Few cruise destinations can offer the same combination of thrilling adventure and tropical paradise as the Caribbean. Indeed, it is always one of the most popular destinations for anyone looking to travel on a luxury cruise, as its islands are a joy to explore, and they offer experiences for all kinds of traveller.

Yet, when it comes to choosing your perfect ship on which to sail the Caribbean, the choice can be tricky. There is no single standout ship that is the best – it all depends on what you’re looking for from your Caribbean cruise.

Here we will try to help you make that decision, but remember that our expert Cruise Concierge are always on-hand to help you find the best luxury cruise ship for your Caribbean holiday.

What do you look for in a luxury Caribbean cruise ship?

Your perfect luxury cruise ship should enhance your Caribbean holiday. Any Caribbean cruise is already exciting, and thanks to the proximity of the islands to one other, there are very few, if any, days at sea – so most of your time will probably be spent on land. But that doesn’t mean your ship choice isn’t important.

You will want somewhere you can relax, so consider the public spaces onboard. Will you spend most of your time by the pool, or will you prefer theatre shows in the evening to occupy your time?

This is where the atmosphere becomes a consideration too. Will you prefer a smaller ship with a focus on private space or a mid-sized ship where you’ll enjoy a wider selection of restaurants and bars? It depends on whether you prefer to unwind in your own company or if you wish to spend your time mingling with like-minded travellers, swapping stories of your day’s adventures over a martini.

Then there’s the standard of service onboard. While any luxury cruise ship has excellent service, you may wish to opt for one of the ultra-luxury cruise lines should you want the finest service at sea, with features such as your own personal butler who can attend to your every whim.

Saint Lucia Caribbean

What features can you expect on a luxury Caribbean cruise ship?

One of the stand out features which helps separate a luxury cruise ship from the more mainstream lines is the amount of space each guest is afforded.

Indeed there are more balcony staterooms and suites on a six-star ship as cruise lines offer a more premium standard of accommodation, with some ships offering all-suite, all-balcony accommodation – and when you’re in the Caribbean, you’ll certainly want a balcony!

There is nowhere better in the world to wake up to a breath-taking sunrise over the tranquil blue-green waters, with magnificent tropical views giving you new marvels each day, than the Caribbean archipelago.

Succulent beef dish on-board a Celebrity cruise ship

Then you’ll want to consider your dining options. At the end of a long day exploring the islands, you’ll delight in sitting down to a stunning meal in one of the on-board venues – and luxury cruise ships offer a wealth of choice with speciality restaurants featuring menus designed by master chefs from around the globe.

Another feature you’ll certainly make the most of on a Caribbean cruise is the pool. Every six-star ship has at least one swimming pool, with beautiful deck areas where you can unwind and soak up the tropical sun. Whether you take a dip to cool off or sip cocktails by the poolside, it’s a wonderful way to pass the time.

When you’ve spent the day adventuring and taking in the many exciting excursions on offer, you will no doubt want to rest and recharge ahead of your next thrilling port visit – which is where the on-board spa comes in. Luxury ships have world-class spas featuring an incredible array of therapies and treatments, giving you the perfect way to unwind at the end of each day.

The spa reception on-board Regent Seven Seas Explorer

Our most popular ships for the Caribbean

There are no ships for luxury cruises in the Caribbean that truly stand out above the others, but there are a few ships that tend to be more popular among the SixStarCruises.co.uk customers.

Seabourn Odyssey

The first of these is Seabourn Odyssey, a charming and opulent ship with outstanding service onboard. She has a choice of great dining venues, with menus inspired by renowned chef Thomas Keller. Her on-board activities include wine tasting, an extensive lecture programme and varied entertainment options in the evening to help you unwind. And she has a wide selection of bars, so there’s always a corner you can unwind in peace or a place to meet other guests to talk about your day.

Azamara Journey

Azamara Journey is another of the more popular luxury cruise ships for sailings in the Caribbean. She has a modern style throughout, including contemporary furnishings in staterooms and public areas. She feels fresh and new and is home to some outstanding restaurants and a great spa where you can unwind. Customers also enjoy Azamara ships for their Destination Immersion experiences, where you’ll discover the hidden gems of the Caribbean with more time in port and curated excursions to showcase the lesser-travelled areas.

Crystal Symphony

For guests who are looking for the ultimate in luxury service, Crystal Symphony is one of the finest and most popular ships for the Caribbean.

An elegant ship, she offers plenty of choice for dining, some great live entertainment and a rich selection of leisure facilities including a movie theatre, an extensive lecture programme and more.

Yet it’s the outstanding job of the crew in welcoming you, and attending to your needs throughout the voyage, that makes Crystal Symphony stand out. We would recommend booking a suite if possible, as, while her standard staterooms are absolutely comfortable, they are on the smaller size when compared to other luxury cruise lines.

Book your luxury Caribbean cruise

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

These are just some of the luxury cruise ships that offer Caribbean sailings, and they may not be the perfect option for you.

Take the time to explore your options on SixStarCruises.co.uk and if you can’t decide, our expert Cruise Concierge can recommend the best ship for your Caribbean getaway. Call them on 0808 202 6105 for expert advice and award-winning customer service with your booking.

Jenni Fielding
Jenni has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She fell in love with cruising on her first ever cruise, a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, during her honeymoon in 2013. Nowadays, Jenni enjoys cruising with her husband and two young children. Her favourite ships are family-friendly megaships which are packed with exciting facilities. She loves sea days and had been known to skip port visits to spend more time on the ship!

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