Christmas Cruising in the Caribbean

The new year celebrations are winding down and everybody is facing the reality of the new year, the back to work blues, and their newly made resolutions they will force themselves to stick to for the first month or so. While everybody is drudgingly heading back to work, we’re heading off the plane and back home.

How did we spend our Christmas and New Year’s this time? On a boat, just like we always have. We escaped our frigid Canadian weather, yet again, to travel to sunny Florida and hop on a boat so we could distance ourselves from the snow as much as we could. 25 below zero weather wasn’t going to cut it for us – we wanted the sun, sand, and surf.

We booked yet another cruise with Princess, this time on the Caribbean Princess, which is a ship we had traveled with before to the British Isles in 2013. But this time, we weren’t going to be on the boat heading towards the land of fog, clouds, and rain. No, we were going to the lands of sun. Pure sun.

The itinerary was a 14-day Circle Caribbean cruise, leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, doing a round trip around some of the most beautiful, exotic Caribbean islands, and then returning to Fort Lauderdale for disembarkation. This wasn’t like the Hawaiian or Panama Canal cruise we had done in the past that had 4 or 5 sea days in a row on the way there, and then 4 or 5 more on the way back. That was pure relaxation, which I really liked, to be honest. It was really a great way to unwind and some of the best memories of cruises we have are those spent onboard, at sea. This itinerary was different though; it only had 4 sea days in total and a whopping 9 ports of call. That was a lot of adventure to pack in just 2 weeks.

The ports of call included:

  • Princess Cays
  • Thomas
  • Kitts
  • Antigua
  • Martinique
  • Barbados
  • Trinidad (Port of Spain)
  • Curacao
  • Aruba

The whole trip was packed with blue skies and even bluer water. There were fish of all sorts, more types of coral than you could imagine, and the finest, whitest sand imaginable. Steel pan music filled our ears at each stop and we indulged in exotic and savory Caribbean delicacies. A drink in our hands pretty much 24/7 and the sun above our heads and the sand below our feet, we bathed in all that the Caribbean had to offer. After all, we were vitamin D deficient Canadians who had already spent 1 or 2 months in the cold and we still had 2 or 3 more to go. So, we were greedy and ate it all up. Every last Pina Colada, every ray of sun and every minute in the tepid waters. We wanted to make the most of this trip. And so we did.

Keep an eye out for the blog posts highlighting the best and sunniest places of each port of call! They’ll all be rolling out in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, stay warm! The sun will be coming out soon.

Happy New Year!

~Julia

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