It’s exciting going on an island-hopping Caribbean cruise, but inevitably the time you get ashore at each destination is limited. To help you get the most from your trip, Cruise Ports Caribbean is a detailed guide to 16 favourite ports of call including the popular start and finish points of Miami and Cozumel.
The other stops covered are Turks & Caicos, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, St Martin/Sint Maarten, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, Barbados, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. Each of these gets a dedicated chapter including what’s worth seeing when you go ashore and how to get there, along with information on local foods, drinks, beaches and shopping. The guide also has a pull-out map of Miami and background chapters on culture, environment and history – the first Caribbean cruise, we learn, was in 1926 when nearly 1900 passengers set sail on Holland America’s SS Veendam II. Cruise Ports Caribbean was published in June 2018, so takes note of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, and is available both in print and as an e-book.
The Coconut Times Top Tip: if you’re only visiting a few of these ports, go to the Lonely Planet online store and just download the individual chapters of the guide you need.