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Barbados cruises give you the chance to experience tropical life with a refined twist. With pearly pink sand and a jaunty British lilt, Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s most captivating islands. Whether you’re cruising to or from Barbados, discover a hothouse landscape where old sugar plantations and rum distilleries dot the verdant sun-dappled hills. Or, start your travels here and give yourself more time to get immersed in the local culture while you vacation in Barbados. Spy a green monkey in a rainforest ravine, sample savory local rum, or simply follow the trail of bougainvillea blossoms to a glorious beach with Carnival cruises to Barbados.

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A BREATHTAKING

Fall foliage adventure.

Hop onboard an awe-inspiring fall foliage cruise to explore Canada, New England or the Caribbean this October or November.

Enjoy a romantic cruise to the east coast of Canada or New England to admire the fall foliage colors. Stroll around the charming cities, enjoy delicious fresh seafood and go hiking or kayaking in one of the magnificent national parks. Or perhaps you and your family would love sunshine and tropical adventures? Set sail to Perfect Day at Cococay, or explore lush rainforests and relax on postcard-perfect beaches in other parts of the Caribbean. With a fall cruise, you’ll enjoy the journey as much as the destination. 

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Canada Banff Mountain Landscape

SOAK IN HISTORY AND MARVEL AT NATURE'S BEST

Admire rugged mountains and revolution-era monuments or cruise to crystal clear turquoise waters and golden beaches. 

Boston Famine Memorial Historic Downtown, Boston, Massachusetts

SOAK ON THE SHORE

Step ashore in Boston to explore one of America's oldest cities. Admire the city's skyline, walk the Freedom Trail or go kayaking on the Charles River. Hike on Portland, Maine's cobblestone streets and try the creative local food scene. Admire the six lighthouses, or bike along the ocean from brewery to brewery.

Quebec City Historical Building with Carriage

BRIGHT FALL COLORS AND URBAN CHARM IN CANADA

Travel back 400 years to the illuminated streets of Petit-Champlain and Place Royale in  Quebec City . Or enjoy the view from atop the funicular. Join the Quebecois and sample mouthwatering French specialties. In St. John, New Brunswick, take a scenic hike on the trails of Irving Nature Park or Rockwood Park.

Puerto Rico Yunque Forest

SECLUDED CARIBBEAN BEACHES AND LUSH RAINFORESTS

Cruise down to the  Southern Caribbean  for some tropical adventures. In San Juan, Puerto Rico's colorful capital, explore ancient fortresses and the El Yunque National Forest. Experience the blend of cultures in Philipsburg on St. Maarten. Then  cruise to St. Johns  on Antigua and Bridgetown on Barbados for white sand beaches, clear waters and fascinating cultures.

Bar Harbor Maine Fall

NORTHERN FALL COLORS OR TROPICAL CARIBBEAN VIBES

Step onboard one of the best fall cruises to discover breathtaking and thrilling, can’t-miss destinations in Canada, New England or the Caribbean. 

Maine Arcadia National Park Forest

SCENIC VISTAS AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Join a  New England  Fall Cruise and explore the cobblestone streets of Bar Harbor, Maine, or hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Discover Baltimore's rich maritime legacy at the historic Inner Harbor. Take a Baltimore Water Taxi, step onboard one of the spectacular ships and enjoy a plate of blue crab.

Nova Scotia Halifax Whale Tail

LIGHTHOUSES, FJORDS AND SEAFOOD FEASTS

Cruise to Canada  in the fall to admire its bright autumn colors. Discover vibrant Halifax, Nova Scotia, with its citadel and historic architecture. Go whale-watching and snap pictures of the many lighthouses. Next, cruise to the pine tree-lined cliffs of Saguenay Fjord and stroll around the former mill town.

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SPARKLING BEACHES AND ROLLING JUNGLES

What about a fall cruise to the Caribbean in October or November? Getaway to a fantastically thrilling family adventure to Perfect Day at Cococay, Bahamas. You'll enjoy the Caribbean's largest freshwater pool with 13 waterslides and the exclusive Coco Beach Club. Also, visit picturesque  Labadee, Haiti , for some sun soaking and extra adrenaline rushes.

Whales Orcas Harbor, Victoria, British Columbia

PHOTOGENIC VISTAS AND TROPICAL DREAMS

Admire the fall foliage during a romantic getaway or enjoy a thrill-packed and relaxing tropical vacation with your family.

Bar Harbor, Maine Lush Landscape at Acadia National Park

SPECTACULAR FALL COLORS

Set sail on a memorable fall cruise to wonderful destinations in New England and Canada. Explore historic cities like Boston and Quebec City. Go whale-watching. Or strap on your hiking shoes in Bar Harbor's Acadia National Park or the Gros Morne National Park on Newfoundland.

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ADVENTURE IN PARADISE

Step onboard the Oasis of the Seas for a thrill packed fall cruise from New York. With Perfect Day at CocoCay as your top destination, you and your family will have a vacation of a lifetime. Both exhilarating adventure and tranquil lounging is around every corner with attractions like Thrill Waterpark and Oasis Lagoon. This is how memories are made for the bold and for the kick-back-and-relax kind of crew.

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WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Plan Your Fall Cruise

Whether you’re taking a scenic fall foliage cruise or heading south to the warm Caribbean, make sure to pack the essentials. Bring a jacket and comfortable walking shoes for strolls along the cobblestone streets in the picturesque old towns in Canada and New England. If you're heading south, it's all about those layers. As you cruise closer to your destination you’ll be down to swimsuits and sunscreen.

Plan your tours ahead of time so you can savor each moment without having to worry about the next step. Onboard cruise activities, dining and shore excursions, can all be reserved once you’ve booked your fall cruise. Cruise Planner makes it easy for you to customize your trip, so you can have a one-of-a-kind adventure you’ll never forget.

The more, the merrier – especially with group cruises! Family or friends, traveling with groups can be an ambitious task. But when using a Certified Vacation Planner to book a group vacation, it’s smooth sailing. You can even pay with separate credit cards via the website!

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Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas gives you the best opportunity to create your own great weekend getaway the way you want to travel!

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The best free activities and free things to do at Perfect Day at CocoCay®, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas.

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Top 10 Free Things to Do on Ovation of the Seas

Discover what’s included from dining venues with free food to free activities and entertainment, you’ll be amazed with a vacation on Ovation of the Seas.

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Top 9 Free Things to Do on Symphony of the Seas

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Best Free Things to Do on Odyssey of the Seas

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Your cruise fare includes so many great free things to do onboard. Discover the best free things to do onboard Odyssey of the Seas cruise ship.

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Discover some of the most amazing islands you can visit in the best cruises from Florida. Learn tips on how to maximize a few days before or after your cruise at this amazing departure port.

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Best Places to Visit in Ancient Egypt

There are so many great places to visit in ancient Egypt. Plan your vacation in Egypt from the wonder of its pyramids to the many temples and tombs.

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Best Restaurants on Spectrum of the Seas

Maximize your cruise vacation with the best restaurants when sailing on Spectrum of the Seas. Find the free places to eat as well as fine dining options.

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Best Black Friday Vacation Deals

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Best Exotic Petting Zoos in Florida

Planning to visit the best petting zoos for exotic animals before your cruise vacation out of Florida? Enjoy insider details on these unique experiences.

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Europe Vacation: Best Places to Visit

There's more to a European cruise vacation than just packing your bags! Plan the perfect trip on your travel getaway to visit the best places in Europe.

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Best Desserts in the World

Discover the most delightful foods to enjoy on a sweet-lover's journey as you treat yourself to the best desserts in the world. Plan your foodie vacation.

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Best Black Friday Travel Deals

Find where to get Black Friday travel deals for big savings on your ideal family getaway. Get the best Black Friday travel deals when taking a vacation on a budget.

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Best Relaxing Beaches in Florida

Where are the best relaxing beaches in Florida? What is the quietest beach in Florida? Start your search for the most beautiful & secluded places to visit.

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Best Fishing Trips in Florida

Where are the best fishing spots in Florida? What is the top location to plan a fishing trip before my cruise? Start your search for the ideal fishing getaway.

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A guide to the best food in Nassau, Bahamas. Discover new flavors in restaurants by the water or within the historic city of Nassau.

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Best Cruise Restaurants Onboard Wonder of the Seas

With an abundance of onboard cruise restaurants and fine dining experiences discover the top cruise foods aboard Wonder of the Seas for a vacation sensation.

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Uncover 8 of the best Mediterranean cruise destinations while on your travel vacation. Adventure awaits those who seek it, enjoy a guide tailored to you.

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For all the beer lovers planning an Alaskan cruise vacation, we’ve curated the ultimate zythophile guide to visiting 5 of the best craft breweries in Alaska.

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The Best European Summer Vacations

Planning the best European summer vacations? We’ve curated the ultimate guide to visiting some of the most relaxing and legendary destinations to travel to in Europe.

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Choose the Best Baja Mexico Cruise for You

Discover the best things to do on vacation as you enjoy numerous iconic destinations on your Baja Mexico cruise from Los Angeles including Ensenada and Cabo.

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Best New York Foods Using NY Water

Sample the best foods in New York with our guide to uncovering the top places for enjoying the secrets of NY water in bagels, pizza, and doughnuts.

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Five of the Best Mexican Food Dishes to Try

Discover local favorite foods including the best types of Mexican dishes to explore during your next vacation to Mexico for sampling its vibrant culinary history.

The Bathsheba Beach Rock Climbing, Bridgetown, Barbados

Best Cruises From Barbados

On the best cruises from Barbados, you can visit Trinidad, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. And some farther-flung destinations in Central and South America on longer itineraries.

Natural Bridge at Blackstone Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba

The Best Caribbean Ports to See on Your Cruise

Discover the best Caribbean ports to see on your cruise. These Caribbean ports are filled with sights to enjoy an affordable Caribbean vacation.

Perfect Day Coco Cay Zipline over Adventure Pool

One Day, Three Ways At Perfect Day At Cococay

Planning your time at the new CocoCay? If you want to unwind, head to Chill Island on the east side of CocoCay. Or visit the Oasis Lagoon or the Thrill Waterpark to get on the side of adventure.

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10 Best Luxury And Standard Cruise Ship Accommodations

Explore the 10 best luxury and standard Royal Caribbean cruise ship accommodations from the luxurious 2-story Ultimate Family Suite with a dedicated concierge and VIP privileges to the less expensive Studio Stateroom designed for a perfect nights rest.

Perfect Day Coco Cay Oasis Lagoon Aerial

Ultimate Guide To Oasis Lagoon

The best Oasis Lagoon at Perfect Day at CocoCay insider Tips to discovering all the amazing things to do, family-friendly attractions and thrills you don't want to miss. Find cruise deals to Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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Top 5 Southern Caribbean Islands to Visit

Cruise to the best Southern Caribbean Islands and explore the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean from the white-sandy beaches in Aruba to the vibrant capital city of Puerto Rico. Here are the top 5 Southern Caribbean islands you don’t want to miss.

Sunny Day Miami Beach Skyrisers, Miami, Florida

Best Cruises From Miami

Cruise from Miami and start your vacation in one of the worlds best places to visit, then set sail from the Port of Miami to The Bahamas, Mexico, Puerto Rico and beyond on weekend getaway cruise or a longer Caribbean adventure. Here are the best cruises from Miami

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Perfect Day Honeymoon Guide

Celebrate your newly-wedded bliss on a romantic Caribbean honeymoon cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay, the best Caribbean destination for newly married couples. Find cruise deals to Perfect Day at CocoCay

Perfect Day Coco Cay Adventure Pool

The Ultimate College Spring Break Cruise Vacation

If you are looking for an all-out college spring break vacation filled with beach vibes, thrilling rides and amazing parties it doesn’t get any better than a spring break cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay. Find cruise deals to Perfect Day at CocoCay

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16 Best Foodie Vacation Destinations

Sink your teeth into tender succulent seafood in Maine, crave-worthy curries in Jamaica, French-inspired flavors of St. Maarten and many more indulgent dishes at these 16 Best Foodie Vacation Destinations.

New Orleans City Skyline Panoramic View

7 Best Cruises From New Orleans

Cruise from New Orleans to the Bahamas on affordable cruise vacations to the Caribbean with stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City, Key West, Nassau, and Costa Maya. Find cruise deals out of New Orleans

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11 Fun Facts About the Best Caribbean Destinations

Discover 11 fun facts about the best Caribbean destinations. Plan your next visit to the Caribbean with around these surprising facts.

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The Best Summer Vacation Cruises From The Northeast

Maximize your summer vacation with plenty of sun, underwater discoveries, street dancing and zip-lining on a Cruise from the Northeast to Bermuda, the Bahamas, Mexico and Perfect Day at Cococay.

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Are you planning your next family vacation? Check out these family cruise tips for maximizing your cruise on Allure of the Seas.

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Celsus Library Close Up

10 Best Places to Visit in Turkey

Cruising to Ephesus soon? Here are the 10 best places to visit in Turkey, with something for every traveler.

Pleasure Pier Sunrise, Galveston, Texas

Best Cruises From Texas

Royal Caribbean offers plenty of great itineraries to choose from if you’re looking for an unforgettable cruise from Texas. Keep reading to discover the best spots.

City Skyline during Sunset, Los Angeles ,California

10 Best Breweries in Los Angeles

Craft beer lovers, come thirsty and hoist a pint in some of the best breweries in Los Angeles and beyond!

New York City Skyline at Sunrise, Cape Liberty, New Jersey

The Best Cruises From The New York Area

From the sun-dappled Caribbean to the quaint Canadian coast, you won’t believe how many incredible places you can sail to on a NY cruise. Here are just some of the fascinating places you can cruise from the New York Area.

New York, New York, Statue of Liberty

Best of NYC: Visiting The Statue of Liberty

Enjoy the best of NYC before or after your next cruise from the New York area. Spend the day visiting Lady Liberty before cruising.

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Top 7 Most Thrilling Things to do at Perfect Day At CocoCay

Experience the top 7 most thrilling things to do at the Perfect Day at CocoCay from sliding down the tallest waterslide in North America to zip lining across the island and much more.

Family Staring at Dare Devil's Peak, Perfect Day at Coco Cay

Top 4 Insider Tips to Thrill Waterpark

Thrill Waterpark at Perfect Day At CocoCay top 4 insider travel tips uncovers free things to do, places to go and thrills you can share with friends. Find cruise deals to Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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Best Restaurants at Perfect Day At CocoCay

Explore all the restaurants on the Perfect Day at CocoCay island and discover all the complimentary dining venues that offers loads of food and drink favorites that will fuel you up in between adventures.

Perfect Day Coco Cay Son and Dad Kayaking

Guide To Chill Island at Perfect Day

Discover Chill Island insider tips to all the relaxing things to do from renting overwater cabanas with VIP services, snorkeling with the friendly manta rays to finding the best places to unwind and soak up the island vibes.

New York City Brooklyn Bridge

Best Summer Vacation Cruises From New York

Your guide to the best summer vacation destinations you can cruise from New York. Check some new vacation destinations off your bucket list on the perfect New York cruise.

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The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Vacation to Perfect Day at CocoCay

Set sail to the best kid-friendly destination in the world on a cruise from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to Perfect Day at CocoCay and discover all the amazing family-friendly activities, award-winning shows, and record-breaking attractions.

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Best Cruises From Orlando

Maximize your vacation on an adventures cruise from Orlando and experience translucent water caves in the Bahamas, water-soaked adventures at Perfect Day CocoCay and breathtaking views at every destination. Here are 10 amazing destinations you can cruise to from Orlando.

Lake Eola City Skyscrapers, Orlando, Florida

Best Cruises From Orlando, Florida

Looking for a great weekend getaway? Cruise from Orlando to the Western Caribbean islands on a 3 night Bahamas and Perfect Day Cruise or longer 7 night western caribbean cruise out of Port Canaveral. Find cruise deals from Orlando FL.

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Amazing Family Friendly Summer Cruise Vacations

Enjoy your family summer vacation on a cruise to Perfect Day CocoCay and discover the private islands beautiful beaches, kid-friendly attractions, great restaurants and record-breaking water rides and activities for all ages. Find summer cruise deals.

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The 5 Most Relaxing Things to do at Perfect Day At CocoCay

Discover the most relaxing things to do on your luxury getaway to Perfect Day at CocoCay from the luxury CocoCay Overwater Cabanas to the most popular Chill Island Cabanas and much more.

Las Olas beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Best Cruises From Fort Lauderdale

Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas on a weekend getaway cruise or longer 7 Day Caribbean Cruise that takes you to Nassau, Perfect day at CocoCay, St. Maarten, San Juan, Cozumel and Falmouth. Find cruise deals out of Ft. Lauderdale

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Best Mini Vacation Getaway Destinations

Envision your next travel trip, plan a short mini cruise to the Bahamas or a relaxing vacation getaway with a day trip in Oregon. Adventure awaits!

Stingray and reef fish swimming by at a Florida Aquarium. Florida.

Top 10 Best Aquariums in Florida

Plan a day trip before or after your cruise to make the most of your vacation travels from Florida with a visit to the top 10 best aquariums.

View of Beach in St. John. The Caribbean.

Best Things to Do in St. John

Find the best things to do in St. John along with the need-to-know on how to get to the small Virgin Island for your own travel vacation getaway.

Tiki Hut Over Water Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Relaxing Weekend Caribbean Vacation Ideas

Envision your next weekend Caribbean vacation, plan a short cruise or quick getaway to the best travel destinations to visit. Adventure awaits!

Hot chocolate surrounded by churros.

Best Comfort Food from Around the World

Encounter the best comfort food from around the world including Belgian frites, Croatian ice cream, and more. Envision your next foodie vacation.

View of Big Ben over Westminster Bridge on a sunny day. United Kingdom.

Plan the Best London Day Trips Ever

Set sail on a getaway cruise vacation and discover the best things to do in London while enjoying your day trips. Experience history, Harry Potter, and more!

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Best Belize Landmarks to Discover

Envision your next Belize vacation cruise, plan a long or short getaway to visit famous landmarks such as the mysterious Great Blue Hole. Adventure awaits!

Bougainvillea blooms in a botanical garden in Falmouth. Jamaica.

Best Botanical Gardens in Jamaica

Uncover the most stunning botanical gardens in Jamaica as you plan the best Caribbean vacation getaway. Enjoy the lush landscape & relaxing nature.

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Family Cruises | Voyager of the Seas

Envision your next travel vacation, as you plan the best family cruise getaway while sailing onboard the Voyager of the Seas. Unexpected cruise activities.

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Family Cruises | Wonder of the Seas

Envision your next travel vacation, as you plan the best family cruise getaway while sailing onboard the Wonder of the Seas.

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Best Cruise Restaurants | Voyager of the Seas

With an abundance of onboard cruise restaurants and fine dining experiences discover the top cruise foods aboard Voyager of the Seas.

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Local Insight: Best Caribbean Rums

What are the different types of rum? How can you tell good Caribbean rum? Enjoy our vacation guide to the best places to travel for distilleries.

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How to Choose the Best Olive Oil

Uncover the secrets to having the best olive oil in the world as well as the know-how on all the many types and their uses. Enjoy a guide tailored to you.

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10 Best Breweries in Northeast America

Uncover the best breweries in Northeast America to make the most of your vacation travels. Adventure awaits those who seek it, enjoy a guide tailored to you.

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Best Cruise Restaurants | Freedom of the Seas

Planning to dine at the best cruise restaurants onboard the Freedom of the Seas. Remain in the know with the ultimate cruise dining guide to sailing with success.

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Best Caribbean Adventure Vacations

Your guide to some of the best adventure vacations in the Caribbean for thrill-seekers, with activities like volcano hiking, ziplining, and more.

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Best Summer Vacation Ideas & Spots

Plan your escape from the winter weather with the best summer vacation ideas for spots to keep the sunny skies and warm ocean breezes alive year-round.

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Best Baja Fishing Trips in Mexico

Experience top Baja fishing trips on your next vacation. Plan the best travel adventure with expert precision and make unforgettable memories.

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Best Places to See Northern Lights

On the hunt to travel to the best place to see the northern lights? From Alaska to Iceland to Norway, here's where, when, and how to see the northern lights.

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Best Costa Rica Waterfalls for Vacation

Experience the best waterfalls in Costa Rica on your next vacation. Our curated guide offers a range of breathtaking destinations and adventures.

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The Best Alaska Cruises

Your Guide to the Best Cruises From Alaska. Learn more about the most stunning destinations you can visit on an Alaska cruise from Seattle or Vancouver.

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Best Scotland Castle Tours

There are over 1,500 Scotland castle tours to choose from. We've narrowed down a list of the most; historic, cultural, famous, and royal significance.

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Vacation the Best Beaches in Galveston

Planning a Galveston beach vacation? From the best beach spots to hotels, restaurants, and shopping, your beach trip to Galveston starts here.

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Best Adventure of the Seas Restaurants

Uncover the best places to eat on a cruise onboard Adventure of the Seas from specialty restaurants and fine dining to complimentary place for free eats.

RELATED PORTS

Cruise to Victoria, British Columbia, and stroll around the boat-lined Inner Harbour, admire the architecture and smell the flowers in Butchart Gardens. Stretch your legs on the Skywalk of Saint John, New Brunswick, and explore the trails of Irving Nature Park and Rockwood Park. Visit Charlottetown, the Victorian-era capital of Prince Edward Island with its intriguing historical sights and maritime heritage. Climb a lighthouse and enjoy some wild blueberry wine. In Corner Brook, Newfoundland, go hiking or paddling through the panoramic Humber Valley or the Gros Morne National park.

Stanley Park Urban Greenspace, Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

National Park Forest, Inside Passage, Alaska

Alaska Inside Passage, Alaska

Parliament Garden, Victoria British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Bar Harbor, Maine Lush Landscape at Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor, Maine

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Red And White Lighthouse

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Gros Morne National Park, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Mcnabs Island Lighthouse, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Quebec City, Quebec, City And Chateau Frontenac

Quebec City, Quebec

Saint John, New Brunswick, Reversing Falls

Saint John (Bay of Fundy), New Brunswick

St. John's, Newfoundland, Aerial View

St. John's, Newfoundland

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a Beautiful Day, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Rocky Coastline

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Montreal, Quebec Cobbled Streets

Montreal, Quebec

Saguenay, Quebec, Fjord

Saguenay, Quebec

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Exotic adventures on the horizon.

Cruise to Belize City in Belize  on the eastern coast of Central America to explore Caracol, a large ancient Maya archaeological site, and go snorkeling at the famous Great Blue Hole. In  Cozumel, Mexico , you'll also be amazed by the colorful reefs and schools of tropical fish and the impressive Maya ruins of Tulum. Or go rafting in one of Ocho Rios' rivers in Jamaica and try some of the local Jamaican cuisines.

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Local Time 2024-05-26 13:17

Port Bridgetown cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bridgetown, Barbados. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Bridgetown is the main seaport/cruise port, the capital and biggest city of Barbados. Fka Town of Saint Michael, Greater Bridgetown metro area is within the island's Saint Michael parish. Locally referred to as "The City", the most common reference to Bridgetown is simply "Town". The city covers a total area of approx 40 km2 (15 mi2) and has a population around 110,000.

Port Bridgetown (locode BBBGI) is located along Carlisle Bay (on the island's southwestern coast). Parts of the metro area (aka ABC Highway) borders with the parishes St James and Christ Church. Grantley Adams International Airport is located 16 km (10 mi) southeast of downtown, and offers daily flights to all major cities in the Caribbean, USA, Canada and the UK.

At its current location, the town was established in 1628 by English settlers. The prior settlement was at St James Town. Bridgetown City is a popular West Indies travel vacation destination and serves as major financial and convention center, as well as a major cruise port of call in Southern Caribbean. In 2011, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison were designated "UNESCO World Heritage Site".

The cruise port serves the entire Barbados Island (Caribbean Sea). It is managed by the port authority company "Bridgetown Cruise Terminals Inc". Its largest shareholders (investors) are the country's Government (through the state-owned company "Barbados Port Inc", with 30% share) and the private companies "Goddard Enterprises Ltd" (20%) and "Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd" (20%). The remaining 30% of the cruise terminal's shares are held by the general public (subscribed at the initial building stage of port's development).

Barbados is included in many Southern Caribbean cruise itineraries, also visiting Leeward Islands (Guadeloupe, St Martin, St Barts, Nevis, St Kitts), Greater Antilles, Windward Islands (Martinique, St Vincent, St Lucia, Dominica), Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba.

Bridgetown Barbados also serves as turnaround (departure) port for cruise liners in the fleets of Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, P&O UK (fly-cruise deals from Southampton England during the winter season).

In 2017, the cruise port handled a toyal of 818,752 passengers, or 12,9% increase over 2016 (725,020 passengers). Of all these cruise ship tourists, 137,541 stayed overnight (compared to 130,924 in 2016). The port's main source markets are the UK (33,5% share / 222,322 passengers), followed by USA (28,4% / 188,970 passengers) and Canada (12,8% / 85,209 passengers).

In 2021, RCI-Royal Caribbean homeported in Bridgetown (for the first time in the company's history) the ship Grandeur Of The Seas . The liner's winter 2021-2022 program (December 2021 through April 2022) was based on 3 itineraries - all leaving roundtrip from Port Bridgetown. RCI's fly-cruise deals were inclusive of cheaper charter flights from Miami . RCI's Barbados hotel packages offer tourists to stay in premium properties like Hilton Barbados Resort, Turtle Beach Resort, Sea Breeze Beach House Resort, South Beach Hotel Barbados, Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados, Accra Beach Hotel & Spa.

  • 7-night "Southern Caribbean Explorer" itinerary - to Scarborough (Tobago), Port-of-Spain (Trinidad), St George's (Grenada), Kingstown (St Vincent, Grenadines), Roseau (Dominica), Castries (St Lucia)
  • 7-night "Southern Caribbean Adventure" itinerary - to St George's, Kralendijk (Bonaire), Oranjestad (Aruba), Willemstad (Curacao), Port-of-Spain
  • 14-night "Ultimate Caribbean" itinerary - to St George's, Kingstown, Kralendijk, Oranjestad, Willemstad, Port-of-Spain, Cartagena (Colombia), Colon (Panama), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica)

For winter 2022-2023 season, Port Bridgetown reported a successful season handling 362 booked (358 received) cruise ship visits and 625,847 passengers (608,269 received), which was 86% of the pre-COVID record season 2018-2019 (726,028 passengers, 384 ship berthings).

For winter 2023-2024 (October-April), the cruise port had a record-breaking season with a total of 407 booked cruise ship berthings (392 received) from 26 different cruise line brands, with expected 741,265 passengers (715,527 received). The berthings' number included 18 maiden calls and a total of 217 homeporting operations/roundtrips from Bridgetown.

By annual passenger traffic (statistical data 2019), the Caribbean's top-10 largest airports are:

  • Luis Munoz Marin Airport/aka Isla Verde ( San Juan Puerto Rico ) with ~9,5 million pax
  • Punta Cana Airport ( Punta Cana Dominicana ) with ~7,2 million pax
  • Jose Marti Airport ( Havana Cuba ) with 5,7+ million pax
  • Sangster Airport ( Montego Bay Jamaica ) with ~4,8 million pax
  • Lynden Pindling Airport ( Nassau Bahamas ) with ~4,1 million pax
  • Las Americas Airport ( Santo Domingo Dominicana ) with ~4 million pax
  • Piarco Airport ( Port-of-Spain Trinidad ) with 2,8+ million pax
  • Queen Beatrix Airport ( Oranjestad Aruba ) with 2,5+ million pax
  • Pointe-a-Pitre Airport ( Pointe-a-Pitre Guadeloupe ) with ~2,5 million pax
  • Grantley Adams Airport (Bridgetown Barbados) with ~2,3 million pax

This explains why these port cities are used as seasonal turnaround ports for homeporting (roundtrip itineraries) by many major cruise companies with ship deployments in the Caribbean.

Bridgetown cruise terminal

Bridgetown Barbados cruise port terminal (aka "Deep Water Harbour") is operational since January 14, 1994. The port has 4 deepwater quays with capacity to accommodate up to 6 vessels at a time. The berths are numbered 2, 3, 4, and the "sugar berth", in addition to the port's breakwater.

Rarely, when all berths are occupied, cruise ships dock at the Esso (cargo) terminal.

Bridgetown cruise ship terminal offers modern amenities and facilities, such as Health Center, Customs, Immigration, Animal Quarantine, Barbados Tourism Office (tourist info center), Post Office. Other terminal building facilities are cafes, 2 restaurants (open-air, with full-service bars), business (conference) facility, a hand-made pottery (Bajan craft) shop, 21 duty-free shops (all air-conditioned, tax-free prices are 30-50% cheaper than in the USA or UK / Europe), car rental offices, internet zone.

There is a special departure area for passengers with pre-booked shore excursions and tours in Barbados. One of the island's cruise shore excursions is themed on beer and rum tasting. The guided tours visit the Foursquare Rum Distillery (in the Four Roads village/Saint Philip parish) and also the DreadHop Brewing (Christ Church parish) where tourists can taste the Bajan craft beer.

Bridgetown Cruise Terminal has a total area of 60,000 ft2 (5575 m2), of which approx 20,000 ft2 (1860 m2) is the shopping area. Outside the port's entrance is the Chattel Village (marketplace) with 16 outdoor shops. Also there is a bus stop / taxi rank.

The cruise port is located approx 13 mi (21 km) from the Grantley Adams Airport (approx 30 min bus drive). The shuttle bus service from the port to downtown is at an additional cost (USD 1 pp). Taxi ride is about 5 min and cost around USD 4 per cab. The walking distance from the port to the city is around 15 min (along the boardwalk).

Barbados Garrison: World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It dates from 1780 when it was established to be the Imperial Forces’ military headquarter. Now it is a home to the Barbados Defence Force. You can tour George Washington House, St. Ann’s Fort, the Barbados National Armoury and the Savannah park.

Parliament Buildings: or the “Public Buildings”. They were constructed in the period 1870-1874 of coral limestone in neo-gothic style. They house the Barbados Parliament. The Senate and House of Assembly are housed in the east wing. The Parliament Museum and the National Gallery are housed in the west wing. There also is the clock tower.

National Heroes Square: formerly Trafalgar Square, it is located between the Parliament buildings and the Constitution River Inner Basin. There you will see three sculptures. The first is a memorial to the Barbadians that were killed during the two World Wars. The Lord Horatio Nelson bronze statue marks the center of the city. The clamshell-shaped fountain is the third one.it is a memorial of the Bridgetown first piped water.

St. Michael’s Cathedral: located two blocks away from the National Heroes Square, direction East. It dates from 1789 and replaced the 1665 wooden building. The church is made of coral stone and got its cathedral status when Bishop William Harte Coleridge arrived in 1825.

Nidhe Israel Synagogue: UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the oldest Western Hemisphere synagogues dates from 1654.

Queen’s Park: located beside St. Michael’s Row, east of downtown.

Barbados Museum: the St. Ann’s Garrison British military prison houses the museum. You will find great variety of exhibitions.

Beaches: visit the beautiful Gold Coats beaches. Great for watersports is Payne’s bay. The Brighton Beach, Brandon’s Beach and Paradise Beach are located in the Fresh Water Bay, next to Payne’s bay. Also popular is Bathsheba Beach.

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Best Times To Visit Barbados

The best time to visit Barbados is between July and November. Though these months fall within the Caribbean's hurricane season, hurricanes rarely hit the island, and you could attend one of the lively Crop Over Festival activities if you vacation during this time of year. Temperatures stay between the mid-70s and mid-80s year-round, so there's little reason to travel during the peak season, which occurs from late December to mid-April.

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Local woman wearing a colourful headdress during the Barbados Crop Over festival

Crop Over is just one of many rainbow-colored festivals in Barbados © isitsharp / iStockphoto / Getty Images

Do you love music, culture, gastronomy and sport, or just laying back on a stunning beach in the tropical sunshine? If so, Barbados will tick all your checkboxes and then some. This lush tropical island at the southern end of the Caribbean has everything you'd expect from a Caribbean island and then some.

If fun-filled festivals are your jam, you’ll find plenty on the cultural calendar during the peak season from mid-December to mid-April. But for more laid-back travelers drawn here by the lure of carefree beach days and relaxed exploring inland, the two shoulder seasons from mid-April to June and across the month of November combine great weather with slightly lower prices.

Big events on the Bajan calendar include international motocross events, carnival celebrations and some top culinary festivals, so there's truly something for all tastes and budgets. Here’s our guide to the best times to visit Barbados. 

High season is the best time for festivals and good beach weather (mid-December to mid-April)

Travelers looking to escape cold winter temperatures in the northern hemisphere descend on Barbados for some sunshine between December and April. This surge in interest results in pricier flights and increased competition for accommodation excursions and dining experiences – if there's anywhere you have your heart set on, book early to secure a spot.

The climate tends to be slightly cooler during the high season, with much less humidity than in the steamy summer months. It’s also Barbados' dry season, so there’s very little chance of a prolonged downpour driving you off your sun lounger.

Adding to the fun, big festivals such as the Oistins Fish Festival and the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup horse race dot the calendar during across this busy period, for days when you don't want to sit back on the beach taking advantage of the favorable weather.

The shoulder seasons are the best time for sightseeing (mid-April to June, November)

Prices tumble as the high season crowds depart, creating welcome opportunities for a budget-friendly island getaway. Barbados has two shoulder seasons, bookending the winter high season. From mid-April, the crowds disperse and things remain calm until July when activities ramp up for the Crop Over festival. November ushers in a second shoulder season, as the rainy season tapers off. Not only are prices low, but the lack of crowds allows for unhurried sightseeing.

A bodyboarder runs along a beach in Barbados in front of a lifeguard tower

Low season is the best time for budget travelers (July to October)

Like much of the Caribbean , Barbados has its rainy season during the summer months, and the wet weather continues almost until the year’s end. This is also hurricane season – officially running from July to November – but most storm systems pass to the north, and the island has managed to avoid any serious trouble for years.

Visitors can expect some showers, but usually not enough to derail vacation plans. Temperatures hover consistently above 80ºF in the daytime and there's enough sun around to still enjoy the beach. If you’re traveling on a budget, this season brings discounts on everything from airfares to accommodation.

January is the time for cool breezes and sailing 

New Year welcomes in cool breezes and a throng of visitors drawn here by the prestigious Round Barbados Sailing Week , formerly the Mount Gay Round Barbados Series. The highlight is a sprint of 60 nautical miles around the island, with cases of rum on the line for the winners. Key events: New Year’s Day,  Round Barbados Sailing Week, Errol Barrow Day

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February is a big time for cultural celebrations 

Barbados celebrates its rich heritage during the busy Holetown Festival , commemorating the anniversary of the first British settlement on the island on February 17, 1627. This week-long cultural showcase includes a steel band concert, street fairs, parades, a Queen of the Festival Pageant, memorial talks, and lots of liming (as locals like to call mingling, eating and drinking). Key events: Holetown Festival, Barbados’ Agricultural Festival (Agrofest), Vujaday Music Festival

April is for fun and festivals 

The largest community festival in Barbados, Oistins Fish Festival falls over the Easter weekend, usually in April. The tiny fishing village of Oistins on the scenic south coast hosts a unique celebration to honor the local fishing industry with a fish-boning competition, a grease-pole contest, music, dancing, and of course, lots of seafood. Wash down local specialties such as flying fish, cou cou (cornmeal and okra), fish cakes, and "pudding and souse" (pickled pork with sweet potato and breadfruit) with a frosty Banks Beer. Key events: Holy Week, Oistins Fish Festival, Barbados Reggae Festival, Heroes Day

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May ushers in the calmer shoulder season 

The crowds thin out in late April and May, and Gospelfest Barbados is one of the last major festivals before the sticky summer. This gospel explosion is arguably the best celebration of the genre in the region and draws major artists from multiple countries. Key events: Gospelfest Barbados, Barbados Celtic Festival , Labour Day (May Day)

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June is the start of hurricane season 

The summer heat starts revving up with the Sol Rally Barbados , the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport international. This tarmac road rally consists of 24 stages, and it's one of the crown jewels of the island’s sports tourism calendar. Technically, June is also the beginning of hurricane season but the southern Caribbean rarely sees a direct hit. Key events: Sol Rally Barbados

July sees Barbados explode with festival color

One of the hottest months of the year, July also sees the most scintillating event on the island — Crop Over, a carnival-style harvest festival that has been celebrated here since the 17th century. Barbados’ biggest party runs through till August, with distinctively local events such as calypso competitions, soca monarch contests, J’ouvert jump-ups, Kiddie Kadooment and the Pic-O-De-Crop show, when the annual Calypso King is crowned. Key events: Crop Over, Dive Fest Barbados

August brings the dizzying finale of Crop Over

The first Monday in August signals the end of Crop Over and the festival goes out with a bang. The Grand Kadooment revelry starts at the National Stadium on the outskirts of Bridgetown and extends down the Mighty Grynner Highway. It’s a visually stunning explosion of vibrant feathers, bedazzled headpieces, and sequined bodysuits as thousands of Bajans parade jubilantly through the streets to rhythmic soca beats. Key events: the finale of Crop Over, Emancipation Day

Palm trees and white sand at Bottom Bay, Barbados

September is for the creative arts 

Barbados' talent is not limited to Rihanna, though she's celebrated as a national treasure. Starting in September and continuing for three months, the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts showcases rich local talent in diverse disciplines, including dance, drama, speech, fine arts, literary arts, music, culinary arts, craft, photography and film. Key events: National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, Barbados Ninja Throwdown

October is the best time to sip rum 

Barbados is hailed as the birthplace of rum, thanks to its long history as the world’s largest sugar producer. The Barbados Food & Rum Festival invites local and international chefs, wine experts, and mixologists for a four-day gastronomical exhibition. From street food to fine dining, connoisseurs gather to experience the ultimate pairing of local rum and Bajan cuisine. Key events: Barbados Food & Rum Festival, Barbados Jazz Excursion and Golf Tournament , Barbados National Triathlon

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November is the end of hurricane season 

Hurricane season makes its exit just in time for the Open Water Festival , a friendly and inclusive three-day open-water swimming extravaganza. The swimming competitions are open to all ages and ability levels, with distances of 1.5km, 2km, 3.3km, 5km and 10km. November also sees the island celebrate its independence from Great Britain in 1966 with contests, fairs and the lighting of public buildings in the colors of the Barbados flag. Key events: Open Water Festival, Lighting Ceremony, Independence Day

December is for sunbathers and runners 

Save for a few errant spurts of rain, the balmy but breezy December weather is ideal for spending days on the beach, but if you feel like getting active, this is also the time for the Run Barbados Marathon . The route begins and ends on the Bay Street Esplanade, with a picturesque course winding through Bridgetown, but the real fun starts with the post-run parties in St Lawrence Gap, just east of Bridgetown near Dover Beach. Key event: Run Barbados Marathon, Old Year’s Night (New Year's Eve)

This article was first published Mar 23, 2022 and updated Nov 14, 2022.

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Houthi attacks in the Red Sea: a timeline since October

O ver the past six months, repeated attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militia group on ships in the Red Sea have spread havoc in a region that 12% of all global trade transits through.

Journeys through the Suez Canal, Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait have dipped drastically, with ships forced to circumnavigate the Cape of Good Hope and African continent – at considerable extra time and cost.  

Despite a comparative lull in attacks in May, there are recent signs that the Iran-backed Houthis are resuming their maritime attacks, which the group said is in solidarity with Palestine amid Israel’s military offensive.

Ship Technology took stock of the past eight months of Red Sea chaos.

On 23 May the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported a missile attack on a merchant vessel 98 nautical miles south of Al Hudaydah, on Yemen’s southwestern coast. The crew and vessel are reportedly safe and proceeding to the next port of call after the “incident”.

Fears of a return to near-daily – and perhaps more wide-reaching – shipping attacks were compounded by a senior US defence official’s admission on Wednesday (22 May) that the Houthis possess missiles which can reach the Mediterranean Sea .

The Houthis said they only target Israeli, UK or US-affiliated vessels, but ships of any nation have been attacked indiscriminately. On 18 May, the Houthis hit a tanker carrying Russian and Venezuelan oil to China with an anti-ship missile, knocking out its propulsion and steering.

Other prominent flashpoints in May included Houthi forces launching four separate uncrewed aerial systems (UASs) over the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea on 6 May. US soldiers brought down two, a coalition ship engaged the third, and the fourth crashed into the sea.

Aside from a brief hiatus from 16 to 24 April, last month saw a near-daily barrage of Houthi attacks.

On 30 April, the militia claimed an attack on the MSC Orion , a container ship owned by Zodiac Maritime, an international shipping company in turn owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer. That attack was one of four in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea during that week.

A week earlier, a UK Royal Navy warship intercepted another anti-ship ballistic missile over the Gulf of Aden which was intended for the US-flagged, owned and operated MV Yorktown . US forces also downed four drones over Houthi territory on 24 April.

MV Yorktown was also unsuccessfully targeted on 9 April, the day after the Houthis launched an anti-ship ballistic missile toward the UK-owned MV Hope Island . No serious damage was inflicted on the cargo vessel, which was escorted by a coalition warship in the Gulf of Aden.

Incidents were reported on all but nine days of March.

The volume of ballistics launched was higher, indicative of healthy Houthi weapons stockpiles. On 18 March, for instance, US forces destroyed seven anti-ship missiles, three drones and three weapons storage containers in Yemen, which posed an “imminent threat” to commercial and navy vessels, according to US Central Command (US CENTCOM).

9 March saw the largest swarm of Houthi drones launched since October. Over a four-hour period, US, UK and French forces destroyed at least 28 drones over the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

Three days earlier, the Houthis killed three crew members aboard the MV True Confidence cargo ship – the first fatal Red Sea ship attack . Four more aboard the vessel were injured by the Houthis’ anti-ship ballistic missile.

On 2 March, the Houthis celebrated the MV Rubymar sinking in the Red Sea two weeks after it was struck by a missile.

The incident triggered a rise in freight prices and environmental concerns over the 18-mile oil slick left in the sea. The MV Rubymar was also carrying 41,000 tonnes of fertiliser when the two Houthi missiles hit its deck and engine room, which may have increased ocean acidification and threatened local marine ecosystems.

February 2024

There was a Houthi-related incident reported every single day in February.

On 24 February, the Houthis targeted the MV Tom Thor , a US-owned and flagged chemical carrier. In retaliation, the US and UK launched airstrikes on 18 Houthi targets in eight locations across Yemen.

Supported by Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand, the strikes hit weapons storage facilities, air defence systems, radars, drones and a helicopter.

“We will continue to make clear to the Houthis that they will bear the consequences if they do not stop their illegal attacks, which harm Middle Eastern economies, cause environmental damage, and disrupt the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen and other countries,” US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said on 24 February.

Two days prior, US forces intercepted six Houthi drones in the Red Sea, but were unable to repel the anti-ballistic missiles launched at the MV Islander . One injury was sustained aboard the British-owned, Palau-flagged cargo ship.

The Houthis also launched multiple attacks on 19 February, including on a Greek grain carrier apparently transporting humanitarian aid to Yemen.

The attack was a culmination of nearly three weeks of constant conflict, with the US and UK again carrying out joint strikes on 36 Houthi targets across 13 locations in Yemen on 3 February.

January 2024

By January, more than 60% of global shipping firms had suspended Red Sea routes until further notice, including Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk and COSCO.

Analysts had begun predicting disruption to supply chains and shipping lanes for several months at least , while pointing to the additional $1m in cost and 14 days in transport time added on by rerouting around the Cape of Good Hope.

11 January saw the first US-UK airstrikes on Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. ‘Operation Poseidon Archer’ oversaw the launch of more than 150 precision-guided munitions strikes on 60 targets including radars, weapons storage facilities and missile and drone launch sites.

It came a week after the US and its allies warned the Houthis to cease their maritime attacks or face a full military response – and a day after US Navy Seals seized a boat transporting Iranian weapons to the Houthis.

The militia group also launched what UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps described as its “largest attack to date” on 9 January.

December 2023

Following the US’s announcement of ‘Operation Prosperity Guardian’, a multinational maritime security force in the Red Sea, on 18 December, the end of the year saw a comparative lull in Houthi activity.

Prior to that, the Houthis launched missiles on 11, 13, 14, 15 and 16 December, setting the Liberian-flagged MV Al Jasra alight.

On 9 December, Houthi spokesperson Yahya Sare’e warned that attacks would widen to ships “of any nationality” calling at an Israeli port.

UKMTO accused the Houthis of impersonating Yemeni authorities on 3 December when the group attempted to order a ship to reroute near the port of Hodeidah.

The Houthis also fired drones and missiles at Israel itself, targeting the key port city of Eilat, while Israel struck an arms depot in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, on 1 December.

November 2023

The Houthi attack which dramatically captured the world’s attention took place on 19 November.

Armed militants landed a military helicopter aboard the moving Galaxy Leader , a Ro-Ro vessel owned by a UK company with ties to Israeli businessman Abraham Ungar. They seized the Galaxy Leader and held its 25 crew members at gunpoint as Palestinian and Yemeni flags were raised.

The hijacking, which Houthi forces released a video of on X, showed the Houthis following through on their threat to attack Israel-linked ships in the Red Sea on 14 November.

“Our eyes are open to constant monitoring and searching for any Israeli ship,” Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said  in a live speech  reported by the  New Arab . “We will search and verify the ships that belong to [Israel], and we will not hesitate to target them and let everyone know that [Israel] is afraid.”

October 2023

Prior to the hijacking, the Houthis only real acts of aggression were several rounds of surface-to-surface missiles at Israel on 31 October, and land-attack cruise missiles at Israel on 19 October.

These attacks, the Houthis promised, would continue “until the Israeli aggression stops”, referring to the Israel Defence Forces’ (IDF) continued offensive in Gaza and the West Bank following Hamas attacks on 7 October.

As of 24 May, 2024, the Red Sea crisis has disrupted hundreds of transportation routes, damaged scores of ships, injured dozens on board, and claimed the lives of multiple naval officers and crew members.

Meanwhile, more than 35,000 Palestinians – the majority of them women and children – have been killed by Israel’s military offensive following 7 October, when 1,200 Israelis were killed and another 250 were taken hostage.

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