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5 Best Caribbean Cruises to Take in 2015

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With the colder days and longer nights upon us, now is as good a time as ever to book your Caribbean cruise vacation for the upcoming 2015 season. To help narrow down your choices and make your selection a lot easier, we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best Caribbean cruises to take in 2015.

Disney Cruise Lines

While the name “Disney” may automatically conjure up thoughts of crammed amusement parks, these days Disney is making a name for itself with its fascinating cruises. In fact, Disney Cruises has been named the number one cruise line for 2014 as voted by CN Traveler readers. Disney Cruise Line’s four ships are family-friendly, yet also offer resources for adults.

While there are plenty of kids aboard, there are also pools, eateries and other activities reserved solely for the adults in the group. The spa is also off limits to the youngsters, allowing parents and grandparents to have some much needed R&R during the cruise.

Disney Cruise Lines offer some of the most characteristic experiences on water. Their ships feature a number of innovations, including cabins with a bath-and-a-half, and a rotating dining room schedule where passengers can dine at three different restaurants. What’s equally unique is what these ships don’t have: casinos.

Ports of call aboard the Fantasy include Grand Cayman; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel; and Castaway Cay, Bahamas. By 2016, there will be a new itinerary on many of the Fantasy’s 7-night cruises from Port Canaveral to a new port-of-call — Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. If you’re looking for an exhilarating cruise to spend your 2015 vacation, Disney Cruise Lines has plenty to offer.

Carnival Legend

The 7-day Western Caribbean cruises that depart from Florida aboard the Carnival Legend ship will take you from the frigid of the coming water months and whisk you and your family away to tropical island after another in the glistening aqua-marine seas of the Western Caribbean. Carnival offers picturesque days of snorkeling, sun-bathing, swimming, and walking along the pearly white sands under the stars at many of its ports of call, including Cozumel, Mexico; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan; Belize City, Belize; and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Most of the staterooms feature ocean views, with the majority of them featuring private balconies. There are plenty of pools, children’s activities and entertainment, and dining options – including a reservation-only supper club – to keep you and your brood highly entertained for your 2015 holiday at sea.

Crown Princess

A unique stop that the Crown Princess makes on its Eastern Caribbean itinerary is the cruise line’s exclusive Bahamas playground and private island – Princess Cays. There you will enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, sport fishing, paddle boating, and shopping – a far cry from what your friends back home will be doing in the sub-zero temperatures this coming winter. Other ports of call include St. Maarten; St. Thomas, USVI; and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos.

The Crown Princess is one of the largest Princess cruise ships, accommodating 3,080 guests. Close to 900 balconies are aboard, giving guests spectacular views of romantic landscapes across the Caribbean. Some of the unique features of the Crown Princess cruise ship include a cigar lounge, wedding chapel, theater, casino, piazza, and plenty of pools and restaurants.

Cunard Caribbean Fiesta

What better way to cruise through the Caribbean than aboard the Queen Mary 2 ship, Cunard’s flagship and quite possibly the most impressive ocean liner ever built. Take a winter 2015 holiday like no other on this amazing ship. Queen Mary 2 offers plenty of space on board, and boasts a wide array of state-of-the-art facilities, such as a 3D Cinema and planetarium.

Ports of call include St. Thomas, USVI; Antigua; St. Kitts; St. Maarten; and Tortola, BVI. It’s an awesome experience to be on the infamous Queen Mary 2, particularly if you pack your tuxedo and ball gown for a classy experience through the Caribbean.

Riviera, Oceania Cruises

Instead of huddling around a fire in an effort to keep warm this coming winter, you could be lounging on a sun-soaked, panoramic deck aboard the Riviera from Oceania Cruises through the Caribbean. The 1,250-passenger Riviera is Oceania Cruises’ second new-build, and boasts some of cruising’s most luxurious suites, featuring furnishings from Ralph Lauren Home. The ship also has 10 dining venues and a variety of bars and lounges. Amenities include a full-service spa, culinary center, and a wine bar.

Ports of call include Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Guatemala, Roatan, Costa Maya, Mexico, and Key West. What makes this itinerary interesting is that on top of the classic and traditional Caribbean ports that are visited, more coastal Caribbean is also included, including Guatemala.

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