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Western Caribbean Cruises: Unique Package of Adventure and History

The Western Caribbean is a very popular destination cruise destination. It is the ideal spot for a getaway any time of the year with its warm weather. The Western Caribbean has a unique blend of the sun, sand and surf, the history of ancient civilizations, and eco-oriented adventures. The Western Caribbean cruise vacation is varied and interesting. You get to explore a number of countries and a variety of cultures on the Western Caribbean route. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Western Caribbean islands and also sail to Mexico and South America coast. Some cruise routes also include stopover at Key West and New Orleans. The Western Caribbean cruises ply to islands such as Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Jamaica. Many Western Caribbean cruises also visit Mexico's Mexican Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula, such as Costa Maya, Playa del Carmen and Progreso.

You can book a Western Caribbean cruise from most of the major cruise companies. Virtually all the major North American cruise companies as well as those based in Europe offers seasonal, if not all year-round, trips to the Western Caribbean. The Western Caribbean cruise scene is dominated by Carnival and Royal Caribbean with their all year long offerings. Other cruise companies target the seasonal travellers. Targeting primarily the North American travelers are cruise ships from Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Princess, Celebrity and Holland America. Serving the international and European travellers are the cruise ships from P&O, Costa, MSC Cruises as well as others cruise liners.
 
Western Caribbean Luxury Cruises
 
While luxury cruises forays into the Western Caribbean less often, there are still many options. Cunard visits the region a few times each year with its big Queen Mary 2, which is really a hybrid of a large ship and a luxury cruiser. Other luxury cruises available are from the Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea, Seabourn, Hapag-Lloyd's Europa, Crystal and Oceania. Often, these Western Caribbean luxury cruises will combine Western Caribbean visits with the longer Panama Canal or South America itineraries.
 

You should decide on your Western Caribbean cruise package primarily based on the port calls that you desired. Do note that some Western Caribbean cruises are more family friendly than other. If you have children, make sure your Western Caribbean cruise package offers plenty of children activities. Beyond the traditional home ports of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the increasingly popular home ports for Western Caribbean cruises include the New Orleans, Tampa, Galveston and Mobile.