There are countless cruise options to choose from when sailing to the Caribbean. It's one of the hottest spots to go to. Which means, it can be overwhelming to try to find the perfect one for you. Here are five Caribbean cruises that offer something for everyone.
Nieuw Statendam – Holland America
This seven-day Western Caribbean cruise begins and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by way of the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Key West, and currently starts at $549 per person plus taxes and fees. With a design inspired by instruments, this 975-foot ship holds up to 2,666 people and offers some of the best entertainment at sea. While the central theme is music, there’s also a strong emphasis on food, spirits and Caribbean culture. Explorations Central is a guided workshop that gives travelers insight into the culture and traditions of the destination region to enhance their trip. Partake in live cooking demonstrations and workshops with America’s Test Kitchen, included in the cost of the cruise, or make your own wine in The Blend. Reserve now.
Symphony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean
As one of Royal Caribbean’s newest and most exciting ships, Symphony of the Seas is perfect for the adventure-loving seafarer. It’s also the world’s largest ocean liner, holding 5,494 people and weighing 228,021 gross tons. While there are multiple options to choose from, this is a four-to-seven day cruise that departs from Miami and sails to the Caribbean and starts at $549 per person plus taxes and fees. Symphony of the Seas is home to the 10-story Ultimate Abyss slide. If slides aren’t your thing, there’s also the FlowRider Surf Simulator, glow-in-the-dark laser tag, a 43-foot rock climbing wall, a zip line, live shows, ice skating, Playmaker’s Sports Bar and Arcade and dance classes. Traveling with a teenager? No problem. There’s a teen disco on board and the Adventure Science Lab.
Reflection – Celebrity
Reflection has an amazing onyx staircase in the grand foyer – the ship’s centerpiece – that leads to the panoramic ocean-view glass elevators, the first in their class. The Opus Dining Room, the main restaurant, greets diners to sparkling chandeliers, a two-story glass wine tower, and a sophisticated aura unmatched by any other ship. There is a business casual dress code, so diners eat in style. Expensive works of art adorn the walls throughout the ship. Miniature golf and the Reflection Theater are the main sources of entertainment.
Horizon – Carnival
Horizon is probably best known for the SkyRide, an elevated bike race over the ocean that’s fun for both children and adults. This ship is a favorite of travelers and critics alike because of its brilliant balance of modern and fun for both adults and children. It’s the opposite of Reflection – there are tons of things to do, but not much in the way of quiet spaces to be alone. For kids, the Dr. Seuss Water Park is the main attraction with the Cat-in-the-Hat water slide, the twin Fun Things slides and the wading pool that waits in the middle of them. Adults enjoy the Havana-themed pool, restaurant and cabana, piano bar and the Serenity adult-only retreat. Family nights are a breeze with the Seaside Movie Theater, a place to watch movies with family under the stars.
Wonder – Disney
One of the most astonishing things about Wonder is how massive the crew is – 950 people. While there are lots of options for live shows aboard Wonder, this ship is all about Frozen. The Frozen Musical Spectacular is the main attraction and people rave about it. The rest of the non-show entertainment is mostly interactive. There’s a Frozen Deck Party, where cruisers can meet characters from the show; Pirate Night, where everyone dresses like a pirate; and Character Breakfasts and Meet and Greets. Need some adult time? Take your kids to the It’s a Small World Nursery, Oceaneer Club and Lab or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, or your teens to Edge hangout, Vibe Club or Chill Spa while you go to the Azure Club, Cadillac Lounge or Cove Café. To avoid frustration and disappointment, make reservations for everything in advance.