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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.

A Taste of Antigua

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2¼ hours

A unique opportunity to experience what the Caribbean is known best for, rum and savoury food in our Backyard rum shop.

Board your vehicle at the pier for a short drive to a lovely Caribbean rum shack in St John’s on Sir Vivian Richards Street, the very street where Antigua’s favourite son was born.

You’ll be met by one of Antigua’s most respected husband and wife team who own and run the rum shack. Then the fun and education begins.

Take a journey into the history of how Antiguan and Caribbean rums are made, with stories, anecdotes, and an opportunity to taste up to 3 different Antiguan rums. These will be complemented with water to cleanse your pallet.

Sample a choice of numerous delicious Antiguan and Caribbean specialities that could include, conch fritters, jerk chicken, and crab cakes made from fresh local ingredients. The local recipes will be shared with those who wish to know chef’s secrets!

This is a unique and exclusive opportunity to do what the Antiguans do in Antigua, drink and savour the taste of rum whilst enjoying delicious freshly prepared hot savoury finger foods!

Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to purchase your favourite bottle of rum to take home with you. Your air-conditioned transportation will then take you back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this tour.

A Taste of Antigua

A Walk around St Johns

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Get to know Antigua’s capital and allow a local guide to bring its history to life.

St John’s is just a stone’s throw away from the pier and the small capital is best explored on foot. Your local guide will take you on an enjoyable walking tour, as you mingle with the locals and see architecture and places of interest that you might not otherwise be aware of.

From the pier, you’ll head to Market Street, home to the local fish market, where you’ll gain a real sense of local life in St John’s. During your stroll, look up at the local shops that boast the West Indian style Vernacular architecture and the rows of colourful wooden shutters. You’ll also have the opportunity to view the Methodist Church grounds, the Cenotaph and the Cathedral grounds. A stop will be made at the small Museum of Antigua and Barbuda that houses a selection of exhibits highlighting life on the island.

Your tour will end close to the pier, where you may wish to remain in St John’s or head back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. This tour involves around 2 miles of leisurely walking over varying terrain, which includes some uneven ground, high kerbs and steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are essential. Sun protection and a hat are recommended. A bottle of complimentary water is provided on this tour.

Antigua Buggy Adventure

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Get behind the wheel of a 4WD buggy and experience a fun-filled ride!

After a short walk, meet your awaiting self-drive 4WD buggy, and after a safety briefing you’ll don your helmets and get behind the wheel.

Follow the lead buggy as your route takes you through St Johns to Bendals and the beginning of the off-road trails. Your fun-filled ride continues along dirt tracks and through rural areas before arriving at Body Ponds, a beautiful series of ponds. Pause for photos, before continuing along Fig Tree Drive through tropical rainforest areas.

Continue to an unspoilt beach situated on the South West coast, where during a short stop a soft drink refreshment will be served. You may also choose to enjoy a brief swim or simply relax in the sun, before navigating your way back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by Foot and 4X4 Buggy. This tour is sold ‘per buggy’, each holding 2 passengers who will share the driving. Only 1 passenger need book a ticket. Drivers must be aged 21 or over and a valid driving licence must be shown. Non-drivers must be aged 7 or older. Buggy’s are automatic drive. Helmets are provided and must be worn. There is a combined weight limit of 32 stone per buggy. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Actual drive time is approximately 90 minutes. Full-length trousers should be worn. Clothes may get dirty and damaged. Flat, enclosed shoes are essential, open-toed shoes must not be worn. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear and take a towel if they wish to swim at the beach. Sunscreen is also recommended.

Antigua by Helicopter

Activity low

Duration: 1¾ hours

Absorb Antigua’s breath-taking landscape and picturesque coastline on a fascinating helicopter flight.

Your helicopter experience will begin with a short minibus drive to the helipad, where you’ll be briefed on your flight before taking to the skies to witness the amazing aerial views of Antigua’s stunning coastline.

As you fly over the crystal clear waters of the west coast, you will be able to see Cades Reef and Rendezvous Bay and admire the panoramic views of the stretching white sandy beaches.

As you look down on the island, look out for the historic fortifications that reflect Antigua’s past, see the superyachts anchored at Falmouth Harbour, and view the historic English Harbour and Shirley Heights Lookout.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and helicopter. This tour is non refundable once booked. You will be contacted on board regarding your flight times. There is a strict weight restriction of 16½ stone per person and a height restriction of 6 feet and 4 inches. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. If a passenger is over the stated restrictions they will be charged for an additional seat. 2 sizes of helicopter will be used for this tour, depending on the number of passengers booked. One helicopter has a maximum capacity of 4 seats; the other has a maximum capacity of 6 seats. The seats are configured with 1 middle seat, which affords views out of both sides, but is not directly beside a window. Preferred seating and flight times cannot be guaranteed. Total flight time is around 30 minutes. Passengers are provided with headsets for intercom communication with the pilot and one another.

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 minibus. 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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