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Caribbean Cruise Glittering turquoise-hued waters, warm golden sunlight and white sand beaches are waiting for you on a romantic Caribbean cruise. Imagine lazing and sunning on a beautiful beach with balmy breezes and a sparkling sea with nothing to do but have fun. Relax and leave your cares behind, for you are about to cruise in the Caribbean on the vacation of a lifetime.

The average daily high temperature of 78 degrees makes the Caribbean a favorite vacation choice year-round and especially during the cold winter months, when lovely beaches and warm weather beckon. No wonder that couples, families and singles flock to this amazing tropical paradise. A Caribbean cruise offers something for everyone, and you can be as active or relaxed as you like. Stroll the romantic beaches and watch the sunset, explore ancient ruins and enjoy delectable local cuisine.

Spend the days lounging on a tropical sun-drenched beach, shopping away at fabulous stores with equally amazing prices, exploring the fascinating world beneath the azure waters and dining on scrumptious Caribbean cuisine. Perhaps the best part is the pampering you are receiving on your beautiful cruise ship, with countless onboard amenities. Cruising is the best way to get the most of the Caribbean. A fun-filled cruise is perfect for family vacations. Most of the ships have excellent programs for kids with numerous fun activities to keep them busy onboard.

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In addition to magnificent beaches, each Caribbean island has something unique to offer. History buffs will be fascinated with centuries-old forts, including the ones found in San Juan, Curaçao and St. Kitts, built with winding staircases and hidden tunnels. Nature-lovers will marvel at natural wonders, such as the Baths in Virgin Gorda and Bioluminescent Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Be transported from one exciting island to another, some with a Dutch ambiance, such as Aruba and Curaçao, some French, such as Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Bart's and several with a British influence, such as Anguilla, Barbados, Virgin Gorda and Antigua. Experience a unique combination of two blended European countries; Dutch Sint Maarten and French St. Martin, which share the same island.

Awaiting you in this tropical paradise are some of the world's most beautiful shores, framed by powdery white and pink sand beaches, and the rare black sand beaches, found in Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Inviting aquamarine waters for swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing and sunning are just some of the activities you can enjoy on a fabulous Caribbean cruise. Leave your daily routine and cares behind as you cruise from one glorious tropical island to another, each boasting fabulous beaches, culinary treasures and a lovely laid-back ambiance.

Shopping

Boasting more than fun and sun, a Caribbean cruise offers the opportunity for fabulous shopping at some very good prices. From fine jewelry to native goods, bone china, perfume, watches, liquor and crystal and everything in between, the Caribbean is a shopper's paradise. Good buys are offered in china, jewelry and watches. Designer names are found throughout the islands, from Cartier and TAG Heuer for watches, to Swarovski for jewelry and a myriad of fragrances. Name brand cosmetics are also offered.

Shopping in the Caribbean Pointe Seraphine in Castries, St. Lucia, offers a wide variety of shops and boutiques and art galleries. Curacao's Harbor Duty-Free Zone in Willemstad is one of the largest in the Caribbean and Antigua's Heritage Quay Shopping Center in St. John's is a haven for shoppers.

Looking for rare coins? Head to George Town, Grand Cayman. Known worldwide as a duty-free destination, you will find them here, as well as a wide assortment of watches, china, crystal, perfume, jewelry, and of course, fabulous Tortuga Rum Cake.

Lined with duty-free shops, Broad Street in Bridgetown, Barbados, offers a wide variety of items, including such designer names as Cartier and Gucci. St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands offers a duty-free shopping conveniently at the Havensight cruise ship pier. Chanel, Gucci and Rolex are just some of the high-end names you will find in the Bahamas and St. Martin.

Spanning an amazing 57 acres, Curaçao's cruise port of Willemstad features duty-free shopping, as well as dining. The popular harbor front street, Handdelskade, is lined with colorful 18th century buildings that house fabulous boutiques, art galleries and chic cafés.

Unique Shore Excursions

Caribbean Shore Excursions Adding to the Caribbean cruise experience are the many exciting and unique shore excursions, designed to please everyone, including entire families, such as a visit to Stingray City while on Grand Cayman Island. Here, you can swim and dive with these amazing creatures or view them from a glass bottom boat. Snorkeling amazing reefs will take you to a whole new world of underwater magic.

Immerse yourself in nature as you zip-line through the tree-tops for an exhilarating thrill as you experience rain forests in a completely different way. You will get breathtaking views and an incredible eco-tourism experience on many islands, including Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Martin. Not for the fainthearted, you will soar 300 feet about the ground. Scaled-down courses just for kids are also offered in some places.

Explore the amazing Baths, the huge rock formations, while in unspoiled and beautiful Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. You can climb the huge boulders, snorkel and have an amazing time. Another active and fun shore excursion is hiking in the El Yunque Rain Forest, Puerto Rico, home to some of the Caribbean's most lush terrain and hundreds of animal species.

River tubing on the Layou River in Dominica, offers a thrilling experience, through the beautiful valley. Enjoy the tall cliffs and lush vegetation along the way. Other regions for this thrilling activity include Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grenada.

Nature-lovers will enjoy a visit to the world-famous Cayman Turtle Farm. Here, guests can have the unique interactive experience with the amazing animals as a professional staff teaches awareness and conservation.

Explore the famous Hato Caves in Curaçao, with beautiful limestone formations, romantic pools and thundering waterfalls. For the thrill of a lifetime, go cave-tubing in Belize, where you hike through the magical Belizean rainforest and then tube down the Caves Branch River through spectacular cave systems.

Culinary Caribbean

Savor local cuisine for an added bonus to your Caribbean cruise. Taste Caribbean flavors and experience new cuisine, enriching your visit and get a real feel for the Caribbean culture.

Caribbean Food From Tobago's signature crab and dumpling dish to Trinidad's famous curry, the Caribbean offers fabulous tastes, reflecting the diverse heritage of its people. Much of the food is dominated by a wide selection of seafood, such as crab, lobster, conch, tilapia and bonito. Roti, with different versions found throughout the islands, is a scrumptious pancake or wrap, similar to a tortilla, filled with such tempting fare as curried shrimp, chickpeas and conch.

All the islands use fresh local ingredients, including fish caught daily, vegetables, delicious tropical fruits and chicken. Traditional dishes include favorites such as coconut shrimp, chicken kabobs, jerk chicken and fabulous curries, just to name a few. Different islands are known for their regional cuisines. Delicious Creole dishes can be found in the French islands of St. Barts, Martinique and St. Martin. Flying fish and cou-cou is a favorite in Barbados and chicken and rice dishes are a favorite in Puerto Rico. Savor conch chowder while at the Cayman Islands.

Desserts are equally scrumptious, such as delicious key lime pie, banana fritters and the famous Black Cake or Caribbean Christmas cake, made with aged rum-soaked dried that gives it a dark appearance and its name, plus delicious rum cake, using ingredients from local distilleries. Other regional desserts may include a sweet potato or coconut pone, a baked sweet, sticky and delicious treat.

Whatever Caribbean cruise you choose paradise awaits you. These tropical islands make a perfect romantic getaway. Activities and adventures abound for families of all sizes and ages. From shopping to dining to exceptional beaches and glorious weather a Caribbean vacation is the perfect way to escape today's hectic routines. So relax and unwind on your next Caribbean cruise vacation.

To book your Caribbean Cruise, visit Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 888-776-0659.


Holland America Line

For over 150 years Holland America Line has been sailing the world and offering both new and experienced cruisers a diverse selection of itineraries and destinations to explore. The ships of Holland America sail to the world’s seven continents with over 600 cruise itineraries ranging from 1 to 112 days. The ms Amsterdam's 2012 World Cruise offers an incredible itinerary taking the avid traveler to each of the world's seven continents and is also offered in segments ranging from 18 to 50 days. Holland America's Enrichment Programs provide many unique opportunities to enhance the cruise experience.

Worldwide Destinations: Holland America itineraries include the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Canada and New England, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, Transatlantic cruises and full world cruises. So, whether you’re setting off on your first cruise or are looking for a new destination to explore, Holland America Line will have an itinerary to satisfy your travel urge.

Exotic Ports: Holland America's destinations include many of the tried and true ports such as the Bahamas, Rome, Barcelona and Athens to more exotic ports such as Easter Island, Dubai, Mumbai and the Cook Islands. All of the itineraries are designed to provide an enriching vacation and enhance one's overall world experience. Many ports offer overnight stays to provide a complete cultural and historical understanding of the destination.

Pre and Post Cruise Tours: To further enhance the cruise experience Holland America offers a variety of unique pre and post cruise opportunities. Visit the mystical land of Machu Picchu and learn about Peru's lost Inca civilization. See the Xi'an's life size Terra Cotta Warriors standing ready for battle. Explore the astonishing Great Barrier Reef and immerse yourself in the brilliant coral and exotic tropical fish. Travel to the heart of the Amazon. Pre and Post Tours allow the traveler immerse themselves and gain new insights into the places that they visit.

The world is vast and full of unique and exotic destinations awaiting those seeking adventure. Holland America Line offers the discerning traveler wonderful way to visit new places in comfort and style.


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