Why you need to plan ahead
The following Caribbean cruise tips and information highlight the essentials to consider for any Caribbean cruise: from choosing the ship, what to pack, which islands are the most interesting and how to save money at every step.
Don't book a Caribbean cruise before you do some careful planning. You may end up on the wrong ship, in the wrong places and end up paying far more than you bargained for.
For people who've never traveled to the region, Caribbean cruises are an excellent method
for visiting a number of islands in a short time.
This is also one of the
most comfortable ways to travel. Stay in the same room,
visit many islands and enjoy luxury resort service.
Passport Regulations for cruising.
Security Departure Requirements state why you must check in early. Otherwise, you risk being left behind.
Passenger Bill of Rights What cruise lines must do when their ships experience problems
How Much Does
a Caribbean Cruise Cost? . . . Much
more than the advertised price
Cruise Ship Ratings . . .Are they meaningful? Or better to know the age and size of the ship?
to Pack & Wear Not
as overwhelming as it might seem
a Ship Make
it match your vacation style
Family Cruising Many cruise ships are one big playground See Children's Programs by Cruise Line
a Stateroom What
U.S. Cruise Ports See which ships depart from Florida, Baltimore, New Orleans and more
Caribbean Shore Excursions How to choose, who to book with, and 63 of the most popular excursions you need to know about before sailing.
Choices and Options . . . The
most important choice is whether to dine early or late
Trip Interruption and Luggage Insurance . . . What if you or your bags are not where they are supposed to be?
Internet Access . . . The worst and most obvious failing of cruise ships
Caribbean Ports - Planning What To Do . . . Planning
shore excursions, individual trips, walking tours and more
Which Ports May Be Off Limits for the Physically Impaired? When anchored in rough weather, the gangway can be a roller coaster ride.
Smoking and Other Policies . . . The
do's and don'ts.
Married at Sea . . . It isn't as easy as in the movies but still
Healthy on a Caribbean Cruise . . . News stories often make things sound worse than they are.
Special interest Caribbean cruises . . . Gay
& lesbian cruises. Diversity moves to the high seas. But not
every island welcomes these cruises.
Pre and Post Caribbean Cruise Tours Things to do when you have
extra time before or after your cruise.
Flu Epidemics, Cruising and Travel Insurance
The next swine flu--bird flu or whatever health threat--what happens if you decide to cancel a cruise? What protection does your credit card or cruise line offer?
Photo Gallery featuring the Brilliance
of the Seas and the Disney