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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Featured Western Caribbean Cruise Ports
Take a closer look at the most popular Western Caribbean Cruise ports (plus our departure ports).
Nestled among lush rainforests teeming with life and situated on the western edge of the Caribbean Sea, Belize City is a paradise for those looking to have an unparalleled eco adventure. Take a relaxing inner tube ride down a river and through ancient caves once used for rituals by the Maya, ride horses through a stunning nature park with hundreds of species, and snorkel through the northern hemisphere's largest barrier reef on a cruise to Belize!
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Cruise to Cozumel, which was once the home to the legendary Mayan goddess of the moon, Ixchel, and the moment you step onto this tropical wonder you'll understand why they believed a goddess called this island home. From white-sand beaches and azure waters to snorkeling through an immense coral reef and exploring ancient Mayan ruins, Cozumel is one of the most dynamic Caribbean cruise ports.
Galveston Island is a quaint city with historic charm where you'll get the feel for "island time." Explore Historic Pleasure Pier and enjoy some Texas foods, or visit the Moody Gardens with attractions like a world-class aquarium and living rainforest. Spend some time admiring the city’s museums, shopping its curated boutiques or strolling its colorful streets full of art and architecture.
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Cruise to Grand Cayman, once home to pirates and scoundrels striking fear into all who sailed near, now stands as one of the most prosperous islands in the entire Caribbean. Meet sea turtles and stingrays in their natural habitats, snorkel through breathtaking shipwrecks and stroll through the capital of Georgetown for world-class dining, shopping and historic architecture.
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Surrounded by some of the most vibrant, healthy coral reefs of the Caribbean and filled with Bermudan-British history, Grand Turks is a rich island destination for anyone looking for the complete Caribbean cruise experience. Explore the nearby Gibb's Cay and swim with stingrays, discover the vibrant history of the island from 700 A.D. to today, or explore the beauty of the island from a dune buggy.
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Sitting atop an ancient coral reef system, surrounded by gorgeous crystal blue waters and featuring a lush tropical environment, the island of Roatan looks every bit the Caribbean wonderland. Visit the local iguana farm with over 3,000 iguanas roaming the grounds, snorkel and dive the pristine local reefs or sunken ships and Mayan artifacts, or just sit on the picture-perfect beach and relax without a care in the world.
The "Venice of America" has been the premier destination for spring breakers for almost six decades, but don't let that fool you into thinking the city is one big party. From the Everglades, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to an amazingly rich biosphere, to seven miles of white-sand beaches, Ft. Lauderdale is a beautifully diverse city.
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What Will You Do on a Western Caribbean Cruise?
Top-Rated Caribbean Beaches
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, 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!
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!
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.
#PrincessCruises Caribbean Connections
Caribbean Cruise Onboard Experience & Featured Program
Your stateroom is your home away from home on your voyage where you rest up and recharge between adventures. With the expertly designed Princess Luxury Bed, luxurious 100% Jacquard-woven cotton linens and specially created SLEEP program by a board-certified sleep expert, you might just get the best sleep of your life. We offer staterooms ranging from interior cabins to full suites, and we even offer connected rooms for families with more than four members traveling together.
Bringing Local Life Aboard
Embrace the spirit of the islands the moment you step on your ship with our Rhythm of the Caribbean program. Savor island cuisine, sip signature cocktails and engage in authentic regional experiences. Dance beneath the stars to vibrant island rhythms at exclusive parties, and immerse yourself in one-of-a-kind cultural activities — from concerts and crafts to talks from shark experts and treasure hunters.
Never Miss a Beat
Say goodbye to the daily grind with our new Sail Away Party poolside on the top deck, dance to local music at one of the many Caribbean inspired concerts, or be the envy of every pirate at our high-energy gold treasure-inspired Terrace Pool Gold Party. Throughout your cruise to the Caribbean there will be events that excite, enrich and challenge you to fully experience the islands.
Deeper Experiences of the Islands
Discover the history of local distilleries while sampling some of the region’s best rums, meet the parrots and macaws that call the Caribbean home in the ship's Piazza, or become a part of the rhythm with steel pan drum lessons. Our onboard activities give you the chance to gain a deeper connection and understanding of the gorgeous islands you'll visit on your voyage.
Sharks, Pirates and Stars — Oh My!
Discovery at SEA brings the expertise and excitement of the Discovery Channel™ on board your Caribbean cruise! Enjoy Shark Week all summer long with shark-themed activities, hear tales of sunken treasure and lost shipwrecks from the stars of Travel Channel’s™ Caribbean Pirate Treasure, and explore the constellations and spectacular galaxies of the night sky with the Voyage to the Stars indoor planetarium experience.
Ship Activities for Every Cruise to the Caribbean
Recharging Your Batteries
Pamper yourself in the Lotus Spa® with a massage, facial or manicure, and feel renewed. Enjoy The Sanctuary, a lounge just for adults, where you can relax with a light meal, specialty drink and al fresco massages while digging into that novel you've been looking forward to reading. If you prefer your relaxation more active, we offer Zumba, yoga and tai chi classes to burn off stress and raise your heart rate.
The Perfect Place to Celebrate
Almost 30% of all passengers who sail with us are celebrating an important milestone in their lives. Say "I do" at sea in a ceremony officiated by the captain. Arrange for an anniversary package and let us spoil you with romantic balcony dining, chocolates and more. For us, every day is a celebration.
Love Blooms on the Love Boat
It's difficult to imagine something more romantic than sailing through the warm waters of the Caribbean, hopping between tropical islands and white-sand beaches from the comfortable luxury of your ship. While on board we cater to your romantic side with private dining on your balcony, whether a relaxing breakfast for two or a romantic sunset dinner, honeymoon packages for lucky newlyweds, flowers and chocolates delivered to your room and couples-only massages in the Sanctuary.
The Flavors of the Islands
The diverse cultural influences, local climates and history of the Caribbean combine to make one of the most exciting and unique regional cuisines in the world. From mofongo, a dish from Puerto Rico made from mashed fried plantains, pork and garlic, to the famous jerk chicken of Jamaica, we serve the Caribbean's favorite flavors to you on board. Thanks to Princess' world-class chefs you'll enjoy fresh, locally inspired dishes for your entire voyage.
Outdoor Cinema at Its Best
Enjoy many of the latest movies, exciting concerts and most anticipated live sports games on a massive poolside screen. The warm Caribbean night air, fresh popcorn and comfortable lounge chair with fleece blanket make for a viewing experience like no other. Not to mention the best theater in the world, the Caribbean ocean with a ceiling of stars!
Sailing with Your Crew
Enjoy a ship full of activities for the whole family, from Broadway-style shows to Discovery’s Shark Week all summer long, your family will be engaged in the Caribbean. Go Stargazing under the stunning expanse of the night sky with Discovery at SEA, compete in a family game night, and savor the flavors of the islands together.
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Travel, Airfare, & Hotels: Let Princess Get You There
We Get You Where You Need to Go
Let Princess pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your ship or hotel when you arrive, even if you didn't book your airfare through us. A uniformed Princess representative meets you at the airport after you've retrieved your luggage and transports you directly to your ship or hotel without you having to worry about the logistics of navigating a new city.
Stay Longer and Relax
Extend your Caribbean cruise vacation, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation and the services of the representative.