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Caribbean Cruise Shore Excursions

Go ashore, connect with the Caribbean

Best Shore Excursions
Editors Picks, TravelAge West 2013

The Caribbean is full of sights, sounds, tastes, smells and experiences that become a part of who you are. There's no stronger connection to your travels than those made by joining the destination's daily rhythm. Below are just a few Caribbean cruise shore excursions and ways you can connect to the heartbeat of the islands and come back new®.

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Swim with Stingrays

Swim with hundreds of stingrays in their natural habitat on Grand Cayman. Pods of stingrays, called a fever, come to the island to have and raise their young, and this Caribbean cruise excursion is one you'll never forget as you swim among these gentle creatures.

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Snorkeling & Diving

Dive into the blue, endless depths of the Scotts Head Marine Reserve bay on the island of Dominica, formed from the caldera of an ancient, now dormant, volcano submerged beneath the Caribbean Sea. Untouched coral reefs, dramatic underwater formations and hundreds of species of marine life await you on this Caribbean cruise excursion which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Explore Ancient Ruins

Ancient Mayan ruins scatter the beautiful island of Cozumel, once thought to be the home of the moon goddess Ixchel. On this Caribbean cruise excursion you will explore temples, palaces and more, and feel yourself walking in the footsteps of the ancient peoples who once lived in those very spots.

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River Tubing

Relax on an inner tube in Belize as the soft current takes you through dense rainforests, ancient caves and nearly-lost Mayan ruins once used to worship many of their gods. Guides teach you the names of the local wildlife, cave structures and ancient ruins as you pass by on this relaxing Caribbean cruise excursion.

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Ziplining Excursions

Climb thousands of feet in an open-air tram on the island of St. Lucia until you reach the pulse-pounding zipline course. Embark on a journey that spans the rainforest canopy over one hundred feet above the forest floor and highlights the awe-inspiring vistas and unique wildlife of the island.

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Scenic Cruising Excursions

Some of the most beautiful coastline in the world is on the island of St. Kitts, with azure waters, dramatic cliffs, coral reefs and soft white beaches. Once of the best ways to see every last postcard-perfect foot of the island is from the deck of an expertly piloted catamaran, with a stop for some reef snorkeling of course.

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Outdoor Adventure

Bonaire's arid interior, home to salt-drying flats for hundreds of years, make for the perfect 4x4 terrain. Take your rugged vehicle across the wild interior of the island, and see the most famous sights, mountains of salt, Caribbean flamingos and iguanas living in the mangrove forests.

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Historic Landmarks

From the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton on St. Kitt's sister island of Nevis to Nelson's Harbor on Antigua that sheltered the mighty British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, the Caribbean is brimming with history and steeped in stories. Learn the shameful history of the slave trade at the Hato Caves on Curacao or tour the Dutch-inspired classical architecture in the capital of Willemstad.

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