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Caribbean is open for business

February 25, 2018 GMT

The islands of the Caribbean are perfect for relaxation, and our cruise partners are perfect for helping you explore this inspiring region in comfort and style.

Which island do you visit; which shade of paradise do you embrace? You have many itineraries to choose from, featuring islands that are still vibrant and engaging after 2017’s hurricanes — which only damaged 15% of the islands. Visiting any of the islands in the Caribbean gives an economic boost to the entire region, so vacationing there is a powerful way to show support for the people whose lives were affected by the hurricanes.

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While many great islands are open for business — including Antigua, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Martinique and the Bahamas, just to name a few — here are three favorites:

JAMAICA

Home to many of the island’s luxury hotels and resorts, Seven Mile Beach and Ocho Rios lure visitors with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. And, while these elegant destinations are popular for good reason, the interior of the island is equally captivating.

Lush rainforests, gently cascading waterfalls and the majestic Blue Mountains provide ample opportunity for outdoor adventure. Zip line and ATV tours, hiking trails, and rafting trips are all available in abundance — and are the perfect complement to the island’s bounty of sun and sand.

ARUBA

Barely 20 miles long, Aruba’s features are nothing if not accessible. Rent a car for a day and discover some of the island’s many secluded beaches, visit the 18th century Chapel of Alto Vista perched high above the sea or explore the ancient cave paintings in Arikok National Park.

Of course, Aruba also has all the requisite water sports and, thanks to the near constant trade winds, offers world class kite surfing and parasailing. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder Aruba is one of the most revisited islands in the Caribbean — one happy island indeed.

SAINT LUCIA

Visitors from all over the world flock to Saint Lucia for the big game fishing and spectacular dive sites, but the island has plenty to offer outside of the water as well. The delightful landscape of tropical rainforests and majestic mountains offer countless opportunities for adventure. Among the most popular are climbing the volcanic spire Petit Piton, hiking the scenic Tet Paul Nature Trail and horseback riding along the island’s sandy shores. For those looking to relax, the island has long been famed for its luxurious hotels and eco-resorts, where verandas beckon with stunning views and the promise of cocktails made from the delicious local rum.