Caribbean Cruise Holidays 2024, 2025 & 2026 | P&O Cruises (2024)

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Reasons to visit the Caribbean with P&O Cruises

Fly to the sunshine in no time

In around 8½ hours, you will find yourself in paradise, sipping a mojito in the sun and embarking on a Caribbean cruise adventure. On a chartered flight, once you have checked in your luggage at the airport, we’ll handle everything from there. Choose from seven or 14-night cruise holidays for a Caribbean cruise.


Breathtaking beaches

With endless white or golden sands, turquoise shores and laid-back co*cktail vibes, nothing beats the Caribbean’s sun-soaked beaches. It’s not hard to see why this part of the world is heavenly for beach lovers.

Caribbean food

Conch chowder, fried jackfish, tania fritters, soursop ice cream and, of course, rum punch: exotic flavours abound in the Caribbean, and few parts of the world can match it. Get a taste of island life with local dishes that’ll tickle your tastebuds.

Magnificent scenery

The twin peaks – Gros Piton and Petit Piton – that dominate St Lucia’s landscape are a true Caribbean landmark. Rich vegetation, geothermal fields and hot springs, coral reefs and a wonderful variety of wildlife make this an area of superlative beauty. There really is something to suit my every mood in the Caribbean.

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"Several mornings a week, racehorses swim at one of the island’s best beaches, known as Pebbles Beach in Barbados. Grooms from the racetrack at Garrison Savannah, less than a mile away, regularly walk their horses here for baths and bonding."
– Time Out

Explore our Caribbean Island Cruise Ports


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St Lucia

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St Vincent

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St Maarten

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Other Caribbean Island Cruise Ports include...

Dominican Republic | Aruba | Bermuda |

Grand Turk | Tortola | The Bahamas |

Bonaire | St Kitts | Guadeloupe |

Honduras | Puerto Rico | Martinique | Belize

Our top 5 Caribbean shore experiences

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"Don’t miss a dip in hot mineral water at the Pool of Love at St. Lucia's famous, volcanic Sulphur Springs, or make a mess in the rejuvenating black mud bath."
– Time Out

Frequently asked questions about the Caribbean

The Caribbean enjoys particularly good weather when the UK is at its coldest - so why not ditch the dowdy cosy wear for your brightest cossies! Our ships sail the Caribbean through the winter months of November until March.

The Caribbean islands are split into two main time zones:

4 hours behind UK before Daylight Savings Time, and 5 hours behind during Daylight Savings Time: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Martin, Saint Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands.

6 hours behind UK before Daylight Savings Time, and 7 hours behind during Daylight Savings Time: Belize and Honduras

There are several currencies in the Caribbean. Here are the currencies that you may use:

Aruban Florin (AWG): Aruba

Bahamian Dollar (BSD) (and US Dollars widely accepted): The Bahamas

Barbadian Dollar (BBD): Barbados

Belize Dollar (BZD): Belize

East Caribbean Dollar (XCD): Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Vincent

Euro (EUR) (and US Dollars often accepted): Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Martin

Lempira (HNL): Honduras

Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG): Curaçao

Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD): Trinidad and Tobago

United States Dollar (USD): Bonaire, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

The Caribbean is made up of thousands (approximately 7,000!) paradise islands - many of them of course are small islets, however there are 13 sovereign island nations and 12 dependent territories, all offering something unique to discover. On a Caribbean adventure with us you can explore: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Martin, Saint Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands

Several languages are spoken in the Caribbean - you’ll hear these languages in the following countries:

English: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands

English, French and Dutch: St Martin

Dutch and Papiamento: Aruba, Bonaire

Dutch, Papiamento and English: Curaçao

French: Guadeloupe, Martinique

Spanish: Honduras

Spanish and English: Puerto Rico

With us, you can enjoy a blissful holiday of 7-35 nights to the Caribbean. So how long do you fancy?

Yes, with us you can get to paradise pronto on a fly-cruise to the Caribbean. You can fly to, and from, Barbados or Saint Lucia where you’ll meet, or depart from your P&O Cruises ship.

Imagine your dream beach, and it’ll likely be one that resembles a coastal Caribbean idyll. Perfect sunshine, warm turquoise waters, powder-soft sands and swaying palms. Bliss. But, step beyond the shore and you’ll encounter so much more too; rich cultures, tasty cuisines, unique wildlife and awe-inspiring landscapes from tropical forests, to subterranean caves, salt flats and picture-perfect towns and harbours. The Caribbean islands have it all.

Holidaying to the Caribbean with us makes it easy to discover the unique beauty of each destination. One day you could be snorkelling with inquisitive stingrays, the next zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, visiting a quaint European inspired town, or dancing the night away to calypso rhythms. And with overnight stays in Barbados and evening calls in St Lucia on selected holidays, you can soak up the sights for a little longer.

There’s no end to the exciting things you can see and do in the Caribbean, but here’s a little suggestion of what you might enjoy: hiking to St Lucia’s lush, volcanic Les Pitons; scuba diving Barbados’ abundant waters; exploring Antigua’s 18th century Nelson’s Dockyard; perusing the colourful craft market of Tortola; and cycling past the towering sugarcane fields of St Kitts – and that’s just for starters.

Pack as you would a regular summer holiday wardrobe; t-shirts, shorts, dresses, sunhats and sunglasses, flip-flops and water shoes. As the Caribbean islands are made for outdoor adventures, a comfy pair of walking shoes is recommended too.

Please also ensure you have sufficient items in your hand luggage for arrival into Barbados / Antigua (for example, medication or fresh set of clothes) as luggage may not be delivered to your cabin until late in the evening and you may wish to enjoy the ships facilities prior to your luggage arrival.

With cultural influences from all over the world (Africa, India, Spain, Britain, China – to name a few), it’s no wonder Caribbean cuisine is an exciting mix of flavours. From the indigenous people to its later inhabitants, cooking traditions have been fused to create some terrific tastes like: Pepperpot, an Antiguan melt-in-the-mouth stew; Barbados’ catch of the day, flying fish – a mild white fish, marinated and grilled in lime juice; Tortolan pates – fried flatbread pockets stuffed with spiced meats or vegetables; and the Caribbean classic juicy jerk chicken – the marinade is a spicy, sticky blend best cooked on the barbecue. Yum!

The Caribbean is renowned for its wonderful weather with temperatures a balmy 24-29°C throughout the year. Our ships sail the Caribbean from October to March when it is slightly cooler, drier and less humid – perfect for exploring and relaxing.

The Caribbean's climate is a tropical one, with average temperatures typically 24-29°C - perfect bathing suit weather! Rather than the four seasons as we experience, the Caribbean climate centres on the dry season, rainy season and stormy season. Our ships sail the Caribbean from October to March when it is slightly cooler, drier and less humid – ideal for relaxing and roaming amongst all of the exotic wonders, and the perfect antidote to the winter season back home.

Sail the Caribbean on board your perfect ship

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Iona’s eagerly-anticipated sister ship, Arvia is heading for the sunshine. Like Iona, Arvia is another Excel class ship, with even more freedom, innovation and variety in store than ever before. So get ready for your ultimate P&O Cruises holiday.

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Inspired by our past. Designed for the future. There has never been a more stylish way to see the world! Whether you're new to cruising, or a veteran of the high seas, your moments on board Britannia are sure to be truly memorable.

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There’s always something happening on Ventura, enjoy delicious fine dining, a tranquil spa, many quiet spaces to unwind, great sports facilities and four pools.

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Iona is our largest and most innovative ship yet. With her luminous glass-roofed SkyDome, on-board gin distillery and whole world of dining and entertainment on board. Iona has a host of surprises in store.

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Mid-sized Aurora is a world-class ship, bringing the joys of classic cruise travel to all.

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Caribbean Cruise Holidays 2024, 2025 & 2026 | P&O Cruises (2024)


Which cruise line is best for the Caribbean? ›

  • #1. Disney Cruise Line. #1 in Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean. ...
  • #2. Celebrity Cruises. #2 in Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean. ...
  • #3. Virgin Voyages. #3 in Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean. ...
  • #4. Royal Caribbean International. ...
  • #5. Holland America Line. ...
  • #6. Carnival Cruise Line. ...
  • #7. Princess Cruises. ...
  • #8. Norwegian Cruise Line.

What is the best month to cruise the Caribbean? ›

The best time for a Caribbean cruise is from December to April when the weather is dry, sunny, and clear skies on most days. The ideal cruising conditions of mild temperatures and calm waters typically last throughout winter and spring, making it the prime Caribbean sailing season and very traveler-friendly.

When should I book a cruise for 2024? ›

If you're extremely flexible, booking last minute can save you 60% or more, as cruise lines are desperate to fill empty cabin space. But generally speaking, it's best to book over a year in advance during the November to March sale season.

What is the cheapest month to go on a cruise? ›

The best time of year to book a cruise is often January through March. During this period — also known as wave season — industry-wide sales occur and the price of that cruise you've been dreaming of may drop significantly.

What cruise line is rated number one? ›

The best cruise lines in 2023. Norwegian Cruise Line ranked as the best cruise line in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler.

Which side of the ship is better for Caribbean cruise? ›

If you'd rather see the sunrise while sailing south or east, staying on the port side is your ideal choice as well. Choose the starboard side for the opposite situation: sunsets are visible on southbound and eastbound sailings while sunrises are visible on northbound and westbound cruises.

When not to go on a Caribbean cruise? ›

Hurricane season in the Caribbean generally runs from June 1 to November 30, typically peaking in August and September. Keep yourself well-prepared by checking the National Hurricane Center for updates before you travel.

What month are Caribbean cruises the cheapest? ›

Here are the cheapest times to take a cruise to the Caribbean:
  • January (with the exception of New Years' week and Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend)
  • February (with the exception of Presidents' Day Weekend)
  • May.
  • September.
  • October.
  • First two weeks of November.
  • First two weeks of December.
Jan 27, 2023

What are the worst months for hurricanes in the Caribbean? ›

The official hurricane season runs between 1 June and 30 November but the period of highest concern is just between mid-August and early October. This means the months of April, May, June and July are particularly good value.

What is the best cruise line for adults in 2024? ›

The 10 Best Cruise Lines for Adults [2024]
  • Viking Ocean + Expedition Cruises.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
  • Seabourn Cruise Line.
  • Celebrity Cruises.
  • Holland America Cruise Line.
  • Royal Caribbean International.
  • Princess Cruises.
  • Silversea Cruises.
Apr 18, 2024

Why are cruises so expensive 2024? ›

CNBC reports that cruise fares may continue to rise in 2024, thanks to higher occupancy rates that can help drive prices higher during this time of surging fares.

What is the cheapest day to book a cruise? ›

There's No Best Day to Book

Cruise lines generally release their lowest fares when itinerary schedules are first published, and then run sales every so often to encourage bookings. As cabins fill up, the prices go up.

Do you need a lot of spending money on a cruise? ›

Most guests bring $50-$120 cash per day to spend during the cruise. You will have many opportunities to purchase duty free goods, take exciting shore excursions, buy local souvenirs, play your chance in the casino, or enjoy some pampering in the spa.

What is the best cruise line for adults? ›

Adults-only Cruise Lines
  • Viking. Courtesy of Viking Cruises. ...
  • Saga Cruises. Stuart C. ...
  • Explora Journeys. Courtesy of Explora Cruises. ...
  • Silversea Cruises. Courtesy of Silver Sea Cruises. ...
  • Windstar Cruises. Courtesy of Windstar. ...
  • Seabourn. Courtesy of Seabourn Venture Cruises. ...
  • Ponant. Olivier Blaud. ...
  • Regent Seven Seas.
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Will cruise prices drop in 2024? ›

In 2024 cruise fares will continue to increase past 2019 levels. Demand for cruises has continued to grow. Carnival Corp, for example, says it is "well positioned to drive 2024 pricing higher."

What is the best cruise line for adults in the Caribbean? ›

Best adults-only Caribbean cruise: Virgin Voyages

Also, fares include all meals, soda, basic Wi-Fi and crew gratuities. Virgin's first vessel, Scarlet Lady, launched in late 2021. The line added Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

What is the name of a popular cruise line that visits the Caribbean islands? ›

Examples of cruise lines that go to the Caribbean include MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Viking Ocean, Princess and Windstar.

Is Eastern or Western Caribbean better for a cruise? ›

The Eastern Caribbean boasts a few outliers, including the awesome El Morro fortress in Old San Juan, but otherwise, the region is mostly about sand and shopping. Our Pick: Western. Among the water parks, rivers, and coral reef, these ports are ideal, especially for families traveling with active kids.

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