Barbados is a lovely island where driving on the left side of the road and enjoying afternoon tea time is just as normal as spending your days laying on the beautiful white sand beaches. This island is filled with friendly locals, a unique cultural vibe, and tons of duty-free shopping opportunities. Getting around the island is fairly easy, as nearby Bridgetown is accessible by foot from the cruise port, and there are plenty of public transportation options (taxis and bus). With endless beaches, caves, and outdoor activities, you are certain to have a great time in Barbados!
Currently, there are several cruise lines that embark in Barbados. Among them are Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, Star Clippers, and Windstar Cruises. The most ideal time to visit Barbados is between July and November, when you can continue to enjoy perfect weather while avoiding the peak tourist season.
For a cruise from Barbados that has many onboard features and activities, you might consider booking with Carnival Cruise Line or MSC Cruises. Carnival features a few 6-night Caribbean cruises onboard Carnival Fascination, which features live shows, spa & fitness facilities, a waterslide, casino, and more. MSC offers a 4-night Southern Caribbean cruise from Barbados to Martinique onboard the stunning MSC Preziosa, offering guests the option to enjoy swimming pools, onboard sports, specialty restaurants, the MSC Yacht Club, and more.
Luxury cruise lines Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and SeaDream Yacht Club offer cruises from Barbados with the finest service and amenities. Crystal does a 6-night voyage to Fort Lauderdale onboard the lavish Crystal Serenity. Regent Seven Seas features a couple of 10-night Caribbean cruises onboard the newly refurbished Seven Seas Navigator. SeaDream features a bunch of 6- to 13-night cruises leaving from Barbados onboard its sister sailing yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II.
Specialty cruise lines Star Clippers and Windstar Cruises also feature itineraries departing from Barbados. Star Clippers features a couple 7-, 14-, and 16-night voyages onboard its tall ships Star Clipper and Royal Clipper. Windstar offers several Caribbean cruises aboard its ships Wind Surf and Star Pride, plus a few longer 16- to 24-night world cruises.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Barbados, along with a brief description:
♦ Harrison’s Cave
If you’re looking for a truly exciting and unique thing to do before or after your cruise from Barbados, consider checking out Harrison’s Cave. You will be transported through these beautiful underground caves via tram, where you can witness the beautiful crystallized caverns for yourself. You will be able to see waterfalls, streams, and more! There are also other ways to explore these caves, via walking tours educational programs, and more. It’s a wonderful way to discover the history of Barbados.
♦ Banks Brewery
If you’re a fan of beer, then you might consider touring the Banks Brewery before or after your cruise from Barbados. Banks Beer is the main brand of beer in the Caribbean. Touring the brewery is a great way to learn about the brand’s history, the brewing process, and bottling as well as sample some of the beers at the end. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase some souvenirs to take home afterward.
♦ Chattel Village
Chattel Village is the place to be for some scenic shopping. This colorful cluster of shops are surrounded by tropical gardens that make shopping all the more beautiful and exciting. From t-shirts to distinctive home décor, you can find all sorts of interesting items to browse and purchase. In addition to storefronts, there are also some local cafes, as well as the nearby West Coast Boardwalk if you have extra time.
♦ Agapey Chocolate Factory
If you’ve ever wanted to tour a chocolate factory, you can when you visit Bridgetown! Discover the chocolate-making process and even sample a few delicious pieces during a tour of this incredible facility. You’ll be surprised what you can learn about your favorite dessert! Plus, nothing beats the aroma of freshly-made chocolate! There is also a small shop where you can purchase various chocolates, ice creams, and other treats to take home and remember your cruise by. This is a perfect activity for families, couples, and friends alike!
♦ Carlisle Bay
If you are looking to spend time on the beach during your visit to Bridgetown, you have a number of wonderful choices. One of the most popular seafronts is Carlisle Bay! This natural harbor is best known for its calm waters, which makes it appealing for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and for small children who want to wade. In addition to beautiful white sand and turquoise waters, you can enjoy the amenities of umbrella and chair rentals, a full-service bar, changing rooms, and showers. If you choose to visit at night, don’t be surprised if you run into some local entertainment. There are also a bunch of wonderful restaurants in the vicinity, so you won’t have to go far if you need a bite to eat.
♦ Baxter’s Road
Since Bridgetown is famous for its duty-free shopping opportunities, it’s no surprise that you can find a bunch of nice shops. Baxter’s Road is not only a great place to shop for deals, but it also has a very “local” vibe about it. You can shop for souvenirs and experience local culture all at the same time. The colorful buildings and markets make this road very appealing, as do the many street vendors (fried fish is a must-try!). Enjoy this area’s British Colonial architecture, local artisan goods, and local cuisine. This is a road that has “local charm” written all over it.
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