Welcome to Part 4 of my series on Cruise Ship Vacations and this part will dive into Cruise Ship Destinations because it is one of the most important things you need to think about because if you don’t like where your cruise is going, what is the point of going on a cruise anyway. You can use your imagination and figure out that Cruise Ship Destinations can be anywhere in the world, as long as you can arrange transportation to get to where the ship is leaving from. Now from what I can tell, there are a few main places that Americans go to enjoy their Cruise Ship Destinations: Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Hawaiian, Alaskan, and Mediterranean. Now a majority of the cruises taken are to the Caribbean without a doubt as the Port of Miami is the busiest cruise terminal in the United States housing up to 10+ ships on Saturday sailing days. This is the only type of cruise I have been on so I can speak to this area quite a bit.
If there is one thing I love above all else is the warm sun, island breeze, swaying palm trees, and a drink in my hand. Sure you could stay for a week in Florida, but there is nothing in the world like the pristine beaches that the Caribbean has to offer and seeing a new one almost daily is the only way for me. Cruise Ship Destinations has locations all over the Caribbean that is not limited to: Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, Jamaica, Cozumel, Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Ideally for us as a family, what we like to do is enjoy most of the beaches to be seen at all these ports of call. Our preference is not to be held up on a bus or van all day sightseeing on the island. Granted, we have done this in the past and I will post about this at another time, this primarily will be just about the sun and sand.
Given all there is to do in the Caribbean, am I “missing out” by not seeing what every location has to offer? Sure, but if I don’t have a huge desire to go see these places, why do something I am not happy with. Since I only go on vacation a couple times a year I like to make the most out of the time I am away doing what I like and this is relaxation and enjoying a cocktail. When we are researching Cruise Ship Destinations we always try to find an all-inclusive beach day which is spending time at a local beach resort with access to food and drink for just one set price. We like showing up to a place, paying $50-$65 per person and know that we will leave sunburned and full of food and drink. One of our favorite places to visit is in Cozumel and it is called Mr. Sanchos. For $55 per person and a $8 roundtrip taxi ride, you are sitting on a white sand beach, blue water ocean, access to all the food and liquor you can drink, 2 swimming pools with swim-up bars, 2 hot tubs, and clean changing areas and showers. We have been to this place 4 times in 6 years and it NEVER disappoints. Another location that is a favorite for our group is a place we have only been to once and that is the Boatyard in Barbados. This place had the softest sand and clearest water by far out of any beach we visited throughout the Caribbean. This place isn’t a resort, but more like a bar and restaurant on the beach with plenty of beach chairs. You are going to buy your entry for $20 which includes a roundtrip taxi ride, complimentary drink, and beach chair. The food here is ala carte but is cooked to order and the seafood is fantastic. You will feel like you have your own slice of heaven. We wish we could go here more frequently but the fact remains that not as many ships go here as they do other ports.
In the second part to this post, we are going to go into the other things to see and do while at your Cruise Ship Destinations. There is in the end more to the Caribbean than beaches….