Due to its warm seas, delightful islands, picturesque bays and stunning beaches, a Caribbean cruise remains the firm favourite for those wishing to enjoy winter sun in true luxury. Although many group all of the Caribbean islands together, there are differences as you travel from place to place as the various influences from the British, French and Dutch can be seen.
Jamaica and Barbados are more commercialised (although they have their own attractions), but islands such as St. Kitts remain unspoilt and have retained their wild beauty.
Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke boast stunning beaches and are popular with the yachting crowd making for a laid back and jovial atmosphere. The French charm of Martinique and Guadeloupe where Caribbean and French culture merge has a unique feel.
The 51 mile Panama Canal transit should be on everybody's 'to do' list. Because of the narrowness of the Canal, completed in 1914, the ships that can navigate it have to be relatively small.
These voyages will feature a selection of ports of call along the way such as Columbia's Cartagena, one of South America's most magnificent colonial cities; the beautiful forests of Costa Rica; Guatemala; and the paradise beaches of Mexico. We recommend a daylight transit of the Panama Canal so that you can fully enjoy the experience.
The beauty of a Caribbean cruise holiday is that you can see a whole host of islands (with all their variations) without having to pack and unpack each time you arrive at a new port of call. You also have the benefit of being able to return to your luxurious floating sanctuary after each day.
Day 1 - London Heathrow to Nassau. Transfer to MS Island Sky
Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - Havana, Cuba. Visit Old Havana and explore the cobbled streets and see the Baroque churches, castles and palaces. Also visit the Plaza de Armas, the oldest plaza in the city. See the Plaza de la Revolucion and Fidel Castro's Presidential Headquarters
Day 4 - Havana. Explore Havana for yourself or join an optional 'Hemingway's Cuba' tour
Day 5 - Isla de la Juventud. Visit the island famous for its beaches, forested hills and coral reefs. Learn about the pirate heritage of the island
Day 6 - Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is one of the most picturesque cities on the island. From here journey to Trinidad with its colonial buildings and traditional squares. Visit Museo Romantico, a museum situated in a former merchant's house as well as the ruined church of Ermita de Nuestra Senora
Day 7 - At sea
Day 8 - Playa del Carmen (Tulum, Mexico). Visit the pyramid El Castillo on the Mayan site of Tulum
Day 9 - Belize City, Belize. Enjoy a boat ride through mangroves, wetlands and forests. Walk through the jungle which will lead you to the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve with its impressive sight of pyramids
Day 10 - Half Moon Caye. Swim in the sea and snorkel the reefs. Also visit the red footed booby sanctuary, home to thousands of these birds
Day 11 - Roatan, Honduras. Enjoy a tour of the island and learn about the native Indians of the Caribbean known as the Garifuna people
Day 12 - At Sea
Day 13 - Isla de Providencia, Columbia. This beautiful and little known island is situated 150 miles from the Nicaraguan cost. Travel in a local boat to an area best known as Seven Coloured Waters where you can view the fantastic barrier reef
Day 14 - San Andres. Sail across to the San Andres where you can learn about the history of the island, including pirate invasions, as well as the occupations of the British, Spanish and Dutch
Day 15 - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Disembark the ship and drive to the capital of San Jose where you will overnight
Day 16 - Fly San Jose to London
Day 17 - Arrive London
The best time to visit is during our winter time as the hurricane season has ended and the region experiences warm temperatures without the humidity which occurs in the summer months.
As you would expect, temperatures are warm and average around 25°C. Pack light cotton clothing, sun cream and a sunhat.
If you are cruising from or to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, or flying via the U.S to the Caribbean it is a requirement for entry into the United States that you obtain an ESTA. This can be purchased online for a small fee.