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Top three reasons to cruise the Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise Line

Whether you thirst for natural beauty, fascinating history, or just Caribbean rum, there's an excursion to suit. Here are a few reasons why the these exotic islands should be next on your hit listMonday, April 8, 2019

By Norwegian Cruise Line
Stingrays, Jamaica

01 Exotic islands
Sink your toes into pristine white sand or spend your day reclining in a hammock under a coconut palm. Book an NCL Caribbean cruise and you can visit some of the Caribbean's most idyllic beaches to see vibrant marine life or just kick back and soak up the rays. Fringed with coconut and almond trees, Roatan's Tabyana Beach is rated one of the best in the Western Caribbean, with an offshore reef for snorkelling and scuba diving, while Grand Cayman's, Seven Mile Beach is famed for its extensive coral sands and clear waters. Ever dreamt of visiting a private island? NCL owns Harvest Caye in Belize, an idyllic island where you can relax in the comfort of a beach cabana after river tubing in the tropical rainforest.

02 Captivating excursions
Ride on horseback along the pristine coastline when you cruise to Aruba, zip-line through a lush canopy while travelling to Curacao or climb 600ft to the top of Jamaica's most famous waterfall at Dunn's River. Kids will love the thrilling Aquaventure Water Park in the Bahamas, a 141-acre waterscape with thrilling high-speed slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and the chance to snorkel and swim with stingrays in a shallow lagoon. Or step back in time and hike to the spectacular ancient Maya ruins in Mexico's dense jungle near Costa Maya or on a stopover in Belize, where you can also snorkel with sea turtles and tropical fish among some of the world's largest reefs.

03 World-class onboard facilities
The journey is as exciting as the visit when you take a Caribbean cruise with NCL. Voted best for entertainment by Cruise Critic, Norwegian's ships host some of the greatest comedians, tribute artists, variety shows and award-winning Broadway musicals, not to mention theatrical dining experiences where acrobats perform stunts under a colourful big top. After an entertaining evening, recharge the following day in the Mandara spa, voted best cruise spa by World Spa Awards. Relax with over 50 speciality treatments, ranging from facials to massages and acupuncture. NCL's Breakaway Class ships even have a salt room, an atmospheric grotto complete with body-cleansing salt crystals.

Two more to try…

The 11-day Western Caribbean cruise from New Orleans with ports of call at Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; NCL's private island, Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica. BLISS: Launched in summer 2018, NCL's newest ship features two innovative observation lounges for spectacular panoramic ocean views and an elite, top deck Haven accommodation that comes with a private sundeck, 24-hour butlers, concierge service and fine dining options. Pull on your cowboy boots for an evening of country music, sit back and enjoy the hit Broadway show Jersey Boysor head to the serene spa, complete with salt and snow room. As with all NCL's ships, there's plenty for kids too, with an aqua park, laser tag gaming and the chance to hit the throttle and burn rubber on the open-air go-cart racetrack.

The 14-Day Southern Caribbean cruise from New York, with opportunities to explore San Juan, Puerto Rico; St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St Maarten; Basseterre, St Kitts; Castries, St Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; St John's, Antigua.

With a fleet of 17 ships, NCL sails to 123 countries around the world, with over 300 ports of call. Visit the website to discover more. 

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