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Tropical delights: the best 2015 Caribbean cruise destinations

Tropical delights: the best 2015 Caribbean cruise destinations

Cruises are experiencing a travel renaissance in 2015, and nowhere more so than the Caribbean, the most popular cruise route in the world. Taking a Caribbean cruise allows you to voyage around some of the most idyllic islands in the world, sampling the often endemic local cultures, cuisines and traditions of each destination before setting off for the next vivid experience. So what stops should you add to your wish list of Caribbean ports when negotiating your cruise deals?

Guadalupe for natural beauty

This French-influenced archipelago comprises two main islands joined by a tiny spit of land, and is guaranteed to tantalise the intrepid. Get back to nature with a kayak through the lush mangrove swamp of its national park. Hike to the top of La Soufriere Volcano for a challenging trek that will prove especially rewarding if you bring a camera, or take in the sea views from the Pointe des Chateaux.

St Lucia for relaxation

Surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, St Lucia offers the chance to escape from it all for a day. Visit the Face to Face day spa for an indulgent massage or a facial in cool, air-conditioned surroundings. If you prefer to soak al-fresco, dive into the sparkling waters of Diamond Falls, or scrub up in one of the island’s natural mud springs! After all this rejuvenation, you’ve earned the right to flop into a hammock with a cool drink and while away the hours until it’s time to re-embark.

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I have to say that when I get the time I'm certainly going to go for what would have been the unthinkable a few years ago ! As a hardcore backpacker going on a cruise was something that didn't sound right to me. 

A few things are different now !

1) Cruising has changed and the quality of the whole experience has improved. Take for example the dining now you can choose from a massive variety of restaurants and the cruise ships are listening to the passengers.2) I'm looking for a more relaxing time away. Yes my own goalposts moved and I am no longer content to share a sweaty dorm room with the unrecognisable backpackers of today (was I ever like that ?)

3) Cruising is for the retired - Not any more ! With great entertainment bars and clubs to suit your mood and your age group. No they won't likely be the sweaty tawdry pubs of the X in Sydney!

4) I'm now a parent and this is perhaps the fastest growing market for cruising- yes families are very well accommodated by the cruise ships.

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