Caribbean Cruise - Britannia
Picture the scene… you, lazing on a soft, sandy beach, ice clinking in your freshly-poured tropical cocktail. And all this in the middle of the British winter! The difference is, you’re soaking up the heartwarming hues of the eastern Caribbean. Start your sun quest in sun-soaked St Lucia before sailing across turquoise waters to a string of sparkling islands... Dominica, Antigua and the French-Dutch flair of St Maarten among them. Pick up a bargain in their bustling markets, sample their seafood delights, and stroll hand-in-hand along paradise beaches. And, along with that unmistakable laidback Caribbean charm, there’s a host of treasures waiting to be discovered.
Main stops of your itinerary:
St. Lucia - Windward Islands
St Lucia has a fascinating if bloody history with the French and British spending years fighting over it. One look at this luscious island will show you why.
Cloaked in verdant rainforests, its skyline dominated by the dramatic twin peaks of Les Pitons and its gardens a riot of hibiscus and bougainvillea; St. Lucia is the epitome of a Caribbean paradise.
Here you can watch parrots and hummingbirds skim through the trees, bask on beautiful beaches, visit charming fishing villages, view stunning volcanic scenery and glory in the Caribbean’s best botanical gardens.
This lush island is right on the whales Caribbean migration path so be sure you take a boat trip out to spot them on their way north. And, even if you do not see whales, there are plenty of playful dolphins that usually tag along in the boats wake.
But, by passing Dominica by, the whales do not know what they are missing. It is an island of breathtaking natural beauty with crater lakes and waterfalls, forests and gorges, many with evocative names like Boiling Lake and Valley of Desolation.
Offshore, there are coral reefs teeming with fish of all colours, shapes and sizes to amaze swimmers, snorkellers and scuba divers. You are also welcome to visit the last surviving community of Carib Indians, the original inhabitants of the entire Caribbean, who still follow the old ways - fishing, carving and basket-making.
Antigua - Caribbean Islands
With over 365 beaches, there is a slice of white sand heaven for every day of the year - even a leap year - on the idyllic Caribbean holiday island Antigua, which played host to Admiral Horatio Nelson’s fleet in the late 1700’s. Nelson’s Dockyard now bustles with crew and guests from yachts and cruise ships sailing these waters for pleasure rather than for King and Country.
The main port, St John’s, is also the capital and a vibrant hub for shopping as well as being within easy range of some of the best beaches.
Half French and half Dutch, St. Martin/Sint Maarten is one of the Caribbean's most diverse and interesting islands.
The Dutch capital Philipsburg is a delightful warren of narrow streets called steegjies. Here you will find interesting shops and leafy courtyard cafés. Start your exploration at Wathey Square, which is home to a colourful market.
If you would prefer to enjoy a little French 'je ne sais quoi', take an island tour to the pretty French capital Marigot. It's worth visiting for its colourful markets, lovely café-lined waterfront and the chic boutiques of Marina Port La Royale, where you can pick up unusual jewellery and leather goods. Or spend your day on a catamaran trip from Philipsburg for fabulous deep-sea snorkelling with lunch.
Barbados - Barbados
Watching the Atlantic surf crash down on the rugged east coast of this richly diverse island and, for a moment, you may feel you could be on the Cornish coast but the moment you hear the waves of gospel singing emanating from a tiny local church you realise you could not be anywhere else but Barbados.
In the capital and cruise port, Bridgetown, there are intriguing signs of its British colonial past while, across the island, you are really spoilt for choice.
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