Welcome to Leeward Islands


You could easily laze your days away on a sunlounger, but there are plenty of opportunities to get active. Beat your path through dense rainforest to reach volcanic peaks for painterly panoramas, or plunge below the waterline for mesmerizing close-ups of coral and tropical fish. Commune with colonial ghosts at ruined military forts or former sugar plantations, then connect back with the present over rum punches, roadside barbecues and jamming beach parties with live reggae bands. Just don’t expect casinos, condo complexes or big malls – this is the Caribbean unplugged.


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$29 Shore Excursions

St. Kitts Tour, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Option

In three hours, you can make the most of your time in port in St. Kitts and see some of the island’s best attractions and most beautiful sights on a panoramic tour shore excursion. First, you’ll drive to the city of Basseterre, where you’ll visit Independence Square, formerly known as Pall Mall Square, and have time to purchase a few gifts if you’d like. Then, continue along a scenic coastal road to Romney Manor, home of Caribelle Batik fabric (ENTRANCE FEE $3.00PP). You can see the art of dyeing and drawing on Sea Island cotton and purchase dresses, wall hangings and other accessories at the on-site gift shop. Your next stop is Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO heritage site. The entrance fee required toward the continued restoration of this magnificent fortress is included in the tour price (if option selected). You’ll then enjoy another scenic drive to Port Zante, where your cruise ship is docked. Spend any extra time you have shopping and admiring the lovely view before getting back on your ship and leaving St. Kitts. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to Basseterre for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$55 Tours & Sightseeing

Full Island Panoramic Tour of St Kitts

This tour picks you up from your hotel (if applicable) and meets at Port Zante, where we board our well-maintained, air conditioned vans. We make way through the center of town, pointing out the Berkeley Memorial and home of the circus, reminiscent of Piccadilly Square. We continue to Independence Square, formerly called Pal Mal Square, where the slaves were bought and sold in public auction back in the 1600 and 1700's. Your guide will point outt the Catholic Cathedral and the Anglican church, dating back to 1670. We drive by the War Memorial, The Birds Nest, Bloody Point, Carving Of De Rocks, Wingfield Estate and an old sugar plantation dating back to the 1700's. We'll explore the property and the still-standing buildings and read up the how sugar was produced. Next, we go to the start of the rain forest and to Romney Manor, home of the botanical gardens and Caribelle Batik. We have a half hour to walk the grounds and take in the stunning photo opportunities.  After a stop in Romney Manor, we'll make way to the Brimstone Hill Fortress, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, where you have 45 minutes to explore this magnificent site. The Black Rocks on the Atlantic side of the island is next. We take in this natural phenomenon where the lava from the volcano erupted and made its way to the Atlantic Ocean.The last stop is Timothy Hill, the most photographed site of the island. This is where you have the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Caribbean Sea on the right. No trip to St Kitts is complete until you view this breathtaking spot.

$34.20 Shore Excursions

St Kitts Shore Excursion: Discover St Kitts Tour

On this St. Kitts shore excursion, you’ll start at the city of Basseterre and explore Independence Square; this former slave market is now a beautiful garden, flanked by colonial architecture from both England and France. You’ll also visit Romney Manor,(Entrance fee $3.00pp) site of the Caribelle Batik factory, which you can explore and tour at your leisure. You’ll see artisans dyeing sea cotton to create batik paintings and other handicrafts, and the on-site store provides you with great shopping deals. Your tour continues along to Frigate Bay, home to the island’s resorts and world-famous golf courses. You’ll be dropped off at one of the most exclusive beaches in the Caribbean for swimming. This St. Kitts cruise ship excursion concludes with transport to Port Zante where you'll board your ship. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to Basseterre for this activity.

$69 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

St Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour With Lunch

Board your Luxury Catamaran in Port Zante, adjacent to the cruise pier. After a short safety briefing, the real fun begins!Relax as you sail across the turquoise waters of St Kitts & Nevis to a secluded cove on the southeast peninsula, with the unusual name of Shitten Bay (the 17th century English name for the Acacia trees that grow on the hillsides).Donning the supplied snorkel gear, you enter the water by the comfortable stars, and explore the finest snorkeling spot in the area, where colorful marine life is abundant. A friendly crew member will be happy to help you if you are less experienced and even first timers. After snorkeling, grab a refreshing drink from the open bar, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch featuring island flavors. Feel the breeze caress you as the crew cranks up the tunes that sets up a real Caribbean vibe as you sail back along the coast to port.The catamarans feature state of the art bathrooms, sunning nets, plenty of seating space, music, and a fully stocked bar. A friendly crew is always on hand to make the sail a superb experience. Be sure to bring your own towels and plenty of sunscreen. Alcoholic beverages are only served after the snorkel portion of the tour.If you arrive by Cruise ship, a representative will meet you at the end of the pier to escort you on the short walk to your Catamaran.

$98 Tours & Sightseeing

Beautiful Coastal Sightseeing Tour of Barbados

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Barbados Garrison, Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosThe Garrison Historic Area From 1655 large fleets of British ships and soldiers were visiting and Barbados making it there base of operation. In the early years there were no barracks for them or provisions, the care and expense of the officers fell in the hands of Barbadians themselves. After repeated visits this became quite burdensome especially considering it was at a time when the island was quite impoverished. The legislature of Barbados was moved to petition the British government for a permanent garrison to be built on the island. It was not until 1780 that it was finally decided by the British Government to station a permanent garrison on the island. It was eventually decided that the Garrisons should be built near Charles Fort and St Anne’s Castle. 16 acres were purchased in 1789 and construction began by the early 19th century most of the buildings had been completed and had grown to cover 64 acres. The Garrison in Barbados is in fact the largest in the Caribbean.Many of the buildings were constructed of London brick brought out as ballast in ships which returned with sugar. Some 60 of the original buildings are still in existence today. The Savannah of itself was a very rocky area where many crabs lived. It had to be filled in and leveled for the troops to practice on. It was also the birthplace of cricket in Barbados and today serves as the islands racetrack.On November 30th 1966 Barbados was led into Independence by the then Premier Errol Walton Barrow, officially celebrating the achievement of nationhood as a sovereign and independent state within the CommonwealthDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Enterprise (Miami) Beach, Oistins, Christ Church Parish, BarbadosMiami Beach, Barbados, near the town of Oistins, is a popular sandy beach in Barbados. It is located on the south coast of the island, with usually calm waters and brilliant sunset views. On its north side is Enterprise Beach, a much more sheltered bay popular with families.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Foul Bay, Saint Philip Parish, BarbadosSome say the name “Foul Bay” was given to this beautiful beach because up to the mid-1950s fishermen used to sell their catch on Foul Bay Beach. The fish was de-scaled and gutted on the spot. The smell was foul, hence the name. Others say Foul Bay it is an adaptation of the original name Fowl Bay which itself originated from the large number of migrating birds that once nested in a swamp located in the area.Foul Bay was the location where the famous Harp Gun was off loaded from a ship and then transported to its location at Paragon. Train tracks were laid to aid in transporting the gunDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Bathsheba Beach, Bathsheba, Saint Joseph Parish, BarbadosBathsheba is located on the Eastern coastline of Barbados. It is said that this area was named after the wife of King David whose name was “Bathsheba”. Legend has it that she bathed in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft, and the rolling surf waters of Bathsheba’s “Soup Bowl” resembled Bathsheba’s bath. The area is popular with surfers. It is a popular area for locals and visitors alike and is dotted with several seaside cottages.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Codrington College, Saint John Parish, BarbadosChristopher Codrington III (1668-1710), was the son the Governor General of the Leeward Islands. He spent most of his boyhood at Consetts, the site of the present College. Christopher Codrington III went to England where studied at Oxford University. He served in the Army for sometime before returning to the Leeward Islands to succeed his father as Governor General. His policy of helping the poor whites and slaves brought him into disfavor of the plantocracy. Consequently, he gave up the position of Governor and retired at Consetts in St John. Christopher Codrington III, died on Good Friday 1710. In his will he had left to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel the estates at Society and Consetts. One of his instructions was that his finances were to be used to fund a number of professors who were to teach medicine, surgery and divinity. Codrington's desire to Christianize the slaves was rejected by the Barbadian plantocracy, who opposed teaching the slaves how to read and write. It was only in 1790 when the anti-slavery movement in England exerted pressure on the Anglican Church and the SPG that this began to change. The construction of the College got under way in 1715. Economic depression, drought and other difficulties having caused further delays, the College was officially opened in 1745 The College served to prepare young Barbadians for entry into the two Universities in England - Oxford and Cambridge. Later on the College began to offer tertiary education, and was affiliated to the University of Durham It was in 1830 that the College began training candidates exclusively for ordination. The college has been damaged by hurricanes and fires that left only the walls of some buildings standing. It has closed repaired and reopened several times throughout the years.Today Codington College offers strictly theological studies. Duration: 25 minutesStop At: St. John's Parish Church, Saint John Parish, BarbadosAccording to the Anglican tradition, worship has been conducted on this spot since 1645. The first building, a wooden structure, was destroyed by fire in 1676 and replaced by a stone structure. Following the hurricanes of 1780 and 1831, the current building was constructed in 1836.Fernando Paleologus,a former church warden and planter was buried under the choir when he died in 1670. He was buried with his head pointing to the west and the body embedded in quicklime in accordance with the Greek Orthodox custom. Following the hurricane of 1831 his tomb was moved to the churchyard. Paleologus was a descendent of the brother of the great Emperor Constantine XI He fled to Barbados after his family was driven from the throne of Constantinople by the TurksDuration: 25 minutesStop At: Animal Flower Cave, Saint Lucy Parish, BarbadosWe visit North Point Barbados for the great views and a great Lunch at the Cave Restaurant. The Animal Flower Cave is also located at North Point But the entrance fees to the cave are not included in this tour the lunch however is. Dutring the Months of Dec to April Humpback whales migrate through the Caribbean. North Point is one of the popular viewing sights. Duration: 1 hourPass By: Speightstown PierThe town was at one point called Little Bristol because of it's trading links with Bristol England Larger ships always sailed into Speightstown because they could not get into Bridgetown until the deepwater harbor was constructed. They would load their cargo on to smaller ships that would then deliver to Bridgetown.Sprightstown is also the port that many slaves in the triangular slave trade first sailed into. Arlington House now serves as a museum but was once a make shift clinic for slaves who often arrived on the island ill due to the horrid conditions they endured on the Atlantic crossingJust North of Speightstown is Almond Hotel. This was once the Heywood’s sugar Plantation and was one of the locations used in the filming of the Tamarind Seed with Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif. Another was the old Paradise Hotel Pass By: Holetown Beach, Holetown, Saint James Parish, BarbadosHoletown is the site of the first British settlement on the island. On May the 14th 1626 Captain John Powell was the first Englishman to encounter Barbados. He along with his crew was in fact on their way from Brazil when the trade winds blew their ship the "Olive Blossom" into Barbados. On arrival to the Island, The Captain sent some men to the shore. They wrote the words James K of E on a tree and named the area James's town (Jamestown). Today Jamestown is called Holetown because the river outlet in the area reminded them of an area called "The Hole" in the Thames River in England.It was said that the first institution the English established in a new colony was a drinking house. The Spaniards and Church and the Dutch a fort. In Holetown there are two historic ChurchesPass By: Lord Nelson StatueAdmiral Nelson Statue In 1803 war broke out with the French and Spanish siding together against Britain. Admiral Nelson was seen as a savior at this time. After a dramatic announcement of the Trafalgar victory and news of his death reached the island A bronze statue of Nelson was erected in the area then renamed Trafalgar square. This statue is older than the one of Nelson in Trafalgar square in the UK Pass By: Glory Tours, Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish, BarbadosTour Operator

$76 Shore Excursions

Antigua Shore Excursion: Round Island Tour

Tour the island of Antigua and see some of its best sights while you’re in port. You’ll be picked up from your cruise ship port and driven across the island to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, where you’ll admire the beautiful English Harbour, internationally well-known as a yachting destination.You’ll also have time to stroll around and view the Admiral's Inn, Copper and Lumber Store, Sailmakers's Loft, Mystery Pillars, the art gallery and the fabulous yachts moored to the old quay side.Visit the Blockhouse Ruins overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean, Indian Creek and, on a clear day, the island of Montserrat. Afterwards take a short visit to Shirley Heights for a bird's-eye view over Nelson's Dockyard.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to St John's for your ship’s departure. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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