How to Choose Your Caribbean Cruise

View of bright blue ocean waves along a sandy beach with palm trees.

There are many reasons to cruise the Caribbean with Holland America Line, from flexible itineraries to our award-winning private island Half Moon Cay. With so many options, how do you choose which Caribbean cruise to go on to experience island magic, sun-kissed beaches and paradise-packed itineraries? Let’s dive into the different Caribbean getaways to help you choose your Caribbean cruise:

Eastern Caribbean

Experience the beauty of the Eastern Caribbean as you island hop in destinations like Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay. Soak up the sun on white sandy beaches. Snorkel among tropical fish in crystal clear blue waters. Explore a 17th-century fortress in Puerto Rico or go horseback riding on Half Moon Cay’s shores. There’s plenty to do in the Eastern Caribbean, whether you’re looking for adventure, romance or just pure relaxation.

View of ocean and cruise ship from colorful beach villa.
Soak up paradise in Half Moon Cay.

Southern Caribbean

When you embark on a Southern Caribbean cruise, prepare for an incredible getaway to places like Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Explore Aruba’s wind-sculpted terrain and coastal cliffs with cacti.  Enjoy views of Bonaire’s reefs and flamingos. Take in the beauty of rainforests in the Dominican Republic or snorkel off its coast with an underwater scooter. Plus, look forward to visiting our own piece of paradise on Half Moon Cay.

Pink flamingos walk along the shore.
Watch flamingos stroll along the shore in the Southern Caribbean.

Tropical Caribbean

Love the look of swaying palm trees and shimmering waters? Though you’ll see this throughout the Caribbean, you’ll soak up these views in the Tropical Caribbean, where you’ll also find sunset parties at Mallory Square and live music on Duval Street in Key West. If you’re a fan of literary legends like Ernest Hemingway and Judy Blume, then you may discover what inspired them to call Key West home. The Tropical Caribbean also includes a day at Half Moon Cay, and you may find Grand Turk and Amber Cove on the itinerary as well.

View from wooden dock overlooking blue waters, white building and palm trees.
Explore the bright blue shores of Key West.

Western Caribbean

Visit some of the top waterfalls in the Caribbean, like Dunn’s River Falls and the Ocho Rios Blue Hole in Jamaica. Take a Western Caribbean cruise to the Cayman Islands and explore some of the area’s shipwrecks. Soak up the views at historic landmarks, like Chichén Itzá, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Cozumel. Bask in the beauty of island beaches and sunshine, including a stop at Half Moon Cay.

View of waterfall down cascading steps surrounded by lush tropical forest.
Visit wondrous waterfalls in Jamaica on a Western Caribbean cruise.

Our Award-Winning Private Island

No matter which Caribbean cruise you take, you can look forward to spending a day in paradise at Half Moon Cay, the highest-rated private island in the Bahamas. From relaxing in a cabana with cocktails in hand to horseback riding along the shore, you’ll discover what makes this island incredibly special. Here’s a sneak peek of how you can make the most of your day at Half Moon Cay.

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