Caribbean Travellers’ Series – Introducing the Caribbean: The Top 5 Caribbean Cruises for 2013

[dropcap style=”inverted”]W[/dropcap]elcome to the Caribbean Traveller’s Series ‘Introducing the Caribbean’ being featured here at The Caribbean Current Magazine. ‘Introducing the Caribbean’ is a series focusing on the every need of travellers looking to spend time in the region. This is the seventh post in the series and we are happy to have you. Follow us through the Caribbean by checking out all the other posts in the series.

Whether you wish to dance to rhythms of reggae, salsa and soca or you want to have some drinks garnished with little umbrellas as you watch the sunset from a beautiful white-sand beach. It could be that you’re looking for adventure and mystery or maybe you are simply coming on business, ‘Introducing the Caribbean’ is the only guide you will need to have a great time while embracing the uniqueness and character of the vibrant and dynamic region known as the Caribbean.

Come – experience a region with pride in its unique history, stunning landscape and influential culture. Welcome to the Caribbean!

[dropcap style=”inverted”]A[/dropcap]midst rising prices and turbulent economic times, the year 2012 was a wonderful year for tourists visiting the Caribbean. What’s even better is 2013 is stacking up to be an even better year for tourists interested in visiting the region.

One of the best ways to take a vacation, especially to exotic destinations like the Caribbean is by way of cruises. In fact, cruises are by far the best way to completely immerse yourself in the culture of the people. Planning a vacation, especially one as extravagant as a Caribbean cruise, can be overwhelming. From the big cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney and Princess to the smaller luxury ships, these are the cruise trips that provide the best vacation itineraries for seeing the Caribbean in 2013.

These cruises will have you reliving some of your best memories that will last you a lifetime. Take a look at a comprehensive review of the best Caribbean cruise line-ups for 2013. Take it from the experts; consider these 5 cruise lines chosen from a list of the best.

Number One
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Southern Caribbean Cruise, 7 nights
Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

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Terminal: Panama
Stops: Aruba, Bonaire, Colombia, Curacao
Dates: January through April, almost every week
Highlight: The Royal Caribbean Southern Caribbean Cruise offers the grand cruise of some of the most exotic Caribbean islands including the ABC islands. There will also be interesting coastal stops in Panama and Colombia.

Find out more: Royal Caribbean website about this cruise trip

Number Two
Cruise Line: Regent Seven Seas Miami to Miami, 10 nights
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator

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Terminal: Miami, Florida, United States
Stops: Puerto Rico, Nassau, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, St. Barts, Tortola, Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic
Dates: February
With so many varied stops, this cruise offers a real view of the Caribbean. From Bahamas in the north to St. Barts, it delivers a tremendous Caribbean experience. Popular stops include Nassau and Grand Turk, which gives you a full day with midnight departure from St. Barts, plus a full day stop in the Dominican Republic as well. Find out more: Regent Seven Seas website about this cruise trip

Number Three
Cruise Line: Azamara Club Cruises -Colonial South to Turquoise Seas
Ship: Azamara Quest

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Terminal: Miami, Florida, United States
Stops: Turks and Caicos, Charleston, Grand Turk,  SC, Savannah, GA, Labadee, Haiti, Samana, Dominican Republic
Date: December 2013
Highlight: This cruise prides itself on an exhaustive Caribbean experience. The cruise itinerary is unusual all the way around, from two domestic stops to a rare stop in Haiti and a welcome escape at Samana in the Dominican Republic.

Find out more: Azamara Club Cruises website for this trip

Number Four
Cruise Line: Seabourn Exotic Caribbean In-Depth, 13 nights
Ship: Seabourn Spirit

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Terminal: Barbados
Stops: St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenadines St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Martinique Antigua, Saba, Prickly Pear, BVI; St. Maarten, Jost Van Dyke BVI, St. Barts, St. Kitts; Guadeloupe
Dates: January through March, twice monthly
Highlight: This cruise provides a number of interesting Caribbean stops. Hitting a number of memorable islands off the beaten path, this cruise will surely be time well spent.                                                                                                                                                       Find out more: Seabourn website about this cruise trip

Number Five
Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line-Western Caribbean Itinerary B, 7 nights
Ship: Fantasy

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Terminal: Port Canaveral, Florida, United States
Stops: Grand Cayman; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel; Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Dates: January
Highlight: Looking for a family friendly vacation? This is the one. This cruise gets you to Costa Maya and Disney’s own Castaway Cay for one of the most thrilling experiences you could ever imagine.  Find out more: Disney Cruise Line website for this trip

When planning a vacation, there are so many decisions to make -which cruise line, to where, for how long, etc. It is quite reassuring to know there are cruise services that simplify the process so that planning and booking your Caribbean cruise is enjoyable and exciting. Surely, any of the listed cruises offers you an experience you will never forget. Here at The Caribbean Current, we strive to provide information on the best of the Caribbean, from travel to accommodations for a wonderful Caribbean experience.

By Norvan Martin

Read more articles in the series

Renting a Villa
 A Diver’s Paradise
Top 5 snorkelling destinations
The ABC island – The Caribbean’s hidden treasures
Quell You Mind from These Myths
10 must have essentials for a Caribbean vacation
Top 5 Resorts



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