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Caribbean Culture Comes Aboard

Taste new foods, dance to local rhythms & learn about amazing cultures

A Caribbean cruise vacation can be so much more than rock-climbing walls, surf wave machines and merry-go-rounds. With Princess, the culture and colors of the region come to life the moment you come aboard. Sample fresh local cuisine, take a steelpan drum lesson, get your heart pumping to the Caribbean-infused beat of Zumba, and relax poolside to lively island music from local performers that will help you find a tranquility you haven’t felt in years.

Caribbean Cuisine – Fresh Local Food | Princess Cruises


Like everything in the Caribbean, the cuisine is a colorful mix of cultures, infused with African, Amerindian, European, East Indian, and Chinese influences. On board, you’ll savor our zesty Jamaican Jerk Chicken or join friends for a "lime" (get together) over some spicy hot Trinidad Chicken Pilau. You'll find delicious red snapper expertly prepared – caught in the very same waters you’ll be sailing – as well as Creole Black Mussels, Arawak pork stew and more. For dessert, local fruits take center stage, from Pineapple Crème Brulee to Crusty Banana Tart and Cuban Coffee Mousse. Or you may opt for a decadent chocolate creation by master chocolatier Norman Love as part of our Chocolate JourneysSM  premium onboard experience.
Signature Cocktails – Caribbean Rum | Princess Cruises


Whether relaxing on your balcony, watching a movie by the pool, or dancing to a calypso beat, the tropical tastes of Caribbean are never far from reach with Princess. From chilled pineapple juice at breakfast to a colorful cocktail at the bar or a tasting of Caribbean rums, you'll be able to sample the very best of the region, from Bahama Mama Rum Punch to Caribbean coolers, colorful coladas, mojitos and even exquisite chocolate cocktails, like a chocolate salted caramel rum shake.
Caribbean Culture Lessons and Lectures | Princess Cruises


Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Maya, Native Indians, Christopher Columbus, African slaves and swashbuckling pirates, even super spies like James Bond and more. Every island in the Caribbean has its own, unique story to tell, from captivating history to unbelievable natural wonders and exotic wildlife. And we’ll help you get more out of your travels with onboard presentations by destination experts, port lecturers and in-stateroom documentaries designed not just to entertain, but to give you a greater understanding about the fascinating places you'll visit.
Authentic Caribbean Music – Steel Pan Drums | Princess Cruises


Born in Trinidad & Tobago, steel drum (or steelpan) music has grown throughout the Caribbean and even on board Princess ships. You'll have an opportunity to learn to play this iconic percussion instrument made of metal oil drums hammered out to different depths to give it a variety of notes. Calypso is the most popular style of music played on it, but you may also hear reggae, ska, jazz, European classical, and who knows, perhaps your favorite top 40 hit.

Zumba Caribbean Dance and Music | Princess Cruises


Discover all the color, pageantry and passion of the tropical culture with high-tech production shows like our popular "Caribbean Caliente," which combines sizzling numbers from the Caribbean and Mexico to the Miami nightlife. And while you're relaxing under the Caribbean sun on deck poolside, you'll also enjoy local bands that come aboard to entertain you with the laid-back sounds of calypso, reggae and steelpan.

Activities for Kids – Onboard Activities | Princess Cruises


Our Youth Centers & Teen Lounges are staffed by fun, experienced counselors that offer discovery programs like making a real shark tooth necklace and dissecting a squid, plus environmental activities like Pete's Pals Endangered Species and California Science Center programs that focus on wildlife preservation in the Caribbean oceans. Our supervised centers are the perfect place for kids to chill with new-found friends with Pirate theme nights, video games, music and dance parties, movies, arts & crafts, sports contests, group dinners and much more.