Why We Booked a Family Cruise to the Caribbean this Winter


As winter settles in and temperatures drop, the allure of a sunny escape becomes irresistible. Instead of enduring the cold weather, consider embarking on a family adventure that promises warmth, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences – a cruise to the Caribbean. Today, we’ll explore the myriad reasons why a family cruise to the Caribbean this winter is an excellent choice for creating lasting memories.

I have been lucky enough to cruise the Caribbean islands on several occasions and here are my reasons why I think it is a great winter sun family holiday option:

The Caribbean Offers Wall-to-Wall Winter Sunshine

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This is perfect for a family cruise. If, like us, you need to keep up your Vitamin D intake during the winter months, then the Caribbean offers plentiful sunshine and warm (albeit humid) weather. Perfect for packing light with a family in tow and spending time outside.

The Caribbean is renowned for its idyllic weather, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear waters. Choosing a family cruise to the Caribbean provides the perfect escape from the winter blues, allowing you to bask in the sun and enjoy the tropical paradise that awaits.

Relaxed Atmosphere

Family Cruising in the Caribbean tends to be less formal than cruising in other regions such as the Med. It seems that passengers take ‘on board’ the relaxed Caribbean vibe and chill out a bit more! Also, the Caribbean is less about sightseeing and soaking up the local flavour.

Plus, cruise lines catering to families typically have a plethora of kid-friendly activities and amenities. From dedicated children’s clubs to water parks, arcades, and supervised excursions, your children will be entertained and engaged throughout the journey, giving parents some much-needed time for relaxation.

Soft Sandy Beaches

Whilst the UK is beaten down by rain and snow, take the chance to bask in the Caribbean sun with crystal clear seas. Nearly every port will present you with a stunning beach. Soft white sands and warm shallow waters. Perfect for sandcastle building and splashing around with the kids.

Diverse Cultures and Experiences

Caribbean cruises offer the opportunity to explore various destinations, each with its unique charm and cultural experiences. Whether it’s the vibrant markets of Jamaica, the historic sites of Puerto Rico, or the stunning beaches of the Bahamas, your family will have the chance to create diverse memories in every port of call.

The Caribbean is home to several popular cruise ports that offer a diverse range of experiences for travelers. From the historic streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the beautiful beaches of Nassau, Bahamas, and the vibrant marine life of Grand Cayman, each port provides a unique blend of cultural exploration, natural beauty, and recreational activities. Whether you’re interested in snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico, the Pink Street in the Dominican Republic, or exploring the 365 beaches of Antigua, the Caribbean cruise ports cater to various interests, making them ideal destinations for family cruises.

Balmy evenings at Sea

The cruise’s family-friendly activities, such as outdoor movies, live performances, and socialising on deck, create a warm and inclusive atmosphere. These balmy evenings become an ideal backdrop for quality family time, relaxation, and the creation of lasting memories during the cruise.

Kids want to run free and warm evenings on board, which means they can hang out in the pool until late or enjoy the outdoor facilities on the ship. Think about watching the latest blockbuster movie under the stars with a cocktail in hand while the kids splash happily in the pool.

Evenings at sea on a Caribbean cruise can also offer a delightful experience for families, providing a serene atmosphere with gentle ocean breezes and captivating sunsets. Families can enjoy al fresco dining under the stars, participate in entertaining themed events and deck parties, and revel in the unique charm of nighttime cruising.

Quality Family Time in the Sun

In our fast-paced lives, finding quality family time can be challenging. A cruise to the Caribbean provides a setting where families can reconnect, bond, and create shared memories. Whether it’s enjoying a sunset dinner together or embarking on an adventurous shore excursion, these moments will strengthen family ties. Plus booking a winter cruise offers

The Ship

Cruise ships come armed with kids clubs and entertainment a go-go! This means you can get some grown up time safe in the knowledge that the kids are safe and being entertained. I have often had to drag my daughter kicking and screaming out of the kids club so we can go ashore. Some cruise lines will allow kids to remain on board in the kids club while parents head off the ship.

Cruise ships are also equipped with many entertainment options suitable for all ages. From Broadway-style shows to comedy nights, themed parties, and live music, there’s something for everyone. This ensures that family members of all generations can find activities that cater to their interests.

Christmas and NYE

The ships go all out over the festive season. Think Santa climbing up the funnel, full Turkey feast, snow in the Atrium and glittering parties. All of this with no unwanted visitors and no mountain of washing up!

Multi-Generational Holidays

Cruise holidays are highly suitable for multi-generational vacations due to their diverse activities catering to all age groups, all-inclusive packages simplifying budgeting, the convenience of visiting multiple destinations without constant packing, and the flexibility for individual preferences. Safety measures for children, comfortable accommodations, and accessibility make cruises accommodating for family members of all ages. The variety of dining options and the ease of celebrating special occasions further contribute to the appeal of cruise vacations for multi-generational families.


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    Donna and Sarah ( Cruising For All ) Sarah Christie and Donna Vallance are experienced travel writers and cruise enthusiasts specializing in cruising. They are passionate about exploring new destinations and have dedicated themselves to sharing their knowledge and insights with fellow travellers. They provide valuable information, tips, and recommendations for all cruisers. They strive to make cruising accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of their interests, budgets, or accessibility needs. Their articles and reviews are well-researched, comprehensive, and written to help readers make informed decisions and have unforgettable cruise adventures.

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