Posted August 13th, 2017, 02:36 PM
pghsteelerfan, your review was amazing!! I just contacted Spencer's to book based on it . Any recommendations for Barbados or Antigua?
We've never been to Antigua, so I can't help you there. That is one of the islands I'd love to get to since I've heard it's beautiful.
Barbados is popular for it's beautiful beaches and swimming with turtles. There are a few private tour groups that are rated very highly on their catamaran tours in which they stop for turtle swims and at the shipwrecks for snorkeling. Many people also enjoy spending the day at one of the locations along Carlisle Bay (Boatyard, Harbor Lights, etc.) where you can rent loungers and easily get a boat ride out to swim with turtles and snorkel at a shipwreck from local vendors for a great price. Carlisle Bay is about a 5 - 10 minute cab ride from port, so it's very close and convenient and it really gets great ratings from other cruisers.
Barbados also has a beautiful, rugged east coast which is very scenic, particularly Bathsheba. If you enjoy exploring caves, Harrison's Caves would also be good but we haven't done that. On our first visit in 1992, we did a Booze Cruise, so we didn't really see much of Barbados since we were on a party boat most of our time there. Those are still offered and we enjoyed it, but it's one of those "been there, done that". In 2013, we spent the day at the Barbados Hilton and enjoyed it, but there are much better options if you like a beach you can swim at. On our last visit while on our Liberty cruise in September 2015, we did a private tour to see more of the island. In the morning, we spent a few hours at Payne's Bay Beach, which is just gorgeous. Included in the price of our tour was a turtle swim and snorkeling at a shipwreck. Long story, but we ended up spending all of our time doing that so we never got to enjoy the beach itself. I did get several pictures in the 10 minutes we had left before we were picked up for the rest of our tour. The second half of our tour was to Barbados' east coast to Bathsheba. We had several stops along the way (church, a beautiful marina, a scenic overlook, two different stops in Bathsheba, another scenic overlook, then before heading back to the ship, we got to see some hi-lights right in Bridgetown). We were back in plenty of time and had about 2 hours before our ship left.
But if you go to the Barbados section under the "Ports of Call", you'll find a lot more information and recommendations than I provided here. If you're interested in seeing what we did, I'll attach the link to my review to open up on Page 15 where my section on Barbados and our private tour start. Next time we get to Barbados, I'm thinking a beach day at Payne's Bay beach...it was just gorgeous and I'd love to spend the day there. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.
So glad you were able to book with Spencer Ambrose. You will not be disappointed. I hope you enjoy St. Lucia as much as we did...it is just beautiful and one of our favorite islands to date.