Caribbean Cruise

Cape Canaveral, Haiti, Jamaica, Caymans, Mexico

Swimming in the Caribbean at Labadee, HaitiTHE CARIBBEAN region is mainly a chain of islands surrounding the Caribbean Sea. To the north, the region is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida, and the Northern Atlantic Ocean, which lies to the east and northeast. To the south, lies the coastline of the continent of South America.

CARIBBEAN HISTORY: During the 1500s, the Caribbean region was significant to the Spanish empire. In the 1600s, the English, Dutch, and French established colonies. By the eighteenth century, the region contained colonies that were vitally important for all of the European powers because the colonies generated great wealth from the production and sale of sugar.

To meet the colonies' enormous manpower requirements, vast numbers of black African slaves were imported throughout the eighteenth century, thereby reshaping the region's demographic, social, and cultural profile. Although the white populations maintained their social and political pre-eminence, they became a numerical minority in all of the islands.

Following the abolition of slavery in the mid-nineteenth century, the colonies turned to imported indentured labour from India, China, and the East Indies, further diversifying the region's culture and society. The result of all these immigrations is a remarkable cultural heterogeneity in contemporary Caribbean society.

In the Grand Hall on the Captain's Reception Evening WHY GO? The whole essence of cruising the Caribbean is the laidback lifestyle - if only for 7 days. Food, drink, music, dancing, movies and relaxing on board. There are also casinos, stores, special restaurants and art auctions. Onshore - plenty of excursions to places that might take you years to get to during your normal scheduled vacations.

ISLAND-HOPPING: Different cruise lines take in a variety of islands, so choose the ones you'd like to visit. With the extra excursions you get about 3 - 4 hours to explore an area, otherwise you can have a look around the town that your cruise liner drops anchor at.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: The era of piracy in the Caribbean began in the 1500s and died out in the 1830s after the navies of the nations of Western Europe and North America with colonies in the Caribbean began combating pirates. The period during which pirates were most successful was from the 1660s to 1730s..

Map of  Route through the Caribbean

ITINERARY for Caribbean Cruise

  • HOW TO GET THERE: Arrive in Orlando, Florida, USA and a shuttlebus will take you to the ship.
  • WHEN TO GO: All year except hurricane season - June to November. Check with your travel agent
  • Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA: It was named by Spanish explorers in the first half of the 16th century as Cabo Cañareal. The name "Canaveral" (Cañaveral in Spanish, meaning "reed bed" or "sugarcane plantation") is the third oldest surviving European place name in the US. The first application of the name, according to the Smithsonian Institution, was from the 1521–1525 explorations of Spanish explorer Francisco Gordillo. A point of land jutting out into an area of the Atlantic Ocean with swift currents, it became a landing spot for many shipwrecked sailors. An early alternate name was "Cape of Currents." By at least 1564, the name appeared on maps.
  • Labadee, Haiti: is a port located on the northern coast of Haiti. It is a private resort leased to Royal Caribbean International until 2050. Royal Caribbean International has contributed the largest proportion of tourist revenue to Haiti since 1986, employing 300 locals, allowing another 200 to sell their wares on the premises for a fee, and paying the Haitian government US$6 per tourist.

    The resort is completely tourist-oriented, and is guarded by a private security force. The site is fenced off from the surrounding area, and passengers are not allowed to leave the property. Food available to tourists is brought from the cruise ships. A controlled group of Haitian merchants are given sole rights to sell their merchandise and establish their businesses in the resort. Although sometimes described as an island in advertisements, it is actually a peninsula contiguous with the island of Hispaniola. The cruise ship moors to the pier at Labadee capable of servicing the Oasis class ships, which was completed in late 2009.

    Attractions include a Haitian flea market, beaches, water sports, a water-oriented playground, a roller-coaster-type ride, and a zip-line (flying fox).
  • Ocho Rios, Jamaica:

    (Spanish for "Eight Rivers") is a town in the parish of Saint Ann on the north coast of Jamaica. Although he landed in many spots along the Jamaican coast, some believe that Christopher Columbus first set foot on land in Ocho Rios. Just outside the city, travellers and residents can visit Columbus Park, where Columbus supposedly first came on land, and see maritime artifacts and Spanish colonial buildings.
    It was once a fishing village but now caters to tourists. It is a port of call for cruise ships as well as for cargo ships loading sugar, limestone, and in the past, bauxite. Scuba diving and other water sports are offered in the town's vicinity.

    The name "Ocho Rios" is a misnomer because there are not eight rivers in the area. It is most likely a British corruption of the original Spanish name "Las Chorreras" ("the waterfalls"), a name given to the village because of the nearby Dunn's River Falls.
  • Georgetown, Grand Cayman: George Town is the heart of the Cayman Islands financial industry, there are close to 600 Bank and Trust companies in the Cayman Islands. The city is the largest (by population) of all settlements in the British Overseas Territories.
  • San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico:

    is the largest town on the island municipality of Cozumel. It is a hub for tourism on the Riviera Maya, providing the sole ferries between the Mexican mainland and the island. In addition to the ferry service to Playa del Carmen, the first international cruise terminal in Quintana Roo is located in the city.

    Originally a small fishing town, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and world famous scuba diving destination.
  • Tulum, Mexico:

     is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site for tourists.

    The ruins are situated on 12-meter tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in  Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish conquerors and settlers appear to have been the cause of its demise.
Our Take:
A Caribbean cruise will give you a luxurious sense of an amazing tropical historical period. Think of "The Pirates of the Caribbean". The food, quick friendships, entertainment and island excursions will keep you busy - so you'll have to squeeze in some time just to laze around. After a 7 day cruise, you will return relaxed - and ready for another cruise.
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