I understand that you can never count on the weather but I was wondering would you choose East or West Caribbean for a January cruise? We would like the best weather but we need to cruise in January. Thanks!
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we are New Englanders so we always cruise in January/February. It really doesn't matter too much weatherwise which route you choose. It might be a bit on chilly side at your departure port and your first day out at sea, but once you hit the Caribbean it will be nice and warm, hot even. So now its up to what you want to do and see.
Eastern Caribbean - gorgeous white sandy beaches with turquoise waters, good snorkeling and good shopping.
Western Caribbean - more of an active route - swimming with the Sting Rays in Caymen, climbing Dunns River Falls in Jamaica,river tubing, zip-line tours, snorkeling in Caymen, snorkeling in Cozumel , ruins, dolphin swims, pretty beaches.
As LisaK wrote, you really can't go wrong on either itinerary once you get out of the Florida waters. You'll get nothing but comfortable weather no matter which route you choose. But you also might want to consider cruising to the Southern Caribbean as a third alternative.
That's what we'll be doing on Feb. 2nd, a 9-day cruise on the new Norwegian Pearl out of Miami. I believe they have sailing dates in January as well. Itinerary includes Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua & Tortola. It's another option for you to think about.