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The Pitons, two mountainous, lush volcanic spires, loom over Saint Lucia.

Courtesy of St. Lucia Tourist Board

The Pitons, two mountainous, lush volcanic spires, loom over Saint Lucia.

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Bahamas

Bahamas
Region: Western Caribbean / Ports: Freeport, Nassau
With 700 islands and 2,400 cays sprinkled over a swath of ocean, stretching from the Florida Keys to Haiti, the Bahamas would make up the largest island chain in the Caribbean — if it were in the Caribbean. The coral-based archipelago actually lies ... See more
Explore the beaches of Freeport, the Bahamas, when you book a cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines.
Region: Western Caribbean / Port in: the Bahamas
Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas, is a relaxing destination. The white-sand beaches and friendly locals are only the beginning of this tropical getaway. The island is just 50 miles off the coast of Florida ... See more
Nassau
Region: Western Caribbean / Port in: the Bahamas
Nassau is both the capital and largest city in the Bahamas. Nestled on New Providence Island, Nassau is a tantalizing treat for travelers looking for fun in the sun mixed with local culture and shopping. From the cool ocean breeze beckoning you to go for ... See more

Bermuda

Bermuda
Region: Atlantic
This 22-square-mile, hook-shaped archipelago is often assumed to be in the Caribbean but in fact sits squarely in the mid-Atlantic, 650 miles east of North Carolina. Bermudians voted in 1995 to remain a British Overseas Territory, and their penchant for ... See more

Cayman Islands

Stingrays come out in full force at Stingray City near Grand Cayman Island.
Region: Western Caribbean
Stunning coral reefs, crystal clear waters and rich, varied marine life draw divers of all abilities to a trio of islands 90 miles south of Cuba: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The Cayman Islands are a popular destination in the Caribbean for scuba divers and snorkelers, but they also have much to offer visitors who prefer to stay topside ... See more
Horseback riding on Barkers Beach on Grand Cayman Island.
Region: Western Caribbean
Just 90 miles south of Cuba, Grand Cayman remains the largest and main island of the three Cayman Islands. From the moment you arrive you'll be caught up by the idyllic weather, sun-kissed beaches, colorful rhythms, tantalizing cuisine, restless nightlife and a shopping frenzy unlike any other destination. ... See more

Haiti

Freedom of the Seas docks at the beautiful private resort in Labadee, Haiti.
Region: Western Caribbean / Port: Labadee
For a taste of France mixed with Creole flair, Guadeloupe has become a breathtaking mainstay in the eastern Caribbean. A French colony since 1635 (and still under the French government), it is comprised of two main islands linked by a bridge, Grande Terre and Basse Terre, ... See more

Jamaica

Jamaica
Region: Western Caribbean / Ports: Falmouth, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
Jamaica is the reggae heartbeat of the Caribbean, and you'll feel it as you walk throughout the island.  The air is slightly humid with warm sand beneath your feet. The smell of Jerk chicken and curried goat wafts across your path. An afternoon ... See more
Falmouth
Region: Western Caribbean / Port in: Jamaica
Falmouth is the newest port of call in Jamaica, located in between two popular tourist destinations: Montego Bay and Ochos Rios. Falmouth was founded in 1769 and its waterfront district is a National Heritage Site that contains many Georgian-era buildings dating from the 1760s to 1840s. ... See more
Montego Bay
Region: Western Caribbean / Port in: Jamaica
The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay (or MoBay, as the locals call it) is known for its many tourist resorts and famed beaches — and, perhaps less notably, for the Bobby Bloom song "Montego Bay"). The name “Montego Bay” is believed to have ... See more
Ocho Rios
Region: Western Caribbean / Port in: Jamaica
Out of many, one people is Jamaica’s national motto, reflected in a diverse culture shaped under British rule for more than 300 years and Spanish rule for a century and a half before that. A collection of talented Jamaicans have put the island on the ... See more

Eastern Caribbean

Anguilla

Anguilla
Region: Eastern Caribbean
Welcome to one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets! A born and bred Californian, fate helped me fall into life in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, the small Caribbean island of Anguilla.  As guests to the island will attest, Anguilla is a ... See more

British Virgin Islands

BVI
Region: Eastern Caribbean / Ports: Tortola, Virgin Gorda
There's no dearth of good storytelling when at sea. The British Virgin Islands (BVI), with its host of sometimes misbehaving international millionaires and billionaires, A-list celebrities and their entourages, is a prime source of such yarns. After all, .... See more
The Long Bay Beach Club on Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Region: Eastern Caribbean / Port in: British Virgin Islands
The most populous of the British Virgin Islands, and its largest island (at a diminutive 21.5 square miles), Tortola is synonymous with its white-sand beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, which allow for a variety of water sports from kayaking to kiteboarding. .... See more
Virgin Gorda
Region: Eastern Caribbean / Port in: British Virgin Islands
Virgin Gorda is the third largest island in the 60-isle British Virgin Islands archipelago. Still, it's not all that big, about eight square miles. That means mega-cruise ships don't call on Virgin Gorda, but small and medium-size ships such as SeaDream I, Azamara Journey and Ocean Princess do. .... See more

Dominican Republic

Each Fathom cruise to the Dominican Republic offer the opportunity to hear local musicians.
Region: Eastern Caribbean
The Dominican Republic is a part of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. The old part of its capital, Santo Domingo, is the oldest European city in the Americas and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so there is plenty of history to be discovered here for visitors.. ... See more
The Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo.
Region: Eastern Caribbean
Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, is a vibrant urban center. Historic architecture, world-class museums, golf courses and water sports all combine to solidify its position as a top cruise destination. ... See more

St. Maarten/St. Martin

Grab a towel and hit the beautiful beaches of St. Maarten.
Region: Eastern Caribbean
Divided between the Netherlands and France, St. Maarten/Saint Martin (English: St. Martin) has a fascinating history. It is the smallest island in the world divided between two countries. The northern, French side, of the island is known as Saint Martin. The southern, Dutch side, of the island is known as Sint Maarten. ... See more

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Region: Eastern Caribbean / Port: San Juan
Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") is an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra and Mona. Puerto Ricans often call the island Borinquen, from Borikén, its .... See more
San Juan
Region: Eastern Caribbean / Port in: Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital city, has plenty of insight into the island's rich history. Old San Juan has buildings still standing from the days of the early Spanish explorers. They stand alongside gigantic hotel and casino complexes, and live ... See more

Turks & Caicos

Houses and hotels line the shoreline on Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos.
Region: Eastern Caribbean
The Turks & Caicos Islands are two islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas. The islands were part of the United Kingdom’s Jamaican colony until 1959, when they assumed the title of a separate crown colony. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands are now a British overseas ... See more

U.S. Virgin Islands

Grab your scuba gear and have a great dive on the candy-colored reefs near Buck Island on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Region: Eastern Caribbean / Port in: U.S. Virgin Islands
Formed out from an ancient coral reef and volcanic activity, St. Croix boasts lush rainforests, striking mountains, gorgeous beaches and historic towns. The center of the island is home to dangling lianas, mango groves, mahogany trees, and exotic ferns. Rolling hills and pastures .... See more
A green turtle grazes on the sea floor in the US Virgin Islands.
Region: Eastern Caribbean / Port in: U.S. Virgin Islands
St. John is the smallest, least populous and, many argue, the prettiest of the U.S. Virgin Islands because of its world-class beaches. Two-thirds of St. John consists of Virgin Islands National Park. The quiet nature of the island gives it an unparalleled tranquility, making a trip to this island feel like a true getaway .... See more
St. Thomas
Region: Eastern Caribbean / Port in: U.S. Virgin Islands
Be prepared for some hustle-bustle when you visit this busiest of the U.S. Virgin Islands (it's the largest by population, second largest by area). More cruise ships call at the pretty Charlotte Amalie than at any other Caribbean port. .... See more

Southern Caribbean

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda
Region: Southern Caribbean
When Admiral Horatio Nelson was looking for the perfect place to hide a fleet in the Caribbean in 1784, he settled on Antigua. Its warm, steady winds, safe harbors and ring of coral reef made it just about perfect. While few of us need to hide a fleet these days, Antigua (pronounced An-TEE-ga) is still just about perfect ... See more

Aruba

aruba
Region: Southern Caribbean
The smallest of the Dutch Caribbean islands, Aruba is a tropical oasis 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela that welcomes 1.5 million visitors a year. It's hard to think of a place with more idyllic weather than Aruba, which enjoys nearly perpetual ... See more

Barbados

Carlisle Bay fronts Bridgetown, capital of Barbados.
Region: Southern Caribbean
Barbados is a gorgeous tropical paradise set far away from most other Caribbean islands. Ruled by the British until 1966, it is nearly 1,000 miles east of the Netherlands Antilles chain and fuses African and British culture to create a charming, friendly world where travelers often have a memorable experience. ... See more

Bonaire

Bonaire
Region: Southern Caribbean
Bonaire is a charming Dutch Caribbean Island set in the Netherlands Antilles. The island is part of the ABC Islands in the region, alongside Aruba and Curaçao. From the hands of the Spanish to eventually the Dutch, Bonaire’s history was first awakened by ... See more

Curacao

Curacao
Region: Southern Caribbean
Dubbed the "Jerusalem of the Caribbean" for its cosmopolitan, multicultural influences, Curaçao has a fascinating colonial-Caribbean vibe thanks to 100-plus nationalities and three official languages: Dutch, Papiamentu and English. Part of the former ... See more

Dominica

Two waterfalls tumble side by side on Dominica.
Region: Southern Caribbean
With few sandy beaches, and no major international airport, Dominica’s 290 square miles are sparsely populated. But you don't come to Dominica to lounge at a flashy resort. You come for some of the best hiking and diving in the region. The country is an ecological wonder. ... See more

Grenada

Seven Sisters Waterfalls on Grenada.
Region: Southern Caribbean
Peppered with fragrant spice trees and centuries-old spice estates, Grenada has a mystical presence. Today, this Caribbean island known as "spice isle" grows nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, bay leaves and tumeric on its volcanic soil. ... See more

Guadeloupe

Rivière du Grand Carbet, at one of the Carbet Waterfalls, Guadeloupe.
Region: Southern Caribbean
For a taste of France mixed with Creole flair, Guadeloupe has become a breathtaking mainstay in the eastern Caribbean. A French colony since 1635 (and still under the French government), it is comprised of two main islands linked by a bridge, Grande Terre and Basse Terre, ... See more

Montserrat

View of the island of Montserrat from Guadeloupe.
Region: Southern Caribbean
Montserrat is nicknamed “the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean,” both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish descent of many of its inhabitants. Montserrat is a British overseas territory located in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles. ... See more

St. Bart's

St. Bart's
Region: Southern Caribbean
Whether you call it St. Barts, St. Bart's, St. Barths or St. Barthelemy, there is no disputing that this tiny island in the French Antilles is one of the ritziest and most luxurious cruise destinations in all the world. You won't find a land rich in ... See more

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis
Region: Southern Caribbean
As if it were the custom in the Caribbean, St. Kitts & Nevis changed hands many times between English and French, which has left it a heritage of cities with names from both countries. On the contrary, the architecture in these Leeward Islands in the ... See more

St. Lucia

St. Lucia
Region: Southern Caribbean
St. Lucia, and its capital city of Castries, has become one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean for cruisers. The majority of travelers settle between Castries and the northern end of the island. The entire north side of the island is ... See more

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

St. Vincent
Region: Southern Caribbean
Culturally intact Caribbean islands that aren't owned by billionaires are hard to come by, but the low-key island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is exceptionally calm, pristine exception. So get there by hook or crook — or by cruise ship, if ... See more

Trinidad & Tobago

Hummingbirds in Trinidad and Tobago.
Region: Southern Caribbean
Lying nine miles off the coast of Venezuela, Trinidad is a Caribbean paradise and the southernmost link in the Antillean chain of islands. Trinidad is part of the two-island nation known as Trinidad & Tobago. While these two islands are linked in their government and geographical proximity, they have distinct personalities. ... See more

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