by Erica Moody

A WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Unspoiled beaches, adventurous excursions, historic ruins, high-end shopping, savory cuisine —you’ll find all of this and more on a cruise to the Western Caribbean, its destinations easily reached from Florida. Our seven-day itinerary begins in Fort Lauderdale and stops at four ports: Princess Cays, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico. Each stop boasts distinct experiences that go far beyond a standard beach vacation. 
Experience Beachfront Bliss in Cozumel, Mexico

Indulge Your Interests in the Western Caribbean

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Take some time to enjoy the aquatic beauty of Fort Lauderdale, called the “Venice of America” for its 300 miles of accessible waterways. Offshore excursions include a trip to the Florida Everglades — take an airboat ride to marvel at the wildlife on view in the subtropical wetland ecosystem, like the endangered Florida Panther and West Indian Manatee. For some pre-cruise culture, stroll along Las Olas Boulevard for fabulous art galleries and independent boutiques.

Our private resort of Princess Cays is an exclusive introduction to the Bahamas. You’ll sail to the island of Eleuthera and enjoy a hundred miles of beauty — pink-sand beaches, brightly-colored buildings and scenic walking trails for your eyes (and those of your fellow cruise passengers) alone. Go surf fishing off a rocky shore, take a thrilling banana boat ride or snorkel in the clear ocean waters. If you’d rather take it easy, embrace ultimate relaxation by lounging on a beachfront air-conditioned bungalow; a complimentary tram takes you directly there and back.

Caribbean Princess in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A natural wonderland greets you in Ocho Rios, a charming former fishing village on Jamaica’s north coast. Feast on culinary specialties like ackee and saltfish (the national dish of Jamaica), jerk chicken and sweet coco bread served with Red Stripe beer. Take your camera and climb to the top of the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls, a 600-foot travertine waterfall that attracts millions of visitors a year.

Baby Sea Turtle at the Cayman Turtle Center

In Grand Cayman, you’ll be mesmerized by cosmopolitan glamour and 600-pound turtles — the 23-acre Cayman Turtle Center adventure marine park has to be seen to be believed. Seven Mile Beach, regarded as one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean, offers lively bars and upscale duty-free shopping in addition to watersports and panoramic nature scenes.

In Cozumel, immerse yourself in ancient history by visiting the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio and the Temple of Ixchel, archeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization that were once sacred centers of worship. Whatever your interests are, from cultural curiosities to outdoor escapades, they can be indulged on a Western Caribbean vacation.

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