Is an Eastern or Western Caribbean Cruise Better?

Is an eastern or western caribbean cruise better?

For a novice cruiser, Eastern vs. Western Caribbean cruises do not sound all too different. They are both the Caribbean, right? Well, yes. However, there are a few fundamental differences between the two itineraries that travelers should understand before booking their Caribbean getaway. The only thing that makes an Eastern Caribbean cruise better than a Western Caribbean cruise, and vice versa, is a traveler’s personal taste. Find out exactly what it is that makes each of these itineraries unique, and all that each route has to offer with The Cruise Web.

An Eastern Caribbean Cruise is Better if You…

Eastern Caribbean beach

  • …enjoy the beach and island hopping. The Eastern Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, The British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, and more.
  • …enjoy shopping and bar hopping. The island ports of the Eastern Caribbean are full of incredible duty-free clothing and jewelry shops, so you can shop ‘til you drop and save money while you do it.
  • …want to take a weeklong cruise. Eastern Caribbean itineraries are generally seven or more days long, as these islands usually require a further journey from your port of embarkation (if sailing from mainland United States).

A Western Caribbean Cruise is Better if You…

Western Caribbean Ruins


  • …are more interested in the history and nature of each port of call. Explore ancient ruins, go bobsledding, or tour coffee plantations on a Western Caribbean Itinerary. This side of the Caribbean is home to ports in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and more.
  • …want to take a shorter cruise. The Western Caribbean offers several 4- to 5-night itineraries in addition to their longer journeys, perfect for those looking for a short and sweet cultural experience.
  • …are sailing from Texas or Louisiana. Though you can sail to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Florida, the ports of Galveston, TX and New Orleans, LA service Western Caribbean itineraries.

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