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Your Choice This Winter: Eastern or Western Caribbean?

When it comes to planning a cruise in the Caribbean, it’s hard to make a wrong decision as every destination offers something of interest – idyllic beaches, diverse activities and cultural attractions – and all unique and distinctive as the islands themselves. Perhaps the biggest choice is whether to cruise the crystal clear waters of the East or the azure waters of the West.

Regent Seven Seas CruisesHeavenly Sunsets itinerary offers a ten-day voyage through some of the Eastern jewels of the Caribbean – St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. John, St. Bart’s and Nassau. A stop in St. Kitt’s lively capital of Basseterre offers a look at the city’s historical colonial past (National Museum, St. George’s Anglican Church and Independence Square) as well as a chance to snorkel, sunbathe and windsurf. The “Mother Colony of the West Indies” known as St. John is particularly notable for its Rainforest Conservatory complete with waterfalls, Mayan influenced sculptures and a variety of flora. And as one of the smallest of the trio of US Virgin Islands, calm and tranquility make it the perfect hideaway.

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Gustavia, the capital of St. Barthelémy a.k.a. St. Bart’s, is the ultimate spot for sophisticated jet setters. Long known as a playground for the rich and famous, the French-speaking island offers glam in abundance with some of the most luxurious boutiques and restaurants in the Caribbean –and prices to match. And when you’re tired of shopping, shell hunting on the aptly named brown sands of Shell Beach is free.

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Nassau marks the final stop where a viewing of flamingos at Ardastra Gardens & Zoo, a swim in the blue waters of Western Esplanade Beach or a visit to the outdoor Straw Market for souvenirs is the perfect way to spend the day.

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For a tour of the West, the Tropical Essence ten-day cruise highlights destinations in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Cayman Islands and Key West. The popular city of Cozumel in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a diver’s haven, thanks to the underwater reef gardens and fauna as well as a great place for rappelling, zip lining and swimming with the dolphins. And if it’s land activities you are seeking, check out the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio.

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With its coral reef filled with tropical fish, the Honduran island of Roatán also offers some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world. And while we are on the subject of the best, Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach was named one the ultimate beaches by Caribbean Travel and Life where diving is the perfect place to spot a stingray or two.

Located on the southern tip of the Florida Keys, Key West is famous for its active Margaritaville style nightlife, historical sites and the former playground of writer Ernest Hemingway. After a morning of sailing, kayaking and shopping, be sure to explore the island’s unique architecture via a walking tour and catch the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum (and perhaps say hello to a six-toed cat or two).  And finally, a visit to the town’s irreverent cemetery reflects the off-beat nature of Key West where “I told you I was sick” is one of the many gravestone epitaphs.

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Whether you choose Eastern or Western Caribbean, an all-inclusive voyage aboard the world’s most luxurious ship is sure to be unforgettable.


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5 Cool Eastern Caribbean Shore Excursions

When it comes to taking a Caribbean cruise, there’s one thing you have lots of: options. Do you want to go to the Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean? Lie on the beach or be active? The sky is really the limit when it comes to your sun-seeking cruise vacation.

One advantage the Eastern Caribbean has over the Western Caribbean is the array of ports. There are dozens of Eastern Caribbean cruise ports to choose from.

St. Lucia Landscape in Eastern Caribbean - Shore Excursions Group

Here are 5 cool Eastern Caribbean shore excursions worth trying:

Aquaventure Waterpark in Nassau

Families and couples flock to Paradise Island when they get off their cruise ship. You almost can’t help it after seeing the castle-like Atlantis Resort towering into the sky when you dock. On the grounds of the Atlantis is the Aquaventure Waterpark, easily accessible to cruise passengers. Here you’ll find twisting slides, river rides, pools, lazy rivers and even rock climbing to satisfy the kid in you — and your kids, too. The Discover Nassau Town and Atlantis shore excursion gets you to Atlantis, and then you can take advantage of all the options there!

Horseback Riding in Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a picturesque postcard island with white, sandy beaches and plenty of fun in the sun. The horseback riding excursions on this island give you the chance to take in breathtaking views via horseback and then actually ride your horse directly into the warm water for an experience you won’t soon forget. Bring your waterproof camera and wear clothes that can get wet on this one — it’s not your typical horseback ride!

SeaTrek in St. Thomas 

Not familiar with Sea Trek? Simply put, it’s helmet diving that requires no previous experience. Your head and hair stay completely dry while you walk upright underwater exploring coral reefs, schools of fish and colorful marine creatures. You’ll see a whole new world under the sea with a SeaTrek cruise excursion!

Bioluminescence Bay in San Juan 

This spectacular Puerto Rican bay is truly magical and considered a wonder of nature. You can experience the glowing bay via kayak or pontoon boat. This bay gets its glow from single-celled bioluminescent dinoflagellates, half-plant, half-animal organisms that emit a flash of bluish light when agitated at night. The glow they emit lights up the night sky.

Snorkeling in St. John

St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, features some of the most pristine beaches and renowned snorkeling locations in the Caribbean. Trunk Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and even has an underwater snorkeling trail.

Snorkeling Day Excursion in Clear Waters of Eastern Caribbean

There is no shortage of cool things to do in Eastern Caribbean ports of call.

Tips

Consider booking a private tour for a more intimate cruise excursion experience.

Avoid looking like a lobster by bringing sunscreen with you on your cruise vacation. Sunscreen at an island store is sometimes double the price stores charge back home.

Invest in some type of protection like a water bag or a waterproof cover for your electronics.

Research your excursions directly through the company’s website, crowd-sourced websites like CruiseCritic.com or even your own social media channels like Facebook. Ask your friends if they have ever done the excursion you’re looking at booking — you’d be surprised how many have!

Regardless of where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll only have six to 10 hours in your cruise port, so you’ll want to make the most of it!

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5 Cool Eastern Caribbean Shore Excursions

When it comes to taking a Caribbean cruise, there’s one thing you have lots of: options. Do you want to go to the Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean? Lie on the beach or be active? The sky is really the limit when it comes to your sun-seeking cruise vacation.

One advantage the Eastern Caribbean has over the Western Caribbean is the array of ports. There are dozens of Eastern Caribbean cruise ports to choose from.

St. Lucia Landscape in Eastern Caribbean - Shore Excursions Group

Here are 5 cool Eastern Caribbean shore excursions worth trying:

Aquaventure Waterpark in Nassau

Families and couples flock to Paradise Island when they get off their cruise ship. You almost can’t help it after seeing the castle-like Atlantis Resort towering into the sky when you dock. On the grounds of the Atlantis is the Aquaventure Waterpark, easily accessible to cruise passengers. Here you’ll find twisting slides, river rides, pools, lazy rivers and even rock climbing to satisfy the kid in you — and your kids, too. The Discover Nassau Town and Atlantis shore excursion gets you to Atlantis, and then you can take advantage of all the options there!

Horseback Riding in Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a picturesque postcard island with white, sandy beaches and plenty of fun in the sun. The horseback riding excursions on this island give you the chance to take in breathtaking views via horseback and then actually ride your horse directly into the warm water for an experience you won’t soon forget. Bring your waterproof camera and wear clothes that can get wet on this one — it’s not your typical horseback ride!

SeaTrek in St. Thomas 

Not familiar with Sea Trek? Simply put, it’s helmet diving that requires no previous experience. Your head and hair stay completely dry while you walk upright underwater exploring coral reefs, schools of fish and colorful marine creatures. You’ll see a whole new world under the sea with a SeaTrek cruise excursion!

Bioluminescence Bay in San Juan 

This spectacular Puerto Rican bay is truly magical and considered a wonder of nature. You can experience the glowing bay via kayak or pontoon boat. This bay gets its glow from single-celled bioluminescent dinoflagellates, half-plant, half-animal organisms that emit a flash of bluish light when agitated at night. The glow they emit lights up the night sky.

Snorkeling in St. John

St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, features some of the most pristine beaches and renowned snorkeling locations in the Caribbean. Trunk Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and even has an underwater snorkeling trail.

Snorkeling Day Excursion in Clear Waters of Eastern Caribbean

There is no shortage of cool things to do in Eastern Caribbean ports of call.

Tips

Consider booking a private tour for a more intimate cruise excursion experience.

Avoid looking like a lobster by bringing sunscreen with you on your cruise vacation. Sunscreen at an island store is sometimes double the price stores charge back home.

Invest in some type of protection like a water bag or a waterproof cover for your electronics.

Research your excursions directly through the company’s website, crowd-sourced websites like CruiseCritic.com or even your own social media channels like Facebook. Ask your friends if they have ever done the excursion you’re looking at booking — you’d be surprised how many have!

Regardless of where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll only have six to 10 hours in your cruise port, so you’ll want to make the most of it!

The post 5 Cool Eastern Caribbean Shore Excursions appeared first on Shore Excursions Blog.

Shore Excursions Blog

Book your ideal shore excursion at Shore Excursions Group.

Book a tour for your cruise at TourSales.com.