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Explore the Western Caribbean: A Journey to Enchanting Destinations

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Frequently asked questions

Western Caribbean cruises (which typically depart from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay) sail to destinations that are either on or close to the mainland, including The Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico.

For all international cruises, you need a passport with at least two blank pages and a minimum of six months’ validity from the date of your return.

Yes, English is among the six official languages spoken in the Caribbean. Other official languages include Dutch, French, Haitian Creole, Papiamentu and Spanish. You may also hear local dialects (such as Bahamianese, Belizean Creole and Jamaican Patois) throughout your travels in the Western Caribbean.

Booking tours and cultural excursions with your cruise line will allow you to experience port destinations in the most unique and immersive ways, but you’re more than welcome to explore on your own, too — it’s totally up to you!

Yes! Many of the ocean liners sailing in this region feature waterslides, rock climbing walls, mini golf courses and other family-friendly amenities. The majority of shore excursions offered on Western Caribbean cruise itineraries are also suitable for kids and families.

The Western Caribbean is a year-round cruise destination, but the best time to go is between December and April. This is when you’ll be blessed with ideal temperatures (20–26ºC on average) and clear waters for your Caribbean Sea adventures. 

Try to avoid cruising here during hurricane season (June to November), if possible — especially if having perfect weather conditions is important to you.

Most Western Caribbean nations will accept US dollars, but it’s a good idea to have some local currency on hand as well. Here are the official currencies of some of the most popular destinations in the region: 

  • The Bahamas – Bahamian Dollar (BSD) 

  • Belize – Belize Dollar (BZD) 

  • Cayman Islands – Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD) 

  • Honduras – Honduran Lempira (HNL) 

  • Jamaica – Jamaica Dollar (JMD) 

  • Mexico – Mexican Peso (MXN) 

Home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and clearest waters, the majority of your Western Caribbean cruise vacation can (and should!) include swimming, snorkelling and soaking up the sun on soft, sandy shores. 

Of course, that’s not all there is to do. The port destinations in this region are also full of history and culture just waiting to be discovered. Marvel at ancient ruins in Cozumel and Belize, move to the reggae music in Jamaica or shop ’til you drop at the artisan stores in Roatan’s West End Village — there’s something to suit everyone’s hobbies, interests and travel styles in the Western Caribbean.

Most cruise ships that sail in the Western Caribbean have multiple onboard dining options, including buffets and à la carte restaurants serving a mix of international cuisines. 

Of course, you can also get a taste of regional and local dishes at each port destination. From authentic Cozumel cuisine — think ceviche, tacos and cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) — to traditional Belizean food, including conch fritters, cheese dip and rum raisin bread pudding, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Given that the Western Caribbean is made up of seaside towns and exotic beaches, make sure to pack your bathing suits, sandals and sunhats. It’s also a good idea to bring some lightweight layers, including a rain jacket — tropical climates can be unpredictable, after all! 

You should also consider the types of activities you’ll be doing on board and on shore. Want to explore ancient Mayan sites in Mexico? Bring comfortable walking shoes! Venturing into the forest to spot Caribbean wildlife? Insect repellent and long-sleeved shirts are a must. 

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