Guests embark on one of four different Caribbean Cruises through MSC in 2013. Visit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico when sailing to the eastern Caribbean. A western Caribbean journey takes passengers to the Gulf of Mexico and the tropical destination of Jamaica. Spend a week on the seas exploring Aruba, St. Croix and St. Maarten when sailing around the southern region of the islands.

Eastern Caribbean

The St. Thomas community of Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the Virgin Islands, has swash buckling history that dates back to Blackbeard. Tour the Pirate’s castle and climb the tower of the 19th century fortress. With goods arriving from virtually everywhere on the planet, the city has numerous shopping opportunities. Established in 1521, the original section of San Juan, Puerto Rico has traditional Spanish styled buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Venture to Isla Verde for atmosphere that reminds one of Las Vegas. Hikers trek to the Luquillo Mountains and spend time in the tropical rainforest.

Western Caribbean

Historic sugar plantations provide part of the charm of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Most of the activities evolve around water sports and tours around the island. Hear the horrific stories revolving around the Rose Hall Great House and see the Greenwood Great House constructed by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s family. The Outameni Experience provides guests with a crash course in Jamaican culture and heritage. Learn about the story of Jamaica through art, drama, film and music. The venue welcomes guests to join a traditional dance and sample a selection of island foods.

A number of wildlife attractions await visitors on Grand Cayman. Venture into the local waters and enjoy an unforgettable experience when hand feeding stingrays. Visit the Cayman Turtle Farm and learn about sea turtle conservation. Stroll through the Botanic Park and see the rare Blue Iguana while experiencing the sights and sounds of this tropical paradise.

Southern Caribbean

The island of Aruba offers activities spanning a wide variety of interests. Miles of open and secluded beaches welcome sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts. Adventurous types might indulge in scuba diving, cave or wilderness treks in the Arikok National Park. History buffs have the option of visiting the Archeology or the Numismatic Museum. While aloe plants grow in many parts of the world, guests have the chance to see how industries process the plant when touring the Aloe Factory. Animal lovers spend quality time at the Butterfly Farm, the Donkey Sanctuary or the Ostrich Farm.

Destinations that include the island of St. Croix offer much in the way of nighttime fun with a gaming casino that features blackjack, craps and slots along with video gaming. Resorts offer live performance shows providing a glimpse into local culture. The cocktails flow at island clubs that headline live performances provided by musicians covering folk, jazz, reggae or pop genres. Plan a cruise during a specific time of year and experience one of many island festivals. The annual Carriacou Carnival on Grenada understandably features events centering on bright costumes and dancing to the rhythm of calypso music. However, the event also includes the unique Shakespeare Mas where participants compete against one another by reciting Shakespeare.