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There's much more to this region stretching from Cuba to South America than sun, sand and surf. No other destination presents so many choices of cruise itineraries and lengths, with anything from a two-night getaway to an extended voyage sailing from ports from New York to Central America. In fact, it is so vast and diverse that it really constitutes three separate areas, traditionally defined as Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean.
A typical weeklong cruise allows vacationers to sample these varied cultures, history and peoples at four or five different ports. Each port call opens the door to a new slice of paradise, where you might discover traces of France or Britain or the Netherlands or Spain woven into the distinctive pace and style of the regions many individual nations.
Although a year-round cruise destination the strong appeal of the Caribbean for family cruise vacations make school holiday periods among the busiest times of year. Those looking for the best values in a cruise to the Caribbean should check sailing dates in January, late spring or September through early December.