Three Great Caribbean Cruise Lines
With winter snow hitting the north-east hard this weekend, it might be a good time to think about getting away from it all, to someplace a bit warmer. Have you ever considered a cruise to the Caribbean Islands? If so, there are many cruise lines and ships to select from. There are three major lines operated out of the United States and setting sail for the Caribbean. They each offer a different atmosphere and experience for your vacation, and even a single cruise line can have a variety of ships and destinations.
There are many Caribbean Cruises available. Find one that best fits your style for entertainment. Beware of dangerous ships or ones that are better suited for a daycare. A trip to the Caribbean should be relaxing and fun-filled, without unnecessary drama.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival is a British-American multinational cruise company, and the world’s largest cruise ship operator. In the United States they also own and operate Princess Cruises. They’ve suffered some negative PR in recent years, but still offer a high quality product at a reasonable price. Carnival operates a variety of ships leaving from a variety of ports, and likely provide something that will work for any budget.
Carnival was a pioneer in the concept of shorter, less expensive cruises. Its ships are known for their Las Vegas-style decor and entertainment. The line calls its ships “The Fun Ships”, and there are a wide range of activities offered on board.
Royal Caribbean is the world’s second-largest cruise line operator, and also now owns Celebrity Cruise Line as well. They have a number of ships operating in the Atlantic. Two of our favorites are the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas.
Oasis of the Seas Cruise offers “The Park View” on their cruise ship. A foliage-rich green park area inside the center of this ship is unique to say the least. It boasts 12,000 tropical plants and over 60 trees. It is reminiscent of the Garden of Eden. You may expect to see Adam and Eve roaming around with Tarzan. This ship would be the perfect background for a Saturday Night Live skit.
Allure of the Seas is one of the world’s largest cruise ships. However, this particular cruise might be better named, “The Hot Dog Cruise,” or even better, “The Wiener Cruise.” This should not be mistaken for a nude cruising experience. They offer a dining venue complete with a variety of sausages, wieners and brats. You can also eat at their burger joint, ice cream parlor or candy shop.
Disney Cruise Line
A more recent addition to the Caribbean Cruise landscape is Disney Cruise Line. Founded in 1996, Disney Cruise Line currently operates four ships, out of a variety of ports and destinations. The concept is to extend the Disney experience from their award-winning resorts and parks to a Cruise Line. Although their cruises are obviously very kid friendly, there is plenty to enjoy for adults as well. Disney Caribbean Cruises typically make a stop at Castaway Cay, their own private island, which has a secluded beach just for adults.
While likely more expensive than Carnival or Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Lines offer the quality that you expect from Disney and many travelers find them to be worth the upgrade.