Ponder the prospect of trying something new, perhaps a cruise to the Caribbean? Credit: Canva

Cruise the Caribbean this winter

Author: Lucy Abbott

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Bag a Caribbean cruise to Dominica, St Lucia and more in December. It’s all-inclusive, too, and you can sail onboard Marella Cruises’ latest ship, Marella Voyager

If you can’t bear the thought of another British winter, then look no further than a Caribbean cruise with Marella Cruises.

So, you can feel smug as you swap endless dreary days for sunny vistas.

And the obvious benefit to booking a last-minute cruise is you can enjoy a slice off the price and enjoy a Caribbean cruise for less.

Just picture it – flawless white beaches and rum cocktails. Sounds like the recipe for a perfect cruise holiday to us.

What makes these Caribbean trips even better is the opportunity to sail onboard the newest Marella ship, Marella Voyager. Equipped with 10 restaurants and bars, thoughtful spaces and elegant artworks – it makes the perfect base.

Go on to discover our three favourite hand-picked Caribbean itineraries below…

Marella Voyager is the newest ship in Marella Cruises' fleet. Credit: Marella Cruises

1. Seven-night ‘Tropical Delights’ from £1,796 per person

As a roundtrip cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados via St Lucia, Grenada, Aruba and Curacao, this itinerary with Marella Cruises impresses.

And beginning in Barbados, you’ll dive headfirst into the Caribbean dream. Take in the palm-tree-lined beaches and duty-free shopping scene, it’s paradise on earth.

You could even extend your stay here with a cruise and stay package, to fully explore the 21 by 14-mile island.

Other ports of call include Castries, St Lucia, which features some of the most impressive coral reefs in the Caribbean. We recommend exploring St Lucia’s rainforests at the Treetop Adventure Park in Dennery, where you’ll be able to zip along the canopies and admire giant ferns and wild orchids on the way.

Another standout port is Willemstad, Curacao, where Marella Cruises combined three of the island’s biggest attractions in one handy excursion tour that you can choose to embark on – visiting the Curacao Museum, the Hat Caves and the Chobolo Liqueur Factory.

Get onboard this cruise, departing December 31, 2023. Prices start from £1,796 per person and include flights and overseas transfers.

Head to Havana for a taste of Cuba's vibrant culture. Credit: Shutterstock

2. 14-night ‘Flavours of the Caribbean followed by Pride of Panama’ from £1,906 per person

Departing December 26, 2023, this 14-night cruise is an absolute steal and combines two amazing Caribbean itineraries. Think sipping spiced rum bars in George Town and saying hello to exotic wildlife in Cozumel.

On this itinerary, you’ll port at George Town (Cayman Islands), Havana (Cuba), Cozumel (Mexico), Port Royal (Jamaica), Cartagena (Colombia), Colon (Panama) and Puerto Limon (Costa Rica).

Havana offers up a lively nightlife and during the day you can lose yourself but wandering around Renaissance mansions and galleries.

The the likes of Puerto Limon in Costa Rica provides plenty of wildlife to witness, and Marella Cruises offers the ‘Adventure Canal & Veragua Rainforest Experience’ excursion, which allows you to wind your way around the Tortuguero National Park to see monkeys, toucans, crocodiles, snakes and more.

You’ll finish your cruise by returning to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where you can bar hop around countless reggae bars before indulging in some mouth-watering jerk chicken. As for the scenery, the main attraction is the Dunn’s River Falls – a set of terraced waterfalls where you’ll have to link hands with your fellow travellers to get to the top.

Explore the natural haven of Basseterre. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Seven-night ‘Cocktails and Coconuts’ from £1,300 per person

If the name of this itinerary isn’t enough to tempt you, then let us tell you more.

Not only is this an overall saving of £689.56 (based on two cruisers) but all transfers, tips and service charges are included in the price – now that is a bargain.

As a roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados, you’ll also visit Antigua, St Maarten, British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Guadeloupe, departing January 11, 2024.

Basseterre, St Kitts, offers a rich history of its previous function as a successful sugar colony. Now, people visit for the blonde sands and crystal-clear waters. Most venture further to Mount Liamuiga volcano via the St Kitts Railway, which Marella Cruises offer as an excursion (how handy), and it is well worth a visit.

A truly unique port of call is Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe, which is where French and African influences fuse.

This scattering of islands is famous for its sugar and rum as well as top-rate diving sites – so zip up your wetsuit and dive in to explore the likes of Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve where you can discover wrecks, reefs and a plethora of fish.

Grab the opportunity to top up your winter tan and opt for Marella Cruises for your Caribbean cruise – can we come too?

*All discounts are correct at time of publishing*

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About Lucy Abbott

Lucy is a cruise journalist who has sailed on a variety of ships, from expedition to river – with her favourite being expedition cruising.

Lucy is interested in new sustainable ways to cruise as well as how cruising is becoming accessible for all.

She works together with Kaye Holland to keep the World of Cruising website up to date with all the latest cruise news.