Spring break is coming up, which means it’s time to start planning the ultimate getaway. If you’re looking to come away from your break with unforgettable memories, then take a cruise to the Caribbean. You’ll get to immerse yourself in new cultures, easily hit up multiple destinations, and enjoy all of the state-of-the-art amenities on board our ships. (Plus, just think of all the stories you’ll have after you go scuba diving in Honduras or ride through the jungles of Cozumel on an ATV!)
Why is a cruise perfect for your spring break? Because there’s something for everyone, from one-of-a-kind onboard adventures to serene tropical beaches on land (and if you’re in search of activities for the kids, we’ve got that covered, too). The Caribbean is waiting, so check out these five destinations that are sure to make for a spring break like no other:
Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas
There’s no place like Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s brand-new private island destination in The Bahamas transformed with $250 million. With everything you need to make for the ideal vacation day, this slice of paradise has more than 13 adrenaline-inducing waterslides, including the tallest in North America—known as Daredevil’s Peak—private overwater cabanas in the exclusive Coco Beach Club (opening in December 2019), the largest freshwater pool in The Bahamas and so much more.
Whether you and your crew are looking to chill or are chasing thrills (you can hitch a ride up to 450 feet in the air in a helium balloon for the highest vantage point in The Bahamas), Perfect Day at CocoCay will make your spring break one for the books.
The island’s grand opening is May 2019, but you can already book three-night weekend and four-night weekday cruises there on Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas. It’s also never too early to start bookmarking destinations for next year’s trip!
Part of the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, in Roatán, Honduras, boasts some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling. The Roatán Marine Park, a grassroots non-profit organization, is committed to preserving the delicate reef system of more than 60 species of coral, 500 species of fish, and other wildlife. Admire the dazzling reef through a snorkeling and kayaking adventure or take a Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter (BOSS) underwater.
Roatán also offers plenty of other outdoor adventures. Meet the wildlife in Gumbalimba Park, where you can play with white-headed capuchin monkeys at the monkey refuge and meet parrots in the bird sanctuary. You can also explore the rainforest on an exhilarating zip line tour.
Ready to embark on an eco-adventure? Explore the cruises heading to Roatán here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Steeped in centuries of colonial history, San Juan, Puerto Rico offers the perfect blend of culture and adventure. Spend a day walking through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan or take in panoramic city views at Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal, the city’s magnificent 16th-century Spanish forts in the San Juan National Historic Site.
When you’re feeling hungry, take your palate for a ride and explore San Juan’s culinary delights with a food tour, or sample world-famous rum at Casa Bacardi distillery. End your visit to the vibrant island with more flavor-packed cuisine and some music at the local La Perla Community, where you’ll have the chance to give back by volunteering.
Check out the cruise vacations heading to San Juan and other islands in the Caribbean here.
Falmouth, Jamaica is the place to visit if you want to immerse yourself in past and present island life. Experience the vast range of Jamaica’s culture and history, from learning about its colonial past at the Good Hope Great House (a former sugar plantation) or spending a day in the life of Bob Marley at Jamaica’s “Graceland.”
Just outside Falmouth, you’ll find the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls. Made up of terraced waterfalls and pools, this is the perfect place to clamber up giant limestone stairs, swim under cascading waters, or sunbathe nearby. Admire more of the region’s distinct vegetation and take a relaxing ride down the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft. You might even catch a glimpse of the red-billed streamer tail hummingbird, Jamaica’s national bird.
On a visit to Cozumel, Mexico, you might think you’ve left the 21st century for the height of the Mayan civilization. That’s because well-preserved Mayan ruins abound. Start by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichen Itza, one of the largest Mayan cities, and climb to the top of El Castillo—the pyramid at the center of the archaeological site. Or get adventurous and take a dip underground by swimming in Cenote Chaak Tun, a hidden river named after the Mayan god of rain.You’ll be transported by the otherworldly subterranean landscape of stalactites and stalagmites.
Back in the present, absorb some modern day Mexican culture as you learn how to cook chipotle-style shrimp or chicken tacos and caramelized plantains before taking a relaxing beach break.
Learn more about trips back to Mexico here.
Ready to book your spring break getaway to the Caribbean? Find out which destination is calling your name here.