Reform of UK tax good for Caribbean holidays

As if you needed another reason to experience a cruise in the Caribbean, it has emerged that the budget adjustments to Air Passenger Duty (APD) announced by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne will be particularly beneficial for those flying to this part of the world.

While prices to fly to many long-haul destinations are likely to fall as a result of swapping from a four-tier to a two-tier system, Caribbean officials have been arguing that the country has faced reduced tourism due to being placed in tier C rather than tier B with the US.

Currently, a family of four travelling in economy on the 4,400 mile trip from London will pay $551 (£332) in APD, with the price set to fall to $458 (put £ here too) in April 2015 when the changes come into effect.

Jeffrey Vasser, director general of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), commented: "The Caribbean region has finally achieved one of its goals and will be fairly taxed in comparison with a flight to the US."

It was a sentiment that Beverly Nicholson-Doty, chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, agreed with. "[It's] a complete victory for the Caribbean, which has lobbied against the unfair system that placed the US at a competitive advantage," she said.

The Caribbean is a favourite destination among cruise-goers, with many newcomers to the holiday style choosing it for year-round sunshine, stunning wildlife and extraordinary natural scenes that include pristine beaches and tropical forests.

It is common for cruise enthusiasts to book their flights separately from their actual cruise if they want to get a feel for the area over a few days before boarding their vessel.

At Seafarer, we offer the opportunity to tour the Caribbean via a majestic Star Clipper, a luxury Tall Ship Clipper or a comfortable and stylish catamaran. You might also consider getting aboard our Treasures of Costa Rica and The Panama Canal cruise, which offers all the charm of these destinations. If travelling in the winter of 2014 or in 2015, we have just added a brand new mega yacht cruise around Cuba which is worth a look.