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About Barbados

Watching the Atlantic surf crash down on the rugged east coast of this richly diverse island and, for a moment, you may feel you could be on the Cornish coast but the moment you hear the waves of gospel singing emanating from a tiny local church you realise you could not be anywhere else but Barbados.

While, over on the sheltered west coast, the glorious beaches are pure Caribbean. And there are more beaches and a lot more bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs creating a vibrant 24/7 lifestyle on the south coast, too.

In the capital and cruise port, Bridgetown, there are intriguing signs of its British colonial past while, across the island, you are really spoilt for choice.  You can enjoy every watersport under the sun; stunning nature walks and bike rides; or maybe a trip to the uniquely magnificent Harrisons Cave underground complex of caverns, waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites.

 

Shore excursions in Barbados

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.

Cat Caribe and Turtles

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 5½ hours

Cruise the coastline, swim with turtles, discover a shipwreck and enjoy an al fresco lunch.

You will be welcomed aboard your catamaran to set sail along Barbados’ beautiful coastline. See some of the island's finest homes and hotels dotted along magnificent white sand beaches only visible from the sea.

Take to the warm, inviting waters and snorkel over a shipwreck or reef with shoals of colourful tropical fish. Afterwards you can simply relax, lie in the shady cabin, bask in the sun on deck and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Your catamaran will make another stop, giving you chance to view and swim with the enchanting Green or Hawksbill Turtles, an opportunity not to be missed.

During the cruise, enjoy a wonderful Caribbean-style buffet lunch on board. The delicious local dishes will be accompanied by unlimited rum punch, local beer and soft drinks.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. Participants must be competent swimmers. Please wear your swimwear, sunscreen and take a towel. You will be required to remove shoes whilst on board the catamaran. The snorkelling location and the turtle encounter are subject to favourable conditions. Turtle sightings cannot be guaranteed. Children under 6 may not participate. Snorkel equipment is provided, excluding fins; Barbados law does not permit fins near turtles in order to avoid harm. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Coast to Coast

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

This scenic drive has been specially designed for those who’d prefer an overview of Barbados with little walking.

The original building of St John’s Church was erected in 1660 and the present gothic structure is situated on a cliff 800 feet above sea level. Step inside to see the double staircase of cedar leading to the organ gallery and the traditional high-backed pews. The frangipani trees in the yard lead you to some magnificent views of the east coast.

The views from the Highland Centre are also spectacular. Situated at the heart of the island, 1,004 feet above sea level, the picturesque landscape sweeps down to the east coast. You’ll be served a welcome refreshment of a rum punch or soft drink whilst you take in the surrounding views.

You’ll pass by sights such as Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square) and Gun Hill Signal Station as you head towards the rugged Atlantic coastline. You’ll pass St Thomas Church, and pass through Holetown for a photo stop at the monument to commemorate the place where the first settlers landed in 1627. Enjoy viewing the opulent Sandy Lane area before returning to the ship in Bridgetown.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. This tour involves approximately 20 minutes of walking over relatively flat surfaces.

The Atlantis Submarine Experience

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

Enjoy the magic of the underwater world of Barbados on board the incredible Atlantis Submarine.

Cruise through an amazing undersea world at depths of 50 to 150 feet as you embark on a voyage of discovery aboard the Atlantis Submarine. Atlantis is one of the premier attractions in the Caribbean, providing a unique exposure to a fascinating underwater world.

You’ll board a ferry for the short transfer out to the dive site to join the Atlantis Submarine. This ‘aquarium in reverse’ will provide you with a view of a world with marine life in its natural environment. The colour and abundance of exotic fish, spectacular sponge gardens and fascinating coral formations will be unveiled outside your porthole.

All this time Atlantis is maintained at a cool air conditioned temperature and sea level pressure. Experienced crew will point out and describe the sights in detail as tropical fish pass within touching distance beyond the portholes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus, boat and submarine. Children under 4 are not permitted to participate and all participating children must be at least 3 feet tall. This tour involves very little walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate an 11 step ladder into and out of the Atlantis Submarine. The Submarine dive lasts approximately 50 minutes. The views underwater are subject to local sea conditions on the day.

Best of Barbados

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Visit historical Sunbury House, take in the views of Gun Hill Signal Station and stroll the paths at Orchid World.

Enjoy a scenic drive to Gun Hill Signal Station, located in the parish of St George, which provides a magnificent and captivating view of the entire island. The Signal Station was restored and landscaped by the Barbados National Trust and now houses a collection of military memorabilia.

Afterwards, continue to Orchid World which spans over six acres of land, some 800 feet above sea level. Meander your way through the beautiful outcrops of coral, rock gardens, cool shady gullies and ponds. You will be fascinated by the beautiful orchid plants growing in mid-air with their roots completely free of any soil.

Sunbury Plantation House dates back to 1660 and possesses one of the country's superior collections of antiques. The cellars house a unique collection of antique carriages, as well as many items used in the domestic life of the plantation. In the extensively landscaped grounds you will see fine authentic examples of old carts and machinery used in the last century to cultivate the land.

During your tour, you will be offered a fruit or rum punch refreshment.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus an on foot. This tour involves approximately one hour of walking over some uneven and inclined surfaces, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Order of highlights may vary.

 

A selection of cruises to Barbados

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