The best Caribbean cruises 2023 – with stops at rugged volcanic islands, rainforests and serene beaches
Departure: January, February, March, November and December 2023
Live: St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands is a less crowded port of call known as the “Garden of the West Indies” and valiant lady travels during her Eastern Caribbean cruises, in addition to San Juan, Puerto Plata and a day at Virgin’s lounge-y Beach Club on the private island of Bimini. Onboard, Wi-Fi and “essential” soft drinks and gratuities are included on the adult-only ship, which features more than 20 restaurants and a number of inventive ways to find a glass of champagne.
Holland America Line
Itinerary: 11 Day Panama Canal Sunfarer
Departure: March 14, 2023
Live: Part Caribbean surfing, part jungle excursion, this 11-day round-trip from Fort Lauderdale aboard Eurodam first stops in Aruba and Curaçao for a taste of Holland America Line’s namesake Dutch culture before cruising along the South American coast on a multi-day scenic cruise through the Panama Canal and Lake Gatun, enjoying maximum biodiversity (over 500 species of birds) of the Canal Zone, juxtaposed with the engineering marvels of the lock system.
Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
Itinerary: Bridgetown round trip 7 nights
Departure: March 19 and November 19, 2023
Live: The Ritz-Carlton took inspiration from their much-vaunted properties to design everything from onboard dining to shore excursions aboard the suite. Evrima. Guests can visit the Grenada Tower Estate to sample their famous Blue Tea, made from butterfly pea flowers grown on the estate, along with cucumber sandwiches, cupcakes and fresh fruit picked on site. In Bequia, Grenadines, this can be a windjammer trip to nearby Mustique for a seaside lunch, or a private car and driver arranged at one of the ports.
Itinerary: 9 days from Bridgetown to San Juan
Departure: February 18, 2023
Live: When you’re not lounging aboard Silversea’s new ship, the suite silver dawn, passengers could explore the most unique destination of this itinerary: Montserrat. Once a favored haunt of the jet set, the volcanic activity that earned it the nickname “The Pompeii of the Caribbean” has kept tourism development low-key and visitors few, but cruisers on this itinerary will discover an island of emerald reminiscent of Ireland, and some of the finest secluded beaches in the Caribbean. Unspoiled Deshaies, Guadeloupe is another low-key stopover for this spectacular vessel offering butler service in every suite and a nearly one-to-one guest-to-crew ratio.
Norwegian cruise line
Itinerary: Caribbean: Harvest Caye, Cozumel and Roatan from Galeveston