The approach of warm weather brings an end to many cruise ships' winter schedule of sailing through the Caribbean. While dozens of the vessels are based at various Florida ports and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning in the fall, many will begin repositioning next month to homeports in Alaska, California, Texas and other cities, for the spring and summer.
The following cruise lines will continue to sail from Florida ports and San Juan, through September. Check the accompanying chart for a quick reference to ports of call. For detailed information on cruises, contact the cruise lines and travel agents, as itineraries are subject to change and some cruises sell out quickly.
American Cruise Lines, One Marine Park, Haddam, CT 06438, toll-free 1-800-814-6880; www.americancruiselines.com.
American Eagle (49 passengers) Antebellum South cruises from Jacksonville to Charleston through April feature St. Simon's and Jekyll islands, Hilton Head stops; leaves area for the season May 4 with East Coast Inland Passage cruise to Baltimore.
American Canadian Caribbean Line, 461 Water St., P.O. Box 368, Warren, RI 02885, toll-free 1-800-556-7450; www.accl-smallships.com.
Grande Caribe (100 passengers) Intracoastal Waterway cruise to Rhode Island April 10-24 stops in St. Simon's, Savannah, Norfolk and Baltimore.
Grand Mariner (100 passengers) 14-night Intracoastal Waterway cruises from West Palm to Rhode Island April 23 and May 26, returns to area in Nov.
Ships feature "bow landings" that enable passengers to disembark directly onto the beach.
Carnival Cruise Lines, 3655 NW 87th Ave., Miami, FL 33178-2428; toll-free 1-800-227-6482; www.carnival.com
Carnival Destiny (2,642 passengers) Sails the eastern and southern Caribbean from San Juan year-round.
Carnival Pride (2,124 passengers) Sails from Port Canaveral on eastern Caribbean cruises April through September.
Carnival Spirit (2,124 passengers) Sails on Panama Canal cruises April 4; stops include Cartagena, Cabo San Lucas and San Diego.
Carnival Triumph (2,758 passengers) Sails eastern and western Caribbean from Miami through May.
Carnival Victory (2,758 passengers) Eastern and western Caribbean cruises to Ocho Rios, St. Croix year-round.
Fascination (2,052 passengers) Sails western Caribbean and Bahamas cruises from Miami year-round.
Fantasy (2,056 passengers) Sails from Port Canaveral on three-four day Bahamas cruises year-round.
Imagination (2,052 passengers) Sails western Caribbean from Miami.
Jubilee (1,486 passengers) Sails from Tampa April through August, with stops in Key West, Cozumel.
Paradise (2,052 passengers) Alternates between eastern and western Caribbean from Miami, with special southern Caribbean destination cruise May 2.
Sensation (2,052 passengers) Sails from Tampa on western Caribbean cruises through August to Grand Cayman, Cozumel and New Orleans.
Celebrity Cruises, 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132; toll-free 1-800-437-3111; www.celebrity-cruises.com.
Century (1,750 passengers) St. Maarten, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman among port stops through April.
Horizon (1,354 passengers) Sails April 19 to Key West and Grand Cayman; returns to area to sail from Tampa in November.
Infinity (1,950 passengers) Sails Caribbean through April 20; sails on Panama Canal cruise from San Juan to San Diego April 27.
Mercury (1,870 passengers) Only area sailing is May 1 trans-canal cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego, with stops in Aruba, Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas.
Millenium (1,950 passengers) Sails "Ultimate Caribbean" cruise from Fort Lauderdale April 29 through Oct. 14, with stops in Cartagena, Puerto Limon.
Summit (1,950 passengers) Sails Caribbean until Panama Canal cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego April 19.
Zenith (1,375 passengers) Sails from Tampa on seven-day western Caribbean cruises through April 7, then sails to New York from San Juan on April 28.
Clipper Cruise Line, 7711 Bonhomme Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105-1956; toll-free 1-800-325-0010, www.clippercruise.com.
Nantucket Clipper (100 passengers) Sails from Jacksonville on Antebellum South cruise March 30, with stops in St. Mary's, Brunswick, Savannah, Beaufort and Charleston. Colonial America and Battlefields of the Civil War cruise departs April 13, cruises the Potomac, includes stops in Baltimore and Alexandria.
Costa Cruise Lines, 200 S Park Road, Suite 200, Hollywood, FL 33021; toll-free 1-800-332-6782 (brochures); www.costacruises.com.
CostaAtlantica (2,114 passengers) April 14 western Caribbean cruise sails to Key West, Cozumel, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman; April 21 trans-Atlantic crossing to Genoa stops in Nassau, St. Maarten.
Crystal Cruises, 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400, Los Angeles, CA 90067; toll-free 1-800-820-6663; www.crystalcruises.com.
Crystal Symphony (940 passengers) Sails on trans-Atlantic crossing May 13 to London.
Voted "World's Best Large Cruise Line" by Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazine reader surveys for sixth consecutive year.
Cunard Line, 6100 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 400, Miami, FL 33126; toll-free 1-800-728-6273, www.cunardline.com.
Caronia (668 passengers) April 5 Panama Canal cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Acapulco stops in Montego Bay, Colombia, Costa Rica and Guatemala; April 30 trans-Atlantic crossing sails to Southampton.
Discovery Cruises, 1775 NW 70th Ave., Miami, FL 33126; toll-free 1-800-937-4477 Florida toll free, toll-free 1-800-866-8687 national toll free number; www.discoverycruiseline.com.
Discovery Sun (1,150 passengers) One-day cruises or resort packages from Port Everglades to Freeport, Grand Bahama, daily.
Disney Cruise Line, P.O. Box 10238, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830; toll-free 1-888-325-2500; www.disneycruise.com.
Disney Magic (1,754 passengers) Begins seven-night western Caribbean sailings from Port Canaveral to Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, "Castaway Cay," Disney's private island, May 11, alternates with eastern Caribbean sailings each Saturday.
Disney Wonder (1,754 passengers) Stops in Freeport in addition to "Castaway Cay," Disney's private island, on three or four night Bahamas cruises; Disney resort stays can be combined with cruises for seven-night land/sea vacation packages.
Holland America Line, 300 Elliott Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119; toll-free 1-800-426-0327; www.hollandamerica.com.
Maasdam (1,266 passengers) Eastern and western Caribbean cruises year-round.
Noordam (1,214 passengers) March 31 southern Caribbean cruise from Tampa includes port stops in Bonaire and Aruba; "Big Band" trans-Atlantic cruise sails from Tampa on April 14 to Lisbon, with stops in Key West and the Azores.
Rotterdam (1,316 passengers) Sails April 6 on Panama Canal cruise to Cartagena, Curacao and Aruba; April 16 cruise sails to Martinique, St. Lucia, Bahamas.
Veendam (1,266 passengers) May 1 sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, includes stops in Aruba, Costa Rica, Zihjuatanejo, Mexico. Sails out of Tampa beginning Oct. 26.
Volendam (1,440 passengers) April 15 Panama Canal cruise sails to San Diego and on to Vancouver.
Zaandam (1,440 passengers) Repositioning cruise through Panama Canal to Seattle on April 13.
Imperial Majesty Cruise Line, 2950 Gateway Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33069; toll-free 1-800-394-3865; www.imperialmajesty.com.
OceanBreeze (984 passengers) Liner, originally christened by Queen Elizabeth II, offers two-night cruises to Nassau/Paradise Island in the Bahamas year-round from Port Everglades.
MSC Italian Cruises, formerly Mediterranean Shipping Cruises, 420 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10018; toll-free 1-800-666-9333; www.msccruisesusa.com.
Melody (1,076 passengers) 11-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale on March 31 sails to Montego Bay, Cartagena, Puerto Limon, Panama Canal and Key West; trans-Atlantic positioning to Genoa on April 11 stops in St. Lucia, San Juan, Funchal, Barcelona.
Norwegian Cruise Line, 7665 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, FL 33126; toll-free 1-800-327-7030; www.ncl.com.
Norwegian Dream (1,750 passengers) April 1 trans-Atlantic/Mediterranean voyage from Miami to Civitavecchia, Rome, stops in Cannes and Barcelona.
Norwegian Majesty (1,462 passengers) April 7 voyage from San Juan to Norfolk, Va., stops in St.Thomas, other eastern Caribbean ports.
Norwegian Sky (2,002 passengers) April 6 Miami to San Diego 16-day Panama Canal cruise stops in Ocho Rios, Acapulco and Costa Rica.
Norwegian Sea (1,518 passengers) Cruises the Bahamas and Mexico until April 12, then sails April 15 to New York with stops in St. Thomas and Bermuda.
Norwegian Sun (1,936 passengers) Sails seven-day western Caribbean cruises from Miami with stops in Belize and Cozumel through December.
Norway (2,032 passengers) Sails seven-day eastern Caribbean cruises from Miami through December, includes stops in St. Maarten, St. John.
"Freestyle Cruising" program on Norwegian ships features no preset dining time or table, "Freestyle" flexible activity schedule and attire choices.
Orient Lines, 7665 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, FL 33126; toll-free 1-800-333-7300; www.orientlines.com.
Crown Odyssey (1,026 passengers) Trans-Atlantic voyage March 30 from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, stops in Bermuda, Azores, Casablanca and Tangier.
Princess Cruises, 24305 Town Center Drive, Santa Clarita, CA 91355; toll-free 1-800-774-6237; www.princess.com.
Dawn Princess (1,950 passengers) Sails out of San Juan through April.
Grand Princess (2,600 passengers) Sails on seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale through September.
Golden Princess (2,600 passengers) Sister ship to Grand Princess, sails on eastern Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale through April 27; makes May 4 voyage to Lisbon, Cannes, Marseilles and Barcelona.
Ocean Princess (1,950 passengers) Southern Caribbean destinations include Venezuela and Barbados until April 19 Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco repositioning.
Royal Princess (1,200 passengers) Panama Canal cruises through May 2 leave Fort Lauderdale, stops in Cartagena, Costa Rica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel; makes trans-Atlantic voyage May 22 to Southampton.
Sun Princess (1,950 passengers) Sails on Panama Canal cruises to Cartagena, Grand Cayman, Cozumel April 5, 15; then sails to San Francisco from Fort Lauderdale on April 25.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, 600 Corporate Drive, Suite 410, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334; toll-free 1-800-285-1835; www.rssc.com.
Radisson Diamond (350 passengers) Sails to Tortola, St. Barts, and San Juan on April 9 cruise; April 21 trans-Atlantic voyage to Funchal, Madeira.
Seven Seas Navigator (490 passengers) Sails May 5 on Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles positioning cruise that includes stops in Grand Cayman, Cabo San Lucas and Colombia.
Seven Seas Mariner (700 passengers) April 22 cruise sails to St. Thomas and Nassau from San Juan; April 26 voyage to Barcelona stops in Bermuda. The Mariner began service in March 2001 as world's first all-suite, all-balcony ship.
Regal Cruises, 300 Regal Cruises Way, Palmetto, FL 34221, or P.O Box 1329, Palmetto, FL 34220; toll-free 1-800-270-7245, or (941) 721-7300; www.regalcruises.com.
Regal Empress (900 passengers) Among cruises sailing out of Port Manatee through June: Mayan Adventure, "Spycruise," Key West/Mexico, Grand Cayman/Mexico, Panama Canal; Sunspree and Getaway cruises to nowhere.
Royal Caribbean International, 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132; toll-free 1-800-327-6700 or your travel agent; www.royalcaribbean.com.
Adventure of the Seas (3,114 passengers) Sails from San Juan on southern Caribbean cruises through December.
Enchantment of the Seas (1,950 passengers) Sails both eastern and western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale.
Explorer of the Seas (3,114 passengers) Cruises the Caribbean from Miami.
Grandeur of the Seas (1,950 passengers) "Circle the Caribbean" nine and 11 day cruises from Miami through April; May 5 Panama Canal cruise to San Diego.
Majesty of the Seas (2,350 passengers) Sails the Bahamas and Key West from Miami.
Monarch of the Seas (2,350 passengers) Sails on four-five night western Caribbean cruises.
Nordic Empress (1,600 passengers) Sails southern Caribbean from San Juan, then repositions to New York on April 25.
Radiance of the Seas (2,100 passengers) Positions to San Diego on Panama Canal cruise April 6, with stops in Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas, Aruba.
Sovereign of the Seas (2,250 passengers) Offers three and four night Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral.
Voyager of the Seas (3,100 passengers) Seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami include ports of Ocho Rios and Cozumel.
Windstar Cruises, 300 Elliott Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119; toll-free 1-800-258-7245; www.windstarcruises.com.
Wind Surf (308 passengers) Windstar's largest sailing ship sails April 7 from Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon on 14-day trans-Atlantic cruise.
Cruises to nowhere
A number of half-day and day-long "cruises to nowhere" also are offered from Florida ports. These vessels typically sail far enough from shore to open their casinos. Among these ships:
Palm Beach Princess of Palm Beach Casino Line from Palm Beach, call toll-free 1-800-841-7447 or (561) 845-2101; or www.pbcasino.com.
Sterling Casino Lines sails 1,744 passenger Ambassador II twice daily from Port Canaveral: toll-free 1-800-765-5711. SeaEscape sails from Port Everglades, call toll-free 1-800-327-2005.
Star Dancer Casino Cruises from Madeira Beach and Port Richey, and Tarpon Springs: toll-free 1-800-688-7529.
Sun Cruz Casino, toll-free 1-800-474-3423, offers five-hour cruises leaving both west and east coast Florida locations, including John's Pass/Clearwater (727) 895-3325, Port Richey/Crystal River, Panama City, Fort Myers, Key Largo, Hollywood, Port Canaveral, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
_ Compiled by PEGGY ANDERS.
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