Can I use "at" as a preposition with "cruise", like in this example:

a tourist vessel cruising at the Caribbean Sea

Maybe "in" is better and more natural here, but I'm just asking if "at" would be considered an error in this sentence.

  • In this context, at suggests to me in the direction of rather than upon which is probably intended. – KillingTime Feb 10 '20 at 7:02
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    In fact, you don't need a preposition there. "a tourist vessel cruising the Caribbean Sea." – Kris Feb 10 '20 at 10:27
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    And no, you can't use at in this context. – Kris Feb 10 '20 at 10:28

I have always seen the use of on, and have also used it myself. I honestly can't think of a scenario in which at would have a valid use with the cruise. I'm fairly confident that saying I was at the cruise or the cruise at the Caribbean would be flat out incorrect, not just less popular usage.

Edit: However, I believe it is technically correct to state something like a cruise in the Caribbean Sea, but that it's just less common.

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    See also my comment at OP. – Kris Feb 10 '20 at 10:29
  • That's what I figured. – Anirath Feb 10 '20 at 10:55
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  • And these Google 4-grams are fairly convincing evidence. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 10 '20 at 12:50
  • @EdwinAshworth Fair enough, I will try to provide more support in my future answers. – Anirath Feb 11 '20 at 3:09

If 'cruise' is used as a noun, it would be 'on'. For eg.

Alice is on a cruise until the end of the week

If 'cruise' is used as a verb, there are several usages depending on the context. A few examples that may help:

Do not cruise 'with' the engine turned off The vessel is cruising 'on' the Caribbean sea The luxury boat is cruising 'off/along' the coast

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    Thank you, but sometimes there are several options and some are just more popular. I'm just asking if "cruise at the Caribbean Sea" is a plain error or correct, but less popular usage. – rp_photos Feb 10 '20 at 6:46
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    I think "cruise at the Caribben" may be an incorrect usage. – sigmabeta Feb 10 '20 at 8:13
  • We say that a ship is at sea when it has left its port, but we never use at with the name of a particular sea. – Kate Bunting Feb 10 '20 at 9:31

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