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What’s the Best Caribbean Cruise for Me?

The Caribbean Sea is the world’s seventh largest body of water, with an area of almost a million square miles and over 7000 islands, so choosing the best Caribbean cruise from all the options available. Many first time cruise ship passengers opt for a basic Western Caribbean cruise with a variety of island and Central American ports – a sort of Caribbean sampler platter, if you like. This article, however, is designed to help those with a more specific idea of what they want find the best Caribbean cruise for them.

Best Caribbean Cruises for Lovers

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, Silversea Cruises is launching is newest and most luxurious cruise ship, the Silver Spirit at the end of 2009. It promises an unparalleled level of pampering on its Caribbean cruises, with expansive suites, world-class cuisine and 95% verandas with which to get a superb view of the ocean.

If you prefer something a little more intimate, the SeaDream Yacht Club, has two luxury yachts, the SeaDream I and II that take just 110 passengers, and offer luxury cruising in a casual atmosphere. Fees are all inclusive, including unlimited drinks and caviar, so you don’t have to worry about the “real” cost of your cruise.

Best Caribbean Cruises for History and Archaeology Buffs

The Caribbean has a rich history, taking its name from the native Carib Indians and forming the route by which Christopher Columbus “discovered” the Americas. If you are a history lover, be sure your itinerary includes the following destinations:

San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the oldest city under the US flag. It was founded by Ponce de Leon in 1521, and its fortifications repulsed Sir Francis Drake in 1595.

Barbados is home to the Newton Slave Plantation Cemetery, where several interesting archaeological discoveries have illuminated aspects of the grim history of the Caribbean slave trade.

Curacao, the largest of the Netherlands Antilles, was colonized by the Dutch in 1634, and their legacy can still be seen in the island’s architecture, a fascinating blend of Dutch and tropical influences.

Finally, St. George in Bermuda is the oldest continually inhabited English settlement in the New World, and achieved World Heritage Site status in 2000. The Bermuda National Trust manages 11 properties in the town, including two museums.

Best Caribbean Cruises for Wildlife

If the natural world is your passion, the Caribbean has plenty to offer. Puerto Rico is home to many endemic flora and fauna, including the Puerto Rico zephyrlily, the Mona ground iguana, the Puerto Rican Amazon parrot and the Puerto Rican sand crab.

Trinidad and Tobago are perfectly positioned off the coast of Venezuela to attract both Caribbean and South American wildlife. As well as sea turtles and manatees, it is home to almost 500 species of birds. Princess Cruises are probably the best Caribbean cruise line for birders, as they offer a 5-hour excursion to the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre starting at $79. There you can see toucans and hummingbirds as well as a range of exotic butterflies.

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