St John's: 365 stunning palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters and almost year- round sunshineHop on board on of MSC's Caribbean Cruises to St Johns in Antigua and explore the eastern Caribbean. Discover stunning beaches, crystal clear water and almost year-round sunshine. Travel with us to on a cruise to St Johns in Antigua on our luxury cruise ships and you’ll fall under the spell the beauty of St Johns in Antigua. MSC is offering some of the best caribbean cruise deals around for cruises to St Johns in Antigua.
MSC offers some of the best deals around for memorable cruise holidays and our cruise package to the Caribbean, with its stop-over at St John’s in Antigua, is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ part of your itinerary and vacation.
One of the first sights you’ll see of Antigua, from the exclusive vantage point aboard your luxury cruise liner, are the white Baroque towers of St John’s 19th century cathedral, which dominates the city’s skyline.
As your ship pulls into dock on this English-speaking island you will quickly realise that Antigua & Barbuda is a tropical paradise, as this tropical island boasts 365 stunning palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters and almost yea- round sunshine.
Antigua is the largest of the Leeward Islands, a grouping of small volcanic islands in the northeast Caribbean, it is also the most popular and developed.
English Harbour is particularly picturesque, with yachts moored in the historic bay that has been a staging post for centuries. On a holiday to Antigua, a visit to the colourful and lively capital of St John’s is really worthwhile, with its good variety of restaurants and shops. Having only gained independence in 1981 Antigua & Barbuda is steeped in colonial history.
The island’s rocky and coral-filled coastline historically made it hard for enemy ships and outsiders to navigate but visitors can now experience these glorious coves and underwater coral reefs on snorkelling and sailing excursions.
From historical sightseeing to the National Park, a fun pirate-themed day out, canopy rainforest tour, fishing or horse-riding on the beach, we know that St John’s will be great.
Port average temperature
The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.
This history-themed tour to the heart of Antigua’s impressive National Park begins with a drive through tropical countryside, rolling hills and quaint villages en route to your first stop: Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s oldest working dockyard from the Georgian era. A guided tour of the dockyard, now a major Caribbean yachting centre, then follows. Blessed with a wonderful ambience and beautifully restored buildings, this 18th-century dockyard looks back on an eventful history that your tour guide will provide details of. Next up is a stop at the Blockhouse remains, which offer a commanding view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding coastline. You will then continue on to the ruins at Shirley Heights, a great photo opportunity at a vantage point overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard, the English Harbour and surrounds. More scenic vistas and landscapes await you on your return drive.
Please note: this tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.
Price per person $74.00 Adults $52.00 Children
Spend a few hours off the ship discovering Antigua on this relaxing tour. Board your coach and look forward to the island’s gently undulating tropical countryside and picturesque villages as you head for English Harbour, paying a first visit to the ruins at Shirley Heights. This lookout point overlooks the National Park and commands gorgeous views of Nelson’s Dockyard and English Harbour. You will then make your way to the Dow’s Hill Historical Centre for a fascinating multimedia presentation of Antigua’s rich history, heritage and culture. The tour then continues with a drive down the lush Fig Tree Drive, which takes you right through Antigua's tropical forest. More amazing countryside awaits you as you approach the final stop on your tour: an enticing white-sand beach, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea before returning to the ship.
Please note: beach chairs and parasols are available for hire at the beach. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.
Price per person $74.00 Adults $52.00 Children
Also known as the “puppies of the sea”, the southern stingray is a friendly soul that likes to play. This tour gives you a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these delightful marine creatures at Antigua’s so-called Stingray City, situated in Seatons Village. After boarding a boat and being taken to a nearby coral reef, you will be able to snorkel, swim and feed the rays in the calm and crystal-clear waters of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Views of the pristine coral reef and gorgeous surroundings serve to add another level of enjoyment the tour, during which you will also have a chance to find out how these amazing animals live from your experienced guide. This extremely safe, entertaining and educational tour is very family-friendly and a must-do while on the island.
Please note: children must be at least 5 years old to take part. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.
Price per person $88.00 Adults $62.00 Children
Explore the quieter corners of Antigua and discover the island’s incredible natural beauty on this exciting off-road tour in 4 x 4 jeeps. The first stop will be made at the Body Pond Watershed, an area marked by lush vegetation and tropical plant life, after which you will continue on to either Convent Hill or Monks Hill, both of which provide gorgeous views of the historical Nelson’s Dockyard and Falmouth Harbour. Next up is Fig Tree Drive, Antigua’s most picturesque boulevard that is lined with thick vegetation and a wealth of fruit-bearing trees. A stop will be made for you to sample some of the seasonal local fruit. Last on the tour itinerary is a fabulous beach with fine white sand, where you can go for a swim or simply relax before you return to the port and your ship.
Please note: this tour is not recommended for pregnant women and guests with back, heart or neck problems. Please note that this is not a self-drive tour; a driver/guide will be provided. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.
Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children
This low-impact activity tour gives you an opportunity to spend half a day off the ship and explore Antigua from a waterside perspective. A fast motorboat will first take you from the kayak base to a secluded lagoon to board your kayak. Instructions and a safety briefing will follow, after which your guided 1-hour kayak tour begins, during which you will see otherworldly mangroves, scenic coastal inlets and tiny islands. Having re-boarded the motorboat, you will then be taken around the beautiful North Sound Marine Park, with a snorkelling stop scheduled at a sheltered off-shore reef. The tour also includes a gentle nature hike on Bird Island, an uninhabited isle that offers visitors two sandy beaches, panoramic views and a whole host of wildlife, including many tropical bird species, to observe. A boat will be on hand to take keen snorkelers out to a nearby reef, where guides will provide and fit your gear and show you where fish can be seen. If snorkelling is not for you, you can simply relax on the pristine beach, explore the island or go for a swim in the shallow beachside waters before returning to the kayak clubhouse.
Please note: children must be at least 6 years of age to take part. Snorkel gear, fins, snorkel belts, life jackets and refreshments are provided during the tour. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.
Price per person $80.00 Adults $56.00 Children
The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. Full information can be found in the onboard Tour Magazine.