Disney Cruise Line sails to a wide variety of ports on their Caribbean cruises. These ports offer historical significance, shopping, water recreation, and other outdoor recreation.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Basseterre is on the small volcanic island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. While St. Kitts has a lot to offer history buffs, it also has azure waters paired with white-sand beaches and a rainforest, too.
Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. Barbados is home to one of the only two working sugar windmills in the world. Besides historical objects and locations, Barbados also offers duty-free shopping and local cuisine.
Enjoy the white sand beaches on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas! Of the island’s 1,000 acres, only 55 acres have been developed for guest use. There are beautiful beaches with areas reserved for kids, teens, families, and adults-only. Each person can find his own place to have fun and relax. The cruise ship docks right at the island, allowing guests to walk off the ship. Port adventures abound, and the Key to the World card can be used for purchases on the island.
Castries, St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a volcanic island in the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. St. Lucia offers duty-free shopping along with all the fun outdoors activities like beaches, National Rain Forest, Sulphur Springs (the only “drive in volcano” in the world), and more.
Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya is located on the Yucatan Peninsula and is comprised of two small villages. This is a fairly new area for tourists, so there is less of a “touristy” feel to it. The ruins at Chacchoben were constructed by the Mayans in the 4th century and were opened to the public recently. With beaches, shopping, and restaurants, there are many fun things to do.
Cozumel is an island off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. This island contains many ruins from the Mayan culture, as well as some of the world’s healthiest coral reefs. There are plenty of beach options to soak up the sun, and there is some duty-free shopping that is touted to be one of the world’s best duty-free ports.
Falmouth is on the northern coast of Jamaica and is central to popular Jamaican locations. Head east to Ocho Rios and Dunn’s River Falls, or head west to Montego Bay and the beaches of Negril. Jamaica is also a great place to try traditional jerk cuisine with fresh Jamaican produce.
Galveston is a port of departure for Western Caribbean and Bahamian cruises. Galveston has a combination of beaches, historical buildings, museums, and a waterpark. It is about 50 miles from Houston, Texas.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Enjoy Seven Mile Beach for snorkeling and swimming. Visit historical sites, hike a 65-acre woodland reserve, or shop on Cardinal Avenue. This port requires tendering.
Key West, Florida
Key West lies near the end of the chain of islands known as the Florida Keys, and is the southern-most city in the continental United States. This city, with its rich history and ravishing natural beauty, is probably the best known small town in United States. It has an average annual temperature of 77 degrees and rarely varies more than 10 degrees in either direction. It has never seen frost or snow and averages only 39 inches of rain per year. You’ll have plenty of time to walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Lou Gehrig, Harry Truman and Tennessee Williams. The streets are filled with sidewalk cafes, open-air bars, legendary pubs and world-class restaurants. Only in Key West would the sun shine brightest when it sets. Each day’s setting sun is celebrated and sometimes even applauded at Mallory Dock, where artisans, musicians, and street performers pack the city pier as the sunsets shimmer over the Gulf of Mexico.
Miami is a southern departure port for Caribbean and Bahamian cruises. Miami has diverse shopping and the “South Beach” atmosphere. Nearby are Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Port Canaveral is a home port for Disney Cruise Lines. Kennedy Space Center can be found in Cape Canaveral, and it is just over an hour away from Walt Disney World. Cape Canaveral also has beaches to surf, deep sea fishing, and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (bald eagles, manatees, alligators, and more).
St George’s, Grenada
Grenada is known as the “Island of Spice” and has beautiful beaches and miles of untouched rainforest. From hiking trails to a spice processing plantation, there is a variety of shore options.
St. John’s, Antigua
Antigua is the largest island of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. This is where some of the “rich and famous” have summer homes. From Half Moon Bay for swimming and snorkeling to the lush rainforest, there is a lot to see and do on Antigua.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is the oldest city under the United States’ jurisdiction. San Juan has a warm climate and a diverse geography that includes rain forests, deserts, and caves.
St. Maarten is a unique destination in that the island is evenly split between France and the Netherlands. St. Maarten is a popular tourist destination known for its upbeat nightlife, local crafts, great shopping, and beautiful beaches. Because of the two different nationalities on the island, there are two different cultures to be discovered.
St. Thomas/St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Thomas was once populated by Dutch-owned sugar plantations and even by pirates, but now, it is a popular tropical tourist destination. Play golf, shop, sunbathe on white-sand beaches, or swim in the warm waters. St. John, a short ride away, offers an underwater world that beckons snorkelers. St. John also has other forms of water recreation.