stepping into times past and the colonial history of the islands is evident in the fascinating mix of high teas, cricket games and steel drum bands. If you are looking for a cruise destination that is far from ordinary, the Southern Caribbean could well be the destination for you. Look online for cruise deals to get the best price before you embark on your trip!

Unlike many other destinations in the Caribbean, English is not widely spoken in many of the islands, so if language barriers concern you, it may not be the best option for your cruise. If, however, you want to be fully immersed in a fascinating culture complete with sugar mills, jungle and stunning flora and fauna, this is the place.

Cruising in the Southern Caribbean

The Southern Caribbean is a little more off the established cruise trail than many other Caribbean hotspots, but there is certainly no shortage of cruise operators running trips out here. As it takes a considerable amount of time to arrive in the Caribbean from the UK and Europe, the best bet is to fly to Barbados, or to San Juan in Puerto Rico and board your Southern Caribbean cruise from these stopover points. Cruises around the Southern Caribbean may be anything from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the amount of time you are able to set aside for your holiday. There is certainly plenty to see and do here and with an incredibly varied natural landscape there is little question of becoming bored.

Where to Go in the Southern Caribbean

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cruising in the Southern Caribbean. Where you choose to sail to will depend to a large extent on the type of traveller you are, as well as on time scale and budget. There are options that will suit adventure tourists down to the ground, family-friendly islands and islands that are best known as hangouts for the rich and famous. One option that can hardly fail to enchant travellers of all types is St. Lucia.

The islanders have taken care to balance tourism with ecological caution and the beautiful flora and fauna of the island are well protected. Cruise ships dock at the busy city of Castrie while getting off the beaten track will take you to thick rainforest, quaint villages and some of the most picture-perfect beaches one could imagine. Mineral baths, clear waters for diving and delicious Creole food make this a popular cruise stopover. Should you be beginning your cruise in Barbados, it is well worth taking the time to explore this beautiful island.

This is one place where English is the official language, so you won't need to worry about getting lost in translation and island life is fascinating. The British influences converge with African and Caribbean touches to create something quite unique and the beaches are sublime. Nightlife here is famously lively, too. Grenada is another top spot for visitors to the Caribbean and the air here is lush with the scent of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg - it is not without good reason that the island is known as 'the World's Spice Basket'. Those with a sense of adventure can take a hike to the crashing Seven Sisters waterfalls that will take them through thick rainforest and natural pools before reaching the falls themselves.

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Originally published Jan 24, 2013; 8:22 PM


  1. If I have a lot of moolah, I would go for a cruise anytime I want to lol. There are however affordable ones but with a family of four, it cost a lot to go for a cruise.

  2. I have never been in a cruise ship before. The only cruise I have been to is a dinner cruise which was 2 hours long and cruised along the Dubai Creek and few metres to the open seas.

    I'm not sure if I will even be one for a longer duration as I get sea-sick and have big fear of open-bodied waters.

    Thanks for sharing this to others who are into cruises.

  3. it is indeed hard to be in a place where you can't communicate or talk to people, hopefully, you just won't get lost :) however, visiting a place that can speak your language is always attractive.

  4. Southern Caribbean cruise? Why not basta pa ma-explore ko yung mga floras and faunas nila roon.

  5. that sounds so nice and very interesting. always great to learn new things. :) we had few "river cruise" along indo-china rivers but that's nothing compared to this one. i wish our family can experience one someday. thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Southern Caribbean sounds appealing! But, like Ate Rose, baka di na rin afford kase lima na kami.. Sabi ni hubby, ayaw din naman nya mag-cruise kami na wala ang mga bata.. What's the point daw of enjoying kung di kumpleto ang pamilya.. Mashado!! Hahaha


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