Welcome to Leeward Islands
The Leeward Islands – Anguilla, Saba, Sint Eustatius, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda – are a natural mosaic that for centuries has tugged mightily at the hearts of explorers, buccaneers, traders and boaters. On this string of islands stretching south in an arc east of Puerto Rico, dreamy white-sand beaches are flanked by crooked palms and surrounded by turquoise waters.You could easily laze your days... Read More
Top experiences in Leeward Islands
Leeward Islands activities
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg
When your cruise ship docks in Philipsburg port, meet your guide for your St Maarten shore excursion, and get ready to explore the highlights of this Caribbean treasure. You’ll experience both sides of this Dutch- and French-colonial island, which covers just 37 square miles (60 square km) in the Lesser Antilles, and stop at scenic spots along the way.First, head to the north end of the island, on the French side, to one of its most serene and remarkable beaches, Grand Case Beach, where you can stroll along the pure white shore. Swim or sunbathe, stretching out on the soft sand as you marvel at the turquoise water that sparkles in the tropical sunlight.Then, in the Caribbean’s gourmet capital, Grand Case, you’ll find a diverse selection of local cuisine. Try a traditional dish such as a scrumptious Johnny Cake – a fried cornmeal pancake – for lunch (own expense), or sample guavaberry rum punch (a tasty rum drink made from the island berries) or sip a soda or beer on the beach (one drink included).Then, head to Marigot, the charming capital of St-Martin, and take in the French atmosphere where shops line the colonial streets and an open-air bazaar surrounds the central square. Next, your guide will take you back to the Dutch side to Maho Beach, where you can watch planes approach at a close distance as they land at the adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport. Your shore excursion ends with a drive past Simpson Bay on your return to the cruise port. If you wish, you may request to be dropped off in Philipsburg to explore on your own instead of being dropped off at the port. If you do so, however, the worry-free shore excursion policy no longer applies; see Additional Information for details. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Philipsburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
St Kitts Shore Excursion: Panoramic Tour with Optional Brimstone Hill Fortress Visit
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. 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.
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, 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. 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.
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.
St Kitts Mini Speedboat Snorkel Adventure
Experience the beaches and coves of St Kitts southeast peninsula in a safe and fun mini powerboat where no boating experience is necessary. Your tour will begin with pickup from most hotels. Once at the beach, your guide will give you a safety briefing before your climb aboard your personal watercraft.Once aboard, open up the throttle as you skim over the water along the sheltered southeast peninsula. Stop to snorkel in the crystal clear waters and view the rich marine life. Perhaps stop at a tiny beach inaccessible by land or by larger boats, before heading back to Frigate Bay Beach for refreshments. Then, either reboard your included land transport back to your hotel or chill out on the beach and return independently later.The boats are designed for double occupancy. Two boats are enough for a family of 4. If you are traveling alone then you may be paired with another single, or if available, you may be given a boat of your own.
St. Maarten 12 Metre Challenge
Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime as you slice through the waters of the Caribbean aboard a multi-million dollar race boat! Upon arrival, you will be assigned a position on the crew as well as receive crew training before heading off to the racecourse. Revel in the blue waters and cool tradewinds as you grind a winch, trim a sail and punch a stop watch. Or, just sit back, relax and enjoy the complimentary refreshments. Learn the history of the prestigious yacht racing, which dates back to 1851 during the reign of Queen Victoria. The New York Yacht Club held the trophy for 132 years before being defeated by the Australians in 1983, who were then beaten by Dennis Conner after 354 individual races. Connor's boat, Stars and Stripes, is a member of the 12 Metre Challenge Fleet. Also included are the Canada II, True North I and True North IV, all of which were other contenders in the America's Cup. Minimum age for this excursion is 12 years old. However, children aged 7-11 are allowed with parental permission. All tours are subject to change due to weather conditions. Come and experience the thrill of sailing aboard these world famous yachts!