A bustling city seeped in history, Tobago’s capital offers up a snapshot of days gone by. Sprawled over the hillside, it’s overlooked by the Fort King George, a 17th-century…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
This tour offers up Tobago’s natural beauty and history rolled into one. After travelling through Scarborough, you’ll arrive at the Mysterious Tombstone, the burial place of an 18th-century woman called Betty Stivens. Her gravestone bears an enigmatic epitaph, which has puzzled people for over 230 years. You’ll also see nearby Fort James, built by the Latvians in the 1600s to guard Great Courland Bay. Next comes a drive along Mount Irvine Road, following the scenic northwest coast to the famous Mount Irvine Bay Hotel and Golf Club. Its undulating fairways are carved from an old sugar plantation and serve up wonderful panoramas over the Caribbean Sea. From here, it’s on to Store Bay, one of Tobago’s most beautiful beaches, where white sands mingle with glossy palms, crab-n-dumpling stalls and light blue seas. We'll also call in at Fort King George. Built by the British in the 1770s, its old buildings and cannons sit in manicured lawns high above Scarborough, giving you breathtaking views over the coastline and capital.
Basking off Tobago’s west coast, Buccoo Reef is probably the most spectacular of its kind in the Caribbean – it’s even warranted a visit from Jacques Cousteau. It’s also a snorkelling hotspot, which is what this trip is all about. After leaving Scarborough, we’ll drive you to Pigeon Point beach, a long ribbon of palm-fringed sands. Here, you'll step off the Pigeon Point where you’ll board your glass bottom boat. Gaze at the tropical aquarium below as your captain points out the best of the underwater life during your short journey. Then, once you reach the reef, it’s up to you what you do – you can relax on board or explore with a snorkel. Waft through the technicolor corals and crowds of reef fish – it’s an extraordinary undersea world. You might even be joined by a giant turtle or two. Next, it’s on to the Nylon Pool, a coral sandbank washed by electric blue shallows. You’ll have some time to swim in the waist-deep waters here before your boat returns you to Pigeon Point and your coach. Your snorkelling equipment is provided, so all you need is your swimsuit, sun cream and towel.
Tobago has more than its fair share of scenic beauty and exotic wildlife, and on this tour you’ll witness both. Your destination is the Tobago Forest Reserve, which has been protected since 1776, making it one of the world’s oldest nature reserves. Enveloping the island’s mountainous spine, it’s a wonderland of towering trees, hanging vines and thick tropical vegetation, all making up a delicate eco-system. Sit back and relax as you drive along the island’s rugged windward coast, passing wave-swept headlands and pastel-painted villages en-route to Roxborough. It’s here that your real adventure begins, as an expert guide leads you down trails through the jungle. As you go, you’ll pass hidden streams and waterfalls, and hear intriguing facts about the plants and trees around you as your guide explains how they’re used as food and medicines. You’ll also be introduced to some of the 200 species of birds and other creatures that call this Garden of Eden home – parakeets, hummingbirds, leaf-cutter ants, armadillos and squirrels are among them. Bring binoculars if you can and wear comfortable walking shoes. The trek lasts around two hours, so you’ll need to be relatively fit.
Grenada can’t fail to spice things up. It’s known as the ‘Spice Island’ after all. Wherever you head, the fragrant scent of ginger, almond, nutmeg and vanilla follows…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
All cinnamon, cloves and allspice, it’s little wonder Grenada’s known as the Caribbean’s Spice Island. But they’re not the only treats that grow here. There’s plenty of citrus, bananas and cocoa beans, too. In fact, the menu of plants that call this place home reads like the ingredients for a Nigella recipe, so it’s easy to see how this place came to be one of the world’s leading spice suppliers. You’ll wind through the rainforest to the Grand Etang Lake viewing point. A giant volcano crater filled to the brim with cobalt water, it’s certainly easy on the eye. And its volcano-top location makes it all the more breathtaking. From here, you’ll travel to Annandale Falls, a fairytale paradise of cascading water, hanging ferns and dainty orchids that’s like a secret Caribbean garden.
On the Rhum Runner, life is one big Caribbean party. It’s a catamaran-style cruise where steel drums and rum punch are the order of the day. First things first, you’ll set sail along the Spice Island’s gorgeous coastline with a guide giving you snippets of Grenada’s history as you go. You’ll enjoy free-flowing rum punch as you gently bob across the waves to Morne Rouge Beach, where you’ll have some free time to sunbathe. On the return trip, meanwhile, the fun really begins. They crank up the music for the Rhum Runner Limbo Competition, and serve a light snack of fruit, cheese and crackers along with more rum punch and soft drinks. This is most definitely the life.
Do you want to see all the main highlights this island has to offer? After enjoying a picturesque panoramic drive along the west coast of the island, we’ll head to Dougaldston Estate where the fun begins with an introduction to the famous spices that make this island one of the top spice suppliers in the world. The tour then continues to the breathtaking views over Grenada’s Grenadine islands, once home to the Carib Indians on the island. Then we’ll continue to the River Antoine Rum Distillery for some sampling before a delicious Creole lunch is served at the plantation restaurant. Then, time to sit back and relax as we take a gentle drive through rainforests and over mountains, with a stop at Etang Lake and the famous Annandale falls along with a little free time at the stunning gardens.
Pronounced ‘beck-wye’, this tiny island is still fairly untouched by tourists, and unspoilt by nature. Its coastline is fringed with sleepy, golden beaches that are backed…Time in port: 07:00 - 18:00 | Tender to shore
This tour’s a real all-rounder. You’ll start with a drive through Port Elizabeth up to Hamilton Fort. Grab your camera up here – it’s a great lookout point, with views of Admiralty Bay and the Caribbean Sea. Next up, we’ll head to a local fabric shop, where you can browse the rainbow-bright prints and possibly see the fabrics being produced. After a quick cool-down drink, we’ll make our way up the island’s Atlantic Coast. The drive is a scenic one, with ocean views and roads edged with tropical flowers. We’ll wind our way to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where endangered hawksbill turtles are cared for until they’re old enough to be released into the wild. We’ll have a chat with the owner and learn more about the conservation effort, before heading down to the southern side of the island. You’ll learn about the island’s whaling industry as we go, before returning to Port Elizabeth, where you’ll have some time to explore on your own.
The 1400-acre island of Mustique has pulled in more than its fair share of A-listers over the years – everyone from Amy Winehouse to the Queen and Prince Philip has been spotted on its pristine sands. On this tour, we’ll see its charms for ourselves. After boarding a catamaran, we’ll speed away from Bequia, passing the Flintstones-like houses in Moonhole and coasting along the southern edge of the island. Once we arrive at Mustique we’ll have a coastal tour of the island, taking in its lush green valleys and hideaway coves and learning a bit about its history and famous residents. There may also be an option to take an hour-long taxi tour of the island, visiting the gingerbread-style primary school and the famous Cotton House Hotel, and spotting a couple of celebrity homes. When it’s time for lunch, we’ll head to Basil’s Bar and Restaurant – a Mustique institution. After some free time for shopping and sunbathing, we’ll board our boat and head back to Bequia.
You’ll get to explore Bequia by boat on this tour. As we cruise out of Port Elizabeth, we’ll learn about the island’s fishing and boat building heritage. Keep a look out as we sail along the coast, as we’ll pass the airport, fish market and Petit Nevis, an uninhabited island that’s home to an old whaling station. You’ll be able to glimpse glamorous Mustique in the distance, too. We’ll stop at another uninhabited island, Isle de Quarte, for a chance to swim and snorkel in the Evian-clear waters. As we dry off, you can help yourself to soft drinks or a glass of the captain’s rum punch. Next up, we’ll pass Moonhole, where the quirky houses look like they’ve come from the set of The Flintstones, before landing at gorgeous Princess Margaret Beach for some free time.
Known as the island of waterfalls, Dominica is as green as it is unspoilt. Fairly off the tourist trail, this exotic isle is a paradise for nature lovers. In fact, it’s…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Dominica has been dubbed the ‘island of waterfalls’ and, with a nickname like that, it definitely wasn’t meant to be seen through a window. This is one of the Caribbean’s most unspoilt places, and this trip lets you tour the virgin landscape in an access-all-areas truck. Your journey begins with a drive through the rainbow-bright capital, Roseau. You’ll pause at the Morne Bruce viewpoint to get a bird’s-eye view of it, before taking a turn into the rainforest. You’ll spot the Wotten Waven Sulphur Springs and the Ti Tou Gorge as you travel through the tropics – if the latter looks familiar, it’s because it had a starring role in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 2. There’s a crevice in the mountain here, where hot and cold water mingles in a plunging rock pool. There’ll be some time for a dip and, if you’re brave, you can swim further into the gorge to see one of the isle’s most beautiful waterfalls. Rum punch and fresh fruit will be served as you dry off.
Get ready for a wet and wild adventure along Dominica’s longest and largest river. You’ll take your seat in a rubber tube ready to battle the currents, rocks and rapids of the Layou River. Feel the cool mountain breeze as you spin and twirl downstream, passing the every changing scenery of this amazing valley. A guide will be with you the whole time, and half-way through the adventure you’ll stop at a natural pool to wait for the others to catch up. This thrilling ride definitely isn’t one for the faint-hearted.
You’ll love this island tour with a difference. It gives you a chance to soak up Dominica’s scenery and get an insight into the local way of life. It begins with a southwards drive to Bellevue Chopin, a tiny village at the base of the Morne Canotte and Morne Anglais volcanoes. You’ll visit an organic herbal farm, where a farmer will talk about the history of herbal remedies, and give you a tour of the herb garden. You’ll also be treated to cups of organic tea. You’ll call in at the Geneva Heritage Park next, where you’ll visit a local community art and craft workshop. Take a look around the craft shop before taking a short drive to your last stop of the day. A visit to a typical local vegetable garden in on the cards. You’ll be shown around by a member of the family that lives on the adjoining farm, and you’ll be able help yourself to a taste of something. Having whetted your appetite, you’ll then be welcomed into the farm for some more snacks.
Flick through your French dictionary while sipping a Caribbean rum punch – Guadeloupe is where French and African influences fuse. This gorgeous spot is actually a bouquet…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Waterfalls, dramatic countryside and a crafts village – you’ll see it all on this no-holds-barred tour of Guadeloupe. Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe’s western wing, is first on the to-see list. This is one of the 7 national parks of France – a landscape thick with rainforest and jagged peaks. You’ll get a close-up look at Crayfish Waterfall before heading back over the bridge to Grande-Terre. In Morne-à-l’Eau, we’ll stop by a cemetery with chessboard-painted tombs and gravestones. In the original capital of Guadeloupe, Le Moule, keep an eye out for Zevallos House. This 19th-century place looks like a plantation house straight out of the Deep South. The drive through Saint-François is quite the head-turner, serving up white-sand beaches and a wriggling coastline. Soon, you’ll spy the most easterly point on the island, dramatic Castle Point. The crowning cross was built to bless ships as they passed by. Before returning to the ship, there’s a quick pit stop to visit a local market.
A lazy day on the beach awaits you on this trip. We’ll whisk you off on a speedy water taxi to Le Gosier, one of the most popular spots in Guadeloupe. Fleur D'Epee Beach Resort will be your host, and it lines up loungers, parasols and a bar. After a couple of hours, you can hop back on a return water taxi, soaking up the views of Guadeloupe’s coastline along the way.
The iconic Carbet Falls is the star of this tour. First, though, you’ll stop off at a Hindu temple. Some 40,000 indentured Indian workers came to Guadeloupe in the 19th century, and colourful Hindu temples sprung up in their wake. That’s just the warm up, though – Carbet Falls is the real show stealer. This trio of waterfalls is one of Guadeloupe’s most well-known natural beauties. For the best views, head for the viewing platform. After getting a good look, you’ll head off on a guided walk through the rainforest to the second falls. This one plunges more than 300 feet in to a pool below. The drive back to the ship goes via L’Allée Dumanoir, a kilometre-long avenue lined with sky-scraping royal palm trees.
St Lucia’s skyline is high rise. But it’s not the hotels that make this island look serrated against the sky, it’s the mountains. The Pitons are 2 of the biggest. Both…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Beaches. Mountains. Rainforests. Volcanoes. Springs. When it comes to natural beauties, St Lucia’s in a league of its own. This trip takes you on a tour of some of the island’s best bits and, because they can all be seen from the sea, you’ll get to enjoy them from the comfort of a catamaran. Setting off from Castries, you’ll glide along the island’s west coast, passing mangrove-lined beaches and lush forests. And then it’s time for the star of the show. As you enter Soufriere bay, the twin mountains of Petit and Gros Piton will rise out of the sea before you. Topping over 2,000 feet each, their summits have only been tackled by the most daring of climbers. We’ll circle the bay for some great photo opportunities, before heading to one of the scenic bays along the coast. We’ll make a quick stop, and you’ll be served snacks, drinks and get the chance to dive into the Caribbean Sea for a quick swim. Last up is Marigot, the most famous cove on the island. This was a favourite battleground of the English and French back in the 18th century and, more recently, was the setting of Dr Doolittle.
This short tour packs a lot in, so it’s a good way of ticking off St Lucia’s top attractions. It begins with a scenic drive up the Morne Fortune hillside. Translated as ‘hill of good luck’, it was a key battleground during colonial times. You’ll look out over thick, green vegetation as you get higher and higher, making your first stop at the colonial-style St Mark’s House high in the hills. From here, you’ll be treated to a panoramic view of Castries’ harbour and the Caribbean Sea. Next on the agenda is St Lucia’s one-and-only rum distillery. Here, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the spirit is made, before enjoying a tasting session. Sip premium, spicy and crème liquor varieties, then head to the gift shop to pick up a bottle of your favourite. Your next stop is a viewpoint at the picturesque Marigot Bay, with its turquoise waters and velvety green hills. Last but not least, there’ll be time for a bit of retail therapy, as you call in at Caribelle Batik. This place is famous throughout the Caribbean for its batik prints, and you can see the artisans at work on the clothes and wall hangings.
Think Caribbean, think soft sands and turquoise seas. Throw in a palm tree or two and you could be in paradise. It’s true - beach-wise, you just don’t get better than this. That’s why you’ll probably want to make the most of the shoreline while you’re here. And our trip to Reduit Beach, in Rodney Bay, is a great chance to do just that. The choice of restaurants, shops and bars on offer has cemented Rodney Bay’s reputation as a top tourist spot, but Reduit Beach itself has remained pretty unspoilt. Cue clean waters, soft sands and plenty of space to pull up a sunlounger and relax, Caribbean-style. Of course, if you don’t fancy staying horizontal the whole time, there’s a good selection of watersports on offer. Or there’s a scattering of beach bars where you can chill out if that sounds just a little too much like hard work.