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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.

4x4 Island Adventure

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Discover Barbados’ natural and rugged beauty on this fun-filled adventure tour.

Your 4x4 safari vehicle will wind its way through areas of the island’s interior that are otherwise normally inaccessible.

You’ll drive past the Fisherpond Sugar Cane Estate and Coffee Gully, before stopping at the rugged and beautiful Bathsheba. Here the Atlantic Coast breaks to make frothy waves around the stand out rock formations – a perfect arty photo for the taking! Capture the scenery on a walk along the beach.

Re-boarding the 4x4 you’ll continue along the dramatic East Coast, passing through quaint villages, on your way up to an 850 foot above sea level vista point. You’ll then descend to historic Holetown – the landing point for the first English settlers in 1627. Your journey back to the port is along the rich and famous West Coast, home to many of the up-market and 5-star properties.

A soft drink or rum punch will be served during the tour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate. Each vehicle is equipped with seat belts, which must be worn. The tour involves some walking over varying terrain and flat, comfortable closed toes shoes are recommended. Please note the jeeps are not self driven.

4x4 Safari & Shipwreck Snorkel

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Fancy some fun-filled activities, from snorkelling to a scenic drive? Discover the best of Barbados by land and sea.

Let’s jump aboard the Wildcat powerboat for a short boat ride to Carlisle Bay, where the exciting activities begin. At the shipwreck snorkel site it’s time to explore the intriguing underwater world. Here you’ll snorkel alongside an amazing array of tropical reef fish, and of course you’ll discover the fascinating sunken shipwrecks. After soaking up the secrets of the sea, it’s only right for some fun in the sun, so there’ll be time to enjoy the powder soft beach.

You’ll continue to be wowed as you board the specially designed 4x4 jeeps to meander your way through endless fields of beautiful Barbadian countryside, the East Coast, the Scotland District and the very popular mansions of the Platinum Coast, where many Hollywood stars flock to. Driven by professional guides, this on and off-road ride will take you to places that are hard to access by regular means of transportation. The knowledge and charm of the guides will keep you informed and entertained throughout.

A soft drink or rum punch will be served during the tour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4, speedboat and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children are not permitted to participate. Each vehicle is equipped with seat belts, which must be worn. Please note the jeeps are not self driven. In the event of prevailing sea conditions the sites visited during the boat section of the tour may differ. In the event of heavy rain, the jeeps may not be able to drive off-road. Snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. Guests are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. You may be required to wade out to the boat from the beach. The tour may operate in reverse.

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.

Barbados Beach Break

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Take some time out to relax on one of the island’s beaches.

Enjoy a scenic transfer through the historic capital of Bridgetown, passing the parliament buildings and Independence Square and on to Carlisle Bay, one of the longest and widest beaches on the island.

Upon arrival, you’ll be offered a refreshing drink and have a brief orientation of the beach and facilities. It’s then time for you to sit back and relax on your complimentary beach chair and enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

After your stay, you’ll meet at the agreed time for the return drive to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Umbrellas are complimentary; however they are subject to availability and will be shared. Shower and changing rooms are available. US Dollars and local currency are accepted for purchases. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Barbados Finest Blends

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Learn the spirited history of rum production in Barbados with visits to 2 of its leading distilleries, enjoying samples as you go!

Barbados is considered by some to be the birthplace of rum, with the earliest reference to a distillery here dating back to 1631.

A short drive from the port will take you to the Mount Gay Visitor Centre. Sold in 110 countries with company deeds from 1703, Mount Gay is the oldest existing brand of rum in the world. View a state-of-the-art multimedia presentation and enjoy a tour around the distillery with your knowledgeable guide. Learn how rum is aged, blended and bottled, and visit an authentic Bajan chattel house to sample Mount Gay rums. Bottles of the famous liquor are also available to buy.

Afterwards, a drive through Bridgetown takes you out into the beautiful Bajan countryside as you travel to the Foursquare Rum Distillery and Heritage Park. Founded on the site of a former sugar factory, Foursquare is now home to the most modern rum distillery in the western hemisphere, developed with innovation and green technology in mind. Learn how carbon dioxide produced in the distillation process is captured and sold to local gas bottlers while the rum making process itself stays true to its 350 year old island heritage. Foursquare’s line of fine boutique rums are sought after among enthusiasts and you will again have the chance to sample some of their finely crafted product.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. This tour involves around 1-1½ hours of walking over relatively flat terrain. There are around 20 steps to negotiate at the Mount Gay Visitors Centre. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Participants must be 21 years of age and over to sample the rum.


A selection of cruises to Barbados

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