A Netherlands municipality located in the southern Caribbean, Bonaire is a beautiful island with a deep ecosystem of marine life. It’s thus home to some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in the world. Also famous for its flamingos, Bonaire offers a one-of-a-kind destination on a small island full of unforgettable experiences!
Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruises are among the most popular cruise lines with voyages currently going to Bonaire. The best time to visit Bonaire is often from May to October, as you'll avoid peak winter crowds while still enjoying comfortably warm weather and better travel rates.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Bonaire. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Bonaire. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Bonaire:
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Here are some of the popular tourist attractions in Bonaire, along with a brief description:
♦ Bonaire National Marine Park
Bonaire has a deep reservoir of fascinating marine life, making it one of the world’s most popular destinations for snorkeling. Get an up-close look at its distinct biodiversity at the world’s oldest marine reserve. Spanning 6,700 acres, the Bonaire National Marine Park features multiple incredible diving sites along with other water activities such as kitesurfing and sailing.
♦ Lac Bay
Lac Bay’s shallower waters make it a more accessible spot for snorkeling, and the steady winds are ideal for wind-surfing. It’s also a calming beach experience for those looking to unwind and relax in the sand, surrounded by sun, a cool breeze, and plenty of restaurants and bars.
♦ Bonaire's Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary
See the unique birds synonymous with Bonaire at this preserve, located on the southern tip of the island. Since flamingos are a protected species – this is one of only four designated breeding grounds in the world – visitors will witness them while driving through in their car or on a guided bus tour. Luckily, these bright pink animals are hard to miss, even from a safe distance.
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