We absolutely love cruising the Caribbean. You just can’t go wrong taking a Caribbean Cruise! Today we are sharing our Caribbean Cruise Travel Tips. These tips come from traveling to the Caribbean and experiencing the good, the bad, and seeing the ugly at times. We want to make sure everyone has the best vacation possible!
If you have other tips please feel free to comment on this post so we can add them! We want to make sure you can enjoy the gorgeous weather, tropical water, and sunshine without dealing with anything crazy.
Caribbean Cruise Travel Tips
Don’t mark yourself as a target, Leave the bling on the boat
Don’t wear your cruise card around your neck. This makes you really easy to pick out of a crowd for pickpockets, street sellers, and well anyone.
If you buy something wait to show it off until you are in your room
Hold onto your stuff, Make sure you don’t set it down and forget it
Look around for the best prices
Walk down the beach a couple of minutes to save money on beach chairs
If you are looking for free wi-fi watch where the crew walks to
Make sure and pack sunscreen! It is hot and the sun can fry you without you realizing it
Pack a light jacket or windbreaker. It can get chilly on deck in the evenings after spending the afternoon in the sun. Rainstorms are not uncommon in the Caribbean and having a light cover will make it a little easier to handle.
Carry a variety of small bills if you plan on purchasing from beach sellers and small stores. Having change will make it easier to bargain and not worry about how much change you are due.
The cruise ship bag with their name across it is great when you get home but remember using it in port marks you as a cruise passenger.
I hope that our security tips are not scaring you from taking a Caribbean Cruise. We have just seen a difference in people’s experiences when they are wearing their cruise cards or carrying a cruise branded bag.
These passengers quickly gained the attention of street sellers and tour guides. Other passengers who were dressed casually and just walked off the boat were able to wander the streets without too many interruptions.
My biggest tip is to make sure you are ready to have fun, relax and soak up the Caribbean sun!
Pack your sunscreen, aloe, sunglasses, swimsuit and beach accessories as soon as you can to make sure you don’t forget anything!
I made the mistake of not using enough sunscreen on a cruise and ended up looking like a raccoon for the majority of the cruise. You can pick up extra sunscreen in the ship store but it is going to be a lot more expensive than buying it at your local store.
If you plan on buying alcohol during your trip make sure and check prices in your home town.
Some of the alcohol is priced great others are only a $1 or $2 cheaper and it may not be worth packing it home.
Bring cash with you
Pack low denomination cash with you for tips and taxi rides. This also gives you the chance to buy something in town and not have to worry about getting a large amount of change back from the vendor.
Bring a bag for your purchases.
Depending on the area some street/beach vendors may not have bags for their products. Bringing a carry bag with you will make it a lot easier to transport your purchases back to the boat.
A cute beach bag is a great way to go. It blends in and does not scream that you are carrying anything valuable.
Choose the right ship for you!
Each cruise line offers a variety of entertainment and options. It is well worth checking out each cruise line before booking your cruise. Some ships are party ships while others are retirement ships. Make sure the ship you choose is perfect for your cruise vacation.
Research the port you plan to visit
Some ports like Grand Turk are super easy and you just walk off the ship and you are at the beach. Other ports take more effort to reach a nice beach or shopping area. Definitely check out the cruise ports to make sure they offer what you are looking for on your cruise. (check out the right sidebar and click any of the pictures to learn more about Caribbean ports)
Visiting the Caribbean on a cruise is an absolutely fantastic way to travel! You get the chance to explore multiple destinations during one cruise.
- When is Hurricane Season in the Caribbean?
- What happens if there is a hurricane?
- When is the high season for Caribbean Cruises
- What are the most expensive times to take a Caribbean Cruise?
- What months are considered the low season and have great deals?
- Do I need to pack a beach towel?
- Caribbean Cruise Ports!
When is Hurricane Season in the Caribbean?
Hurricane season officially runs from June 1st to November 30th.
What happens if there is a hurricane?
The ship may miss a port based on the weather. The ship will maneuver to a safer area to miss the hurricane whenever possible.
When is the high season for Caribbean Cruises
The high season is generally mid-December until mid-April. During the high season, the weather is amazing but the prices are higher and the beaches will be packed with people.
What are the most expensive times to take a Caribbean Cruise?
The holidays! Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day and Easter are normally the busiest and most expensive times to take a cruise!
What months are considered the low season and have great deals?
September, October and early November are considered the low season. Some years there is a lull mid-January after the holidays.
Do I need to pack a beach towel?
No! Most ships provide you with beach towels in your room and will change them out daily for you. This is good and bad. The great thing is you don’t need to think about packing a towel. One thing to note is the beach towels also easily mark you as a ship passenger.
The positive thing is taxi drivers will hopefully stick around to take you back to the ship. The negative thing is you can become an easy mark for theft. Make sure and only bring what you need for the day off the ship.
Use a Waterproof pouch to carry your phone, ship card, and cash on you at all times.
Caribbean Cruise Ports!
Bayahibe Beach Excursion – from La Romana
US Virgin Islands