From a quick, four-night jaunt to Key West and Cozumel to two luxurious weeks at sea, the major cruise lines sail the Caribbean year-round offering several itineraries and ports of call to choose from. The best Caribbean cruise deals can be found in the fall – especially in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean to explore the Bahamas, St. Maarten and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Western Caribbean itineraries often offer more time at sea and include ports such as Grand Cayman and Roatan, Honduras. Southern Caribbean itineraries are often longer and port at even more far-off islands such as Dominica, Antigua, Grenada and St. Lucia.
There are Caribbean cruises departing from several major ports across the U.S. including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Port Canaveral, Houston, Galveston, New Orleans and New York City.
Travel Weekly named Royal Caribbean as the top cruise line in the Caribbean in 2014, but other popular lines include Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland America, Disney Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, MSC Cruises and Windstar Cruises .