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Cruise Liners That Visit Bonaire

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Five top cruise liners make the trek to Bonaire, tucked away deep in the Southern Caribbean, in style and grandeur.

The island stands proudly as one of the famous ABC isles (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). A diver’s paradise, Bonaire’s underwater world is as beautiful as its terrestrial counterpart, setting up this little island as one of the favorite of numerous Caribbean tourists and cruise visitors.

Princess Cruises, Dawn Princess

A 1950 passenger capacity cruise liner of Princess Cruises, Dawn Princess provides a 49 day mega world cruise beginning in London (Southampton), England and ending in Sydney, Australia.

During its lengthy sojourn, the liner also makes stops at a number of European cities (Dublin, Cobh), American States (Massachusetts, Connecticut), Latin American countries (Ecuador, Panama), South American countries (Peru, Chile) and Caribbean islands including Bonaire.

The Dawn Princes was built in 1995 and refurbished in 2009. The ship is complete with an Aussie flair in its entertainment options, culinary choices and general style.

The liner sails from England early June and reaches the shores of Bonaire late June or early July.

Princess Cruises, Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises also offers a 38 day cruise, the American counterpart to the 49 day cruise, beginning in New York City (Manhattan or Brooklyn), New York and heads to Sydney, Australia.

Like the aforementioned, this voyage will see stops in the United States, Central, South America as well as the Caribbean to include Bonaire and the rest of the Netherland Antilles. The liner typically sails late June and arrives in Bonaire by the end of July.

Princess Cruises, Royal Princess

For those who prefer a Caribbean medley, Princess Crises also offers a 20 day Caribbean round-trip. The ‘Caribbean Explorer Round-trip’ begins in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and sees islands such as Antigua & Barbuda, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Princess Cays, Bahamas, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, and of course Bonaire as well as the rest of the Netherlands and Aruba.

The Royal Princess is a relatively new liner, built in 2013, and is one of the largest ships in the Princess Fleet, accommodating about 3,600 passengers. Everything is aboard the Royal Princess, from a plethora of dining options to a wide variety of entertainment choices for adults and kids.

The journey normally begins late December and ends mid to late January.

Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Liberty

Carnival Cruise Lines offers an eight day Southern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida. The liner, Carnival Liberty, stops in Bonaire, Aruba, and Grand Turk.

The Carnival Liberty is a 3,000 capacity liner that was built in 2005 and refurbished in 2011. The ship is fully featured with themed bars and restaurants, a spa and fitness center, as well as a comedy club and other forms of entertainment.

The cruise typically begins early January and arrives in Bonaire just four days after its departure.

Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Triumph

Carnival Cruise Lines also offers a slightly longer, 11 day cruse of the Southern Caribbean beginning in Galveston, Texas and going all the way to St. Maarten. Stops along the way include Grand Cayman, Martinique, Grenada, Aruba and Bonaire.

The cruise typically goes from late October to mid-January.

“Bon Bini,” as visitors will hear the friendly locals say, means “welcome to the island of Bonaire.” From the point of leaving the cruise liner to jumping back on board, Bonaire will prove to be a voyager’s paradise. In fact, the island’s lure may very well imbue a burning desire to abandon the cruise and spend the entire vacation right there in Bonaire.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
June 04, 2014

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