5 Caribbean Cruises with Luxurious Amenities, Destinations, and Service
White sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, vibrant local culture, and coconut cocktails with little umbrellas in them; there are lots of reasons to want to travel to the Caribbean. Traveling via cruise allows you to see many different destinations in a short period of time while indulging in purely hedonistic luxury. The following five cruises give the best balance of stellar destinations, luxurious on-board amenities, exciting activities, and five-star service.
Fathoms’ Andonia is a unique cruise ship company with a purpose. The Fathom brand, which is owned by Carnival, offers a whole new concept in cruise vacations: social impact cruises. While travelers still get to voyage in style, with luxury staterooms and plenty of fine dining options onboard, they swap beach days and trips to local markets for volunteering and cultural exchange. The trips, which focus on Cuba and the Dominican Republic, allow travelers to get to know local communities by helping them. Whether working on a reforestation project or helping to nail a roof onto a local family’s home, this cruise will have guests actively contributing to a worthwhile cause. At night, guests can reward themselves for a job well done in one of the ship’s many restaurants or take a salsa class in the Curzon Lounge.
Anthem Of The Seas
Anthem of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s next-generation top-of-the-line cruise vessel. Designed with the thrill-seeker in mind, the ship boasts an onboard skydiving simulator, surf simulator, bumper cars, a roller rink, a circus school, and a 360˚ viewing platform to check out the breathtaking island scenery. In the Bionic Bar, robotic arms pour delectable tropical libations with laser precision.
Holland America’s MS Koningsdam is an elite 2,650 passenger vessel with four exciting Caribbean routes to choose from. On the lines’ Eastern Caribbean cruise, passengers can snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Grand Turks, visit pristine coves in St. Maarten, sip rum in Half Moon Cay, and enjoy the local flavors of Puerto Rico. Those onboard the Western Caribbean cruise can visit Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula, snorkel shipwrecks in Half Moon Cay, and tour Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts in Key West. With luxury staterooms, fine dining, and wine blending classes there’s as much to do onboard as off.
Carnival Vista is a 3,934 passenger floating playground featuring a real IMAX theater and a microbrewery. The Eastern Caribbean route hits Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten while the Western Caribbean route visits Cozumel, Belize, and Mahogany Bay. The ship features well-appointed state rooms and a variety of dining options to please any palate. The Serenity Adult Only retreat allows parents and singles to relax while kids learn about marine life at Camp Ocean. The onboard WaterWorks water park and Sky Ride are fun for the whole family.
Riviera is an elegant 1,250 occupancy vessel with a country club feel and attentive personal service. The Riviera does an impressive 74-day voyage which visits the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Colombia, Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, St. Vincent, Martinique, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and the Bahamas. The stunning suites are designed by Ralph Lauren Home. Riviera offers six open-seating gourmet restaurants. There are wine seminars, tastings, and food-pairings available. Cooking classes are taught by master chefs. Artists-in-residence teach a wide variety of disciplines, from photography to printmaking, in the Artist Loft. Relaxing classical music is played live by skilled musicians. Passengers can also try their luck in the onboard casino.Whatever you are looking to do on your Caribbean cruise, the above five options should have you well-covered and traveling in style. All that’s left to do now is book the dates that are right for you and pack your bags.