If planning to take a cruise you should definitely consider the West Indies. They are a collection of island countries which include the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Lucayan Archipelago. Named "West Indies" after Columbus thought he reached the Southwest corner of Asia known as the Indies. The West Indies include a large area of the Caribbean and contain a large number of islands and ports.

Due to its beautiful white sandy beaches, the Caribbean is known for being the first option for honeymooners and people just looking to relax. There are amazing locations for river tubing, and hiking through rainforests, among many other options for West Indies excursions. Activities and shore excursions such as Scuba diving and snorkeling are a must while visiting the West Indies; all of the islands hold beautiful reefs and a wide variety of marine life. If interested in cruising the Caribbean, there are three destinations to consider.

Regardless of which itinerary your cruise line does, there will be much to choose from and do...so get out and explore the beautiful West Indies!