The Caribbean Season is a famous cruise time. It starts in November and ends at the end of March and many ships will either stay there or sail in and out. It is often a new cruisers first cruise and hence a time they will be over whelmed and need help not to make mistakes. Some islands are beach only, some islands have great ports, some have fantastic unmissable excursions. When to beach and when not to beach, how to get to a beach cheaply, we have many tips here. As this represents the Caribbean Season we try and cover all the ports a ship may pass to and from and in the Caribbean Sea, and also show you come favourite and typical ROTES.

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CARIBBEAN - The whole area that can be taken in during this season - Florida down to the Amazon, Mexico and all the Islands

Tours available in the Bahamas

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Freeport – Bahamas

Freeport is not the most exciting port

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Bahamas, Half Moon Cay – the private island cruise resort & Classic Nassau

Half Moon Cay – The P&O brand have been introduced to

 

Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom)

Havana, Cuba – so good we went back for two weeks

Cuba, a place to put on your bucket list, but you can cruise to it Cuba is a favourite for Marella and Fred Olsen likes to add Cuba to their programme. The problem is, when you have seen it, you will want to go back and dance to the Samba on the largest of the […]

Tours available in Havana, Cuba

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, from Amber Cove

Dom Rep as the tee shirts say has had a history of fighting between invaders and those left to live there. It is another story of pirates and smuggling, people trafficking and growth. The island feels very Cuban, but they dance the meringue rather than a salsa. It has a host of beaches and they […]

Tours available in Puerto Plata (Amber Cove)

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Most exciting Zip Line ever? Zambezi Gorge v Caribbean (St Lucia and Amber Cove) – 4 to choose from

and the winner is …..

Amber Cove is a purpose built cruise resort built by Carnival

Currently on the Azura Caribbean cruise, Amber Cove a joy to visit.

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Tours available in Ocho Rios

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Ocho Ríos, Jamaica – Suggestions

Ocho Rios, Jamaica – Suggestions We have actually stayed in Jamaica twice. Once in what was then a very quaint and lovely Couples Hotel, that reeked of old film stars and people singing round the piano. There were pictures of movie stars everywhere and you could imagine you were standing where Errol Flynn or Noel […]

Gran Canaria, Maspalomas Beach by public bus from cruise terminal

Jean’s film for Doris Visits takes you from the cruise terminal to Maspalomas by public bus; a legendary beach in Gran Canaria

Cheers in Boston and a hurricane on route

Just arrived in Boston and been out testing the new camera, the Canon XC15. OK, so it is first run and we have not got the hang of it yet, and we had to stop for a few beers at CHEERS bar. Cheers, the new bar is a rebuild of the original bar, The Bull […]

Southbank London’s Tameside Christmas market

Christmas Market trail could start at southbank

Princess Cruises from Southampton

Princess cruises are still housed in the P&O building

Why cruisers need to know about robots – meet Pepper

Both Aida and Costa cruise lines have introduced robots to assist guests, these Pepper robots are cruise ship specific and speak three languages.

Panama Canal brief history and facts

New Panamax ships, new costs!

Kew Gardens – a Christmas Experience crafted in lights from Nov 22nd

Out on top of the Christmas experiences we visited and filmed in the UK over the years is the Kew Gardens lights experience.

Choosing your Cabin on a cruise ship

Ships are travelling at sea and can be both noisy and bumpy. There is a logic to apply.

Antigua Jolly Harbour Beach – top marks, $2 on the public bus !

Download Local Tourist Map here    EC$ Eastern Caribbean Dollars (The will take US $) Antigua is a jewel in the Caribbean,

Tours available in Antigua

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Nelson’s Harbour – Antigua

Antigua is another of the Caribbean Islands where the public Bus is easy to use.

Antigua, Doris Visits the island in the Caribbean

Antigua, is really a beach destination island.

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Tours available in Guadeloupe

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre Port, French Caribbean

Guadeloupe has replaced the damaged St Maarten in the 2017 Caribbean season, so it has got much busier. Many years ago we went to Guadeloupe to shoot a commercial for BP with an underwater diving team. We never went to the port so this was our chance. Your ship stops in the working port of […]

Guadeloupe, ship excursion – Grande Terre Panoramic

Guadeloupe looks like two islands in the shape of

St Kitts Dec 2017, Caribbean. Brimstone Hill Fortress. Jean’s video report for Doris Visits Cruisers

St Kitts is a very pleasant town to walk around

Tours available in St Kitts and Nevis

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St Kitts. Walking tour of Basseterre – Jean walks the town

St Kitts is one of the most popular Caribbean islands to draw people seeking the sun

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SAINT MARTIN – FRENCH

SINT MAARTEN – DUTCH

Tours available in St Maarten

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Sint Maarten is open – cruise ships back in number!!!

Cruise ship Viking Sea was the first post Irma commercial cruise

St Martin, Marigot. French side by public bus from Philipsburg

Cruise ship Viking Sea was the first post Irma

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First Cruise? New cruiser? What ship? Where to go? Dress Code?

This also explains fly-cruise into Barbados? 

Caribbean Season, the one most cruisers look forward to.

The Caribbean is seeing new ports and new facilities built all the time to deal with the larger ships

Cruise Tip – Laundry, Ironing and the ship’s Tailor!

Whether you are on a long cruise

Lady gets £50,000 bill because of in-effective cruise insurance.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

The True Cost of Cruising – Tips & Tipping, Tours, Drinks, Fine Dining

You can go on a cruise and enjoy just what was in the ticket price,

Tours available in St Thomas

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St Thomas, Caribbean – it is a case of which glorious beach

Charlotte Amalie, the jungle surrounded port

St Thomas, Caribbean. Guides

Doris Visits welcomes travel film makers Melinda and Jack

TORTOLA BVI. – TOUR – Island Bus Tour / Excursion film by Jean Heard

Jean takes the Bus Tour / Excursion for Doris Visits.  –  Tortola has an award-winning Pier Park, and a second pontoon.

Tortola BVI – Walk to the J R O’Neal Botanical Gardens

Tortola has a new award-winning cruise terminal.

TORTOLA – Road Town Walking Guide, ferry and main features

Tortola is said by some to have the best beaches in the Caribbean.

 Saba (Dutch)

 Sint Eustatius (Dutch)

 Saint Barthélemy (French)

 Montserrat (United Kingdom)

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    • IN BRIEF: Ex British island, that won’t take pounds but will take US dollars. Bridgetown has a little to offer, but you will no doubt want to explore, north, south, or east are the options. The Bridgetown film shows you the town and bus garages. The other option – beaches! The ones in Bridgetown are great, free and public, but you will be sold a few things and hasssled a little. See the films and chat.
    • CURRENCY: Barbadian Dollar.

Barbados, Andromeda Botanic Gardens.

This six-acre park is part of the Barbados National Trust.

Tours available in Barbados

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Bridgetown, Barbados, peaceful paradise island with a reggae beat

A regular stop for Doris Visits, Barbados literally means, the Bearded One,

Rocky Beach, Barbados. Quieter than Carlisle Bay, and maybe cheaper!

Sure you can walk to Carlisle Bay, but it is busy, and the hawkers might get you down.

Barbados. North from Bridgetown to Mullins, Hometown and Sand Lane

Mullins is a treat, the north coast is sheltered and special.

FIRST CRUISE – First blog to read – landing in Barbados

About to dive in on your first cruise and it all looks like a huge mess of the unknown.

Barbados – P&O Ship Excursion – Cat, Caribe & Turtles

We are fans of the Turtles.

Oistins Fish Night in Barbados, Doris Visits the very special night out.

If you are in Barbados on a Friday night, then at Oistins, it is party night.

The Island Of Bequia in the Grenadines

Admit it. There are times when you wish you could get away from it all

Dominica – island tour, panoramic view of Morne Bruce

As with all first visits to a new island, it is best to see the tour

Tours available in Grenada

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Anse Beach, Grenada. Yet another perfect beach in the Caribbean

Anse Beach is Grenada’s most famous, and it has the

St Georges, Grenada a wonderful walk round the harbour with many discoveries

At the southern end of the Caribbean Sea are the Windward Islands and between Tobago and the Grenadines which includes St Vincent and Bequia we find the welcoming island of Grenada; a firm favourite.  We have a great film reports of most caribbean islands and this is no exception. The capital of St George’s has a protected […]

Tours available in Martinique

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Martinique, French Caribbean Island that takes Euros!

The world is a strange place, sail to the America’s and

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St Lucia, Port Castries Guide film – 10k views

Our St Lucia Guide film has hit over 10,000 views.

St. Lucia, shopping, karaoke and duty free by ferry by Marcia

Your ship will berth at Place Carenage or Pointe Seraphine in St Lucia where there is a duty free shopping complex. Here it is claimed to be said by National Geographic, there is the #3 food market in the world; Castries Craft and Food Market. You have to supposed to show your flight or cruise information and a passport […]

St. Lucia, trip to Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. Jean’s report for Doris Visits

Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, St Lucia – These are a very pleasant

St Lucia, Rain Forest Hike – ship organised tour

This was a ship organised tour; we booked the Jaquot Trail Hike which cost us (Nov 2017) £36. We left the ship by bus after signing a waver and travelled through interesting and lush countryside after beating the traffic of Castries. The journey was about an hour did not seem long and was faster coming back. […]

Most exciting Zip Line ever? Zambezi Gorge v Caribbean (St Lucia and Amber Cove) – 4 to choose from

and the winner is …..

Tours available in St Lucia

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

St Lucia Island, Soufriere Volcano. Jean goes to the drive in Volcano for Doris Visits

St. Lucia is one of the largest of the Windward Islands, and it feels friendly the moment you step on to the island. In this film we take a bus and ride out to the Volcano. The French and British spent many years fighting over the twin peaked island deep with rainforests and surrounded by […]

St. Vincent, East Caribbean Island – amazing fishing for Chi Chi (Tri Tri)

Seriously, this incredible experience we stumbled upon on the way to the best beach.

St Vincent, Kingstown and white sand beach by local bus

St Vincent in the Caribbean sea lies between Saint Lucia and Grenada. It is the largest of the Grenadine Islands

The Island Of Bequia in the Grenadines

Admit it. There are times when you wish you could get away from it all

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Tours available in Trinidad and Tobago

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Tours available in ARUBA

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Aruba

The A of the ABC Islands is Aruba is currently on the Britannia’s Caribbean Cruise. It is a popular island and visited by many ships, being part of the West Indies located just off the Paraguaná peninsula of Venezuela. It is 19 miles of beach and fun, Flamingos and nature. Music and food. See the tours […]

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Caribbean YouTube Playlist of Guides. Leave it running and see the winter sun island Adventure.

Tours available in Bonaire, the ABC islands

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Tours available in Curacao

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

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Curacao, the C in the ABC islands

Curacao, the C in the ABC islands is as beautiful as the rest, maybe more so. Willemstad is a world Heritage site and the 18th century pastel coloured houses, the port and the market stalls are all fantastic. It is wear Stuart bought the hat he is so often seen wearing! We stopped there on […]

Photo report from Curaçao by Charles Davis

Charles Davis brings us a photo report from Curaçao. It is currently on the Britannia and Adonis route, and many other ships are visiting this very special island (It is where Stuart got that bush hat). The photos are from his post on the Caribbean Chat site, share your films and experience. From the birth […]

Tours available in Bermuda

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Bermuda – all year round climate – drone film

Hamilton has been the capital since 1815. It is an easy place to walk round with beautiful parks, walkways, markets, historic monuments and buildings, cathedrals, arts centres, museums and parliament buildings. Bermuda is also visited out of the main season, as it claims to have a good climate all year round. It is a British Overseas […]

Bermuda Guide. Hamilton and the Dockyard and a trip out of town

Just 600 miles from North Carolina, this cruise stop is often added on the way home from Charleston or Baltimore or on the way to Charleston and down to Canaveral or another Florida destination. It has an all year round climate so is used before and after as well as during the Caribbean season. Many ships […]

Tours available in Canaveral

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Canaveral Guide, Jetty Park & Cocoa Beach

In this cruise stop at Cape Canaveral, Jean avoids the theme parks and heads for Jetty Beach and Cocoa Beach in search of the classic old wooden pier. But what she is really after is a taste of one of the best coconut shrimp dishes at any bar. Follow her….. you can chat and share later. […]

Puerto Limón, Costa Rica – New Port Expansion planned. Film of inland boat trip.

What a diverse area the Caribbean Season covers, from Florida down to the Amazon, the stranded mid ocean islands like the Azores and Bermuda, to the main land of Mexico and here, Costa Rica. Puerto Limón cruise port is also often a stop before going through the Panama Canal. There are no prizes for guessing […]

Puerto Limón, Costa Rica – tour by bus

In 1502 Columbus established a dwelling at this port and it has grown, but it was not until 1870 a real harbour was established in order to export bananas, nuts and grains. Now it has a vibrant town with a palm lined promenade, cafes and open an air market. Local wine and fruit are as […]

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Tours available in Costa Rica

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Cartagena de Indias, Columbia

Charming, narrow cobbled streets, balconies overflowing

Tours available in Cartagena de Indias

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Tours available in Roatan

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

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Roatan, one of three islands off the mainland – drone film

Just off the north coast of Honduras, the very cosmopolitan Roatan with its cafes and bars is set on a coral reef. That protects the coast and some of the finest beaches in Latin America and the Caribbean. The eco-tourism and botanical gardens here are amazing. Inland, within the islands are jungles, we treated through […]

Roatan, Honduras – Mainland on the edge of the Caribbean

Roatan is an island of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by coral reef and an underground maze of volcanic rock perfect for divers and snorkellers. The sea and beats are so special we thought this film was perfect to show of some of what it has to offer. Eco tourism is popular here, but […]

Key West, walking the boardwalk beside the sea

We love Key West, this time there we went to the boardwalk. Easy to find.

Tours available in Key West

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Key West explained, the tip of the USA filmed by Jean for Doris Visits

Key West is a wonderful destination at the tip of the FLORIDA KEYS – Just ninety miles from Cuba, Key West goes down as one of my favourite places ever.

Tours available in Progreso, Mexico

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Tours available in Cozumel, Mexico

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Cozumel, Mexico

Possibly a stop before or after New Orleans, this coast

PROGRESO, Yucatan, Mexico. Cruise in for Chichen Itza

PROGRESO, Yucatan, Mexico – The port city of Progreso is famous

Miami, beach by bus

Miami is such a hustle, you might just want to

Miami Guide, Bus Tour, Ocean Drive & Beach all on Jean’s film for Doris Visits

Miami, so good they named it twice.

Tours available in Miami

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

New Orleans, French Quarter – a great Cruise Port Guide

New Orleans is situated on the Mississippi River in Louisiana.

Tours available in New Orleans

Tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.