Top Myths and Facts about Caribbean Cruises

Caribbean cruises are considered the epitome of luxury and class by many American travelers. Oftentimes they are the first foray into international travel for young Americans, or even senior citizens who never quite made it out of the country in their youth and they are seeking a taste of adventure in their dotage. When visiting the Caribbean, you are traveling to a place completely unlike the United States. Many travelers feel like since the comforts of the United States aren’t far away on their cruise ship, there isn’t much to know about Caribbean cruises. Actually, there are a lot of misconceptions and unknown facts surrounding that industry. That said, read on to learn the truth behind the myths about Caribbean cruises.

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FACT: Caribbean Cruises are offered in the winter.

Caribbean cruises are offered year round. This is a benefit because some people might want to avoid the high-tourist season of summer and go when the weather is milder and more temperate.

FACT: Caribbean Cruises during hurricane season are cheaper.

While people might call you crazy for going on a cruise during hurricane season, you will probably find a great deal. Hurricanes rarely affect cruises, and cruises are nearly never canceled due to a hurricane because they can outrun them. Do expect some choppy water if your cruise ship needs to outrun or go around a storm system, however.

MYTH: You don’t need a passport if you never plan to leave the ship.

Even if you don’t plan to leave the ship, you must have a passport to go on a Caribbean cruise. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is in the case of emergency and needing to prove your citizenship to first responders.

MYTH: Only senior citizens go on cruises.

A majority of cruise passengers are middle-aged. There is a caveat to this, however. On family cruises, there are generally more children and on cruises that last a week or longer, most passengers are senior citizens who don’t need to return home to go back to work.

MYTH: If you die on a cruise, they toss your body overboard.

Cruise ships actually have morgues on board to accommodate the bodies of those passengers or crew who unfortunately pass on. Some cruise lines hold the body until the ship returns to port, while some leave the body with the authorities at the next port, which can be tricky when family of the deceased try to bring the body home for burial.

FACT: Alcoholic drinks are sometimes free on cruise ships, but bottled water and soda are not.

Cruises are about money. Passengers who have fun are more likely to come back and for ships with casinos, passengers who have imbibed are more likely to gamble more. Ultimately, alcohol pays for itself when intoxication makes the passengers spend more. The same can’t be said for bottled water or soda.

MYTH: Non-Disney Caribbean Cruises don’t have a lot of tourists.

Many people think they can slip under the radar as long as they avoid the Disney cruises, but that isn’t true. The Caribbean is the top tourist destination for everyone in the world, not just American tourists.

MYTH: There are always disease breakouts on cruises.

It is a fact of life that when many people are together in close quarters, disease spreads more rapidly. Very public disease outbreaks have provided travelers with the false assumption that that is common. In fact, the worst bugs that go around are colds.