Massive white cruise ship docked along pier that extends out into the water. People walking out to it.
The Oasis of the Seas features the largest kids' area of any cruise ship out there.

Sail Away from Your Troubles on These Caribbean Cruises

Sit Back and Relax on These Care-Free Cruises

The Caribbean is especially famous for cruising. But with so many cruise options out there, it’s difficult to know which to pick.

The first step in cruise planning is knowing what type of cruise you’re looking for. What are your priorities?

There are numerous options available, from family-friendly cruises to romantic cruises for couples to cruises that offer lots of fun excursions to those that are known for their abundance of on-board entertainment options.

Whatever you’re looking for, odds are there’s a cruise for that — and in the region you want too. While the Western Caribbean is popular for shorter itineraries and water sports opportunities, the Eastern Caribbean is typically favored for its stops at especially magnificent beaches for relaxing, as well as more rugged terrain for hiking and other land activities.

Here’s a look at some of the best Caribbean cruises to help you make your cruising dreams come true.

Top 3 Cruises for Families

Royal Caribbean: Oasis of the Seas

The Oasis of the Seas ship with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line offers itineraries in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, departing from Cape Canaveral, FL. The ship features the largest kids’ area of any cruise ship out there.

Its award-winning Youth Zone spans nearly 30,000 square feet. Plus it boasts a wide range of activities for kids from as young as 6 months old to 17, including ice skating rinks, merry-go-rounds, a theater with acrobats, movies, story-telling and even a Pool & Sports Zone with zip line rides and a FlowRider surf simulator.

Popular characters from children’s movies even make an appearance, and picky teens are usually rather impressed too. Teenagers get their own section, away from the little ones, and get to enjoy a music room, DJ lessons, themed parties and Nintendo Wii stations.

Black hull with white top cruise ship with three tug boats near it.All Disney Cruises through the Caribbean depart from Port Canaveral, Florida.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / landbysea

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Fantasy

Of course Disney Cruises are probably the first that come to mind when it comes to taking the family out onto the high seas. The kids, and the kid-at-heart, will get to cruise with the likes of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald and the gang.

This ship in particular, the Disney Fantasy, has a wealth of impressive features, including the AquaDuck, a massive roller coaster that takes riders for a 765-foot thrill in a translucent tube.

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Back of white cruise ship with seven levels of viewing decks with people standing along the railing.Cristóbal, located in Panama, is one of the many ports of call you'll land in while aboard the MSC Caribbean cruise.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / icholakov

MSC Cruises

For families on a tight budget, MSC Cruises is ideal. Every child that shares a cabin with mom and dad is free.

While it was traditionally more known as a retiree cruise line, there are lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment. You can take advantage of everything from bowling alleys to water parks as well as the kids’ clubs.

These clubs are divided by ages, such as the mini-club for little ones aged 3 through 6. The junior club for kids 7 through 11 is staffed by professional entertainers who teach dance classes, put on performances, organize arts and crafts, and offer games such as Wii and Xbox.

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