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Eastern Caribbean Cruises

St. Maarten (Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)
St. Maarten (Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

About Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Your first Caribbean cruise is likely to visit the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, which include the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. Enjoy shopping in popular ports such as St. Thomas, or explore Spanish history in Old San Juan. And of course, there are plenty of places for beach bums to grab sun and a cocktail.

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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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DAY 1: Miami

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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Miami
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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DAY 1: Tampa

11 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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Tampa
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Key West, Puerto Plata ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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DAY 1: Miami

9 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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Miami
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Grand Turk, Puerto Plata ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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Miami
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Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
New York
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Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Miami
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Labadee, San Juan ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Miami
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St. Maarten, St. Thomas ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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Miami
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Tampa
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San Juan, St. Kitts ...
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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5 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
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Amber Cove, Grand Turk ...
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Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
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Perfect Day at CocoCay, San Juan ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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New York
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Puerto Plata, Tortola ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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Miami
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
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St. Kitts, St. Thomas ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
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San Juan, Tortola ...
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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New York
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
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Port Canaveral
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Perfect Day at CocoCay, St. Thomas ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
New Orleans
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Key West, Freeport ...
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Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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12 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Miami
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San Juan, Antigua ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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Miami
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Nassau, St. Thomas ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

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Fort Lauderdale
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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10 Night
Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

Leaving:
Charleston
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St. Thomas, St. Maarten ...
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Carnival Cruise Line
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What is the best time to cruise to the Eastern Caribbean?

Eastern Caribbean cruises sail year-round. They are more affordable during the summer months, but since hurricane season here runs from May through November, many cruisers choose sailings in the winter and spring.

Which cruise lines go to the Eastern Caribbean?

The Eastern Caribbean -- encompassing islands like Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic -- is arguably the most common region offered by mainstream cruise lines. You'll have plenty of choices including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Disney, Celebrity and more.

What are some things to do in the Eastern Caribbean?

Lazy beach days, water sports and duty-free shopping (think St. Thomas) will always be Eastern Caribbean mainstays, but there are plenty of other options, as well. You can visit historic forts and ruins in St. Kitts, tour a rum distillery in San Juan, go fishing or sailing in Grand Turk or take a food tour on St. Croix.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean?

If you're an American citizen and your cruise starts and ends in the same U.S. port, you do not need a passport. However, requirements can vary for ports on your cruise itinerary, so you should always check before you book your sailing.

What should I pack for a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean?

The Eastern Caribbean is hot and humid all year. Pack plenty of comfortable shorts, t-shirts and sundresses. Sandals, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must. Water shoes -- especially for the little ones -- can be helpful to have on hand.



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