Posted by Tony - Guest Blogger on 29th, November 2012
Barbados is a delightful island and one of the Caribbean's most popular tourist destinations. It is easy to see why as it has plenty to offer visitors, including those who arrive by cruise ship. Barbados was a British colony for around three hundred years and though it is now independent, it retains the British monarch as head of state.
As such, it has good relations with the UK and is very welcoming to visitors from across the world. There is a lot to do on the island, though the great weather and gorgeous landscapes are enough to satisfy many visitors.
Coast to Coast
Perhaps one of the best ways to get an overview of the island, this great excursion really takes in all that Barbados has to offer. Starting with the gothic structure of St John's Church perched on the cliffs overlooking the island's east coast, the trip then moves on to the Highland Centre, situated at the highest point and thus offering spectacular views in all directions.
This is also a great place to enjoy the local speciality of rum punch before heading out to see other key sights such as Heroes' Square, Gun Hill Signal Station, Holetown (where the first settlers arrived in the 1600s) and Sandy Lane and then returning to the capital, Bridgetown.
One of the main attractions of Barbados is its sweeping coastline and the beaches that can be found along it. From the main mooring spot for cruise ships a transfer will take you through historic Bridgetown, past the parliament buildings and out to Carlisle Bay one of the widest and longest beaches on the island.
A refreshing drink and a deckchair are all included and you will be left to spend the day in peace, relaxing and enjoying all the delights offered by the classic combination of sun, sea and sand. As the day draws to a close, the transfer will be ready to return you to the ship for the evening.
After a busy day exploring all that Barbados to offer or a relaxing day on the beach, a sunset cruise at dusk is the perfect way to spend the evening. The yacht will cruise along the western coast, offering the spectacle of a tropical sunset combined with the beauty of the shimmering sea and the pleasure of a warm evening breeze.
The crew are there to meet your every need and you will be able to sample traditional Caribbean hors d'oeuvres and sip Champagne as you sail to truly complete the sense of luxury on this excursion.
If an adventure on land or above the waves isn't enough, why not try an excursion on the Atlantis submarine one of the Caribbean's most popular attractions.
A short boat trip takes you out to the submarine's mooring spot and once you dive below sea level you will encounter a fascinating world of wildlife, all identified and explained by expert guides that form a part of your crew. From your porthole, you will be able to see myriad species of brightly coloured fish, remarkable sponge gardens and spectacular coral formations, all part of this incredible aquarium in reverse. For your comfort, the interior of Atlantis is kept at sea-level pressure and air-conditioned temperature.
Cool Runnings offer catamaran trips around the coast of the island, stopping off to swim with turtles, go snorkelling around a ship wreck and sample the local speciality; flying fish. There are cruises every Wednesday; one in the morning and one in the afternoon allowing you to watch the sunset from the Caribbean Sea.
Barbados has plenty to offer every visitor, especially those who arrive by cruise ship. Having moored up in and explored, historic Bridgetown, the rest of the island is your oyster, whether you choose to drive across it, sample the beaches or take to the sea.