Cruising the Carribean

Are the soothing waves of the turquoise waters, white sand beaches and sunny skies of the Caribbean calling to you?

A Caribbean cruise presents a unique vacation by land and sea, packing all the excitement of two kinds of vacations into one. Choose from simple, luxurious, or all the bells and whistles of new mega-ships. With a selection of cruises designed for singles, couples, honeymooners or families, you can have the right cruise for you.

As you make your decision, there is a choice of many itineraries; the main are Eastern, Western, or the Southern Caribbean.

Several Caribbean cruises often start with a visit to Nassau in the Bahamas. In Nassau, you can find everything from marching flamingos to bustling casinos.  Take an afternoon to visit the Atlantis Resort with its famous water slides and running-river tubing—you may even encounter a dolphin or two at the adjacent marine habitat of Dolphin Kay!

Eastern Caribbean cruises may visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, which include St. Thomas and St. John, followed by the French/Dutch island of St. Maarten. Known as the “duty-free shopping capital of the world,” you can find great bargains on quality jewelry, imported items, and liquor. Take in the breathtaking view of Megan’s Bay, natural parks with underwater snorkeling trails, white sand beaches, charming towns scattered through the islands, and enjoy tales of the islands legendary pirate culture.

A Western Caribbean cruise may bring you to Cozumel, world famous for its spectacular diving. Mayan cities and ruins await in Tulum, where you may explore while riding atop a camel or simply take in the music and refreshments of lively Playa del Carmen.

Grand Cayman boasts some of the most spectacular reefs in the Caribbean, where you can feed and kiss the stingrays. A stop in beautiful Jamaica offers a chance to cling the thundering waterfalls of Dunns River Falls, tube down the Martha Brea River and tour an underground complex of caves.

Choose a Southern Caribbean cruise for the more exotic islands and spend fewer days at sea. Often these itineraries start and end in San Juan, Puerto Rico where you can explore the El Yunque National Forest or learn the fascinating history of the area. These diverse port-of-calls may include sunny Aruba, spectacular St. Lucia with its Grand Tetons and beautiful bays, Antigua and Barbados with multiple water sports activities and coastline cruises, or Grenada, originally known as “Spice Island”.

Fall in love with the beautiful islands of the Caribbean all while enjoying the variety of activities, dining and relaxation offerings on board your cruise ship. By using a qualified, experienced travel professional, you can make the right choices for you at the best value!

Sue Shimkus, president of Lake Zurich Travel, has sailed on over 60 cruises. She and her team are happy to share their personal experiences from around the world! Stop by the office of Lake Zurich Travel and Cruise at 461 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich or visit online at