Picture the Caribbean. Can you see those bright white sands and blue seas? Can you hear the thunderous squawks of birds in every colour of the rainbow as you venture through emerald green rainforests? Can you taste the mouthwatering, fruity spices as you tuck into a freshly prepared dish?
Whether you’ve visited the Caribbean many times before or have always dreamed of setting foot on the incredible countries nestled in the Caribbean Sea, it’s an area that’s full of surprises. From exotic flora and fauna to spectacular ancient ruins, there’s plenty to delight foodies, culture connoisseurs and sunseekers.
Wondering what you could be doing in the Caribbean? Read on to discover the wonders of the Panama Canal, Hawaii and the Caribbean you’ll experience when you set sail with Princess Cruises.
Adventures on land and at sea
Whether you’re keen to explore the on-board activities or venture on an excursion when the ship docks, there’s a vast array of adventures to keep you busy!
Princess Cruises have teamed up with Discovery, the company behind the superb programmes on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, to create the Discovery At Sea programme. Each of the fascinating on-board experiences, activities and shore excursions are designed to bring the nature, wildlife and history of the Caribbean islands, Hawaii and Panama Canal to life.
And with priority entrance to many sites, knowledgeable tour guides and maximum time ashore, you’ll create some wonderful memories of your adventures.
White sands and twinkling turquoise seas
Ready to dip your toes into those sparkling, crystal clear waters? Relax and unwind on the 40 acres of bright white sands on Princess Cruises’ private beach at Princess Cays. Part of the beautiful island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, it’s just for Princess guests!
On your journey, you’ll also discover picturesque beaches in Antigua – the island has 365 white-sand beaches! – and the north shore of Kauai, one of the most scenic places in the world with miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and mountain waterfalls. And don’t forget to sink your toes into the sand at Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, voted one of the top beaches in the world!
Emerald green landscapes and exotic wildlife
The action-packed itinerary means that you won’t just visit spectacular beaches but see breathtaking flora and fauna, too! Explore St. Lucia’s majestic twin peaks, Gros Piton and Petit Piton and try to name the plants and wildlife that you spot. Gros Piton has at least 148 plant species and 27 bird species, while Petit Piton has 97 plant species!
In St. Kitts, shake fins and interact with a dolphin on an encounter of a lifetime. Marvel at the gentle giants of the deep on a whale watching experience in Maui. And wander among more than 2,000 plant species at Hawaii’s stunning 40-acre Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Ancient wonders and amazing adventures
Love history and culture? Discover a wealth of archaeological treasures in the western Caribbean. Marvel at the 2,000-year-old city of Altun Ha in Belize. Gaze at the famous “El Castillo” castle ruins in Tulum before wandering down the steps to the exquisite beach. Wander the ancient site in the lost city of Coba that houses the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán.
Ready for an adventure? In St. Maarten, race aboard an America’s Cup yacht. In St. Kitts, take to the skies in a helicopter for a bird’s eye view over this picture-perfect island. In Limón, climb into your raft and experience an exhilarating ride down the Reventazon River. In Kauai, saddle up and ride the breathtaking landscape of Maha’ulepu. In Nicaragua, strap on your seatbelt and enjoy a full day 4WD adventure from San Juan Del Sur to Monbacho Volcano for a guided hike along the crater.
Freshly brewed coffee and a little something for foodies
A trip to the Caribbean wouldn’t be complete without tasting some of the mouthwatering delicacies on offer!
Sample a tipple (or two!) of rum in Barbados and explore the secrets of this famous beverage with a tour of Mount Gay and Foursquare distilleries. Taste sumptuous Caribbean spices at a cooking demonstration in St. Kitts. Sip aromatic Costa Rican coffee as you tour the Espiritu Santo plantation. And in Hawaii? Eat brunch with a difference – each course is served at a different Big Island home!
Tropical thunderstorms and bright sunshine
Ever been caught in one of the spectacular downpours in the Caribbean? One moment there’s bright sunshine and blue skies and the next, the sky suddenly opens up and it pours. And almost as quickly as the rain appears, it’s gone again, replaced by glorious sunshine!
In the Caribbean, you’ll find the driest weather from December to April. During this time of year, humidity levels are low, the evenings are cooler, and the average high temperatures range from 24-29°C (75-85°F).
Hawaii sits on the edge of a tropical zone and has a dry season (April to October) and a rainy season (November to March). You’ll find that the year-round temperature doesn’t vary much, with an average daytime high of 29°C (85°F).
Excited about travelling through the engineering feat that is the Panama Canal? Panama has a tropical climate and the humidity is high year-round, with average daily temperatures ranging from 24-29°C (75-85°F). We think the best times to visit are February, March, September and October, as these are the months with the least chance of rain.
Ready to set sail with Princess Cruises on your Caribbean and Hawaiian adventure? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today to find out more!