A Caribbean cruise means fun from sunup until sundown and delights for every age. This sun-soaked archipelago of islands has diverse cultures, histories and cuisines to share. Their stunning natural beauty brings adventure around every corner. If you’re wondering whether the kids will enjoy a cruise vacation to the Caribbean, the short answer is, absolutely!
The fun doesn’t stop when you step off the cruise ship in your port of call. In fact, it’s only the beginning! We have activities in many Caribbean destinations that are perfect for little ones, teens and in between. The following popular shore excursions are geared towards kids 17 and under, but you can also enjoy them as a family.
Experience Sea Life and Natural Wonders
1. La Romana – Ultimate Dolphin Swim with Lunch
Spend your morning in awe of beautiful dolphins in La Romana, Dominican Republic. You’ll have the privilege of swimming with dolphins, feeling their silky skin, cuddling, and posing for a photo together. This bucket list excursion also includes food, drinks, and a dip in the pool. The experience of a lifetime!
2. Half Moon Cay – Horseback Riding by Land & Sea
Adventurers aged 10 and up can experience Half Moon Cay on horseback! The excursion includes refreshments, horseback riding on scenic trails and panoramic views from the top of the island. For this tour, we save the best for last – an unforgettable swim with your horse in the crystal blue Bahamian waters.
3. Cozumel – Xcaret Park
Kids of all ages (and adults too) love Cozumel’s Xcaret Eco-Archaeological Park for its exquisite beauty and mystery. Renowned as one of the Americas’ most important natural theme parks, Xcaret is filled with shimmering lagoons, cool cenotes, an aviary, a butterfly pavilion, aquarium, the museum of Mayan Cities, and the park’s crown jewel – an underwater Mayan archaeological site. Get ready to experience the world of the Mayans.
4. Grand Cayman – Stingray Encounter & Turtle Swim
We bring Grand Cayman’s two most famous attractions to you. The whole family will be awe-inspired as you swim with majestic turtles and snorkel with mighty stingrays. After that, you’ll visit the home of 8,000 green sea turtles and watch turtle hatchlings in their habitat, see sharks up close, and admire a variety of other predatory sea life through the “predator tank”. All ages welcome.
5. Grand Turk – Power Snorkel, Rays & Gibbs Cay Adventure
A perfect excursion for travelers aged 10 and up. This adventure combines the wonder of natural coral reefs with the thrill of power snorkeling and Sea Doo scooters! The fun-filled day will also include a boat ride, a visit to a private island and of course, swim time.
Get an Adrenaline Rush
6. Montego Bay – Bobsled Jamaica & Dunn’s River Falls with Lunch
The kids won’t want to miss this action-packed excursion in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Combining three top activities in Ocho Rios, this all in one adventure is always a crowd pleaser. Experience the world famous Dunn’s River Falls, and then plunge down a mountain, with all its twists and turns, on the Jamaica Bobsled. The Sky Explorer chairlift will take you down the mountain in style.
7. St Maarten – The Big3: Flying Dutchman, Schooner Ride and Canopy
The Big3 is a tour that’s thrilling vacationers with soaring heights and lightning speeds. Experience the beauty of St. Maarten from above as you fly and surf on 3 of the eastern Caribbean’s most exciting thrill rides: The Flying Dutchman, a zipline that travels at breakneck speeds. The Soualiga Sky Explorer, a chairlift that offers beautiful views on your way to the Schooner Ride, a fast and furious innertube experience.
8. St Thomas – St. Thomas Parasail Adventure
Soar like a bird 400+ feet above the crystal blue Caribbean waters of St Thomas! This exhilarating parasail ride is controlled by a certified crew and begins on your exclusive parasail boat. Tandem rides let you feel the joy of flight with a friend or family member (minimum age 6)! You might even get to take a quick dip in the sea before heading back to the landing dock.
9. Aruba – North Coast Jeep Safari
Travel to unexpected places on your open-air 4WD Land Rover! Cruise down island backroads on your way to many beautiful places. Visit the Bushiribana Ruins of Gold, the Chapel of Alto Vista, Donkey Sanctuary, and the California Lighthouse, plus an idyllic swim and snorkel stop.
10. San Juan – Surf Lessons
What makes a better tale to tell friends than taking surf lessons in San Juan, Puerto Rico? Experts teach the basics of catching waves from beginner to advanced levels. Get your surf on in sunny San Juan, then relax and enjoy the beach while you watch other surfers. Minimum age 6 years.
With so many unique outings designed for all of your little ones and big ones too, you can be sure they’re having fun and making lasting memories of your family vacation. In any one of our exciting Caribbean cruise destinations, our shore excursions will have kids laughing with joy, screaming with excitement, and begging for more.
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