Caribbean Cruise Line on your Caribbean Cruise Destinations The Caribbean has long been a popular vacation destination for American travelers. Valued for its scenery and family-friendly atmosphere, the Caribbean has become one of the safest travel destinations for millions of American tourists each year. Unfortunately, like anywhere else in the world, a handful of travelers now and again experience travel headaches. More often than not, these travel troubles can be the result of poor planning by tourists. Consequently, the key to a productive Caribbean vacation is the preparation, from passports and picking the right holiday resort to learning very important details about your location and knowing how to pack. For you to make sure that your Caribbean vacation will be a success here are a few travel recommendations to contemplate while setting up your getaway plans: Submit your application for passports as quickly as possible. As all Caribbean destinations - with exception of St. Thomas and the U.S. Virgin Islands - call for passports for air travel, each member of your family will need to apply and receive a passport before leaving for the Caribbean. As this is the first year of the new passport regulations, delays have increased (with some estimates placing completed application at 10 weeks). Because you will not want to miss your vacation because of passports that haven't arrived, execute this step in advance of arranging the actual details of your vacation. Complete some research prior to deciding your travel destination. Endeavor to learn about the culture of your destination and the location points of interest. Check out reviews for hotels, restaurants and activities. The moment you learn a bit about your Caribbean destination, you will be able to make well- informed choices regarding resorts and activities. Since the Caribbean has a lot of great family activities, make an effort to get your kids involved in the planning process. Your youngsters will be glad to know they had a role in your family vacation and you won't have to be concerned about disappointments. Try to book a resort near your sights which provides helpful services. All over the Caribbean, reliable resorts will typically offer shuttle transportation, activity packages and may also have exclusive choices for guests. Try to take full advantage of your resort's local connections. You are able to plan all the pieces from car rentals to scuba diving tours right through your resort. In case you plan to visit the Caribbean while in the high season (generally December to mid-April), try to make your hotel reservations about 2-3 months before. While in the off-season (June to November), reservations at popular resorts are a bit easier to come by and also more reasonably priced . According to where you plan to travel in the Caribbean, you may find you don’t need to change currency as many islands accept U.S. currency in addition to local currencies. However, in many cases, it is convenient to carry the official currency of your destination - specifically when traveling outside of areas visited by tourists. If you're unsure whether or not you need to exchange currency, discuss with the concierge of your resort. Your concierge could perhaps direct you to an appropriate point of exchange. Throughout the Caribbean, food and drinking water are in general safe for your whole family. Yet, if you spend time exploring outside the major tourist areas - like the exclusive desert coast of Western Aruba - you should definitely pack some bottled water. Wear sunscreen. Far and away, the most typical health concern for tourists in the Caribbean is too much exposure to sunlight. All the same, this hazard can also be easy and simple to avoid. Just pack a quality sunscreen and cover-up clothing to use on the beach or while playing outside. If for any reason you have any dilemmas while on vacation in the Caribbean, contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Almost all of the islands in the region have an office that provides helpful travel information and personnel able to resolve many common travel headaches. The U.S. State Department also provides detailed Consular Information Sheets for all the Caribbean nations. These information packets can help you understand entry and exit requirements, currency exchange, the location of consulates and embassies throughout the region and a great deal of other local issues. Use the information of the U.S. State Department in conjunction with your travel guides to prepare for your vacation avoiding the unnecessary stress affiliated with international travel. Consider investing in travel insurance programs before finalizing the details of your vacation. Travel insurance can protect you (and your money) in the event you need to cancel your vacation; experience delays while traveling or have any medical issues. Take a look at existing homeowner's and medical insurance plans to see if any of these conditions are covered prior to travel. By making use of these common helpful hints as you plan your holiday to the Caribbean will not only help you avoid common travel headaches, but in addition grant you and your family a perfect vacation. Caribbean Cruise Lines would like to introduce you to our wonderful vacation cruises to the Caribbean. Our experts are on your team, ready to help you customize and confirm all your arrangements so you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your vacation. Ready to take a vacation that offers relaxation, rest and rejuvenation? Our professionally trained staff looks forward to welcoming you aboard as you rest your mind, body and soul. Let Caribbean Cruise Line take care of everything!