For seafarers who cherish the intimacy of small ships, it's hard to top Silversea
. With five of its six ships made to accommodate fewer than 400 guests apiece – and boasting elegance to spare – Silversea
has been nominated for a Luxist award in the Best Caribbean Cruises category.
For those who don't have the stomach for Arctic expeditions on Silversea's 132-guest Prince Albert II,
the Italian-owned company's Silver Shadow
, Silver Cloud
, Silver Whisper
and Silver Spirit
convey Caribbean cruisers to a host of delectable destinations. Silverseas offers wine-focused and gourmet food-focused cruises with visiting chefs from top restaurants around the world. Enjoy in-room butler service on all ships from the moment you arrive to find a bottle of chilled champagne waiting in your suite. Your butler will also take care of dinner reservations, laundry and fridge replenishment.
itineraries include some of the most enticing destinations in the Caribbean with a full roster of activities to boot. Visit 17th century plantations on St. Kitts or bustling seaside marketplaces in Guadeloupe; whale-watch off the coast of Dominica or kayak a tropical lagoon in Antigua; catamaran in the waters off Grenada or go cycling in St. Lucia. Cruises depart from a host of cities in the U.S. including New York, San Diego and Miami, or from the likes of Barbados and Rio abroad.
Caribbean cruises range in length from 7-17 days. Suite-only rates start north of $3,500 for a 10-day cruise and can range as high as $30,000 for an owner's suite during peak season, though free airfare and other discounts can bring down the sticker price.
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