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Western Caribbean Cruises

Mayan ruins, natural wonders and a deep dive into local culture

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Ancient Mayan ruins rise up from the jungle floor, breaking the pristine beauty of the rainforest to remind all who cruise the Western Caribbean of its deep cultural heritage. White-sand beaches and pristine azure waters are just the beginning with this region of the Caribbean. With just a little exploration on a Western Caribbean cruise, you can open up a world of jungle adventures, breathtaking barrier reefs and powerful cultural connections unlike any other.

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Top-Rated Caribbean Beaches

Rock formations at Sosua Beach
Rock formations at Sosua Beach

Sosua Beach, Dominican Republic

The peaceful blue water and golden sands of Sosua Beach are picture perfect, but the real star of this beach is the atmosphere. The entire beach vibrates with excitement, fun and the sounds of locals and travelers reveling in a true Caribbean atmosphere. Lounge on the shore, snorkel through a coral reef, or grab a delicious lunch from a local cooking Dominican specialties, and fall in love with the vibe.

Seven Mile beach shoreline
Seven Mile beach shoreline

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

Idyllic white sands that stretch as far as the eye can see in both directions, brilliant blue water beyond that and endless opportunities for activities makes Seven Mile Beach one of the best in the world. Enjoy bars, resorts, boutiques and restaurants when you're not drinking in the stunning scenery. Visit Seven Mile Beach on your Grand Cayman cruise!

Princess Cruises cruise ship docked in bay
Princess Cruises cruise ship docked in bay

Ocho Rios Bay Beach, Jamaica

One of the most popular beaches in Jamaica with both locals and travelers, Ocho Rios Bay Beach has everything needed for a relaxing day enjoying the Caribbean weather. Soft sand, crystal-clear water, plentiful loungers and ice-cold beverages. Visit Ocho Rios Bay Beach on a Jamaican cruise!

What Will You Do on a Western Caribbean Cruise?

Explore experiences you can have here, from swimming beneath waterfalls to traveling back in time

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Island shore excursions

Experience the best the Western Caribbean has to offer with award-winning shore excursions that immerse you in thrilling experiences, unique culinary delights and peaceful rejuvenation. Explore ancient ruins once home to the Mayan people, swim with stingrays in the waters they call home or snorkel through shipwrecks now hosting the Caribbean’s vibrant species.

Late night departures

The Caribbean has a different feeling at night. Revel in its warm evenings and enticing music with our More Ashore program. Later stays in ports such as Cozumel let you soak up the full Caribbean experience, like a fresh-caught seafood dinner on the beach or street fair full of local crafts and flavors. With More Ashore, you get more time to enjoy the vibrant island nightlife.

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