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Western Caribbean Cruises

Snorkeling in Cozumel (Photo: Brian Lasenby/Shutterstock)

About Western Caribbean Cruises

If you're looking for adventure, the Western Caribbean should be your choice. Visit ancient ruins near Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico, snorkel around the reefs in Belize or Roatan, Honduras; or simply soak up the sun in the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

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Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway

7 Night
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3,650 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$531*pp
$76/night • inside Cabin

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Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway

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Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway

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Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Liberty of the Seas

7 Night
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2,620 Reviews
Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

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Liberty of the Seas

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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

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Liberty of the Seas

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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

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Norwegian Escape

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Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Liberty of the Seas

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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

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Norwegian Dawn

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Leaving:Tampa
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Joy

7 Night
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282 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

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MSC Meraviglia

7 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises

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Liberty of the Seas

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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean

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Explorer of the Seas

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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean

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Norwegian Dawn

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Leaving:Tampa
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Explorer of the Seas

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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean

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Liberty of the Seas

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Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean

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MSC Divina

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Sky Princess

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Volendam

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Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Norwegian Sky

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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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MSC Divina

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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line

Holland America

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Rhapsody of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Tampa
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean

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Allure of the Seas

6 Night
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Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International

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What is the best time to cruise to the Western Caribbean?

Western Caribbean cruises -- calling on ports like Cozumel or Progreso in Mexico or Falmouth, Jamaica --  are available year-round with the winter months being the busiest. Great deals and lighter crowds can be found in the summer months, but hurricanes can be a serious threat from May through October.

Which cruise lines go to the Western Caribbean?

Most cruise lines including Carnival, Celebrity, Princess , Disney, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line and Viking Ocean Cruises all feature Western Caribbean itineraries. Luxury cruise lines like Regent Seven Seas and Silversea also frequent the region.

What are some things to do in the Western Caribbean?

From beautiful beaches to incredible Mayan ruins there are tons of shore excursion options in the Western Caribbean. Try snorkeling and diving in Belize City, ziplining or kayaking in Roatan, or unwinding in a cabana on the private island of Harvest Caye (in Belize). For more: Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise Tips.

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

U.S. citizens do not need a passport if their cruise starts and ends in the same U.S. port (like Galveston), but it is highly recommended to still travel with one in case of emergency.

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

Lightweight, breathable clothing, beachwear and sun protection are musts. If you're planning on more active excursions, be sure to pack sturdy, comfortable shoes as well. Bug repellant might also be a good idea, especially in the summer.

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