If spring break vacations fill you with horror, then let us guide your attention to something far more relaxing than battling the revelers in Cabo or Cancun.
Whether you’ve cruised before or not, there’s nothing like a Caribbean cruise — the ultimate way to unwind at Spring Break. There are also beautiful sights to see, incredible experiences to be had, and new worlds of luxury to sample.
Here are our 10 reasons to go on a Caribbean cruise for Spring Break.
1. See the Best of the Caribbean
We’ve all heard the Caribbean is stunning, but who’s got the time (or the money) to individually fly to all of the islands?
On a Caribbean cruise, you are taken in style to the best spots in the region. Handpicked because their guests love them, you’ll be able to experience each place, and maybe stick a pin in places you’d like to explore further in future.
2. Great Dining
Although you’ll need to check out exactly what’s on offer with your cruise, most off all-inclusive dining packages to a range of restaurants on board.
Whether you have a yearning for Italian, Mexican, or a good old-fashioned burger and fries, you’ll be able to have all your whims catered to. Room service on most ships extends this luxury to any hour of the day!
3. Budget Conscious
Cruising may have a luxurious reputation, but you don’t have a spend a fortune to indulge. Most ships offer a range of cabin levels. You may have to sacrifice a view, but with so much going on around the ship, who cares what’s out the window!
That being said, make sure you’re not in for a disappointment when you board. Check out our guide to what not to do when choosing your cruise cabins here.
There are also often great offers on short breaks and week-long escapes that put a Caribbean cruise firmly within your price range.
4. Shore Excursions
When you’re not sailing the ocean blue, you’ll be pulling to dock to experience the best of the cities of the Caribbean.
With beautiful ports of call such as Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas and St Maarten you’ll be spoiled for new places to explore and culture to soak it.
Check out the top three Royal Caribbean cruise ships for shore excursions.
5. World Class Entertainment
Cruise ships are like a floating Broadway and Vegas strip all rolled into one!
The standard of musical and plays on board is top notch, and with performances included in the cruise package, you can indulge as much as you like.
There are also great options onboard to make your own fun, such as rock wall climbing, swimming pools, karaoke and fairground rides, all in one place.
6. Shop Till You Drop
A Caribbean cruise isn’t all about tropical islands and sun-kissed beaches. Between stops, there’s plenty of time for one of our favorite indoor activities — duty-free shopping!
If you love browsing the duty-free section at the airport, but always have the limitations of time and luggage allowance to consider, then you’ll be in clover onboard a cruise.
With plenty of time to browse and try on items, knowledgeable staff to help you, designer names galore and the advantage of the discounts of duty-free shopping, you’ll be able to take advantage of this as never before.
7. Drinks Passes
Most cruise ships will not automatically offer you an all-inclusive drinks pass, but they will allow you to buy on (or close to an all-inclusive one) before your trip.
Consider whether this will be the right choice for you. You have the advantage of not having to drive, but consider other guests and what you’re looking to get out of the experience as a whole.
If you’re not a big drinker, you could still save money on soft drinks by investing in one of these, rather than being landed with a bill at the end of the cruise.
8. Beat the Chill
Spring Break hits us at a time when most parts of the United States still have a certain chill in the air. Not so in the Caribbean.
In March you’re in the middle of the dry season (bonus!), plus average temperatures sit at a very comfortable 79 F. Perfect for topping up your tan, but not so hot and humid that you’ll be uncomfortable being out.
The sea temperature remains high as well through this period, so there’s no bracing yourself to get it.
9. Hit the Gym
If you’re worried you’ll spring aboard the cruise ship, then roll off, never fear. There’s plenty to keep gym bunnies occupied on board. Cruise ships have well-stocked gyms to rival the best in your area. Add to that bonus luxury health club facilities including sauna and steam on many vessels.
Royal Caribbean offers exercises classes including yoga and pilates. So although you’ll definitely want to let yourself have a few treat on board, you needn’t fall through the scales when you get back.
10. Experience the Treasures of the Deep
The crystal clear waters of the Caribbean are so inviting for a leisurely swim, you might forget the wonders that lie just below the surface.
Home to some of the best snorkeling in the world, there’s no need to get down under the water to experience the immense beauty of tropical fish and plant life.
Make sure that you take advantage of a snorkeling excursion as part of your Caribbean cruise experience. Invest in an underwater camera to enjoy what you see for years to come.
The Takeaway: Why Choose a Caribbean Cruise?
There’s a timeless beauty and class to the Caribbean that just begs to be explored. So what are you waiting for?
Escape the chill of spring, and board a luxury cruise ship to experience natural wonders, spectacular food, plus a chance to totally unwind while seeing more places than anyone could pack into a conventional trip.
Caribbean cruises are for all ages and budgets, so seriously think about making one your next Spring Break getaway!
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