From the islands of the South Pacific to the tropical paradise of the Caribbean, an island cruise promises stunning scenery, mesmerising snorkelling opportunities, and uninterrupted relaxation.
Popular Tropical Island Destinations
The Seychelles and Maldives located off the east coast of Africa epitomise the tropical paradise - the Maldives boast spectacular coral reefs. On the other hand, the islands of the South Pacific including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji, the Solomon Islands are other popular cruise destinations. Additionally, Hawaii and its famous beaches are a welcome destination for transpacific cruises. Cruises in the Caribbean vary between different regions - the Western Caribbean is rich in culture and great for first time cruisers; however, water sport junkies may prefer the East Caribbean, while those in search of a more secluded paradise should head to the Southern Caribbean.
When To Go
There are year round cruises to the South Pacific islands, Caribbean and Hawaii. High seasons in the Caribbean and Hawaii are Christmas and New Year and February to April. The hurricane season, June to November, is the best time to find a cheap Caribbean cruise. The South Pacific islands have most of their rainfall between November and March; the rest of the year is usually dry. The Maldives and Seychelles have the shortest cruise season - from September to May - when the monsoon season has finished and the islands are at their most beautiful.
Who Goes There?
Tropical island cruises are among the most popular types of cruise holiday. For this reason, there's a huge range of cruise lines offering dedicated island cruising including Paul Gaugin Cruises, Silversea, Oceanis, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Carnival.