The UK’s cooler months make for a great time to visit. It’s generally the region’s driest period, and the temperatures – which hover around 25-30°C – are never too hot or too cold. Humidity tends to be low. Just remember, this amazing weather means that people will be flocking to the region, and prices reflect this.
Looking for a selection of Caribbean cruises that’ll get the travel bug going? You’ve come to the right place. With an incredible range of Caribbean cruise deals to choose from, including Cruise & Stay, Cruise & Fly and last-minute Caribbean cruise packages, the perfect itinerary for your trip to paradise is right here.
With over 7,000 individual islands and 28 island nations, the Caribbean has plenty to explore. And thanks to our award-winning services, experienced staff and collection of all-inclusive Caribbean cruises, seeing the best of what this life-changing region has to offer has never been easier – or more exciting.
From the lively islands of Jamaica and Puerto Rico, playing castaway on the near-deserted beaches of Antigua or trekking through St Kitts’ lush, jungle-covered mountains, the choice is yours. Each with their own cultural identity, and inspired by years of French, Spanish and British heritage; you’ll discover a melting pot of deliciously varied cuisines, unique musical rhythms and incredibly welcoming locals wherever you go.
What’s the weather like in the Caribbean?
The Caribbean region boasts some of the most beautiful and idyllic weather conditions year-round. With a pleasant and consistent tropical climate, it's no wonder why millions of people flock to this stunning destination every year.
The sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear waters are perfect for soaking up the rays and enjoying the balmy breeze. The colorful flowers, lush greenery, and palm trees swaying in the wind add to the already picturesque scenery. No matter what time of year, you can count on warm temperatures and blue skies that will instantly uplift your mood and make you feel at ease.
From swimming in the warm Caribbean Sea to exploring the vibrant local culture, the region's year-round weather sets the stage for unforgettable experiences that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. If you like your holidays with plenty of sunshine, then you’re in luck. Thanks to its tropical climate, the Caribbean enjoys high heat and lots of light all year round.
DO IT YOURWAY
When it comes to going abroad, everyone has their own personal preferences. Don’t mind hopping on a plane to reach your departure port? We’ve got you covered, our Smart Packages include flights and a free stay in your destination before your cruise, giving you more holiday for less money.
Prefer to keep your feet on the ground instead? Not a problem. We’ve made catering to our customers’ travel styles a top priority. With a range of fly and no-fly options, cruising the Caribbean from the UK, your way, is as simple as it gets.
And with incredible Caribbean cruise itineraries from the likes of MSC, Norwegian Costa, Carnival, Princess and Virgin Voyages there are plenty of adventures to get exploring before you decide on a trip that’s perfectly suited to you.
Highlights of the Caribbean
The island nation of St Kitts and Nevis is one of the Caribbean’s most appealing and low-key destinations. Magnificent mountains drop to sandy shores, where calm blue waters and sheltered bays were made for swimming.
The dual islands have plenty of history too – with colonial capitals and museums that focus on Admiral Nelson and Alexander Hamilton. Take a leisurely stroll through the towns of Basseterre in St Kitts and Charlestown in Nevis for old-world architecture and unique shops full of the region’s one-of-a-kind wares.
As the larger of the two, St Kitts offers the best of the bars, restaurants and a small but lively nightlife. Activities tend to centre around its jungles and waterways, so expect plenty of rainforest hikes, snorkelling and water sports while you’re here.
And once you’ve had your fill of exploring, make for St Kitts’ most popular beach, Cockleshell Bay, where the mile-long curve of pure sand is the perfect place to watch the colours of the sunset amid the island’s idyllic atmosphere.
What comes to mind when you picture paradise? Perfect strips of sand, lapped by crystal clear waters? Palm tree-lined streets and lush, forested mountains? If so, Antigua has all of these, and then some.
The busy port capital of St John’s has a distinctly British feel, with plenty of historic sights and colonial architecture, but move away from the main town and you’ll discover an island with authentic Caribbean flavour in abundance.
Colourful houses, welcoming locals and white beaches, almost too perfect to be real, welcome those who stop here, where snorkelling and diving among some of the 120 odd shipwrecks are just a few of the activities to tempt you off your beach towel.
For a quick day trip, those who take the short boat ride to Antigua's sister island of Barbuda are rewarded with pink sands, pirate caves and exotic wildlife too.
Famed for its incredible beaches, Barbados is less low-key than its neighbours, with a bustling energy that’s impossible to resist. The island’s UNESCO-listed capital Bridgetown is a joy to explore on foot, with the Garrison Historic Area being of particular interest to history buffs.
The capital is also a popular shopping destination, with Broad Street and Swan Street hosting a range of local boutiques and colourful stores.
Away from Bridgetown, surfers and snorkellers alike head for the shore of Half Moon Bay – a beautiful crescent of sand that remains relatively underdeveloped, with just a handful of beach bars and snack joints.
And for those who want to experience nature up close, the island also boasts a multitude of scenic hikes, including the day’s trail from the west to the east coast.
Looking for a getaway from your getaway? One of the best islands in the Caribbean to escape the tourist crowds, Dominica remains refreshingly undeveloped but no less charismatic.
It might not boast the beaches of Antigua, but “Nature Island” is still home to some of the finest diving, densest rainforests, and most beautiful waterfalls you’re likely to see in the Caribbean.
For those who like to keep active, Dominica is the ideal destination. Hikers, bikers, kayakers and snorkellers may well flock to the area, but with less than 100,000 visitors a year, you’ll still feel like you’ve landed on a castaway island.
Wildlife fanatics will also love the abundance of birds, turtles, dolphins and whales spotted here, whilst those who are looking to taste authentic Caribbean cuisine will find the local dishes, fresh fruit and vegetables might be more delicious than those of any other island.
Considered the Caribbean’s “happy island” (which is no small feat), Aruba is one of the region’s busiest and most popular tourist destinations. The island’s pretty capital of Oranjestad is entirely walkable for those with just a few hours to spare, while the turquoise waters of nearby Surfside Beach is the perfect place for a spot of sun, sand and swimming when you’re ready to relax.
Venture further afield and you’ll find plenty of luxury resorts, whiter-than-white strips of sand and a whole host of water-based activities to keep every member of the family entertained.
Diving is varied and plentiful, and Aruba’s most popular sight is the wreck of the USS Antilla – a Navy ship from WWII sunk off the coast of Malmok Beach. With incredible water clarity, you don’t even need to hire diving equipment to catch a glimpse of the wreck – it’s simply one of the best places to snorkel on the island.
An island full of colourful villages, breathtaking beaches and local legends, Puerto Rico has long drawn inquisitive visitors to her diverse shores.
From the swashbuckling tales of smuggling and pirates to the mixture of Spanish and American cultures, Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean’s most fascinating destinations.
Stroll through the streets of the capital San Juan, where you’ll discover a wealth of history in the old town, colonial buildings that sit aside modern high-rises, and a culinary scene that could well rival the best in the world.
Puerto Rico is also home to some of the most postcard-worthy beaches in the Caribbean – fringed with colourful coral reefs and offering spectacular sunsets over the ocean. Wish you were here? We bet you do…
Arguably the Caribbean’s most vibrant island, Jamaica might be best known as the birthplace of Bob Marley, but its irresistible rhythms go far beyond its famous son.
Put simply, this is an island packed with music, food, history and incredibly friendly locals. So whether you want to simply relax on the beach, explore the many adrenaline-pumping activities or delve into Jamaica’s intriguing heritage, you’ll find endless options to keep you occupied during your trip.
Beyond the white, palm-tree-backed beaches, Jamaica is a rich, jungle-covered island, full of tropical flora and fauna. The Blue Mountains, which include the island’s highest peak, is the most popular place to hike in Jamaica, with plenty of guides and tours available for less experienced trail-goers too.
If that sounds a little too energetic, make like the locals and enjoy an ice-cold beer whilst watching one of the Caribbean’s most iconic sunsets – all while gentle reggae soundtracks your view.
An awe-inspiring, mountainous island, even by the region’s standard, St Lucia’s beauty is plain to see from the second you cruise into port.
Named after St. Lucy of Syracuse, with its highest point – Mount Gimie – standing 3,120 feet above sea level, St. Lucia’s towering beauty makes visiting the island a sight to behold. It has its quirky side too. One of the few places in the world with its own drive-in volcano, visitors pass through a bubbling volcano crater, while its nearby hot springs and mud baths, full of volcanic materials, are said to be great for the skin.
Tailored towards outdoor exploration, take a trip to the island’s southerly part, where the region plays host to the French Colonial capital, Soufriere, and the Diamond Botanical Gardens, two places that offer plenty of opportunity for discovery.
If that wasn’t enough, then horseback riding along its mountain trails is sure to cater to your inner adventurer, while the crystal-clear waters are perfect for getting up close to St Lucia’s plentiful marine life.
Brimming with cultural gems, incredible beauty and photogenic landmarks – plus Creole cuisine you won’t want to miss – St Lucia has plenty to excite travellers stepping foot on its shores.
Caribbean Private Islands Ooh La La
A private island might sound like the stuff of dreams, or the kind of luxury that’s only available to a select few. But by working with a number of cruise lines that lay claim to their very own Caribbean private islands, we’ve turned what was once an extravagant exclusive into a reality.
And who doesn’t love the sound of idyllic, sun-kissed stretches of sand with smaller crowds, incredible amenities, and a range of one-of-a-kind activities? We know we do. Take a look at some of the Islands on offer and decide which one you would love to visit.
Great Stirrup Cay
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay is one of the oldest private islands in the Bahamas, a recent multi million dollar investment has made this picturesque island a shining star, with pristine beaches to laze on, mouth-watering restaurants featuring some of the region’s finest cuisine, and even an underwater sculpture for intrepid snorkellers to explore with the tropical fish that will escort you along the way.
If you prefer to keep your head above the water you can glide along the coastline in a kayak enjoying the sea breeze, or if you prefer something more energetic how about soaring high in the sky across the island at breath taking speed on a zipline.
Silver Cove is a new private retreat area following the incredible expansion of Great Stirrup Cay, here you can relax to another level at your own private luxury villas or cabana, with access to upscale facilities including the Silver Cove buffet with it's retractable glass wall providing unobstructed views and access to the beach.
A short 10-minute boat ride from Great Stirrup Cay, is Treasure Island and whilst you may think you are visiting to find treasure there, this has long gone looted by pirates of old, now it is home to infamous Bahamian Swimming Pigs. these playful pigs love nothing more than playful interaction with the local tourists that come to visit them.
Ocean Cay is a unique destination where you can connect with nature and learn about the importance of preserving the oceans and coral reefs. An artificial island which was built by dredging in the late 1960s, MSC Cruises have transformed this waste land to create a biodiverse and sustainable environment which offers a true slice of paradise with endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation.
Having invested over 200 million euros to create perfection, they came up with eight powder white golden beaches, a vast lagoon and a Bahamian vibe that welcomes you as soon as you step ashore. Enjoy the local tastes with mouthwatering local bites, sweet treats and of course tropical drinks to get you into the true Bahamian spirit.
If you're looking for drenaline, then don't worry. Ocean Cay offers a huge amount water activities. You can kayak, jet ski, parasail or paddleboard, plus you can snorkel in the Ocean Cay waters for the island's incredible wildlife.
if you prefer a slower more relaxed enviroment there are spa and cabana packages on offer to unwind all your senses. Once the sun sets you can gaze at the stars with their beach side stargazing. The island also boasts a beach dedicated to families, so your little ones can enjoy just as much as you.
Princess Cruises 40-acre private island, boasts a white-sandy haven over half a mile long and features stunning local nature amidst all manner of facilities, including an adults-only area, a range of bars, and a pool for the kids, there is even a complentary beach BBQ to make sure that no sailor goes hungry.
The observation tower, is a must-see and lets you take in Cays’ stunning swathe in all its glory. For those that like to keep fit there is beach volley ball
For those that want to have some couples time you can completely escape in your own private retreat - a beach clamshell made up just for two. Chill and unwind on the sandy shore while lazing on your own comfortable beach chair taking in the Caribbean sunshine.
If you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun) there are a limited supply of beachside bungalows to hire. Perfect for a romantic hideaway or some family fun time, each lively coloured bungalow is near the beach and even offers you chauffeured transportation (Caribbean Style) to and from the bungalows between the islands facilities.
Royal Caribbean's private island Perfect Day is a paradise on earth and the ultimate destination for anyone seeking an unforgettable Caribbean cruise adventure. From white sand beaches to thrilling water parks, the island has it all.
Take a plunge down the tallest waterslide in North America or drift along the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean in a private cabana. For thrill-seekers, there are zip lines, wave pools, and even a helium balloon ride that takes you high above the island for a spectacular view.
If you're in the mood for some relaxation, the island's pristine beaches offer the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the sun. There are also plenty of delicious dining options, including a BBQ shack, a taco truck, and a fresh fruit stand. With so much to see and do, Royal Caribbean's Perfect Day is the perfect destination for families, couples, and solo travelers alike.
Half Moon Cay
Holland America Line's private island, Half Moon Cay, is one of more than 700 islands that make up the Bahamas, here you will find an idyllic slice of paradise that offers endless opportunities for fun and relaxation. With its sensational sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, the island is the perfect destination for sun-seekers and water lovers alike.
Take a dip in the turquoise waters, lounge on the soft sand, or enjoy a cocktail or two at one of the island's many beach bars. For those looking for some excitement, the island offers a variety of water sports, including snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The island's horseback riding experience is a must-try for animal lovers, while the island's stingray encounter is perfect for those looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.
Once you have worked up some hunger, it is time to indulge in some delicious cuisine, the island's BBQ buffet is sure to please.
With its natural beauty and endless activities, Half Moon Cay is the perfect port of call for an uplifting and unforgettable cruise experience.
Virgin Voyages private beach club at Bimini is a true gem of the Bahamas and whilst it may not be an island, the whole area is for exclusive use by Virgin Voyages guests, get ready for the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. With crystal-clear waters and pristine white sands, the beach club is the perfect destination for sun-seekers and water lovers.
Take a dip in the warm ocean waters or lounge on the soft sand while sipping on a refreshing tropical drink. For those looking for some excitement, the island offers a variety of water sports, including snorkeling and jet skiing. The beach club also boasts a variety of dining options, from casual beachside bites to upscale dining experiences, all featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Unwind with a relaxing massage at the island's spa or dance the night away to live music and DJ sets. The private beach club at Bimini is the perfect destination for those looking for a luxurious and rejuvenating escape from the everyday.
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Caribbean Cruises FAQs
It may seem like the summer months are the best time to cruise the Caribbean, but this is when the rainy season kicks in. Luckily, rainfall tends to be short, heavy downpours as opposed to constant showers – so you’ll still get plenty of sunshine. Plus, the islands tend to be quieter, and prices are often at their cheapest at this time of the year too.