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About Antigua

With over 365 beaches, there is a slice of white sand heaven for every day of the year - even a leap year - on the idyllic Caribbean holiday island Antigua, which played host to Admiral Horatio Nelson's fleet in the late 1700's. Nelson's Dockyard now bustles with crew and guests from yachts and cruise ships sailing these waters for pleasure rather than for King and Country.


The main port, St John's, is also the capital and a vibrant hub for shopping as well as being within easy range of some of the best beaches - at Fort James, Deep Bay, Galley Bay and Hawksbill. Almost perfect weather conditions and low humidity, due to the warm prevailing trade winds, allows Antigua to boast of being the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands with the lowest annual rainfall. It is also the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands although it is only 14 miles long and 11 miles wide. Still, with a population of less than 70,000, this means there are lots of wide open spaces - especially on those gorgeous beaches.


Shore excursions in Antigua

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Antigua Island Sights

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3¼ hours

Capture the best views on the island and discover the charm of Nelson’s Dockyard.

Gain an overview of this lovely island as you take in panoramic views from Block House Ruins and Shirley Heights before visiting the renowned Nelson’s Dockyard, one of the most popular attractions in the eastern Caribbean.

Block House Ruins sit at an elevated position of 446 feet above the sea on a sheer cliff and offers a spectacular view that sweeps across Indian Creek and the Atlantic Ocean. The Block House was the principal lookout and officers’ barracks for the First West India Regiment back in 1787.

Shirley Heights, named after Sir Thomas Shirley, was the principal fortification of the British fleet stationed at English Harbour. The famous view from Shirley Heights is stunning, taking in virtually the entire east coast of Antigua.

Nelson’s Dockyard has a unique atmosphere and is the last remaining Georgian naval dockyard that is still in use today. You will have around 45 minutes of free time to explore the dockyard independently with its Admiral’s Inn, museum, mystery pillars, art gallery and bakery or you may prefer to stroll by the old stone quayside and admire the sleek yachts moored alongside as you soak up the unique atmosphere of this picturesque dockyard. During your visit, refreshments of rum or fruit punch will be served at the Galley Bar.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coaster bus. The minibus has no stowage facilities for wheelchairs. Walking is at passenger’s own discretion. There are a few steps to enter each venue at Nelson’s Dockyard and the terrain is uneven in places.


A selection of cruises to Antigua

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