Cruises to St John’s

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. Find the perfect cruise to St John’s in Antigua with MSC Cruises.

St John's: 365 stunning palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters and almost year- round sunshine

Hop 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.

Cruises to St Johns- Antigua - Caribbean

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 ATG23 - MAIN SIGHTS OF ANTIGUA (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Drink included  New  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 $72.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 ATG24 - PANORAMIC ANTIGUA & BEACH (approx 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  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 $72.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 ATG25 - SWIMMING WITH STINGRAYS AND SNORKEL EXPERIENCE (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  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 to 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 $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 ATG26 - JOURNEY ON CATAMARAN WITH SNORKELING (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Possibility of swimming  Snack included  Enjoy blue skies, the hot Caribbean sun and the feeling of the breeze blowing through your hair as you sail along Antigua’s picture-perfect coastline as you cruise to the protected northwest coast of the island on board a modern catamaran. Once there and after snorkelling gear has been provided, you will have a chance to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Caribbean Sea. Next up is a beautiful beach, where you can swim, soak up the sun and/or take part in a beginner’s snorkelling class. Your creature comforts will also be looked after on the tour, during which thirst-quenching drinks and delicious food will be served, all accompanied by the beguiling rhythms of calypso. This exhilarating sailing experience is a great way to spend a little time off the big ship, yet still continue life on the ocean wave. Please note: snorkelling equipment, snacks and beverages will be provided on the tour. Participants should be in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $56.00 Children

   


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 ATG27 - ANTIGUA OFF-ROAD EXPLORATION & BEACH (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  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 $74.00 Adults $52.00 Children

   


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 ATG28 - ATV EXPLORER (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Take some time off the ship and hop on an all-terrain vehicle for an adventurous guided drive through Antigua from the northeast to the centre of the island, ending at the historical Potworks Dam. On your way, you can enjoy lovely views to either side of the old roads as you pass through estates and rural farmlands. This wonderful two-hour off-road drive will take you to visit parts of Antigua that only few people ever get to see. Your ultimate island tour gives you a chance to enjoy Antigua’s verdant landscape from a whole new perspective. Your return to the port and your ship marks the end of your tour. Please note: you are recommended to wear closed shoes, long trousers, sunscreen and sunglasses. Drivers require a valid driver’s licence; participants must be at least 18 years of age and sign a waiver form. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or for guests with heart, back or neck problems. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica

Price per person $107.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 ATG29 - ANTIGUA CANOPY TOUR (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee  Discover Antigua’s lush rainforest from a bird’s-eye perspective as you navigate through the treetops on this wonderful “canopy” tour. A 40-minute drive by air-conditioned taxi will take to the rainforest region, after which highly qualified and experienced guides will ensure your aerial walk is not just highly exciting, but also extremely safe. After your briefing, the excitement starts at the Old Pump House with a walk over a suspension bridge from the side of the building, which spans the gorge to the far bank. Having crossed the bridge, you will then traverse no less than 12 (!) zip-lines as you zigzag your way through the forest and over the spectacular gorge. Look forward to amazing aerial views of rainforest flora and fauna and the chattering of numerous bird species. Guests will be offered a complimentary drink of water during the course. The tour ends with your return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with a pre-existing heart condition, a history of seizures, back, knee or shoulder problems or other pre-existing health problems. The tour not recommended for guests who suffer from vertigo or acrophobia (fear of heights). Max. weight per guest is 235 lbs; min. height is 4’. Guests are required to wear sturdy footwear (no strappy sandals), shorts or long trousers (no skirts) and bring a change of t-shirt. Cameras or camcorders are not allowed for both safety and insurance reasons. Children must be at least 7 years of age to take part. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $116.00 Adults $81.00 Children

   


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 ATG30 - KAYAK & SNORKEL TOUR (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Snack included  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. We recommend to wear footwear that can get wet, that are flat and non slip. Participants should be in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, guests with limited mobility, heart/neck/hip/back/respiratory problems. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 ATG31 - HORSEBACK BEACH EXPERIENCE (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Leave your ship, meet your guide and board air-conditioned transportation for a short drive north of the port to Fort James Bay. Once you have been briefed and assigned a horse to suit your height and riding experience, your horseback ride begins, all accompanied by an experienced guide and an out-rider. As your horse takes you cross-country and along the beach to reach the historical site of Fort James, you can enjoy views of the Caribbean Sea and the refreshing feeling of the breeze on your skin. The Fort offers an opportunity to step back in time, with fabulous views of St John’s Harbour. Next up is Runaway Beach, whose beautiful white sands are fringed with coconut trees. Once back at the base, mineral water will be served while your guide unsaddles your horse and prepares for an incredible dip in the sea – on horseback! Two by two, the guides will escort you into the water to cool off with the horses! Please note: this tour is not suitable for pregnant women or guests with chronic back problems. Children must be at least 6 years of age and accompanied by an adult to take part. Max. weight per guest is 250 lbs. You are recommended to wear swimming gear under your riding clothes, bring a towel and take high-factor sunscreen. All riders are required to wear closed shoes, safety helmets and buoyancy belts while riding in the water. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 ATG32 - ANTIGUA BEACH TOUR (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Leave the ship and board an air-conditioned taxi for a short drive to Antigua’s famous Dickenson Bay beach, celebrated for its long stretch of soft, white sand bordered by coconut palms and seagrape trees. A complimentary Caribbean cocktail – either juice-based or rum punch – will be served on your arrival, after which you will be shown the beach facilities. Then you will have time to relax in a free lounge chair and sip your cocktail in a specially designated area of the beach. Enjoy more than 3 hours of pure relaxation, giving you time to soak up the sun, go for a walk along the beach and take a refreshing dip in the azure blue of the Caribbean Sea. Your tour comes to a close with your return your ship. Please note: parasols can be hired for a nominal charge. Apart from water sports facilities, Dickenson Bay beach also provides toilets, freshwater showers as well as a beach bar and restaurant. You are recommended to take swimwear, a towel, high-factor sunscreen and a camera. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $46.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 ATG33 - BEACH EXTRAVAGANZA (approx. 5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Lunch or dinner included  The Caribbean islands are well known for their spectacular beaches, and none more so than Antigua. This beachy tour gives you a chance to make the most of your time on the island and begins with a 10-minute drive in an air-conditioned taxi to the gorgeous Dickenson Bay beach. Accompanied by your tour guide – who will point out all the relevant amenities as well as provide information and assistance – you can then enjoy all that this lovely spot has to offer. Just the sight of the half-mile sweep of soft, white sand fringed with coconut palms and seagrape trees is enough to take your breath away and the warm Caribbean Sea makes for a perfect time in the water. On arrival, a welcoming cocktail (fruit juice or rum punch) will be served that you can then enjoy in utter peace and quiet while comfortably seated in your reserved lounger. Your tour also includes a delicious lunch, after which there will be more time for you to enjoy at the beach. Please note: a lounge chair is provided free of charge at the beach. Parasols can be hired for a nominal charge. The beach area features toilet facilities, freshwater showers as well as a beach bar and a restaurant. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 ATG34 - YACHT RACING EXPERIENCE (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  This exciting yacht-racing experience begins with a 40-minute drive in an air-conditioned coach from St. John’s down to Falmouth Marina, passing through the scenic interior of Antigua on the way. On arrival, you will be thoroughly briefed and divided into teams before boarding a 40-foot yacht and heading out to Falmouth Harbour for a practice session and to learn the ropes. Once the crews know what to do, the approx. 45-minute race will start – and may the best team win! After the race, you will also have a chance to take the helm and navigate the yacht through what is often referred to as the “Mecca” of the yachting world. Enjoy a drink on board and soak up the gorgeous views of exclusive yachts and the 18th-century Nelson’s Dockyard (subject to weather conditions). A glass of rum punch or fruit-juice cocktail awaits you on your return to the marina and there will also be time for you to browse for souvenirs. The last leg of your tour involves an air-conditioned taxi ride back to the port and your ship. Please note: you are recommended to take swimwear, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses; you are required to wear flat, closed shoes. This tour is only available for guests on board the MSC Musica.

Price per person $129.00 Adults $90.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.