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THE BAHAMA ISLANDS

Almost every cruise ship stops at the Bahama Islands, either at Nassau, or Freeport.  Both ports have their own unique identity and things to do.  However, sailing into Nassau offers the trip to Atlantis. Atlantis offers fun for everyone, with their very own unique walk-thru Aquarium complete with sharks, stingray and a wide variety of tropical fish.  There is also the large pools, the Pyramid plunge where you drop down thru a tube and glide under a pool of shark.  It’s a great shore excursion that will occupy you throughout the day.
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ST. THOMAS ISLAND

This is one of our favorite Islands in the Caribbean because of it’s beauty, the plush greenery, the mountains and hills and the culture.  Like every other Caribbean island, there are so many things to see and do here, and a favorite is to take the cable car to the top of the mountain. We loved this island so much, we came back the following year and spent a week here at Christmas.  If you get a chance to stay, you must take the ferry over to St. John’s Island - there you will find pristine beaches where it is not as crowded.

ARUBA

Aruba is a very big favorite among many travelers because of the culture and friendliness of the residents.  There are a lot of great shopping opportunities here and we recommend you visit the Aloe plant for great Aloe products. Aruba is a bit more dry and has a desert like appearance.  We recommend you visit the Rock park where there are giant boulders, great cactus that is larger than most of you have ever seen.  Their beaches are fabulous and the food is excellent. 

COZUMEL, MEXICO

This is another one of our favorite places to visit, primarily because we love Mexico anyway and have travelled throughout Mexico, but this is a very unique spot to visit.  Shopping is great in town (away from the cruise port).  The beach is fantastic, but you have to do yourself a real favor and rent a scooter or car and go to the other side of the island where the beaches are even better, and more secluded. The diving there is superb, but make sure you are a skilled diver as the currents are a  bit stronger there.  Snorkeling, swimming, para-sailing, swimming with the dolphins, hold a shark in your arms - so much to do and a great cruise port.

JAMAICA

It’s really hard to say that there is any island better than the other, so yes we also love Jamaica.  “No worries, mahn!” is the common phrase you hear while visiting.  The people are fantastic, the culture and cuisine is fantastic, and the sight seeing is exciting. Ride the Jamaican Bob Sled down the mountain, go zip lining thru the jungle, or do the most popular thing on the island - visit Dunn’s River Falls and walk up the Falls - it’s a memory you won’t forget and a lot of fun to do.  There is a nearby plantation where you can see Cocoa beans produced, how they grow bananas and many other exciting shore exursion adventures.  Great place!

ST. LUCIA

This is my wife’s favorite island because of the Titons.  It is a beautiful sight to see as you sail in and you MUST go and visit the sight.  There you will see a live volcano springs and mud bath where many people come from around the world to bathe in the mud baths at the volcano springs - they claim it has healing properties.  LIke several other of the Caribbean islands, St. Lucia is mountainous, plush greenery and very tropical.  It’s a beautiful island and like many of the others, there are so many things to see and do while visiting the island on your cruise.  My only complaint on the cruise is that we are not there for more than one day.  

Caribbean Destinations

No matter which island you visit, each one has it’s own unique characteristics, it’s own fabulous beach with beautiful turquoise waters, and warm tropical climate all year around.  There are things you can do that are common on each island such as diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins and so on - and some have historical sights to visit, some have personable industry like cocoa, sugar cane, etc. - each has it’s own unique culture with their own unique foods and drink to try while visiting.  AND, don’t forget the duty free shopping available on every island - some are more famous for jewelry than others.  That is why a cruise is the best vacation, you can visit several on one trip while cruising.
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© Cruise & Vacation Travel, 2015-2016

Caribbean Destinations

No matter which island you visit, each one has it’s own unique characteristics, it’s own fabulous beach with beautiful turquoise waters, and warm tropical climate all year around.  There are things you can do that are common on each island such as diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins and so on - and some have historical sights to visit, some have personable industry like cocoa, sugar cane, etc. - each has it’s own unique culture with their own unique foods and drink to try while visiting.  AND, don’t forget the duty free shopping available on every island - some are more famous for jewelry than others.  That is why a cruise is the best vacation, you can visit several on one trip while cruising.
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THE BAHAMA ISLANDS

Almost every cruise ship stops at the Bahama Islands, either at Nassau, or Freeport.  Both ports have their own unique identity and things to do.  However, sailing into Nassau offers the trip to Atlantis. Atlantis offers fun for everyone, with their very own unique walk- thru Aquarium complete with sharks, stingray and a wide variety of tropical fish.  There is also the large pools, the Pyramid plunge where you drop down thru a tube and glide under a pool of shark.  It’s a great shore excursion that will occupy you throughout the day.
See Photos

ST. THOMAS ISLAND

This is one of our favorite Islands in the Caribbean because of it’s beauty, the plush greenery, the mountains and hills and the culture.  Like every other Caribbean island, there are so many things to see and do here, and a favorite is to take the cable car to the top of the mountain. We loved this island so much, we came back the following year and spent a week here at Christmas.  If you get a chance to stay, you must take the ferry over to St. John’s Island - there you will find pristine beaches where it is not as crowded.

COZUMEL, MEXICO

This is another one of our favorite places to visit, primarily because we love Mexico anyway and have travelled throughout Mexico, but this is a very unique spot to visit.  Shopping is great in town (away from the cruise port).  The beach is fantastic, but you have to do yourself a real favor and rent a scooter or car and go to the other side of the island where the beaches are even better, and more secluded. The diving there is superb, but make sure you are a skilled diver as the currents are a  bit stronger there.  Snorkeling, swimming, para-sailing, swimming with the dolphins, hold a shark in your arms - so much to do and a great cruise port.

COZUMEL, MEXICO

This is another one of our favorite places to visit, primarily because we love Mexico anyway and have travelled throughout Mexico, but this is a very unique spot to visit.  Shopping is great in town (away from the cruise port).  The beach is fantastic, but you have to do yourself a real favor and rent a scooter or car and go to the other side of the island where the beaches are even better, and more secluded. The diving there is superb, but make sure you are a skilled diver as the currents are a  bit stronger there.  Snorkeling, swimming, para-sailing, swimming with the dolphins, hold a shark in your arms - so much to do and a great cruise port.

JAMAICA

It’s really hard to say that there is any island better than the other, so yes we also love Jamaica.  “No worries, mahn!” is the common phrase you hear while visiting.  The people are fantastic, the culture and cuisine is fantastic, and the sight seeing is exciting. Ride the Jamaican Bob Sled down the mountain, go zip lining thru the jungle, or do the most popular thing on the island - visit Dunn’s River Falls and walk up the Falls - it’s a memory you won’t forget and a lot of fun to do.  There is a nearby plantation where you can see Cocoa beans produced, how they grow bananas and many other exciting shore exursion adventures.  Great place!

ST. LUCIA

This is my wife’s favorite island because of the Titons.  It is a beautiful sight to see as you sail in and you MUST go and visit the sight.  There you will see a live volcano springs and mud bath where many people come from around the world to bathe in the mud baths at the volcano springs - they claim it has healing properties.  LIke several other of the Caribbean islands, St. Lucia is mountainous, plush greenery and very tropical.  It’s a beautiful island and like many of the others, there are so many things to see and do while visiting the island on your cruise.  My only complaint on the cruise is that we are not there for more than one day.