A tropical cruise in the Caribbean or in the Gulf of
Mexico is an ideal choice of vacation for couples of
all ages. Whether you're looking for a short romantic
break or if you'd like a longer voyage with more time
to explore tropical islands and soak up the Caribbean
sunshine, then a tropical cruise is for you.
A tropical cruise can be embarked upon from many ports
around the U.S. In Florida, the ports of Canaveral,
Miami and Fort Lauderdale all offer excellent choices
of tropical cruises, with itineraries varying from
two and three night cruises to the Bahamas, to 14-day
cruises around the more exotic parts of the Caribbean.
Seaports in the States of Louisiana and Texas also
cater for tropical cruises, with destinations often
including port stops at Mexico and parts of Central
America. A tropical cruise can also be commenced from
more northern ports in the U.S. You need to be prepared
to spend more time at sea and to take a longer vacation
though should you choose to depart from somewhere
like New York.
There are essentially four tropical cruise routes
around the Caribbean - the Western Caribbean route,
Eastern Caribbean route, Southern Caribbean route and
an exotic Caribbean route that is a combination of
ports stops taken from the other three routes.
In the Western Caribbean, a tropical cruise will take
you as far east into the Caribbean as Jamaica and the
Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman in particular has many
delights, including white sandy beaches and first-class
watersports activities. It's a true tropical paradise.
A tropical cruise to the Eastern Caribbean introduces
you to the exquisite beaches of Puerto Rico and the
Virgin Islands. Many cruise itineraries incorporate
a stop on the island of St Maarten too, where you can
bask on one of 37 white-sand beaches and be served
with cocktails all day long!
Tropical cruises around the Southern Caribbean are
often of a longer duration, and take in many of the
islands of the Lesser Antilles and Netherlands
Antilles. The Grenadines and the island of Aruba,
the latter having 365 beaches, are 'must sees' on a
tropical cruise of the Southern Caribbean.
For short duration tropical cruises, the Bahamas are
an excellent choice of destination. Departing from
Florida, a tropical cruise to the Bahamas can be as
short as just two nights. Stops at Nassau on the island
of New Providence and Freeport on Grand Bahama offer
a tropical paradise that is only some 75kms away from
the U.S. mainland - perfect if you're looking for a
romantic weekend away...
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