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Caribbean Cruises

Selecting your Caribbean cruise can be fun and complicating.  There are many ships to choose from and many different islands to visit.   Here are a few of our top picks.

Best Itinerary for Culture-Western Caribbean

On this cruise you will typically stop in Jamaica, Mexico and Grand Cayman.  Some also stop in places such as Roatan and Belize. The cruise will give you the opportunity to learn about past civilizations in Mexico, climb a waterfall or ride a bobsled in Jamaica or swim with the sting rays in Grand Cayman.

Best Itinerary for Relaxing-Eastern Caribbean

This cruise will have many days at sea and typically a stop at a private island.  You will typically stop at 2 ports such as St. Thomas, St. Martin, St. Croix  or San Juan.  You will also usually make another stop in the Bahamas or Grand Turks.

Best for Exploring Many Places-Southern Caribbean

This cruise will leave from San Juan and you will usually stop every day.   If you want to experience many of the islands deep in the Caribbean such as Grenada, St. Lucia, Aruba, Barbados,  Tortola, St. Martin, Bonaire, Antigua and many others this is the cruise for you.  Each island has plenty to offer as well as amazing beaches.

Best Cruise for Exploring the Ship-Royal Caribbean

If you have been to most of the ports but want to make the ship the adventure then choose one of Royal Caribbean’s large ships such as Oasis, Symphony, Allure or Harmony of the Seas.  On these ships you can climb a rock wall, go ice skating, eat at one of 20 restaurants, choose from over 7 pools and even watch a diving show.  These ships have balconies that overlook Central Park.  Many clients don’t even get of and just enjoy all the activity on the ships.

Best Cruise for Exploring Smaller Ports-Windstar

Windstar has 3 ships that sail the Caribbean during the winter.  They have one ship that has only 148 passengers and another with 200.  These ships can give you the ability to explore destinations that the larger ships can’t.   They also have a marina on the back of the ship so you can go wakeboarding or sailing right from the ship.  Windstar has a partnership with the James Beard Foundation, so you can expect 5 star food and service.

Contact the team at Vacationeeze and we can help you decide on which is the best ship and itinerary for your next Caribbean cruise.

 

 

 

Zoetry Resorts

Additionally, every resort is picturesque with luscious landscaping and a keen focus on health and wellness. There is always free wifi, 5-star cuisine (including 24/7 room service) and a la carte restaurants. Water sports, yoga and other activities are available, as well spa facilities you’ll never want to leave. All Zoetry resorts provide boutique hotel characteristics with the ease and accessibility of a 5-star luxury all-inclusive resort.

Our team at Vacationeeze absolutely loves Zoetry resorts for these reasons and many more. Based on our travel experience, Zoetry is the perfect destination for any couple or family looking to escape the bustle of everyday life and relax at the pool, spa, and beach. Any Zoetry resort is a great option to book your next trip, but we wanted to break down what makes each unique to help you decide based on what matters the most to you. We have visited all 4 of the Zoetry Resorts in the past 6 months so here are our thoughts:

Best Food:
Zoetry Villa Rolandi
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Situated on a tiny island just a short yacht ride from Cancun, Zoetry Villa Rolandi truly feels like a paradise escape. The two restaurants at the resort will never disappoint your taste buds and are definitely highlights for any foodie. Casa Rolandi serves a large menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner as you overlook the crystal-clear blue water and can watch the fish swimming just feet below you. Don’t want to leave the beach or pool? Not to worry: the staff at Zoetry Villa Rolandi will serve you food and drinks as you continue to relax under the sun. The second restaurant, Le Metissage, takes your taste buds on a thrilling adventure through the chef’s evening tasting menu of local ingredients with a sophisticated twist. The staff is extremely accommodating, so don’t miss a dinner at Le Metissage even if you have allergies or food limitations. From delicious cauliflower soup, to perfectly cooked duck, to deconstructed lemon meringue pie, every bite is a culinary delight.

Best Rooms:
Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita
Riviera Maya, Mexico

A short drive from Cancun airport, you’ll discover a beachside oasis at Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita. Each oceanfront suite boasts hand selected art and decor, showcasing cultures from all around the world. The husband-wife owners of the resort uniquely decorated each room based on inspiration from their travels around the world. After enjoying the serene grounds throughout the day, returning to your room continues the relaxation and beauty of the resort. The rooms have large balconies with perfect views of the clear blue waters, a hammock to relax on, and even outlets outside so you’ll truly never need to leave. And, the first floor suites have a private plunge pool – making it even easier to stay in the room all day. Once you are willing to leave the serene balcony or perfect private pool to enjoy the rest of the room, you can either relax in the living area, or unwind in the plush bed (yes, each room is a suite with two rooms), or take a long hot bath in the sunken tub in the expansive bathroom.

Best Amenities:
Zoetry Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana takes the Endless Privileges amenities to the next level. You can enjoy an Instagram-worthy horse back ride on the beach while exploring the coastline, then recoup at the spa with a free 20-minute massage for each guest. For daily relaxation, return to the spa for a self-guided hydrotherapy session, including access to the sauna room, the steam room, the pool with various jets and the adjacent jacuzzi. Each room is assigned a personal butler, helping to ensure your stay is even more spectacular. The butlers are available for everything from arranging fresh fruit to be sent to your room each day to decorating the room for your significant other’s birthday, they truly go above and beyond what is already an impressive offering of amenities.

Best Staff:
Zoetry Montego Bay
Montego Bay, Jamaica

It’s hard to resist the smiles and hospitality of the amazing staff working at this Zoetry Montego Bay, the newest in the Zoetry resort family. The staff anticipates your every need, can practically tell when you’re hungry, and is always thinking of ideas to make your stay more comfortable. Whether it’s delivering freshly cooked jerk chicken to you at the beach because ‘you must be hungry’ or ordering your favorite drink as you come out of your room, you truly feel taken care of by everyone at this resort. The happy, caring, and warm-hearted vibes of the staff are contagious and you can’t help but feel you are surrounded by friends in your second home.

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