World’s Most Popular Cruise Destination
The Caribbean is cruising’s most popular destination. Five cruise lines sail the Caribbean year-round – Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, MSC Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. Royal Caribbean is the leader – or, as they like to say “The Ruler of the Caribbean”, with the world’s largest ships. Norwegian, with their Freestyle Cruising, is the favorite among those who like to vacation their own way. Carnival has always been known as the late night ships. MSC is the elegant Italian way of cruising. And Disney Cruise Line needs no further introduction.
Virtually all year-round Caribbean cruises are 7 days. The majority depart from Florida, but also from ports in the Northeast or in Texas and Louisiana. In the fall and winter several other cruise lines come to the Caribbean. This is also the time of year when many longer cruises – everything from 10 days to several weeks are added to the cruise choices. The longer cruises are a popular way to escape the winter months up north.
Many cruise lines include a “private island” type experience in some of their itineraries. The deluxe and luxury cruise lines, and the Star Clippers sailing ships, include less visited ports in their itineraries.