En español | A Caribbean cruise is a classic. White-sand beaches and balmy breezes set the scene for one of the world's most popular destinations — for travel and leisure in general and for cruises in particular. Ships of all styles and sizes cruise among two dozen palm-fringed Caribbean islands. Read on to discover five top Caribbean cruises.
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Crystal Cruises' 922-passenger Crystal Symphony is noted for its lecturers, such as oceanographers and fighter pilots, as well as for its onboard classes — everything from website design to Spanish lessons. Its tiered stern decks are perfect for sunbathing and gazing at the Caribbean scenery. From $3,490 per person.
On St. Thomas and St. Maarten, check out the beaches or shop for souvenirs. In Curaçao, snap photos of the picturesque Dutch architecture. Cruise through the Panama Canal and learn how its locks and lakes were created to join the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.