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Eastern Caribbean Cruises

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.

  • What is the best time to cruise to the Eastern Caribbean?

  • Which cruise lines go to the Eastern Caribbean?

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Riviera
Riviera

10 Night
Caribbean - Eastern CruiseDetails

702 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Seven Seas Navigator
Seven Seas Navigator

11 Night
Caribbean - Eastern CruiseDetails

276 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Nov 6, 2022
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Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas

5 Night
Eastern Caribbean HolidayDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Dec 28, 2023
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Wind Star
Wind Star

7 Night
Costa Rica & Panama Canal 7d Onx-ptc Details

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jan 7, 2023
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10 Night
Caribbean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Nov 18, 2022
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7 Night
Eastern Caribbean - Port Canaveral Details

Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Eastern Caribbean - Port Canaveral Details

Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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8 Night
Eastern Caribbean & BahamasDetails

2,184 Reviews
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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9 Night
Eastern Caribbean - Port Canaveral Details

Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 29, 2022
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8 Night
Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Eastern Caribbean CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
Eastern Caribbean - Miami Details

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Nt Eastern Caribbean & Perfect DayDetails

Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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7 Night
Caribbean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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7 Night
Caribbean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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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.

Related Cruises

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Grand Turk
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La Romana (Casa de Campo)
Norman Island
Samana and Cayo Levantado
San Juan
St. Croix
St. John (U.S.V.I.)
St. Kitts (Port Zante)
St. Maarten
St. Martin
St. Thomas
Tortola
Virgin Gorda

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