A summer Caribbean cruise vacation appears to be the favorite for most cruising families.
However, it is also true several families prefer winter Caribbean cruises, spring Caribbean cruises and even fall Caribbean cruises.
Anyway, summer cruises to the Caribbean seem to be the most popular. In fact, the numbers tell the story: most people book an inclusive family Caribbean cruise for sailing during the months of June through August.
What makes a summer Caribbean cruise vacation so popular?
First off, it is understandable that most people cruise to the Caribbean during the summer, because parents must wait for school to close to get the kids on vacation anyway.
Also, after the dreary days of winter (depending on where you live), and the dreadful storms of spring, most people take their family vacations during the summer.
What's interesting about a summer Caribbean cruise vacation is that it is the hottest time of the year in the Tropics. Have you visited the Caribbean? Are you familiar with the weather in the Caribbean?
My family has taken inclusive Caribbean cruises during winter, spring and summer months. What were the Caribbean temperatures like?
Hot! Yes, even during the winter (in the U.S.)!
It is simply very hot in the Caribbean at anytime, but especially during the summer!
Nevertheless, most people choose to book a Disney Cruise vacation or sail on one of the many Carnival Cruise Line's Funships during that time.
The bottom-line is that a Caribbean cruise vacation is great anytime, but for those looking for more sun - sunbaths, tanning - a summer Caribbean cruise is the best way to go.
An inclusive Caribbean cruise is simply the best type of vacation!
Here is something to note: when you meet the clear blue and beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, you will enjoy the water so much that you will forget the sun.
Earlier, I stated that summer Caribbean cruises are very popular. Some proofs of that are found in the availability of summer Caribbean cruises and the price your family will pay for a summer Caribbean cruise vacation.
As you could probably guess, the fact that most people book their family cruise vacations during the summer, cruise lines offer 10's of inclusive Caribbean cruise itineraries.
Unfortunately, you may not be so lucky to find many summer Caribbean cruise sailings with some of the other popular Caribbean cruise lines such as Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.
However, there are many and varied Caribbean cruise itineraries to choose from.
The most popular cruise ports or terminals for summer Caribbean cruise sailings are the Miami Cruise Terminal, Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Terminal), Port Canaveral (near Orlando) and Tampa Cruise Terminal.
You also will find summer cruises to the Caribbean from New Orleans, Jacksonville and even New York City (Manhattan Cruise Terminal).
As for Caribbean cruise destinations: the most popular sailings are to the Bahamas - mostly 3-day cruises and 4-day cruises. Some longer cruise itineraries will include a port of call in the Bahamas.
You also will find tons of summer Caribbean cruise sailings to the Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean - 5-day cruises, 6-day cruises, 7-day cruises and even longer cruise itineraries to southern Caribbean islands such as Aruba and Curacao and to places like the Panama Canal.
As you can imagine, with the high demand for summer cruise sailings, the prices are the highest.
Yes, you will pay more for a summer Caribbean cruise than for a winter cruise (unless it is near Christmas or New Year's) or a spring, or fall cruise (unless it is near a holiday).
I must tell you that your family will pay quite a bit for your family Caribbean cruise vacation during the summer, especially if you book at the wrong time.
Tips for Booking A Summer Caribbean Cruise Vacation
1. If you are taking your family on a 6-day or 7-day inclusive Caribbean cruise, book it at least 5 months before the sail date. You will get the Early Saver Rate then, which generally is the lowest price for your cruise ticket.
2. If you are planning for 5-day or shorter cruise, book at least 3 months before the sail date to get the Early Saver Rate.
3. If you are planning on a Disney cruise vacation, book it at least one year before the sail date. Disney Caribbean cruises fill up quickly and the prices race upward.
For all other cruise lines, especially for a Bahamas cruise, you may get lucky and find your cruise at a discounted rate by waiting for the last minute. Your only problem may be that the cabins may fill up fast and there is no discount offered.
One other minor problem is that you may not find cabins together, if your family needs more than one (minor if you prefer saving and your kids are not too young).
However, if you are flexible with where you want to go and with which cruise line you wish to sail, you could snag a great cruise package deal for your family's summer cruise vacation.
Just watch the fares until about 2 months before the sail date.
If many cabins are available, prices will fall.
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