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The Caribbean

Year-round sunshine and refreshing trade winds make the Caribbean arguably the most temperate place in the world, and certainly, its sugar-white sand beaches are the perfect place for such as debate.

The allure of the Caribbean is rooted in the unending miles of sun-drenched beaches and electric blue coastal waters that line its landscape. Many Caribbean islands exude the charms of their Spanish, British, Dutch or French heritage, and their contemporary cultures revere the past and simultaneously bank on the future of tourism.
The smooth, enlivening rhythms and harmonies of the steel drum lure vacationers in search of both relaxation and adventure, and the environment offers opportunities for both. Naturalists can tour lagoons and rainforests. Sports enthusiasts can climb volcanoes and dive in aquatic caves. Plus, with duty-free shopping and some of the oldest historic sites in the world, shoppers and sightseers are equally gratified.
Getting Around
The Caribbean is a wonderful vacation destination because so much of its appeal lies in self-discovery. You don't need a guide to tell you that the talc-smooth shores of the beaches are local hotspots, and a simple walk through the streets is an instant introduction to some of the greatest shopping in the world. You will also discover that visits to historic sights can be accomplished without a guide.

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Cultural Attractions
  • Dance to traditional artistic performances like the classical Mariachi and the upbeat Marimba.
  • Journey to Pirates of Nassau Museum and hear legendary tales of Blackbeard, explore the caverns of a pirate ship and come face to face with women pirates.
  • Tour St. Maarten studios and meet prominent French artists while viewing exquisite oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, charcoals and engravings.
Shopping Districts
  • Browse the colorful, Dominican Mercado Modelo in Santo Domingo for traditional handicrafts, rum and cigars.
  • Shop the world-famous straw market in Nassau.
  • Search for treasures in the Dutch-influenced outdoor markets of St. Lucia.

If you are looking for an all-encompassing tour of the island or city, a guide might make your trek a little easier - especially if your trip takes you into rugged terrain. However, armed with just a map and some advice from the locals socializing in the cantina, you might find your shore excursion more rewarding.

Examples of shore excursion opportunities in the Caribbean include:

Sports Excursions

  • Sport fish off the northern coast of Jamaica for blue marlin, wahoo, tuna, snapper and grouper.
  • Mountain bike through the Dominican's lush Layou River Valley and bypass tropical countryside and banana, citrus and coffee plantations.
  • Dive in Bonaire's world famous Marine Park, rated by Skin Diver magazine as one of the top dive destinations in the world.

Adventure Expeditions

  • Hike to Honeymoon Beach in St. Thomas and sun on the sugar-white sand beach and swim in the sparkling turquoise waters.
  • Get behind the wheel of a safari Jeep and take a tropical tour of Cozumel and its vast, low savannah.
  • Horseback ride along the north Frigate Bay Beach in St. Kitts.

Nature Trips

  • Kayak in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Bone Fish Lagoon, a 1,400-acre protected habitat that is home to numerous species of flora, from red mangroves to the ornamental silver buttonwood tree.
  • Walk to the top of the volcanic Mount Liamuiga in Basse-Terre and photograph Crater Lake.
  • Take a tram into Harrison's Cave in Bridgetown, Barbados and witness thousands of gleaming stalagmites.

Historical Tours

  • View the 17th-century architecture of San Juan, Puerto Rico, including Cristo Chapel, the Governor's Mansion and the San Jose Church - the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Submarine in Oranjestad, Aruba past the wreck of the Antilla, a sunken 400-ft. WWII German freighter that is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean.
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum in Cozumel, including the temple of the Frescos, the Temple of the Descending God and the pyramid-shaped Castle of el Castillo.

Wildlife Interaction

  • Wade in waist-deep water at Blue Lagoon Island in Nassau and pet friendly dolphins.
  • Hand feed sharks, turtles, stingrays and Caribbean fish in Willemstad, Curacao.
  • Tour the Butterfly Farm in Aruba and chase thousands of these brilliantly colorful creatures.

Flightseeing Charters

  • Soar over St. Thomas and view remote islands like Lovango, Mingo and Thatch Cay, and historic sights like Drake's Seat and Louisenhoj Castle.
  • Follow the ancient trade route of Sir Francis Drake and see the pirate-treasure caves of Norman Island while flightseeing over St. John.
  • Fly in a helicopter over St. Kitts and sightsee Brimstone Hill Fortress, a complex of barracks and bastions adapted to the slopes of an 800-ft. hill.
Enhance your travel to the Caribbean by reading about its culture, people and history in these novels:
Rude Boy - Chris Salewicz
Two Years in the French West Indies - Lafcadio Hearn
A Walk Around the West Indies - Hunter Davies
Caribbean Pirates - Warren Alleyne
Tales from Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Carib Breeze - Dorothy Whitfield

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Cruises can take you to so many places. With 350 Embarkation Ports and hundreds of Ports of Call around the globe, there’s something ashore for everyone. Where in the world do you want to go?


CARIBBEAN: Bury your toes in sugar-white sand, unearth Mayan ruins and shop at outdoor markets for duty-free handicrafts.
BAHAMAS & BERMUDA: Soak up electric blue waters, track the pursuits of legendary pirates and unravel the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

MEXICO: Tour ancient villages, old-world factories and traditional plantations. Or daydream in a hammock on a sun-drenched beach.
SOUTH AMERICA: Encounter mummies, active volcanoes and pink dolphins in a country that celebrates both ancient tribes and sophisticated cities.
PANAMA CANAL: Sail through this $350 million man-made wonder en route to fascinating countries like Costa Rica and Aruba. ALASKA: Trek across the "Great Frontier" and explore mile after mile of stunning fjords, glaciers, forests and mountains.
CANADA & NEW ENGLAND: Breathe in the life of rugged seaside villages and the spirit of the American Revolution.

MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE: Stand at the feet of Michelangelo's David, stare into the eyes of da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and take in the most inspired works of art ever created.
NORTHERN EUROPE: Toast to the wonders of lofty castles, grandiose cathedrals and pastoral countryside in an Irish pub.

HAWAII: Relax on Waikiki Beach and snorkel amidst lava rock in Nawiliwili Kauai. Or explore Hawaii's memorials and monuments.
ASIA: Experience a kaleidoscope of Oriental cultures and landscapes and walk the meandering Great Wall of China.
AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC: Trek past boiling mud pools and powerful geysers in Tahiti and then attend a world-class performance at the Sydney Opera House.

TRANSATLANTIC: Visit the most geographically diverse regions of the world during a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean.
AROUND THE WORLD: Voyage to several continents across the globe and sightsee lively capitals and rustic villages.

River Cruises:
UNITED STATES: Get a closer look at America by sailing its most legendary rivers, including the Napa, Hudson, Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi.
WORLD: Sail alongside medieval castles, ancient ruins and luxuriant vineyards on rivers such as the Nile, Murray, Danube, Yangtze and Rhine.

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There’s so much to do on — and off — a Carnival cruise. Sure, you know the ship’s gonna be a blast. But what happens when you walk down the gangway into a port? Well, we’ve got the answer: a full-fledged fun bonanza! We’ve tracked down the coolest stuff in every port — which means you can be sure the good times won’t slow down just ‘cause you’re leaving the ship. So go ahead… snorkel, zip-line, ride a 4X4, swim with dolphin, shop or just relax on the beach. We’ve got tons of great shore excursions for you to try. Land ho!


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Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo. Celebrity Cruises
shore excursions that have been specially selected by Disney Cruise Line—provide you and your family with the very best recreation, leisure and sightseeing each destination has to offer. By adding a Port Adventure to your cruise, you'll receive an unforgettable experience ashore along with the peace of mind that comes with having Disney do all the planning. Whether sailing into the horizon, exploring an under the sea world, pillaging with pirates or splashing through the waves on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Port Adventures set the course for a whole new way to add even more magic to your Disney Cruise Line vacation.


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Holland America Line offers a wide variety of shore excursions to fit your lifestyle, ranging from easygoing activities to high adventure. Each of our tours provides the highest level of quality, safety, convenience and value. Once you have booked your cruise, you can easily book your shore excursions online; we recommend you book early for the best selection. Holland America
Surfing in Hawaii. Dogsledding in Alaska. Scuba diving in Belize. Exploring ancient medieval cities. You can book your adventures ashore up to two days prior to sailing, so take a look and book now, as the favorites sell out fast. Norwegian Cruise Line
Learn more about the 330+ ports Princess visits each year, as well as key points of interest, favorite activities and the full range of excursions we offer to help you explore. Princess Cruises
Add Explorer to Your Resume! Discover new places, new foods, and new experiences. Travel to some of the most exciting places in the world and do things you never dreamed you would. This is your vacation and with our Shore & Land Excursions, you can be sure it'll be one of the best ever. Royal Caribbean
See and experience more while in port. To make your vacation even more memorable, Windstar® Cruises offers an extensive shore excursions program. Windstar Cruises



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