Barbados

Barbados is one of the few Caribbean islands solely colonized by one nation. It's no wonder Bajans describe their country as being "more English than England sheself," surnames like Worthing and Hastings abound. But look around and you know you're not in England: rich and fertile tropical fields meet a glistening, azure sea. The soft pastels of old chattel houses blend with the vibrant reds, oranges, and greens of roadside fruit stands. In short, Barbados exudes a charm all its own. Perhaps it is due to Bajan culture, that celebrated blend of English tradition and the African heritage brought to the island by slaves imported to work the sugar plantations. The potent brew which results flavors every aspect of island life, from music, dance and art, to religion, language and food.

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Points of Interest

  • Harrison's Cave
  • Andromeda Botanical Gardens
  • Mount Gay Rum
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Gun Hill Signal
  • Sunbury Plantation
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure
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  • Harrison's Cave

    One of the wonders of Barbados, this massive cave system features 50-foot high caverns, rushing streams, glassy pools and a thunderous 40-foot waterfall that cascades into an emerald lake.

  • Andromeda Botanical Gardens

    Nestled on a cliff overlooking the ocean, this six-acre botanical garden is renowned for its excellent collection of tropical flora including many varieties of ferns, orchids, and one of the world's largest palm trees.

  • Mount Gay Rum

    For 300 years Mount Gay Rum, located on the Mount Gay plantation, has produced one of the world's finest and most celebrated golden spirits in the world.

  • Turtle Encounter

    Swim with amazing sea turtles in their natural habitat.

  • Gun Hill Signal

    Built in 1818 to warn the island about approaching ships, this restored signal station features sweeping 360-degree views of the island as well as a fascinating collection of military memorabilia.

  • Sunbury Plantation

    Built in 1650, this beautifully renovated and maintained sugar estate house is a superb example of plantation life of a bygone era and features an amazing collection of antique carriages and memorabilia.

  • Beaches

    The luscious beaches of Barbados are a paradise of sparkling aquamarine waters, rolling waves, beautiful coral formations and velvety sands that perfectly cushion those who bask in the sun.

  • Underwater Adventure

    The clear waters of Barbados offer exciting submarine tours and snorkeling encounters with gentle sea turtles, dainty seahorses and a brilliant array of colorful fish.

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Carlisle Bay Beach & Swim

3.5 hours | Barbados | BGI-280
  • Beaches

Bask in the sun with a leisurely beach getaway to Carlisle Bay beach, one of the Caribbean's loveliest beaches. From Bridgetown you'll take a brief city tour past the Parliament buildings, the statue of Lord Nelson in Heroes Square, and Independence Square. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted with a refreshing drink and orientation of the beach facilities by the beach club's friendly staff. Changing rooms (as well as showers) are provided for your convenience. Take a swim in the crystal waters. Enjoy the feel of the warm sand and the soft breezes as you stroll along the pristine shoreline. Or simply take in the beauty of this coral island "Shangri-La" as you recline on a comfortable lounge chair beneath the shade of a shared beach umbrella (provided for your comfort). And if you desire, indulge in a snack or additional beverages available for purchase at the beach club's snack stand.

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Carlisle Bay, Turtle Snorkel & Beach

4 hours | Barbados | BGI-830
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Beaches

Designed for experienced and novice snorkelers alike, your half-day aquatic adventure begins aboard a customized boat where you'll meet the attentive and professional crew. After you receive your snorkel gear (you're welcome to bring your own) and instructions, the captain will steer a course to one of the many shipwrecks that rest in historic Carlisle Bay. Once you arrive, you'll don your equipment and dive into the waters that average 80-degrees throughout the year. As you escape into the refreshing refuge of the bay you'll discover the remains of the Cornwallis, a Canadian freighter sunk by a torpedo from a German U-Boat during WWII. Located 15 feet below the surface, the site attracts an abundance of marine life such as tropical fish, sea horses, rays, octopus, turtles and eels. Back on board, you'll be rewarded with a beverage before you go ashore for leisure time on the beautiful beach with unlimited house drinks. Return to port.

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Mount Gay and Foursquare Rum Tour & Tasting

3.75 hours | Barbados | BGI-270
  • Mount Gay Rum

Savor the history, culture and age-old traditions behind Barbadian rum with visits to two of the islands' most successful rum distilleries. After a brief guided drive through Bridgetown, you'll arrive at the 300-year-old Mount Gay Rum Distillery, the world's oldest rum brand. Step inside the Visitor's Center for a multimedia presentation that details the company's history. Then, tour the distillery and sample the tasty rum, shop for souvenirs, and purchase a bottle to take home. Your next destination is the Foursquare Rum Distillery, which utilizes green technology in every step of the rum making process, making it one of the most modern in the world. During your visit you'll learn about the company's heritage and its devotion to the 350-year-old Barbadian tradition of rum making. At the end of your tour, you will be given the opportunity to taste the different kinds of rum they produce before returning to Bridgetown.

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Bridgetown by Bajan Bus & Three-Beach Hop

4 hours | Barbados | BGI-230
  • Beaches

All aboard the Bajan Bus for some fun-in-the-sun sightseeing. There's no mistaking the brightly colored bus when it arrives at the pier. All decked out in vibrant Caribbean colors, it was once used to carry workers to and from the once-thriving sugar plantations. Listen to calypso songs as you make your way through Bridgetown. Some of the city sights you'll travel past include the House of Parliament and Heroes Square. Journey through the Garrison area known for its magnificent 18th and 19th century colonial buildings before stopping at Accra Beach for a little free time. Rejoin the bus for Pebbles and Browne's Beaches. Equally spectacular perfect for a swim. Finally, you'll rejoin the bus for the scenic ride back to your ship.

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Coast to Coast Scenic Drive

3.5 hours | Barbados | BGI-105
  • Gun Hill Signal
  • Beaches

Enjoy the rich and diverse beauty and history of Barbados with a leisurely scenic drive around the island. As your coach winds its way down the streets of Bridgetown be on the lookout for the stately 17th century House of Parliament with its grand clock tower standing guard. Continuing on, you'll travel past the historic Gun Hill Signal Station en route to St. John's Church. Outside, the Gothic inspired church commands sweeping views of Bathsheba Beach while the interior boasts an elaborately carved pulpit and beautifully designed curved staircases. Back on your transportation, you'll journey into the lush, tropical heart of the island and stop at Highland Adventure Center for a sip of rum accompanied by gorgeous views. On your return trip, you'll drive through Holetown, past a monument commemorating the first English landing in 1625. From here, it's a short drive back to the ship and your next adventure.

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Carlisle Bay Shipwreck Snorkel & Beach

4 hours | Barbados | BGI-835
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

Designed for experienced and novice snorkelers alike, your aquatic adventure begins aboard a customized boat where you'll meet the attentive and professional crew. After you receive your snorkel gear (you're welcome to bring your own) and instructions, the captain will steer a course to one of the many shipwrecks that rest in historic Carlisle Bay. Once you arrive, you'll don your equipment and dive into the waters that average 80-degrees throughout the year. As you escape into the refreshing refuge of the bay you'll discover the remains of the Cornwallis, a Canadian freighter sunk by a torpedo from a German U-Boat during WWII. Located 15 feet below the surface, the site attracts an abundance of marine life such as tropical fish, sea horses, rays, octopus, turtles and eels. Back on board, you'll be rewarded with a thirst-quenching drink before you go ashore for leisure time on the beautiful beach.

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George Washington House & the Garrison Historic Area

3.5 hours | Barbados | BGI-210

Explore 400 years of history with a scenic tour through Bridgetown and visits to two of its most memorable landmarks. First on the itinerary is a tour of the George Washington House, where the 19-year-old future president lived for two months in 1751 with his ailing half-brother Lawrence. Inside, you'll find period furniture and a museum dedicated to the president. The adventure continues underground with an exploration of the legendary Garrison Tunnels, the longest subterranean tunnels found at any 18th or 19th century British Garrison. Bridgetown's military legacy continues with a visit to St. Ann's Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its outstanding glimpse into a pivotal period of British imperial rule and culture. After a stroll through the armory you'll have free time to look for that special souvenir in the gift shop.

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4X4 Scenic Panoramic Drive & Bathsheba Beach

3 hours | Barbados | BGI-340
  • Beaches

The east coast of Barbados is dominated by dramatic ocean-carved cliffs, windswept beaches, rocky shores and breathtaking panoramic vistas. A 4x4 vehicle is the best way to explore, allowing off-road capabilities on an exciting three-hour adventure. Climb aboard and set off through old sugar plantations and over a 300-year-old bridge. You'll travel 1,000 feet above sea level to Edgecliff, where you'll stop to photograph the picture-perfect panoramic views of the entire east coast of the island. Continue on to the fishing village of Bathsheba, where frothy waves crash along the beach. Take a moment to walk along this stretch of sand and view the jagged rock formations. Continue back through a series of tiny villages and then up to a viewing point before descending into historic Holetown, the landing point for the first English settlers in 1627. Your return drive to port includes views of the glamorous properties and resorts that dot the scenic west coast.

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Andromeda Botanical Gardens & Scenic Country Drive

3.5 hours | Barbados | BGI-220
  • Beaches
  • Andromeda Botanical Gardens

Discover nature's bounty as you drive around Barbados with stops at some of the most colorful spots on the island. After a drive up the coast, you'll stop for photos at Bathsheba Beach, where waves, wind and time have carved giant mushroom-shaped rock formations that jut out of the pounding surf. Then, you'll exchange shots of rocks to flowers with a tour of Andromeda Botanical Garden. Nestled on a cliff overlooking the coast, this lavish six-acre garden features over 600 species of exotic plants as well as a grotto-like lily pond and one of the world's largest palms trees. Along the way you will pass through Belleplane home to the island's famed black belly sheep and a bucolic working farm. Your leisurely drive continues along winding roads featuring many varieties of plants and lush, and overhanging trees among coral stone walls.

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Turtle Encounter, Snorkel, Beach & Scenic Cruise

3 hours | Barbados | BGI-820
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

Meet the sea turtles of Barbados during a relaxing snorkel adventure. The fun begins when you board an air-conditioned shuttle to your passenger boat. Here, you'll meet your friendly crew and embark on a cruise through the sparkling waters. Along the way, you'll receive equipment instructions and a briefing on how to interact with these amazing sea creatures. After your captain drops anchor at one of the island's sheltered bays, you'll don your snorkel gear and dip into the turquoise waters for a guided snorkel encounter with the turtles. Then, you'll journey to one of the island's magnificent beaches for some well-deserved fun in the sun. Sunbathe, stroll the pristine shoreline and swim in the warm, tropical waters of the Caribbean-all the while basking in the magnificent landscape that surrounds you. On board your boat, luxuriate in the ocean breezes and enjoy snacks and beverages.

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Sunbury Plantation, Orchid World & Gun Hill Signal

4.25 hours | Barbados | BGI-100
  • Gun Hill Signal
  • Sunbury Plantation

Indulge your senses in an unforgettable journey of sight, scent and taste. Following a scenic drive through St. George Parrish, you'll visit Sunbury Plantation House, a reminder of a bygone era. Wander through the rooms and roam the landscaped grounds, which showcase an amazing collection of antique carriages, memorabilia and domestic items that were part of everyday life hundreds of years ago. Later, the friendly staff will teach you how to make Bajan rum punch and cod fish cakes, a delicious local delicacy. Next on the itinerary is a stroll through Orchid World, an exotic tropical garden that features gently flowing waterfalls, coral grottos, rock gardens, shady gullies and over 5,000 orchids. The military history of Gun Hill Signal will satisfy history buffs and photographers alike. After you soak up the magnificent views of this 200-year-old military outpost, your excursion concludes with a scenic drive back to the pier.

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Guided Photography Tour, Bathsheba & Scenic Drive

3.75 hours | Barbados | BGI-245
  • Beaches

Take home awe-inspiring photographs that will impress your friends and family. This specially designed excursion is led by famed Barbadian photographer Ronnie Carrington, known for his thought-provoking images chronicling island life during the last quarter century. Stops for photo opportunities throughout this unique adventure will be made at his discretion. And as you journey, you will be regaled with charming folk tales, interesting anecdotes and the fascinating history of Barbados. Marvel at the breathtaking vistas of the Scotland District, known as the highlands of Barbados. Enjoy a stop at the 50-acre Barclay Park for a scenic overlook of the east coast and the roiling Atlantic Ocean. Visit the quaint Bathsheba fishing village, as well as the ruggedly beautiful Bathsheba Beach, where waves, wind and time have carved giant mushroom-shaped rock formations that jut majestically from the pounding surf. After capturing each memorable sight you'll head back to the ship.

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Turtle Encounter, Shipwreck Snorkel & Beach

3 hours | Barbados | BGI-825
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

See what's under the sea just off the coast of Barbados. After you board your sleek boat you'll take an exhilarating ride over the Caribbean waters to one of the island's most popular spots for encountering wild sea turtles. Along the way, your guide will regale you with fascinating local history and folklore as you receive your safety instructions and equipment. Once he drops anchor you'll slip into the warm water and swim with the turtles. Back on deck, you'll head to picturesque Carlisle Bay for a snorkel tour of an actual shipwreck! Sea creatures such as brilliantly colored tropical fish, eels and seahorses flourish in the nooks and crannies of the sunken vessel. Later, head to the beach to sunbathe, stroll along the pristine shoreline and swim in the tropical waters. On the way back to port, indulge in refreshing beverages while contemplating your memorable adventures.

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Sunbury Plantation, Scenic Drive & Lunch

5 hours | Barbados | BGI-215
  • Sunbury Plantation

While it's true that the island's natural beauty is captivating, Barbados is more than sprawling beaches and swaying palms. And some of the most exquisite manmade wonders can be found from one end of the island to the other. Get acquainted with the artful side of Barbados with a visit to Earthworks Pottery, a unique studio specializing in one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic pieces. Next door you'll find the On The Wall Gallery, which specializes in Barbados' art. For a look at plantation life of a bygone era, you'll travel to the Sunbury Plantation House; and after a tour, you'll sit down for a delicious and memorable four-course buffet lunch. And the day's not over yet. On your return trip to Bridgetown, you'll stop for photos at Christ Church Parish Church, site of the mysterious moving coffins.

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Swim with Turtles & Beach Break

4.5 hours | Barbados | BGI-815
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

Get in the swim with wild sea turtles. After boarding a spacious luxury sailing catamaran, you'll zip through the sparkling waters to two beach destinations. First, you'll drop anchor at one of the island's most stunningly beautiful sheltered bays. After you receive safety training and equipment instructions you'll dip into the calm waters for a guided snorkel encounter with the wild sea turtles that nest on the white sand beaches. Join these stunning sea creatures as they move gracefully with the ocean currents through the shafts of sunlight that penetrate the water's surface. On board your vessel, sit back and luxuriate in the lush Caribbean breezes as you sip complimentary beverages en route to your next beautiful beach. Bask in the tropical sun, stroll the pristine sand or swim the crystal clear waters of this coral island paradise before reboarding the boat and returning to shore.

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4x4 Safari & Shipwreck Snorkel

4 hours | Barbados | BGI-345
  • Underwater Adventure

Experience the beauty of Barbados by land and by sea. Designed specifically for small groups, this exhilarating excursion begins with a short walk down the pier to the 24' Wildcat powerboat. Once aboard, your captain will whisk you to Carlisle Bay. After a brief orientation in how to properly use your snorkel equipment, you'll enter the water for an enjoyable dive. What you see will amaze you – this underwater paradise is filled with an abundance of marine life such as tropical fish, sea horses, rays, octopus, turtles and eels. Wrecks range in depth from 12 to 15 feet. Then, you'll surface for refreshments aboard the vessel, head back to the pier and jump into a 4x4 Jeep for a sightseeing tour through endless fields of Barbadian countryside, the East coast, the Scotland District and the very popular mansions of the Platinum Coast.

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Harrison's Cave & Scenic Drive

3 hours | Barbados | BGI-225
  • Harrison's Cave

Explore one of Barbados' hidden treasures. Tucked beneath the earth's surface you'll find Harrison's Cave, a massive cave system that boasts over two miles of chambers filled with flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and beautifully lit stalactites, stalagmites and delicate limestone formations. Said to be one of the natural wonders of the world, this magnificent, crystallized limestone cavern is named for Thomas Harrison, an early settler who owned much of the land in the area in the 1700s. A tram will escort you through the cave so you can witness these delicate works of art. At select points you can disembark for photos such as the majestic 50-foot-high "Cathedral," the cave's largest chamber, as well as a thunderous 40-foot-high waterfall that cascades into a blue-green lake. At the end of your remarkable journey beneath the earth, you'll take a scenic drive back to the harbor.

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Atlantis Submarine Scenic Adventure

2.5 hours | Barbados | BGI-670
  • Underwater Adventure

Experience a breathtaking tour of the underwater wonders of Barbados aboard the Atlantis, an actual passenger submarine! Step into the air-conditioned cabin, take a seat at one of the personal viewing windows and embark on a wondrous narrated journey that takes you from 30 feet to 150 feet beneath the surface! Have your cameras at the ready to capture the ruins of a sunken ship and breathtaking marine life (including barracudas, eels, turtles, stingrays and tropical fish) that make their home among the 20-million-year-old coral reefs that abound in the crystalline waters. After surfacing, you'll receive an Atlantis Expedition dive certificate to commemorate your underwater journey of discovery. As you enjoy a scenic trip back to shore aboard your ferry, indulge in a beverage (rum punch anyone?) and take in the distant sights including beautiful west coast beaches.

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St. Nicholas Abbey, Railway & Rum

4 hours | Barbados | BGI-175

Experience the historic splendor of a 1914 heritage steam locomotive, the newest attraction to the St. Nicholas Abbey Great House Plantation and Distillery, on this scenic and fun filled four hour adventure. You'll go clackity-clack across the tracks that cut through the 400-acre sugarcane plantation grounds and around a sparkling lake where a variety of migrating birds find shelter. Travel through a mature mahogany forest and culminate at Cherry Tree Hill, an elevated point offering breathtaking highland views of the island's rugged east coast. Disembark and explore St. Nicholas Abbey Great House, an impeccably restored architectural marvel, one of only three Jacobean Mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere. Proceed out to the rum distillery, surrounded by exotic foliage and nestled on a picturesque gully. Here, you'll learn all about rum production and sample a few award-winning liquors. Conclude with a quick photo stop at one of the last functioning windmills on the island. Return to port.

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Five Star Sail, Turtle Encounter & Lunch

5.5 hours | Barbados | BGI-810
  • Turtle Encounter
  • Beaches
  • Underwater Adventure

Don't miss this opportunity to experience a luxurious 5-star catamaran cruise through the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean to two beaches of legendary beauty. After boarding, your captain will set sail for Turtle Bay and drop anchor in its sheltered waters. After safety training, you'll put on your supplied snorkel gear and slip into the warm, tropical waters for an amazing encounter with the sociable wild sea turtles that play and feed along the inshore reefs. Back on board, feast on a delicious buffet lunch as you make your way to your next stop, Paynes Beach, known locally as one of the best swimming spots on Barbados. Once you hit the beach, bask in the Caribbean sun, stroll the pristine white sand or snorkel along a majestic coral reef teeming with brilliantly colored tropical fish. Reboard the catamaran and relax and unwind on the return sail.

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The Harrison's Cave Eco-Adventure

5.25 hours | Barbados | BGI-370
  • Harrison's Cave

Imagine the thrill of discovery when you encounter the magnificent crystal formations that were formed eons ago deep inside Harrison's Cave. Your journey begins at the Cliff Top Visitor Reception Center where you'll gear up with head lamps and knee guards. Then, an experienced and knowledgeable Adventure Tour Interpreter will lead you on a trek along the cliff and valley trails that sit above the massive cave system. Along the way, you'll learn about the medicinal uses of plants, see native birds and you may catch a glimpse of a green monkey. As you enter Harrison's Cave you'll walk, creep, and crawl (sometimes on your stomach like a real spelunker!) and it's well worth it. You'll witness breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites, natural passages and pools, and crystallized karst formations unmatched in other areas of the cave. At the end of your journey beneath the earth, you'll return to the harbor.

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