Beyond the crystalline surf there’s an array of cultural and historic treasures waiting to be explored -with its colourful past offering up a host of museums and historic monuments, natural treasures to explore and mouthwatering cuisine, this is a cruise destination that offers the perfect cocktail of relaxation and exploration.

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Bridgetown Barbados

Bridgetown

Bridgetown, sometimes referred to as ‘Little England’, is a fascinating blend of Caribbean charisma and colonial tradition. This makes for an interesting to-do list of sights to tick off, including Nelson’s Statue, the Parliament Buildings and St Michael’s Cathedral.

The town is relatively easy to navigate on foot and most of the key attractions are just a short walk from the centre. Some of the island’s best beaches can be found near Bridgetown, including Brandons beach, which is the perfect spot for complete relaxation. Brighton beach is the place to go for snorkelling and if you’re lucky you might get a glimpse of the sea turtles who come here to lay their eggs. For a livelier beach, Pirate’s Cove with its watersports, cafes and music bar will definitely fit the bill.

What are the best cruise ships for a Barbados Cruise?

The Marella Explorer makes a stop at Bridgetown, Barbados during its Tropical Delights tour. If you want to cruise the Caribbean, this is the ship to do it on as she has a staggering array of restaurants serving everything from succulent sushi to tantalising tapas. When you want some rest and relaxation, indulge in some treatments at the spa or head to The Veranda, an adults-only hangout with day beds, pod chairs and loungers. There’s also plenty of family friendly entertainment available include a kids’ club and Sport & Family Deck.

Bridgetown is another popular Caribbean cruise stop with P&O with their dazzling new ship Britannia offering sleek interiors and innovations such as the Headliners Theatre and a £1 million art collection. There are also 13 bars, 13 restaurants and four pools for you to relax beside. Those in need of relaxation can head to the Oasis Spa or you could shop till you drop in the 660 square metre shopping mall.

Shore Excursions Ideas

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the sun lounger during your Barbados cruise, there are numerous attractions worthy of your attention on the island, with most cruise companies offering a variety of options.

Harrison’s Cave

Harrison's Cave

Take refuge from the sun for an hour or two in the eerily beautiful Harrison’s Cave. With its maze of caverns and grottos it offers a memorable trip for all ages. As you hop on a small electric tram to begin your mile-long journey you’ll be rewarded with some impressive stalactite formations enhanced by dramatic red-and-orange lighting. The highlight of the visit is an awesome underground waterfall.

4×4 Excursion

If you want to see more of the island during your stop-off, an off-road safari in a 4×4 is well worth considering. As short excursions go, this is a good one, as you’ll get to see the lush interior, hidden villages and some of the scenic landscapes for which the island is world renowned. Time spent in The Scotland District, the rugged interior, usually forms part of the safari and once here you’ll be 800 feet above sea level, providing incredible views that will linger in the memory.

Visit the Garrison Savannah

Take time out to explore Garrison Savannah, a historic military base which includes the ruins of St Ann’s Fort and the famous Savannah racecourse. It also has a pretty place of worship, the beautiful Matthias Church, once used by the British forces.

Mount Gay Rum Tour and Visitor Centre

Barbados rum

Rum is the Caribbean’s favourite drink, and no trip to Barbados is complete without time spent at the Mount Gay rum distillery. The visit will include a tour of the distillery where you’ll learn the age-old secrets of rum making. You’ll also get to taste samples of the rich, characterful spirit and purchase rum and other souvenirs at the gift shop.

Shark Hole Bay

Those wishing to experience a true taste of paradise can get off the beaten track to Shark Hole Bay. This secluded sandy bay has everything you’d expect from a Caribbean retreat: sumptuous soft sands, azure waters and swaying palms. The backdrop of cliffs gives this hidden crescent a distinctly desert-island vibe and is the perfect spot to take a few envy-inducing selfies.

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