A Caribbean cruise is closer than you think.
A Caribbean cruise is closer than you think. With Charleston and Florida cruise ports within a day’s drive – or less of the Carolinas – its easy (and more economical) to visit the Caribbean.
The Port of Charleston hosts 4, 5, 6 and 7-day Carnival Cruises. The shorter cruises visit the Bahamas with stops at Nassau, Freeport and/or Princess Cays – Carnival’s private island in the Bahamas. Longer cruises include Eastern Caribbean itineraries with stops at ports like San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk. Carnival operates two ships out of Charleston, the Carnival Ecstasy and the Carnival Sunshine.
Port Canaveral is about a day’s drive from the Carolinas, but options abound when sailing out of this Florida port. Major cruise lines sailing to the Caribbean from this port are Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney Cruise Line.
One of Royal’s premier ships, Oasis of the Seas, now sails out of Port Canaveral. This ship is packed with family-friendly activities, like the Flowrider surf simulator, a rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink, mini-golf and the Dreamworks Experience where everyone can meet their favorite characters from Dreamworks animated movies like Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, and How to Train your Dragon. The Oasis handles Eastern and Western Caribbean 7-day itineraries with port calls in beautiful destinations such as Falmouth, Jamaica, Cozumel, Mexico and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
Parking at Port Canaveral is easy and convenient. Each of Port Canaveral’s cruise lines have its own secure parking area located close to the ships. All are gated and well-lit and have security patrols 24/7 so you know your property is well protected while you sail.
Fort Lauderdale is another Florida port worth considering. Port Everglades is the official port name and it is a longer drive. You might want to consider an overnight stop half-way down if you are embarking here. But, sailing out of Port Everglades really gives you a multitude of itinerary and ship options. Of course, destinations from this port include the Caribbean, but you can also catch a ship to the Panama Canal, South America and even Europe.
Cruise lines sailing from Port Everglades include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival, Princess and Holland America. Royal Caribbean has some of the best Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades. One of the largest cruise ships in the world, Royal’s Harmony of the Seas, does 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries and is like a floating metropolis. Activities onboard include the tallest slide at sea – the Ultimate Abyss, Splashaway Bay water park for the kids, seven distinct neighborhoods, including a tree-lined Central Park and the Bionic Bar where your cocktail is crafted by a robot!
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