Your Travel Guide to Discovering the Caribbean Islands

Excited about the possibilities of a Caribbean getaway? Here, AAA Travel Advisors answer common planning questions to help you make the most of your trip.

Caribbean Insights from AAA Travel Advisors

With so many diverse islands to choose from–and so many ways to see them–planning for a Caribbean vacation can be a formidable task. Whether you want to catch as many highlights as possible while on a cruise or stay put at a secluded all-inclusive resort, AAA Travel Advisors can help you plan the right trip for your needs. To get you started, here are a few answers to common Caribbean travel questions:

Q: Any insider tips on booking the best cabin?
A: “Book eight to 12 months in advance for the best cabin selection. A lot of times, the mid-ship cabins [where there’s less motion] may be gone, or the price has changed because you didn’t book soon enough to get a special rate. Also, consider getting a balcony. It makes the room feel larger and gives you your own, private outdoor space to enjoy the view and the ocean air. It’s especially nice to sit out there in the morning with your coffee.”–Renee James, AAA Travel Advisor

Q: What do I need to know about booking shore excursions?
A: “Shore excursions are a great way to enhance your vacation experience. I recommend booking your shore excursions with your travel advisor before your trip because you’ll have a better chance to go on that special day trip you had your eye on. Not only are you likely get the excursions you want, but you may save money, and you’ll gain peace of mind knowing that you booked a great service from a AAA partner.” –Cristina Garcia, AAA Travel Advisor

Q: Is a Caribbean cruise suitable for the whole family?
A: “Caribbean cruises have something to offer each member of the family, from active travelers and energetic kids to restless teenagers to those looking to sit back and relax. The beautiful beaches of the Caribbean are perfect for snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and stingrays, dreaming under a palm tree, building sand castles or getting an oceanfront massage. Whatever you are looking for, the Caribbean likely has it.” –Cristina Garcia, AAA Travel Advisor

Q: Do I need to pack formal clothing for a cruise?
A: “Talk to your travel advisor about attire for dining. Cruising is getting more and more casual, but it depends on the cruise line. Seven-day sailings on many cruise ships will include two formal dinner nights, yet other cruise ships have no formal nights at all.” –Kim Scheetz, AAA Travel Advisor

Q: What can I do on a cruise ship during the days at sea?
A: “Days at sea are open to many possibilities. Most cruise ships offer a kids club that will have your little ones entertained for hours, and activities are planned to keep you as busy as you wish. Book a wine tasting with your onboard sommelier, learn to decorate cupcakes or book a workout session at the gym. No matter what you choose to do on your day at sea, your cruise will have activities to entertain, educate and relax your day away.” –Cristina Garcia, AAA Travel Advisor

Q: What if I want to experience the Caribbean without going on a cruise?
A: “All-inclusive resorts are extremely popular and offer a unique way to experience paradise, with a bottom-line price for all food, drink and non-motorized watersports, like kayaking and snorkeling. Some have on-site spas, shopping and golf courses with complimentary green fees.” –Kierstyn Mineker, AAA Travel Advisor

Q: Are all-inclusive resorts appropriate for all ages?
A: “While some all-inclusive resorts are adults-only, many all-inclusives cater to families, with a range of options for every age group. From adults-only pools to teen centers and resort babysitting, everyone in the family is sure to enjoy their vacation.” –Kierstyn Mineker, AAA Travel Advisor

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