BRIDGETOWN

The Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill
The extraordinary Harrison’s Cave
Transparent water and colonial buildings

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Bridgetown

The capital of Barbados

When you arrive to Barbados on an MSC cruise ship, you should begin your exploration with the capital, Bridgetown. Among the many attractions in this small Caribbean city, pause to admire its many colonial buildings, the Parliament Building and the statue of Lord Nelson in what today is called the National Heroes Square.

The current St. John's Parish Church is the fifth reconstruction of the oldest local church. It dates to 1836. Its interior hosts a sculpture by an 18th century British artist Richard Westmacott, while its churchyard contains the tomb of Ferdinando Paleologus, a direct descendent of the brother of Constantine XI, the last Byzantine emperor. 


The most intriguing neighbourhood to visit is that of St. Andrew. Here you will find Chalky Mount Potteries, an artisan pottery centre, and the Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill, which can serve as a great background for a photograph. 

The history of the land can be learned at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, in the St. Michael neighbourhood. 


Go on an excursion to the eastern side of the island to visit the Andromeda Botanical Gardens, a short distance from St. Joseph parish. Born sixty years ago as a private garden, they are now open to the public in all of their tropical splendour. Harrison’s Cave, located in the St. Thomas district, is another triumph of nature with its stalactites, stalagmites, streams, lakes and waterfalls. In one of the caverns, the play of light on the rocks is so intense that it has earned the nickname “The Crystal Room”. 


An alternative excursion of a historical nature will take you to Holetown: an essential stop for those who want to learn about the islands traditions. It is the first English settlement. This fact has been honoured in the Holetown Monument, erected in commemoration of the island’s first English landing. St. James Church, which dates to the 17th century, can also be found here. 


If you prefer to go to a beach, Accra Beach is the most famous and endowed with all of the Caribbean features: transparent waters, white sand and sea life fit for a snorkelling ad.

Must see places in Bridgetown

  • Swimming with the turtles

    Swimming with the turtles

  • Anglican Church

    Anglican Church

  • Beach break

    Beach break

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  • 4X4 JEEP ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BRB15

    Be greeted by your personalized driver/guide as you step into one of our comfortable zebra stripped safari Land Rovers and prepare yourself for an adventurous and fun filled tour of the island like no one else can show you. Imagine, being driven down into a gully system with its unusual fauna and then be captivated with Joes River Forest and its towering trees, many of which are indigenous to Barbados, also if you are lucky see the elusive “Green Monkey”. By now we have made our way to the East Coast and one of the island’s most scenic spots, Bathsheba, here your driver will serve you drinks, you can then walk on the beach where you feel the sand on your feet and the sea spray in your face as you witness the pounding shore line view of the Atlantic Ocean. As you re board the Land Rover the convoy once again worms along a coastal road to where we then ruff it up a hill to what we call the Cattlewash Hill View, this stop offers an incredible view of the coast and the surrounding area while sipping your drink. The convoy continues its way through quaint villages to a spectacular vista some 800ft above sea level over-looking the interior of the island known as the Scotland District. Your journey back to the port is along the West Coast also called the Platinum Coast as many of the up-market and five star hotels are located along this side of the island. Experience a True Adventure! Please note: Participants must be 5 years of age or older and must be able to walk, they should be in good physical health. Pregnant women and guests with any limited mobility functions, back and heart ailments should not participate on this tour. Guests must be able to walk unaccompanied. Weight Limit: 125 kilos. Participants should wear appropriate clothing & footwear, sunscreen and sunglasses. Enclosed flat practical shoes are recommended.
    • Drink included

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$95.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • FIVE STAR CATAMARAN & TURTLES

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BRB12

    Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of a magnificent catamaran, warm sunshine sparkles on a crystal-clear Caribbean sea and smiling faces offer cool refreshing drinks as you glide past beautiful palm-fringed beaches of Barbados. This five hour lunch cruise leaves the Bridgetown Shallow Draught and, after a pleasant sail along the coast, anchors in a quiet bay where you have the choice of swimming, snorkeling on a reef, walking on the beach, or just relaxing onboard. A mouth-watering buffet luncheon is served onboard along with complimentary wine. After 1½ hours of relaxation, you'll sail to an area to snorkel and swim with turtles. Please note: Masks, snorkels and life jackets are provided. Guests are asked to bring swimsuits, towels and sunscreen. Turtle sightings not guaranteed. The Operator reserves the right to reverse the order of the tour. Catamaran may modify route due to weather & sea conditions.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5:30 h

    • Adults$105.00Price per person

    • Children$79.00Price per person

  • HARRISON’S CAVE & SCENIC DRIVE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BRB22

    Harrison's Cave is a magnificent natural phenomenon, quite in a class of its own. Formed from a particularly beautiful type of crystallized limestone, this stunning cavern is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular natural attractions in the entire Caribbean. Though created over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, Harrison's Cave has only been accessible to the general public for some 15 years. The first recorded history of Harrison's Cave dates back to 1796, but it then lay undisturbed until it was rediscovered in 1970 by Ole Sorenson and developed by the Government of Barbados. After checking in at the Visitors Center, you will be taken into a theatre where you will watch a short film on the formation of Barbados. Then you will board the electric tram that will take you down into the cave. As the driver pulls away, your guide will commence her commentary and you are on your way to a memorable experience - magnificent chambers, incredible stalactites and stalagmites, bubbling streams, tumbling cascades, plunging waterfalls and emerald pools. Throughout the almost mile long cave the flowstone covered walls glisten in the lights as the calcite laden waters drip down from the roof. At various points the tram stops to allow passengers to disembark and have a closer look at the beauty at hand. Just remember how long it has taken for these precious features to for and please do not touch them! One stop takes place at the lowest point in the cave, where a waterfall plunges into an emerald pool. Flash photography is permitted - not video - so take your camera.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$95.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • BEST OF BARBADOS

    CITY TOUR

    BRB05

    Step aboard your air-conditioned coach for a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the countryside to St. John's Parish Church which is perched on a cliff, 800 feet above sea level, overlooking coastal St. John and the Atlantic Ocean. The church contains an interesting sculpture depicting the Madonna and Child with the infant St. John. The graveyard contains the tomb of Ferdinand Paleologus, a descendent of the Byzantine Imperial family, who died in Barbados in 1678 after being a resident for over 20 years. Continue on to Orchid World, which sits on 6 acres of land, some 800 feet above sea level in the central parish of St. George. A meandering path winds its way between beautiful outcrops of coral, rock gardens, cool shady gullies and ponds. The Orchids themselves are quite spectacular. Wonderful photo opportunities abound for the professional and amateur photographer. Your last stop is at Sunbury House dates back to 1650. The house was destroyed by fire in 1995, and was gracefully restored and re-opened in 1996. It possesses one of the country's superior collections of antiques. The cellars, originally used for storing yams and other root vegetables grown on the plantation, now house a unique collection of antique carriages, the largest collection in the Caribbean, as well as many items used in the domestic life of the plantation. Sunbury Plantation House, located in the tranquil St. Philip countryside is a living monument to plantation life of bygone era, carefully restored and lovingly cherished by its owners for posterity, for the enjoyment of generations to come.
    • Best seller

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • BARBADOS ISLAND HERITAGE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    BRB18

    This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Barbados Island Heritage! This exciting excursion allows you to travel back in time in air-conditioned comfort through Historic Bridgetown; Barbados’ bustling capital city. You will then travel to the spectacular British colonial Garrison- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in 1789, it was the heart of British defence of its valuable possessions in the Caribbean, for more than 100 years. As you arrive at the world famous George Washington House you will be treated to an overview of the Garrison Historic Area; after which you will be escorted on a tour of the house that George Washington spent six weeks of his life in. You will then make your way to the new gift shop which is located at the National Museum where you can purchase your historical souvenirs of your visit to Barbados. The tour will then culminate in the ‘Changing of the Sentry’ at the Main Guard. This is an authentic military exercise; a fully narrated re-enactment of a smaller version of the ‘Changing of the Guard’; it includes the changing of 2 sentries accompanied by 4 side drums, 1 bass drums, 1 drum major, 1 guard commander and 2 pairs of cymbals conducted in the full ceremonial dress.
    • Drink included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • ATLANTIS SUBMARINE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    BRB13

    Imagine yourself in a real submarine, with big view ports all around, fully submerged in the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, as curious exotic fish peek in at you and sea fans sway. This fully narrated “must-do” undersea voyage, can take you to a shipwreck and to depths of 150 feet, in air conditioned comfort, which in the past has been reserved only for scuba divers. Create amazing unforgettable memories as you are piloted by a professional crew among colourful coral formations, and tropical marine life, aboard the unique Atlantis Submarine. Please note: guests must be at least 4 years of age and at least 90 cm tall to participate in the excursion. Participants should be fully mobile and able to navigate an 11 step ladder unassisted in order to enter and exit the submarine.
    • Drink included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$122.00Price per person

    • Children$85.00Price per person

  • CATAMARAN TURTLE ENCOUNTER

    NATURAL WONDERS

    BRB21

    Join the catamaran for a relaxing sail, through aquamarine waters along the coast of this tropical paradise! You will be looked after by helpful captain and crew, and will join them to snorkel and swim with the majestic sea turtles in their natural habitat. After this unforgettable experience, enjoy complimentary drinks including rum punch, as you again set sail to a scenic anchorage, where you can take a short swim to the beach, cool off in the translucent waters or work on your tan! Then you will hoist anchor and enjoy local rhythms on the return ride to the dock. A great way to experience and enjoy the best of the Caribbean! Please note: Turtles are ‘wild’ creatures so sightings cannot be guaranteed. Route might change due to adverse weather conditions. Guests with heart, back or neck problems as well as women who are pregnant will not be allowed to participate on this tour.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • COAST TO COAST SCENIC DRIVE

    SCENIC ROUTE

    BRB17

    St. John's Parish Church is perched on a cliff, 800 feet above sea level, overlooking coastal St. John and the Atlantic Ocean. The present building was constructed in 1836, after the hurricane of 1831 destroyed the one built in 1660 and also contains an interesting sculpture depicting the Madonna and Child with the infant St. John. Your Tour will descend into Bathsheba where you will have a brief stop. A visit to Barbados is not complete unless you visit the idyllic spot. Located near the centre of the Island, in the parish of St. Thomas, at an elevation of more than 1000 feet above sea level sits Highland Adventure Centre. On the well maintained grounds stands a gazebo and a spacious deck, along with a well-stocked bar. From here the view of the East Coast is truly breathtaking! The pounding Atlantic surf in the distance, contrasts with the unspoiled beauty of nearby Mount Hillaby, which at 1138 feet above sea level is the highest point on the island. You get the feeling as though you're sitting on top of the world. The ideal place for a photo stop on tour.
    • 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.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$65.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS & BEACH

    SCENIC ROUTE

    BRB14

    Get to enjoy two of the best aspects of Barbados, first enjoy a scenic Island tour, then relax on a wonderful beach and soak up the warm Caribbean sun. Your tour will take you into the interior of the Island and your first stop at Gun Hill Signal Station will afford you with breathtaking views of the South and West Coasts of Barbados. From here you continue to cross the Island and eventually you will reach Bathsheba, the famous surfing spot on the spectacular East Coast of the Island. You will have some time to take in the pounding waves on the shoreline before continuing along the East. Enjoy the sights of the rustic countryside before you reach the beach. Here you beach chair awaits and you get to relax in comfort and dip into the clear blue sea. A refreshing complimentary drink will be served and the friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you with any other requests you might have.
    • Drink included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • BEACH BREAK

    SEA & SUN

    BRB19

    Bask in the sun on a palm-fringed beach in the warm white sand with turquoise waters waiting to be explored! Enjoy a scenic transfer on your air-conditioned transportation through the historic capital of Bridgetown. You will pass Barbados’ Parliament Buildings, the 3rd oldest Parliamentary institution in the Western Hemisphere, Heroes Square, with its historic statue of Lord Nelson, and Independence Square as you make your way to Carlisle Bay, one of our best beaches and the only natural harbour in Barbados. Upon your arrival, you will be served a complimentary drink and given a brief orientation to the beach and facilities. A beach chair and shared umbrella are provided for your comfort, as well as changing rooms and showers. Play a game of beach volleyball or bring your own snorkel equipment and snorkel the shipwrecks in the sheltered bay. Additional drinks or light snacks are available for purchase. This beach has a spot for everyone - just pack your swimsuits, towel and sunscreen and you are ready to go!
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$52.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • ISLAND-STYLE BEACH HOPPING

    SEA & SUN

    BRB25

    Treat yourself to half a day of exploring some of Barbados’ must-sees from the comfort of a restored, open-sided “jitney” bus, once common on the island’s sugarcane plantations. Your outing begins in Bridgetown with a drive-by look at the parliament buildings, the statue of Lord Nelson on National Heroes Square and Independence Square en route to your first stop, the Blackwood’s Screw Dock and Bridgetown Careenage. Dating back to the late 19th century, this is the world’s oldest surviving ship lift and was where ships would come for repairs and cleaning. You’ll have some time to sunbathe at the adjacent beach, sip a complimentary drink at the bar and browse through the artefacts at the nearby Maritime Museum. Accompanied by music, unlimited drinks and amusing anecdotes told by your tour guide on board the jitney, you’ll then pass through the Garrison Historic Area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent 18th-/19th-century buildings, a racetrack and the world’s finest collection of cannons – on your way to Accra Beach, a trendy coastal strip with restaurants and shops, the beach is a great place to hang out and relax. Next up, the jitney will take you to Carlisle Bay Beach, a perfect beach spot with stunning turquoise waters and excellent views of the sweeping harbour coastline. Please note: guests are recommended to wear light, casual clothing and comfortable shoes.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$54.00Price per person

    • Children$38.00Price per person

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.
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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Barbados

Food, wine and rum to the borders of the Atlantic
Food, wine and rum to the borders of the Atlantic

During a Caribbean MSC cruise you will disembark in Bridgetown, Barbados.

For more than three centuries Barbados was a British colony and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it retains something of a British feel: the place names, the cricket, horse-racing and polo, Anglican parish churches and even a hilly district known as Scotland. But the Britishness can be exaggerated, for this is a distinctly West Indian country, covered by a patchwork of sugarcane fields and dotted with tiny rum shops. Calypso is the music of choice, flying fish the favoured food, and influences are as likely to emanate from America as from Europe. Mean while the people of Barbados, known as Bajans, are as warm and welcoming as you’ll find anywhere. Among the more traditional attractions of a travel to Barbados are the island’s evocative plantation houses, colourful botanical gardens, and proud military forts and signal stations. The capital Bridgetown makes for a lively place to visit, with an excellent national museum and great bars and clubs.

Then there are the beaches, from the often-crowded strips such as Accra Beach and Mullins Bay to tiny but superb patches of palm-fringed sand like Bottom Bay in the southeast.

 
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