How to Maximize Your Cruise Time and Make Caribbean Vacations More Meaningful

by Margaret Adsit

Caribbean vacations are about so much more than the destination — they're also about the journey and the experiences you have along the way. On your next Caribbean cruise, take the time to embrace everything your ship has to offer.

Groove to Caribbean Rhythms

The soul of the Caribbean flows through the lively voice of the steel drum (also called a steelpan). An instrument born in Trinidad and Tobago, the steel drum is especially prominent in calypso, a musical style with roots in the rhythms of Africa. Let your body be moved by the bright, sweet sounds of calypso. As you sail along the open seas, you can dance to the beat of the steel drums — and you'll even have the opportunity to learn to play them yourself!

Indulge in Tropical Tastes

With a tempting drink menu that includes Bahama Mama Rum Punch, piña coladas, and chocolate salted caramel rum shakes, you'll find no shortage of tropical delights on your cruise. The Caribbean is known for its rum, which you'll experience in a number of beverages served on board. Quench your thirst poolside, or order a drink to complement your exquisite dinner.

Savor Exotic Spices

Caribbean cuisine is a cornucopia of flavors inspired by the cultures that have influenced the area, using ingredients from Africa, America, Europe, East India, and other places around the globe. While you cruise, enjoy red snapper, mussels in Creole sauce, Jamaican jerk chicken, and so much more. Before you even set foot on that first sandy shore, you will have experienced a true taste of the Caribbean.

Embrace Caribbean Culture

Love to learn? On your cruise, you can immerse yourself in history and culture through documentaries, port lectures, and onboard presentations. And with world-class art galleries and a library and writing room where you can decompress, you'll find no shortage of opportunities for entertainment and enrichment aboard your cruise.

Explore Caribbean Shore Excursions at Every Port

At every port you visit, you'll find plenty of ways to get out and experience local beauty and history. Have you always wanted to snorkel or traverse the Everglades? Would you love to do an art walk? Caribbean vacations offer numerous excursions that provide something for everyone. Embrace every second of your cruise, and you'll leave feeling invigorated and enriched.

Whether you're sipping Bahama Mama Rum Punch on deck, dancing to island beats during live band performances, or absorbing the rich history of the Caribbean, you'll always be making meaningful memories to take back home.

Caribbean vacations give cruise travelers the opportunity to enjoy the sounds of a steelpan drum.
Caribbean vacations give cruise travelers the opportunity to enjoy the sounds of a steelpan drum.