Top Cruise Ports
in the Western Caribbean

By: | Date: May 15, 2023

What are the top things to do on a cruise to The Bahamas and the Western Caribbean? Where are the ports, and where do cruise ships dock? What to do on shore excursions or explore independently?

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Western Caribbean
Cruise Ports Overview

Generally speaking, the cruise ports in The Bahamas and the West Caribbean have attractions with more diversity than those in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean.

You will find stunning beaches in Costa Maya or Cozumel, like those in Antigua, St Thomas, or St Maarten.

However, the cruise ports in the Western Caribbean have unique historical, cultural, and archeological highlights not found anywhere else in the World.

To learn more about the cruise ports in the Western and South Caribbean, read the reviews and port guides below:

The two most popular cruise ports in the Western Caribbean

In 2019, over 4.5 million cruise ship passengers visited Cozumel 3 cruise terminals. Nassau had 3,473,300 cruise passengers visiting the port in the last year before the suspension of cruises. By far, Nassau and Cozumel are the two most popular cruise ports in the Western Caribbean itineraries.

The 3 cruise ports in Jamaica

Montego Bay is a cruise port regularly visited by Carnival and NCL cruise ships. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise ships call almost exclusively at the port in Falmouth. The cruise port of Ocho Rios serves smaller cruise lines like Regent and Crystal but also Carnival and Norwegian.

The only 2 tender ports in the Western Caribbean

Besides a few private islands, Grand Cayman and Belize City are the only two major ports in the Western Caribbean where cruise ships anchor and passengers are transferred to cruise terminals on land.

Six unique cruise ports in the Western Caribbean

Two ports in the US

The South Caribbean ports

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