After the thrilling and somewhat exhausting whirlwind of wedding planning, you want to relax with your new spouse. Of course, your honeymoon is a perfect opportunity to unwind while celebrating your new life together.
And where better than the Caribbean?
This tropical destination is a longstanding favorite amongst honeymooners, and there’s no doubt why. It’s a paradise of abundant sunshine, crystal-clear water, and beaches so beautiful you will feel you’ve just walked onto a movie set. It’s undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to revel in the joy of your new marriage!
However, we know that planning a vacation can feel somewhat daunting and that you probably have decision fatigue after your wedding. Your honeymoon should be a smooth affair, so cruising in the Caribbean is the ultimate choice for honeymooners.
With onboard meals and a set itinerary, you can focus entirely on relaxing and celebrating your new marriage. A cruise allows you to experience the wonders of multiple destinations while still enjoying the luxury of a properly kitted-out ship.
To help you plan your honeymoon, we’ve compiled a list of the four most exquisite cruise destinations in the Caribbean.
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1. Southern Caribbean Cruise: A Romantic Escape
If you’re seeking a honeymoon destination in the Caribbean that’s slightly off the beaten path, then a cruise in the southern region is the right choice for you.
The most popular destinations on a southern Caribbean cruise include Trinidad, Antigua, Barbados, Bonaire, Aruba, Dominica, St Kitts, and Grenada. Each destination provides a beautiful diversity, ensuring you get to soak up the sun and the sights together.
Antigua is famous for having 365 beaches, so you could live there for a year and discover a new tropical paradise each day! The island offers a range of exciting water-based activities, and if you’re comfortable snorkeling, you could explore the wonders of the reefs. Alternatively, you can stay above the water and enjoy a relaxed kayaking trip.
On the other hand, Grenada has earned itself the apt nickname of Spice Island, as the country is home to an expanse of nutmeg plantations. You can hike through the luscious forests of the Grand Etang National Park and shower under icy waterfalls. At the end of a day full of adventures, you and your new spouse can sit back and sip on a cocktail in the vibrant capital, St. George’s, with a view over the harbor.
2. Western Caribbean Cruise: The Perfect Balance
A Western Caribbean Cruise is a definite crowd-pleaser. Many couples opt for this cruise category as it typically departs from U.S. ports such as New Orleans or Miami, thus making it more accessible.
Western Caribbean cruises typically follow one of two routes. The more common choice is a cruise that explores Mexico, the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica.
Adventure seekers are drawn to Grand Cayman—one of the Cayman Islands—for Stingray City. Here, you can enjoy the thrill of swimming with peaceful stingrays in their pristine home. The island is also known for its seven-mile beach, and if you and your significant other enjoy the romance of long coastal walks, this is perfect for you.
Lastly, cruise liners operating within the Western region of the Caribbean often own a section of land on an island, giving you and your fellow passengers an exclusive opportunity to appreciate a quieter slice of paradise.
The second choice for a Western Caribbean cruise is one that visits Central America. The most popular destinations for this itinerary include Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. Both options will likely stop at Cozumel, a Mexican town adored for its lively atmosphere and dazzling underwater world. It’s also home to an ancient collection of Mayan ruins if you want to experience a bit of culture in tandem with seaside relaxation.
3. Eastern Caribbean Cruise: A Tropical Dreamscape
A cruise in the Eastern Caribbean is tailored to couples seeking maximum beach time and water-based adventures. It only includes a few cultural or historical attractions, which allows you more time to soak up the region’s natural beauty together. An Eastern Caribbean itinerary will likely have the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, St. Maarten, Grand Turk, and the Dominican Republic.
The Bahamas is world famous for its shimmery turquoise waters and vast expanses of sandy-white beaches. Every beach feels like a postcard snapshot, and even the capital city, Nassau, has conserved breathtakingly beautiful stretches of coast.
If you’re an animal lover, you could enjoy a horse ride along the beach at sunset, or if you prefer a bit more of the arts and culture side, St. Maarten is well known for its Caribbean architecture and thriving nightlife, making it the perfect destination to let your hair down. After dancing the night away, you can travel to Grand Case, an ancient fishing village, and enjoy a hearty, delicious meal fresh from the sea.
4. An “ABC” Cruise: The Deep South
This cruise is a journey to the southernmost region of the Caribbean Sea; the ABC islands. While this itinerary is not offered by every major cruise liner, it allows you to have the tropical honeymoon of your dreams, even during hurricane season! Most storms don’t occur in this region, so you can enjoy calmer weather and gentler seas.
“ABC” is short for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. These are the most western islands of the Leeward Antilles—an arc of West Indian islands that make up the southerly group of Lesser Antilles. This group of islands is known for its golden beaches and magnificent coral reefs. As a bonus, the Dutch history in the region has left a legacy of beautiful buildings. This, coupled with the busy nightlife and shopping opportunities, means you can relax and splurge all in one magical honeymoon experience.
Set Sail On The Seas Of Love
Your honeymoon should be about relaxing together, trying new and exciting things, and doing as few real-life chores and tasks as possible. A Caribbean cruise allows you to do all these things and soak up the sun together as you revel in your newlywed status!
This article was produced by Our Woven Journey.