Last Minute Caribbean and Bermuda Sales

The Caribbean (/ˌkærɨˈbiːən/ or /kəˈrɪbiən/; Spanish: Caribe; Dutch: About this sound Caraïben; French: Caraïbe or more commonly Antilles) is a region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (most of which are enclosed by the sea), and the surrounding coasts. The region is located southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and North America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.

Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the region comprises more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays. These islands generally form island arcs that delineate the eastern and northern edges of the Caribbean Sea.[3] The Caribbean islands are part of the somewhat larger West Indies grouping, which consists of the Greater Antilles on the north, the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands (the Lucayan Archipelago, which does not border the Caribbean Sea), as well as countries such as Belize in Central America and Guyana in South America which are historically and culturally part of the British West Indes.

Geopolitically, the Caribbean islands are usually regarded as a subregion of North America and are organized into 30 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. From January 3, 1958, to May 31, 1962, there was a short-lived country called the Federation of the West Indies composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then UK dependencies. The West Indies cricket team continues to represent many of those nations.
The geography and climate in the Caribbean region varies: Some islands in the region have relatively flat terrain of non-volcanic origin. These islands include Aruba (possessing only minor volcanic features), Barbados, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, Saint Croix, The Bahamas and Antigua. Others possess rugged towering mountain-ranges like the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominica, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint John, Tortola, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The climate of the area is tropical but rainfall varies with elevation, size and water currents (cool upwellings keep the ABC islands arid). Warm, moist tradewinds blow consistently from the east creating rainforest/semidesert divisions on mountainous islands. Occasional northwesterlies affect the northern islands in the winter. The region enjoys year-round sunshine, divided into ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ seasons, with the last six months of the year being wetter than the first half.

The waters of the Caribbean Sea host large, migratory schools of fish, turtles, and coral reef formations. The Puerto Rico trench, located on the fringe of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea just to the north of the island of Puerto Rico, is the deepest point in all of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricanes, which at times batter the region, usually strike northwards of Grenada, and to the west of Barbados. The principal hurricane belt arcs to northwest of the island of Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean.

The region sits in the line of several major shipping routes with the Panama Canal connecting the western Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean.

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Caribbean & Bermuda

Bermuda Bonus: Save 10% on Stays During 2012
Save 10% on stays throughout the remainder of 2012 at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and The Fairmont Southampton. Plus, every fourth night is complimentary! Choose the charming resort town on Hamilton or the pink-sand hideaway in Southampton – both are stunning choices and can be combined for a complete island experience with Virtuoso-exclusive extras. Virtuoso rates FROM $249 per room, per night. Available until December 31, 2012; book by December 27, 2012.
Breakaway to Bermuda
Welcome to a new dimension of cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line as you make your way to Bermuda aboard Norwegian Breakaway over seven nights. Visit The Waterfront, an oceanfront restaurant, bar and entertainment experience. Get your adrenaline pumping at the five-story Aqua Park or shop in chic boutiques. Receive a $50 shipboard credit and bottle of wine. Virtuoso suite fares FROM $1,999 per person. Departs July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 2013; book by November 30, 2012.
$150 Resort Credit in Paradise
Paradise Island conjures up images of turquoise seas, gently swaying palms, discreet beach attendants serving cool concoctions – such is life at One&Only Ocean Club, a retreat of privileged perfection. Virtuoso guests are gifted with a $150 resort credit, a rum-tasting session, a private dinner for two, featuring the imaginative cuisine of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and much more. Virtuoso rates FROM $515 per room, per night. Available until December 20, 2012.
Caribbean Holiday, with Complimentary Spa Treatment!
Slip out of town this holiday season with Royal Caribbean International. Liberty of the Seas will whisk you to Belize and Cozumel before returning to Fort Lauderdale on this five-night journey. Depending on the stateroom category you choose, you may enjoy a gourmet dinner for two, a spa treatment or both! The options for entertainment are endless. Virtuoso fares FROM $1,119 per person. Departs December 22, 2012; book by December 14, 2012.
Caribbean Quest, with $150 Shipboard Credit
Seabourn‘s thorough 12-night Caribbean itinerary introduces you to seven sun-drenched isles, all with such charm and picture-perfect beaches that you’ll be hard-pressed to name a favorite. Virtuoso guests are gifted with a $150 shipboard credit for use throughout the ship – consider a Thai massage at The Spa at Seabourn, the largest spa facility on any luxury cruise ship. Virtuoso fares FROM $3,999 per person. Seabourn Quest departs December 7, 2012.
Dreamy December: $1,000 Shipboard Credit in Caribbean
An uncommonly luxurious Caribbean experience awaits Virtuoso guests when they choose Silversea Cruises for a 10-night voyage from Barbados to Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy a $1,000 spending credit, complimentary economy airfare and transfers, plus Virtuoso Voyager Club® amenities, including a Virtuoso host, welcome reception and private shore excursion. Island visits include St. Lucia, St. Barts and St. Maarten. Virtuoso fares FROM $3,999 per person. Silver Whisper departs December 10, 2012.
Complimentary Car Rental with Barbados Villa Stay
Giving you freedom to explore the pink- and white-sand beaches of Barbados, Villas of Distinction is offering a complimentary car rental with your stay at any of their 200-plus vacation homes on the island. The car will be delivered directly to your villa, so you can head right out to ogle the cliff-side homes of the rugged east coast or the dazzling, turquoise waters of the west coast. Contact your Virtuoso travel advisor for best available room rates. Available until December 31, 2012.

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