Less Visited Ports

This is the port for the nearby capital city of Caracas. The two cities are connected by an excellent highway, so not much time is wasted in travel. Caracas has many fine museums (art, history and culture), as well as a branch of the Murano glass factory. This wouldn't be a surprise if you had known that Venezuela actually means Little Venice in Spanish. Optional trips into the interior are available if you don't want to stay in the city. Famous Angel Falls can be reached by an expensive air...

Pfaya defCarmen

Most ships calling on Playa del Carmen do so for only a short time as a technical call. That is, you may go ashore here only if you are taking an organized excursion offered by the cruise line. These ships generally only spend enough time anchored here to drop off passengers, before sailing on to nearby Cozumel. Passengers make their own way back to Cozumel via regularly scheduled ferry service. Some ships do remain at Playa del Carmen. On the mainland opposite the island of Cozumel, Playa del...

Isfa de Margarita

Only about 25 miles from the Venezuelan mainland, the beautiful Isla de Margarita isn't new on the vacation scene. Inhabited by westerners for more than 400 years, it has been a favorite place for South Americans for some time. Recent years have seen a tremendous rise in international tourism. Although it is still rather infrequently called upon by cruise ships, one can say that it has been discovered by the cruise industry and it is likely to become increasingly popular. This will be even more...

Gateway Ports

R'ranslated into simple English, a gateway port is the city in which your cruise ship embarks and disembarks (that's nautical talk for departs and arrives). Almost all Caribbean cruises are a loop, meaning that they return to the point from which they left. However, there are some one-way itineraries, should that be more appealing to you. The largest number of Caribbean cruises, regardless of where they are headed, originate from one of three cities - Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and San Juan. The...