We asked some crew members to share their favorite things about cruising in the Caribbean. Here are some of their answers — and some amazing pictures from their life aboard cruise ships.
Insider tip: Always talk to your crew. Their stories are fascinating; they live where we vacation, so they have seen it all (and they truly know where to find the best of everything on board and in port).
Rory, from England, was working on the Carnival Victory and had the opportunity to visit the brand-new port of Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic.
Rory told us it was a warm welcome from the port, and he can’t wait to visit again.
Irma, from South Africa, loved working on the Regal Princess for its inaugural year last season. She took this amazing photo in St. Maarten.
Peter and Sara from New Zealand loved dancing at the Deck Party on the Carnival Freedom when they were on that ship over the summer.
One of Peter’s favorite beers to enjoy during his time off is Sands, a beer from the Bahamas. Check out our “28 Drinks to Drink in the Caribbean” for the rest of our favorite drinks to have in port.
John has been working on ships for over 10 years and loves going back to Bonaire. Surely you can guess why … can’t you just feel the Caribbean breeze?
Sophie from the USA spent her summer on the Carnival Paradise, visiting Cozumel and enjoying mixed quesadillas from Pancho’s Backyard, a favorite local restaurant among the crew.
Have you had a Drink of the Day from your ship yet? If you don’t know what that means, you owe it to yourself to ask your bartender on your next cruise for one. This is the Sunburst from the Carnival Paradise.
Will has experienced a lot while working on ships. Originally from England, he has been all over the world with this job, but he loves relaxing with a Red Stripe beer from Jamaica.
Everyone needs to take this photo if you dock at the Puerta Maya pier in Cozumel. Sophie did.
Emily is from England and enjoyed her summer working on the Carnival Dream. One of her favorite things to eat was this amazing BBQ plate from Bigg’s BBQ in Montego Bay.
Drew, from the USA, is still new to working on ships but has a talent for making new friends — like this guy, who stands outside Tortuga Rum Cakes in Nassau, Bahamas.
John is from South Africa and loves to visit St. Maarten — especially to go shopping; his favorite type of transportation is the Water Taxi.
Casey and Rob are from England, and they love visiting Key West and stopping by the butterfly conservatory. It is located at the end of Duval Street, next to the most photographed spot in Key West. Check out our list of top sights to see to find out what it is.