Cruise to the Lesser Antilles, Caribbean: when to go, prices and itinerary

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Tropical beaches, long, white and with very fine sand. The Caribbean Sea so clear and blue. The coral reef and its thousand colors. We are talking about the Lesser Antilles, an archipelago of small islands belonging to the Antilles group, which separates the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. But why settle for just one island when you could visit many in one trip?

A cruise is the perfect way to enjoy the splendor of the Caribbean to the fullest!
Here are all useful information on climate, costs and itinerary for a Cruise to the Lesser Antilles.


  1. When to go? The best time for a cruise to the Lesser Antilles
  2. How much does a cruise to the Lesser Antilles cost? Prices, tips and itinerary
  3. Cruise itinerary
  4. User questions and comments
  5. Request a personalized quote

When to go? The best time for a cruise to the Lesser Antilles

  • Best time: from January to March, when the hurricane risk is non-existent, the rains are less frequent, although in any case possible, and the temperatures are slightly lower than in the summer months, therefore making beach life and excursions more livable.
  • Period to avoid: from May to October, when the rains begin to be gradually more frequent and the temperatures much higher, moreover we enter the period of hurricanes.
  • Advice: a cruise between the Lesser Antilles is a relaxing journey on paradisiacal beaches and discovering nature through forests and coral reefs. This means that the Lesser Antilles are suitable for most visitors, both those in search of sea and tranquility, and those in search of adventure. Therefore young people, couples and families can play it safe. For the elderly, on the other hand, it is advisable to carefully evaluate their degree of tolerance at the high temperatures that will accompany this holiday.

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

The climate of the Lesser Antilles is tropical, characterized by very hot temperatures and high humidity, although, being a group of islands, it would be better to consult the climatic details of each one based on the places you intend to visit. In general, the seasons are mainly two: the rainy one, from August to November, and the dry one, from December to July. On the dry season, however, it must be said that it is relatively, in fact the rains are present all year round, but more frequently during the summer months.

On the summer months we have to open a parenthesis concerning hurricanes: in fact, the whole Caribbean area is often affected by these climatic events. In the case of the Lesser Antilles, the months with the greatest risk of hurricanes are September and October, however cruises are still possible, but you must always take some precautions and pay attention to the weather forecast.

As for the temperatures, don't worry! In fact, they remain between 29 and 32 ° C at any time of the year. The sea temperature also remains constantly warm and between 27 and 30 ° C.

How much does a cruise to the Lesser Antilles cost? Prices, tips and itinerary

  • Price: The price varies from € 900,00 to € 1.900,00 per person in high season (January / February), but the difference between the two figures basically lies in whether or not to include the flight. In fact, cruises to the Lesser Antilles depart directly from one of the islands (often Guadeloupe or Martinique), so you will still need a flight to reach the port of departure, but some companies such as MSC and Costa include in their quotes the flight and transfers to and from the airport, so that everything is already planned. The accommodation provided is in an external cabin with a view and the price includes full board on board, but not drinks and excursions.
  • Recommended duration: the duration depends on how many islands you want to visit, so to take a nice tour and linger on more islands it would be better to choose a cruise between 7 and 10 days.
  • Companies that organize cruises to the Lesser Antilles: Costa, Msc, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian Cruises
  • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

Cruise itinerary

There are different types of itineraries, and generally they also touch ports that are part of the Caribbean Sea circuit, such as Cuba and Jamaica. The following is just one of the many cruise itineraries that include the Lesser Antilles among their stops.

  1. Departure from Milan or Rome airport with a stopover at the airport in Paris and expected arrival in Pointe a Pitre (Guadeloupe) in 15 hours;
  2. Cruise accommodation and departure from the port of Pointe a Pitre with the first stop on the island of Saint Lucia, in Castries. Here you can visit the city with its Governor's House, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Jeremie Street and the famous Castries market, or take an excursion among the volcanoes of the island, visit the Latille waterfalls, or snorkel. and relax on one of the beautiful nearby beaches, for example Vigie Beach and Marigot Bay.
  3. Stop of 9 hours, departure for the island of Barbados with a stop in Bridgetown, where you can choose to take a panoramic tour of the city or enjoy the beautiful beach of Carlisle Bay. From here you can opt for a boat trip that will take you to observe sea turtles in their natural habitat. For nature lovers, after the turtles, visit Harrison's Cave, ancient natural caves formed millions of years ago.
  4. Stop for 12 hours, departure for Trinidad and Tobago with a stop in Port of Spain. Here you can visit the city and admire its Monastery known as Red House, take an excursion to the natural center Asa Wright or to the natural sanctuary of Caroni, where you can opt for the kayak tour. Finally, relax in the beautiful bay of Maracas on its breathtaking beach.
  5. Stop of 9 hours, departure for Grenada with a stop in Saint George's, where you can visit the city or take a tour of the island to discover its beautiful white beaches, typically Caribbean, and spend an entire day at sea choosing between snorkeling and catamaran trips from which you will admire fantastic landscapes. Lovers of typical cuisine and food in general cannot miss a tour to discover local spices and a visit to Clarke's Court, a rum distillery.
  6. Stop of 9 hours, departure for the island of S. Vincent and the Grenadines, with a stop in Kingstown. Here you can choose a catamar excursion that will take you between the places where the famous saga "Pirates of the Caribbean" was filmed or a boat trip between the other islands of the S. Vincent archipelago and the Grenadines. This day will in any case be full of beautiful beaches, moments of snorkeling and relaxation.
  7. Stop of 9 hours, departure for the island of Martinique, with a stop in Fort de France where you can make beautiful excursions in the midst of nature, for example along the panoramic path Rue de la Fontaine, or a tour of the island, perhaps by jeep, to discover the beautiful beaches and the turtles that inhabit them.
  8. Stop for 17 hours, return to the port of Pointe a Pitre, on the island of Guadeloupe. Here the cruise comes to an end, but you can still choose for the whole day one of the excursions proposed on board that will take you around the main points of interest of the island, for example the Carbet waterfalls, the islet of Gosier , the various sugar cane plantations, botanical gardens and still other beautiful beaches.
  9. Return to Italy, from Guadeloupe to Milan or Rome airport, in 15 hours of travel, making a stopover at Paris airport.

Where are

The Lesser Antilles are a subgroup of the Antilles islands. They extend like an arc from Puerto Rico to the coast of Venezuela, delimiting the border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Politically they belong to different states. Some to the United States, some to the United Kingdom, some to the Netherlands, and finally to France.

What to bring in your suitcase?

To the Lesser Antilles i light clothing and beachwear they go well in any month of the year. Do not forget, however, a light sweatshirt or a waterproof jacket to be ready for sudden rains and hiking shoes if you are planning any excursions outside the days on the beach. Complete your luggage with sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat to protect your head from the sun and, unfortunately, also an umbrella.

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 3.736.000
  • Main islands and cities: The Valley, Marigot, Oranjestad, The Bottom, Gustavia, Basse-Terre, Plymouth, Saint John's, Roseau, Fort-de-France, Castries, Bridgetown, Kingstown, St George's, Port of Spain, Willemstad, Kralendijk,
  • Languages: French, English, Dutch, Spanish
  • Local currency: Euro, US Dollar (€ 1,00 = $ 1,16), East Caribbean Dollar (€ 1,00 = $ 3,14), Netherlands Antillean Guilder (€ 1,00 = $ 2,14) per second of the various states.
  • Weather: tropical climate, average temperatures 20/32 ° C
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: For the territories belonging to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France an identity card valid for expatriation is sufficient, in all the other islands a passport with a residual validity of 6 months is required. For territories belonging to the United States, in addition to the passport, a US visa is required. So for a cruise the documents vary according to the port of embarkation.

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