Popular Caribbean cruise ports of call

Part three in our three part series of Caribbean cruise destinations I;ve never been to. We’ve got stunning tropical beaches, colourful towns, and places of great natural beauty. Some more of the best stop off points on Caribbean cruises:


Cozumel has plenty to offer the visitor, whether you want to explore the wonderful Mayan ruins at Tulum on a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, take a walk down the narrow streets to pick up some hand painted Talavera pottery, go snorkelling in the famous Palancar Reef, or swim with the dolphins at Chankanaab National Marine Park. Some of you may remember the story of the clock from Cozumel that I inherited.


Whether you want to relax on the secluded, palm-lined beach of Playa Kalki, go looking for petroglyphs at Hato Caves, or experience the hustle and bustle of the capital of the Netherlands Antilles, Willemstad, you are guaranteed to have a good time when you visit Curacao.

Ocho Rios

At Ocho Rios, you can frolic on the popular Turtle Beach or head inland to Fern Gully. Also nearby is Jamaica’s most famous attraction, Dunn’s River Falls, which can lay claim to over six hundred feet of refreshing waterfalls and limestone tiers.

Half Moon Cay

Set in fifty five acres of Little San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, this private tropical retreat is largely untouched by human hand, due to the fact that it is a protected bird sanctuary with a wide variety of rare and exotic birds. A must for bird watchers!

San Juan

This former fortress in Puerto Rico is the second oldest city in the Americas, and features plenty of sites of historical interest, including a wide variety of two hundred year old houses and wonderfully restored sixteenth century buildings.

St Kitts

If you’re looking to take it easy, then St. Kitts could be just the place for you, with stunning deserted beaches, historic ruins, and lush rain forests. Marvel at the Victorian architecture of the capital city of Basseterre, take a tour of the island’s recently restored eighteenth century plantation inns, or take a ride on the brand new ‘Sugar Train’, which circles most of the island.

If a week or two spent soaking up the suns rays in the tropical beauty of the Caribbean sounds like it might be just what you need, you might be interested in some of the cruise holidays from Thomas Cook, that are available online.

It’s worth noting that not all travel insurance companies cover cruise holidays as standard, however we found that cheaptravelinsurance.com does include cruise holidays as standard on all their policies. They don’t have any age limits either.

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  1. Sharon says:

    We enjoyed San Juan for several days and our pre-cruise lodging at the Condado Plaza hotel. The interior is beautifully done, from the guestrooms to the casino and lobby. Live music in the lobby bar, swimup bar, fitness center,spa, etc. Good food and drinks; try the pina colada that Puerto Rico is famous for. Watch the pool bartender chop a coconut in half with a machete, then sip your Coco Loco from a floating coconut shell…pretty cool! Lots to see in this old city.

  2. Savvyruss says:

    We visited San Juan as part of a cruise and so were there for just a day – fabulous place that felt ‘real’ rather than manufactured for the tourists. Having said that, we went into full tourist mode and did lots of shopping – panama hats are something of a speciality! Would like to return to have a go at the historical side of the city.

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