Scenic view of San Felipe del Morro Fort in Puerto Rico


Step into the ancient past as you adventure through the Caribbean's ruins and cities.
Past meets present in the Caribbean, where you can discover the mysteries of ancient ruins and old cities. Experience the unique mix of history and Old World architecture while walking down streets lined with colorful colonial-era buildings in vibrant Willemstad. Explore the Castillo de San Cristobal fortress to glimpse sweeping views of Old San Juan. If adventure is more your thing, dive into the Great Blue Hole in Belize or float your way through the cenotes of Mexico. And if you're looking to cruise your way through history, venture off on an expedition of the Mayan Ruins of Tulum or Chichen Itza.

In the walled city of Tulum, accessible from the port at Cozumel, Mexico, you can spend the morning learning about the seaport's history of turquoise and jade trading and hiking along the ruins of the nearly half-mile wall. In the afternoon, venture down to Playa Paraiso for a taste of paradise, where you can enjoy a seaside massage or cool off with a fresh coconut.
Soar through the skies and over the lush treetops of the Belize Rainforest on an exciting zip line, or hop on an inner tube and float your way through limestone caves on a natural lazy river. If you're itching for a big vacation adventure, take a dive into the Great Blue Hole, an undersea sinkhole that can be seen from space.
A trip to Willemstad, Curacao isn't complete without wandering past the brightly-hued Dutch colonial buildings that line St. Anna Bay. And make sure you save some time to soak up the sun at one of the tiny island’s serene and secluded white-sand beaches, famous for their colorful coral reefs.         

Old San Juan is home to one of the oldest churches in all of the Americas. The Catedral de San Juan Bautista was founded in 1521 and is home to the tomb of Ponce de Leon. Visit the Caribbean and head here to see the final resting place of the mummified remains of St. Pio, a first-century martyr.
Grab your walking shoes and wander through the former British naval base Nelson’s Dockyard, the only working Georgian dockyard in the world. Or explore Betty’s Hope, the first and largest sugar plantation on the island of Antigua, built in 1674 and home to a fascinating museum. 
Once a New World home base for the Spanish, Old San Juan has maintained its colonial charm. Stroll along the cobblestone streets lined with pastel-painted buildings, and dine on local delicacies like tostones rellenos (fried plantains) at the restaurants on Fortaleza Street.   



There's no wrong choice when deciding between an Eastern, Southern or Western Caribbean cruise. Each region offers something special, but they all have thousands of years of history in common. From Mayan ruins to Spanish colonial towns, you'll take a step back in time in the Caribbean.
Luscious trees and the colorful streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Traipse the Old Trails

Spend your days roaming streets, soaking up exotic sounds and smells and chatting with locals in the old cities of the Caribbean. Check out a local hot spot in Old San Juan for a taste of criolla cuisine before shopping at your pick of boutiques selling handmade products like lace and cigars. Savor traditional English fish and chips in the capital of Antigua, or explore the many historic districts of Curacao, dating from the 17th to the 18th centuries.

Couple in front of Mayan Ruins, Mexico.

Race to the Ruins

Step off the ship and land in the early times when ancient civilizations ruled the world. To see a unique mix of the modern and the ancient, explore ruins in Tulum, temples in Chichen Itza and palaces in Belize.

Old World, New Adventures

Collect memories worthy of the history books on a Caribbean Cruise.

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Blast From The Past

Your Caribbean vacation adventure starts the second you embark on your cruise.

No matter how you choose to experience the coastal regions of the Caribbean, you'll be on your own expedition into the past. Roam the ruins of ancient empires, or wander the cobblestone streets of some of the oldest cities in the world.

From quick weekend getaways to seven-day expeditions filled with culture and history, the options for adventure are endless when you cruise the Caribbean.

Insider Tips

1 Whether you're exploring ruins or strolling down cobblestone streets, comfortable shoes are a must.
2 Be sure to purchase bottled water at tourist sites so you can stay hydrated while exploring ancient ruins and cities.
3 Many local vendors will not accept credit cards, so always keep cash on hand for souvenirs.

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