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December 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Caribbean cruises are the stuff dreams are made of and with the range of
cruise deals available these days, that dream can easily become a reality.
The region is made up of a scattering of idyllic islands each with their own character, history, tradition and feel. So before you book your cruise of a lifetime, check out
Thomas Cook's top destinations for
If you want white sandy beaches, cocktails and a laid-back holiday then
Grand Cayman is for you. It's the largest of
Cayman Islands but with a population of just over 50,000 there is a friendly and laid back atmosphere with the locals who are only too pleased to help those visiting their homeland.
If you manage to tear yourself away from the beach then it's worth checking out the island's weird and wonderful wildlife and plants. A visit to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Gardens will let you encounter everything from wild banana orchids to giant sea turtles.
The Royal Caribbean International's
Freedom of the Seas makes regular visits with their reputation for luxury making it one of the most popular options.
Perhaps the most well known of the group of islands,
Barbados has it all. Despite its relatively large size it still has the same laid back feel as other
Caribbean hot spots.
Bridgetown, is the hub with good links to other parts of the island. Before you go exploring, check out some of the fantastic seafood restaurants in the old town - you won't be disappointed!
When it comes to beaches, there is nowhere like
Barbados with literally hundreds of white sandy beaches waiting for you.
Many liners visit the popular island with
P&O Ventura being one of the most frequent visitors.