Antigua

The largest of the British Leeward Islands, Antigua (pronounced an-tee-ga) boasts one of the Caribbean's most spectacular coastlines with secluded coves and sun drenched beaches. The island's rolling hills are dotted with stone sugar mills, relics from the bygone era when sugar was king. Historic Nelson's Dockyard, where Admiral Horatio Nelson quartered his fleet in 1784, attests to Antigua's long and colorful nautical history during colonial times. And St. John's, the island's bustling capital, offers visitors a wealth of boutiques, restaurants and pubs.

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Points of Interest

  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights
  • Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre
  • Fig Tree Drive
  • Stingray City
  • Beaches
  • Bird Island
  • Canopy Zipline Adventure
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  • Nelson's Dockyard

    Explore the finest example of a British naval yard in the Caribbean. Visit the museum, boutiques, and restored buildings that are part of the area's designated national park.

  • Shirley Heights

    Commanding views of English Harbor and Nelson's Dockyard can be found at this breathtaking photo stop and historical site, originally built as a signal station to alert troops of approaching ships.

  • Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

    A multimedia presentation celebrates Antigua's colorful history from prehistoric days to the present. The grounds also contain historic ruins and a display of 18th-century artifacts collected from the island.

  • Fig Tree Drive

    This picturesque road winds through lush vegetation, rainforest foliage, and fruit groves. You'll see sugar mills and quaint churches, but don't expect to see figs: in Antiguan, the word means "bananas."

  • Stingray City

    Swim with the "Brightest Rays in the Caribbean" in a safe, aquatic adventure that is fun for the whole family. Calm, clear waters, knowledgeable instructors, and a pristine coral reef enhance your experience.

  • Beaches

    With 365 pristine white-sand beaches, Antigua boasts a beach for every day of the year. Tranquil turquoise waters beckon you to swim and snorkel while the sparkling shores invite you to relax in the sunshine.

  • Bird Island

    This islet three kilometers northeast of Antigua is smaller than most city parks. Early sailors were amazed by the number of birds nesting there.

  • Canopy Zipline Adventure

    The thrill of a zipline tour gives visitors a unique perspective of the amazing Antiguan rainforest as they climb across bridges and soar high above the rich flora that grow within.

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Antigua Beach Break

4 hours | Antigua | ANU-280
  • Beaches

Kick off your sandals and wiggle your toes in the soft white sand - you've arrived! Antigua's beaches are a haven for beach enthusiasts and this four-hour adventure is the perfect amount of time to work on your tan. Motorcoach or taxi transfer whisks you off to one of the area's popular stretches of sand. Your hosts will welcome you with a complimentary fruit or rum punch and give you a tour of the beach facilities and freshwater showers that you will have access to throughout your stay. Umbrellas are available (nominal charge), or set up your sun chair under coconut palms and sea grape trees if you prefer a spot of natural shade. If you're feeling hungry, the beach bar and restaurant invite you to linger over an early lunch (at your own expense) before returning to your ship at the pier. Don't forget to bring a towel!

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WALKING TOUR OF ST.JOHN'S

2.5 hours | Antigua | ANU-380

Get acquainted with Antigua's colorful history and culture with a leisurely guided walking tour of St. John's. From the pier, you'll stroll past pastel hued colonial cottages in a mix of Georgian, Victorian, and Caribbean architecture to the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda. Housed in the 18th century Courthouse, a tour inside offers an overview of the island's history. With a bottle of water in hand, you'll continue on past beloved landmarks such as the magnificent Anglican Cathedral of St. John's and Government House, and popular attractions like Vendors Mart, Fish Market and more. As you make your way through the capital city, your friendly and informative guide will point out areas of interest and share intriguing island tales of its British heritage. Your tour ends back at the pier near Heritage Quay, lined with upscale duty-free shops and restaurants.

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Scenic Cruise, Snorkel & Beach

3 hours | Antigua | ANU-810
  • Beaches

Experience the best of Antigua's natural beauty when you explore its waters above and below the shoreline. Walk from the pier and board your spacious catamaran for a cruise to the nearby barrier reef for a snorkeling expedition. Professional instructors will give you a detailed orientation and safety lesson. The reef contains many nooks and crannies for you to explore and you will see such marine life as the parrotfish, angelfish, damsel fish, and grunt. At the completion of your snorkeling experience, your catamaran hoists sail and the bar is open for refreshments. Cruise to Deep Bay, a protected, arched beach that is perfect for swimming. The white sand and refreshing waters makes this an idyllic spot to soak up the rays, comb the beach, or take a swim. You'll have ample time to enjoy the area before returning to your catamaran for a relaxing sail back to port.

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Antigua Pineapple & Champagne Cruise

2.5 hours | Antigua | ANU-780
  • Beaches

Just a quick two minute walk from the ship brings you to your vessel for a wonderfully scenic cruise along the picturesque west coast of Antigua. As you sail the tranquil and turquoise colored waters of the Caribbean Sea, take in all the top sights, the sun drenched beaches the island is famous for, the deep green coconut trees that sway in the breeze and fascinating rock formations created by the surf and the wind. The west coast has perfect wind conditions for watersports, which dot the landscape with colorful sails. Amidst such beauty, relax on deck with a wonderful sample of homegrown "Antigua Black" pineapple, famed for being the sweetest in the Caribbean. A glass of bubbly in hand from the well stocked champagne bar completes the scene. Just sit back and take in all of Antigua's beauty. Return to port at the conclusion of this lovely day.

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Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Blockhouse

3.25 hours | Antigua | ANU-105
  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights

Explore Antigua's key historical sites on a tour of Nelson's Dockyard National Park and surrounding areas. Board your transportation for a scenic drive through Antigua's rolling countryside en route to the Blockhouse Ruins. View the remains of the powder magazine, gun platforms, cisterns, and officer's barracks atop this sheer cliff. Continue on to the Shirley Heights Lookout point, where picture-perfect views of Nelson's Dockyard National Park and the English Harbor can be seen. A short drive brings you to Nelson's Dockyard, the only Georgian naval dock in the world and a unique Antiguan landmark which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guide will take you on a tour of the dockyard and its restored buildings. Enjoy free time to explore the museum, art gallery, gift shop, and boutiques prior to your return to port.

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Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Beach

4.5 hours | Antigua | ANU-115
  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights
  • Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre
  • Beaches

Antigua's four most popular sights are yours to discover on this half-day adventure. Picture-perfect views greet you at the top of Shirley Heights Lookout, where you can see Nelson's Dockyard National Park and the English Harbor. Continue to the Dow's Hill Interpretation Center to view a state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition that celebrates the history of the island. A short scenic drive brings you to Nelson's Dockyard, the only Georgian naval dock in the world and a unique Antiguan landmark. Travel to Turner's Beach for 45-minutes of pure relaxation. Swim in the warm Caribbean Sea, walk along the shoreline, and take in the spectacular scenery. At the conclusion of your tour, drive back to port along countryside roads.

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Fig Tree Drive & Turner's Beach by 4WD

3.5 hours | Antigua | ANU-345
  • Fig Tree Drive
  • Beaches

Take the road less traveled on a 4WD road expedition, a fun and fast-paced way to explore Antigua's remote, rugged, southwest interior. Set off caravan style down the back roads in a customized 4WD Land Rover. Drive through charming Buckley Village and follow a series of narrow dirt tracks along Body Pond. Travel along Fig Tree Drive, where you won't see any actual figs because in Antigua, "fig" is the local word for "banana"! Pass mango groves and pineapple fields set against a landscape of tiny fishing villages. The turquoise waters of Turner's Beach beckon you and you'll have ample time to swim in the sea and explore the sparkling shoreline. A welcome respite in your day, a refreshing beverage is offered in this picturesque spot before you re-board your 4WD vehicle for a return drive to port.

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Stingray, Snorkel, Swim & Scenic Country Drive

3 hours | Antigua | ANU-820
  • Stingray City

Hop aboard an island skiff for a short ride to Stingray City where hosts of friendly Southern Stingrays are waiting to greet you. Board your motorcoach for a scenic countryside drive to Seaton's, a small fishing village and the land base for Stingray City. Meet your team of guides and receive an orientation on Southern stingrays and their habits. Board small island skiffs and sail to Barge Reef. Stingrays are mistakenly believed to be dangerous animals, yet they are truly friendly. You will feel completely safe in the water touching and feeding them and your guide is always close by to offer assistance. Stingray City also has wonderful waters for snorkeling where you can explore the area's coral reefs and brightly colored fish. At the completion of your day, return to land base where freshwater showers are available and a gift shop sells souvenirs and photographs taken during your day.

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Ffryes Beach Break with Lunch

5.25 hours | Antigua | ANU-285
  • Beaches

Welcome to paradise! Dennis Beach Restaurant lies on beautiful Ffryes Beach on the southwest coast of the island, your slice of heaven on this half-day fun in the sun adventure. Spend the day enjoying one of the premier beaches in Antigua. Beautifully appointed with amenities, the beach front offers sun loungers and comfortable facilities. This is a peaceful, environment with warm, crystalline waters. Equipment rentals are available. After working up an appetite, dine on delicious Caribbean cuisine served at the restaurant by the friendly staff. Conclude with a picturesque ride back to port.

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Eco-Kayaking, Bird Island, Snorkel, Beach & Hike

4.5 hours | Antigua | ANU-880
  • Beaches
  • Bird Island

Enjoy an exciting half-day filled with aquatic and land adventure that celebrates the best of Antigua's natural surroundings and breathtaking open waterways. Participate in a safety briefing and introductory kayak lesson before setting off on a tour of the North Sound Marine Park. Follow your guide and paddle your two person, sit-on-top kayak around the beautiful mangroves and calm inlets. Then, a speedboat takes you to Bird Island, renown for its flora and fauna and extensive birdlife as well as and one of the best reefs in Antigua for snorkeling. Explore the turquoise waters, home to an array of ocean wonders. Enjoy a refreshing drink on the white-sand beach before a hike to the top of Great Bird, a spectacular panoramic viewing point where you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. Take a refreshing dip in the sea before returning to port.

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Devil's Bridge & Beach

4 hours | Antigua | ANU-475
  • Beaches

The rugged beauty of Mother Nature is on display on the northeastern side of the Island outside of the village of Willikies. From the pier, you'll travel a scenic route past St. John's Cathedral, the Antigua Recreation Grounds, the ruins of the Sugar Factory and the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. First stop on the itinerary is Devil's Bridge, formed over years from erosion by the crashing waves against a limestone cliff. Disembark and soak up the views as you marvel at blowholes carved into the rock where water pressure builds up over time; have your camera ready, when a large wave hits, the water shoots up into the air. Back on the minibus, you'll continue on to Long Bay, one of Antigua's 365 white sand beaches. Once on the sand, you'll have two-and-a-half-hours to bask in the sun and swim in the water that changes color with every wave.

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Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Dow's Hill

3.5 hours | Antigua | ANU-100
  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights
  • Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

A wonderful primer on Antigua's colorful past, your guided tour begins with a scenic motorcoach drive through the center of quaint and historic Antigua. Visit Dow's Hill Interpretation Center and view a 15-minute multimedia presentation that traces the island's history from prehistoric times to the present day. Take a short, guided tour of the area's ruins and enjoy panoramic views from the observation deck. Continue on to Shirley Heights Lookout for a picture-perfect view of Nelson's Dockyard. Built in 1725, the dockyard served as the base for the English naval squadron patrolling the West Indies. A knowledgeable guide leads you on an informative walking tour through the dockyard and its restored buildings. After the tour you'll have free time to explore the area. A complimentary drink is served prior to your departure back to ship.

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Robinson Crusoe Island Getaway & Snorkel

3.25 hours | Antigua | ANU-830
  • Beaches

Escape to the private island known as Robinson Crusoe for its endless supply of freedom and relaxation. Feel the wind in your hair and sun on your back as a speed boat cruises across the sparkling seas to the treasured isle also known as Prickly Pear Island. Once you disembark, you'll have time to refresh and recharge at your leisure. You may wish to begin your adventure with a dive in the island's warm and inviting waters. A knowledgeable crew will take first time and experienced snorkelers through coral reefs on a mesmerizing underwater tour. Slip beneath the warm, crystalline waters and marvel at schools of exotic fish such as snapper, jack fish, blue tag, grunt, and doctor fish. Or take a stroll up the hill to see the rock pools and soak up the island's sun drenched beauty. Once you're rejuvenated, you'll step back aboard the boat and return to Antigua.

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Scenic Coastal Cruise, Beach, Hike & Lunch

5 hours | Antigua | ANU-815
  • Beaches
  • Bird Island

Bring a swimsuit and binoculars for uninhabited Bird Island named for the abundant and varied bird population that inhabits the area, A luxury catamaran takes you to Bird Island, a tropical paradise with a long stretch of pristine beach. You're free to explore the area, swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and stroll along the sparkling sand. A hike to the top of the island is a nature lover's dream and offers wonderful photo opportunities of the flora and fauna. After a morning doing everything (or nothing at all), return to your catamaran and enjoy a delicious buffet featuring a variety of entrees, West Indian inspired side dishes, fresh local produce, and complimentary beverages. The friendly crew is on hand to pamper you and attend to your every need. After luxuriating onboard, you'll have the opportunity to return to the beach for a refreshing swim prior to motor sailing back to the ship.

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Panoramic Antigua

3.25 hours | Antigua | ANU-120
  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights

Antigua epitomizes the area's West Indian culture, and this 3.5-hour adventure reveals the best of the island on a guided panoramic drive. Journey through Antigua's countryside, past Falmouth Harbor through to English Harbor and historic Nelson's Dockyard, the only Georgian naval dockyard in the world and a unique Antiguan landmark. Built in 1725, the dockyard served as the base for the English naval squadron patrolling the West Indies. Here, a National Park guide will lead a short, informative stroll around the grounds, and you will have free time to peruse the museum and gift shop. Continue to Dow's Hill Interpretation Center and Shirley Heights, where a 15-minute multimedia presentation traces the island's history from prehistoric times to the present day. Then, stop to photograph panoramic views from Shirley Heights Lookout. Relax on the return drive that travels Fig Tree Drive, past Antigua's rainforest area along the south coast, and up Antigua's west coast passing its spectacular beaches before arriving at port.

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Panoramic Antigua (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.25 hours | Antigua | ANU-121
  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights

Antigua epitomizes the area's West Indian culture, and this 3.5-hour adventure designed for guests using a wheelchair, reveals the best of the island on a guided panoramic drive. Journey through Antigua's countryside, past Falmouth Harbor through to English Harbor and historic Nelson's Dockyard, the only Georgian naval dockyard in the world and a unique Antiguan landmark. Built in 1725, the dockyard served as the base for the English naval squadron patrolling the West Indies. Here, a National Park guide will lead a short, informative tour around the grounds, and you will have free time to peruse the museum and gift shop. Continue to Dow's Hill Interpretation Center and Shirley Heights, where a 15-minute multimedia presentation traces the island's history from prehistoric times to the present day. Then, stop to photograph panoramic views from Shirley Heights Lookout. Relax on the return drive that travels Fig Tree Drive, past Antigua's rainforest area along the south coast, and up Antigua's west coast passing its spectacular beaches before arriving at port.

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Scenic Coastal Cruise, Snorkel, Beach & Lunch

6 hours | Antigua | ANU-760
  • Beaches

Enjoy splendid views of Antigua's magnificent coastline from a motorized catamaran on this full circumnavigation cruise. Board the super-fast "Excellence" and head out along the northern coastline taking in Antigua's many white-sand beaches. Along the way, your crew will point out key highlights such as Jumby Bay, Bird Island, and Devil's Bridge. At Green Island, drop anchor and make your way onto the secluded beach. Snorkeling equipment is provided and the turquoise water teems with fish and coral reefs. A delicious lunch is served onboard, the glorious vista a perfect backdrop to your repast. Lift anchor and continue to the English Harbor. View Falmouth Harbor from the water before cruising past the western coast of Antigua, where many sparkling beaches and pristine bays can be found. As you head down the southern coastline you'll be struck by the impressive cliff formations. Return to port.

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Fort James Segway Adventure

3 hours | Antigua | ANU-570
  • Beaches

Take adventure in your own hands when you step onto a Segway for a tour around the St. John's environs. The fun begins when you step off your air-conditioned transportation at historic Fort James Beach. But before you hop aboard your 2x2, you'll have a step-by-step and comprehensive lesson on the operational and safety aspects of riding your personal transporter. Then, when you put on your helmet, you're ready to roll! Within minutes, you'll follow your guide to Fort James, built in the 18th century to guard against the French. After visiting the fort with its old walls, magazine and cannons, you'll cruise by beach picnic parks, trees and miles of beach. After this exhilarating tour, enjoy cool drinks around a picnic table and savor your surroundings. Relax on the beach or take a dip in the refreshing sea before returning to the pier.

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Rainforest Canopy Zipline Adventure

3.5 hours | Antigua | ANU-400
  • Canopy Zipline Adventure

You've got a bird's eye view over Antigua's lush rainforest when you take to the sky on an exciting zipline adventure. This award winning eco-tour puts you right in the heart of the forest and an intricate pulley and harness system safely carries you over spectacular scenery, including a dramatic gorge. Your air-conditioned transportation takes you to the Antigua Canopy Tour, where you'll attend an orientation and safety briefing. There are 12 different ziplines, 3 aerial walkways, 1 vertical descent (optional) and 1 suspension bridge that will take you on a crisscrossing route through the forest. Each zipline segment is unique, ranging from 52 feet to 328 feet in length and soaring as high as 300 feet. Exhilarating! Once back on terra firma, hike back to the starting point where you will be offered a complimentary beverage and a bravery certificate as a souvenir of your accomplishment.

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Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Lunch by 4WD

6 hours | Antigua | ANU-340
  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights
  • Beaches

Tour the countryside of Antigua by open-air 4X4 Land Rover and gain insight into the island's interesting history and natural scenic beauty. Begin at Body Pond area, where you'll be charmed by the lush, tropical setting. Then your off-road vehicle easily climbs to the peak of the Shirley Heights and Blockhouse Ruins two lookout point affording spectacular views and photo opportunities. A short scenic drive brings you down to Nelson's Dockyard, the only Georgian naval dock in the world and a unique Antiguan landmark. Tour the dockyard and its restored buildings and museum with your knowledgeable guide. Your final destination is breathtaking Turner Beach, where you'll savor a delightful lunch in a beachfront restaurant. Refreshed, enjoy free time to swim or stroll along the shoreline prior to driving back to the city and the ship.

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Catamaran and Lobster Lunch, Scenic Cruise & Swim

6 hours | Antigua | ANU-770
  • Beaches

A decadent 6-hour getaway cruise aboard the luxury catamaran "Mystic," brings the Caribbean dream to life! Your first stop is Deep Bay Beach, with an arched shoreline and water temperatures perfect for swimming. While you relax on the beach, crewmembers will serve you refreshing fruit drinks. Keep your bathing suit on because your catamaran's next stop is a second beach, just a short sail down the west coast. You'll know you've arrived when you see the signature coconut trees that line the sandy shores. While you're ashore, the "Mystic" crew is busy preparing a delicious lobster buffet for you onboard. An open bar and lively Caribbean music complement your glass of 'bubbly' and delectable meal. Sail back to port with the wind in your hair.

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Montserrat by Helicopter

2 hours | Antigua | ANU-185
  • Beaches

Take to the skies for a unique, rare and exclusive opportunity to tour Montserrat, and to witness an active volcano from a safe but close up perspective. A tour guide will escort you from the ship to the helicopter pad where you'll board your waiting private helicopter for a truly memorable adventure. During the 45-minute, pilot narrated flight, you'll soar over the island and the Soufriere Hills Volcano known as the "Pompeii of the Caribbean." Rising 3,000 feet above sea level, the still-active volcano frequently emits a combination of ash, smoke and steam. During your flyover, you'll see the massive Tar River Gorge and Delta, which formed as a result of avalanches of hot gas, rock, ash, and dust known as pyroclastic flows; and the charred remains of Plymouth, the country's former capital. Your tour ends back in Antigua with a bird's eye view of your cruise ship.

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