The Western Caribbean is one of the most popular cruise regions. It appeals to all sorts of tourists, from first-time cruisers to experienced travelers, and from families with young children to couples celebrating golden anniversaries. The region's warm temperatures, laid-back atmosphere and wide range of activities -- sightseeing, shopping and water sports -- draw millions to the area each year.
Visit popular cities in the Yucatan region of Mexico, well-known for ancient Mayan ruins and white-sand beaches. Snorkel or swim with the stingrays in Grand Cayman, splash around at Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica or scuba dive in Cozumel. Some Western Caribbean cruises stop in eclectic Key West, where shop-lined streets, amazing art galleries and lively bars welcome guests ashore.
Destinations such as Belize and Honduras are emerging as popular Western Caribbean cruise destinations as well-traveled cruisers search for new and unusual destinations to explore. And, from time to time, ports located in the Eastern Caribbean or Southern Caribbean, the Bahamas, Central America and South America are visited on Western Caribbean itineraries as well.
Western Caribbean cruises usually depart from U.S. ports along the Gulf Coast and Florida, from cities such as Galveston, New Orleans and Port Canaveral, as well as Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Easily accessible departure cities, short cruise options (sailings range from 4 to 14 nights in length) and relatively low prices make a Western Caribbean cruise an ideal choice for those interested in an inexpensive getaway.