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A cruise to the Caribbean and Central America is perfect for…

Our Caribbean and Central America cruise departing in 2025 is the perfect cruise for unique experiences, from exploring the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza to cruising the wildlife-rich waters of the Everglades National Park on an Airboat. Here are a few more reasons to cruise to the Caribbean and Central America.

… Culture

Brightly coloured buildings on the waterfront in Willemstad, Curacao

On a cruise to the Caribbean you can contrast the blend of West African and British culture found in Barbados with the Dutch influences seen in Curacao, which was founded by the Dutch West India Company in 1634. This Dutch heritage is shared by Aruba, where the brightly coloured buildings mirror those in Amsterdam. This unique culture is coupled with the sights you would expect to find on a Caribbean island, swaying palms, golden beaches and crystal-clear waters.

… Wildlife

A keel billed toucan in Costa Rica

In Central America, a tour through Costa Rica’s rainforest is an ideal way to see some of the country’s unique wildlife, from howler monkeys and sloths to technicoloured toucans. From Miami you can venture into the Everglades National Park, where alligators and other marine life thrive in the grassy wetlands. While Colón offers a gateway to Gatun Lake, a large man-made freshwater lake, home to crocodiles, an abundance of fish, iguanas and more…

… Music

A jazz musician playing the saxophone in front of a paddle steamer in New Orleans, USA

A variety of musical genres can be heard throughout the laid-back Caribbean islands, from calypso and reggae to merengue and zouk. Continuing to New Orleans, a city renowned for its musical heritage and Mardi Gras, you can step on board a classic steamboat for a trip along the Mississippi to the soulful sounds of live jazz.

… History

A chacmool sculpture amongst the Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza, Mexico

The Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, are one of the world’s most important historic sights. This ancient city, dating from around 600 AD, is dominated by the iconic step pyramid known as El Castillo. More remarkable ruins and archaeological treasures can be seen in Belize, which was once the centre of the Mayan empire. From here you can visit Altun Ha and the Xunantunich archaeological site.

… Scenery

The Pitons seen from the beach in St Lucia

You are guaranteed a variety of spectacular scenery on a cruise to Central America. Discover the volcanic Pitons of St Lucia and white-sand beaches of Barbados, admire the lush rainforests of Costa Rica and crater lakes of São Miguel in the Azores, and much more. Be sure to have your camera at the ready when you visit this photogenic region.

… Relaxation

Baked diver scallops in the speciality seafood restaurant, Coast to Coast, on Spirit of Discovery

A transatlantic crossing offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy the facilities and all-inclusive luxury on board Spirit of Discovery, before visiting a host of exciting destinations. During the day you can make the most of the ship’s outdoor lido, swimming pool and elegant spa. While in the evenings you’ll be entertained at the West End-style theatre. There’s a choice of free-to-dine speciality restaurants too, as well as a selection of all-inclusive bars and lounges.

Find out more about Caribbean and Central America Discovery.

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