Touting 365 beaches, most protected by coral reefs; a ring of forts; and quaint Colonial architecture, Antigua, and particularly St. John’s, is a classic example of the British Caribbean. Sites to see include St. John’s Cathedral, destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt on the same spot at least three times, the last time in 1845; and the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda, which, in addition to island history, also offers a fascinating exhibition of semiprecious stones. For a stroll in nature, make your way to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, or the nature trail to Shirley Heights. St. John’s offers several hot spots for nightlife and live music. And be sure to stop at a local restaurant to taste the buttery “flying fish,” unique to this part of the Caribbean.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Antigua has a beautiful national park in which lies the famous English Harbor and Nelson's Dockyard, named after Horatio Nelson. Journey through the center of the island and appreciate the history, architecture, music and culture that this unique place has to offer. Drive past quaint villages where old churches, rum shops and small chattel houses showcase the West Indian style and culture.
Your first stop will be at Dow's Hill, offering one of the best panoramic views on the island - perfect for taking photos. Take a short guided tour of the area and enjoy a multimedia presentation at the onsite visitors' center. From here, you will proceed to the Blockhouse Ruins, standing 446 feet above the Atlantic Ocean on a sheer cliff. In 1787, this was a principal lookout post for the British. The remains of the powder magazine, gun platforms, water catchment, officer's barracks and 32-pound cannon can be seen. You can also see the prestigious St. James Club on Marmora Bay and the home of musician Eric Clapton.
Take a drive to Shirley Heights Lookout, the southernmost point in Antigua. Be sure to enjoy the sweeping views of the harbor and ocean far below. On a clear day, you may even be able to see the volcanic island of Montserrat, located 28 miles out to sea.
Conclude your fun day with a visit to Nelson's Dockyard Village, one of the most popular attractions in the eastern Caribbean. This naval base was built in 1725 to provide a base for a squadron of ships patrolling the West Indies to maintain England's sea power. The Georgian naval dockyards are still in use today. Enjoy a complimentary beverage at an 18th-century inn, and explore the museum, mystery pillars and bakery. Admire the sleek yachts tied to the old stone quay before you return to the ship.
Note: Wheelchairs are allowed if it is collapsable and the guest can walk up or down the steps to the bus.
The only 2 stops that are assessable by wheelchair is Dow’s Hill & Nelson’s Dockyard.
Come and be spoiled as you enjoy a delightful day out sailing the aqua waters that surround Antigua aboard a comfortable and well-appointed catamaran
It's a short walk from the ship to your awaiting catamaran and once aboard, you will set-off for Deep Bay Beach, following the coastline where you will have stunning views of Antigua's white sandy beaches and boutique resorts. Arriving at the beach, you will have the opportunity to swim in the turquoise waters or simply relax on the beach and work on perfecting your tan.
After approximately one-hour, you'll set sail again, passing the scenic west coast where you will have the chance to experience a second beach. Again, the choice is yours to swim in the inviting warm waters or just take it easy under the shade of a palm tree.
Back on board the catamaran, a tasty lobster lunch buffet has been prepared for you by the Captain and his crew. Settle in and enjoy some succulent grilled lobster, accompanied by champagne (fruit drinks or soda are also available), which will surely tempt you to relax even further. Afterwards, you will set sail once more, heading back along the coast to the pier. En route, you'll be treated to an open bar and the sounds of sweet Caribbean music, making this a day you won't soon forget.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops; however, the surfaces at the beaches will be sandy and uneven. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Guests must be able to enter and exit the catamaran with limited assistance and anyone taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Comfortable, casual clothing; swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Proper swimwear is required; this beach is not clothing optional. There are restrooms and changing rooms available aboard the catamaran. Guests must be at least 21 years of age in order to consume any alcoholic beverages.
Relax and enjoy a leisurely respite on one of Antigua's beautiful beaches.
It's a short transfer from the pier to Coconut Grove Beach. Located within a pristine cove on Antigua's Northwest coast, it is truly one of Antigua's hidden tropical treasures. The crystal blue waters here are calm, warm and utterly inviting, making it the perfect beach for swimming.
Take a dip in the ocean, relax in the shade of a palm tree and read a book, or simply lay back on the warm sands and perfect your tan, it's completely your choice. During your visit of nearly 3 1/2 hours, a complimentary rum punch or fruit juice will be provided and there is a charming beachside restaurant for those wishing to purchase something to eat.
When your time at the beach comes to a close, you'll be transferred back to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Swimwear; a change of clothes; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Guests who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Beach chairs available on a first come first serve basis.
Leave the port in a custom built Jeep and prepare yourself for an off-road adventure that leads you to the southwestern side of the island. Here, you will have the chance to discover some of the most magnificent locations that other tour coaches don't have access to. Continue your drive through quaint Buckley's Village overlooking the picturesque valley of Body Pond. Travel off-road through the Body Pond area and see the rare plant life. Travel through Fig Tree Drive and discover the fragile ecosystem of the tropical mangrove plant. Then stop at a beach along the southern coast, for a refreshing dip in the Caribbean Sea. After spending some relaxing time at the beach, re-board your Jeep for a scenic village tour on your way back to the ship.
An amazing tour with 4 stops with a professional photographer, Marc Hubbard.
Explore Antigua’s colourful past and present on a guided tour that travels from the island’s quaint northern capital, St John’s, through the heart of the island, Antigua’s tropical countryside, everyday picturesque village life and calm, rolling hills to include stops Fort James, twin-sugar mills at Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation, Devil’s Bridge and the white sand beach at Long Bay.
Board your air-conditioned transportation with your professional photographer, who will assist Guests on how to use and get the best from their camera, whether it be a compact or DSLR camera. Various techniques will be taught whilst having the opportunity to visit and take photographs at some of Antigua’s historic landmarks.
First stop is a 10 minutes drive to Fort James. Built in 1739, it still has its full compliment of cannon in place. The Fort offers an opportunity to step back in time and fabulous views of St John’s Harbour and photographic opportunities of the harbour, your ship and the lovely Antiguan coastline.
Then it’s off to Betty's Hope Sugar Plantation which was the first large sugar plantation on Antigua. Built in 1674 and its success led to the island's rapid development of large-scale sugar production. The site's importance in Antiguan history has prompted the government to begin developing it as an open air museum. The two restored sugar mill examples at Betty's Hope provide a dramatic sense of the way these mills must have dominated the island during the hundreds of years that sugar production was the dominant industry. There are also 4 locomotives used to transport the sugar cane across Antigua.
Your tour continues to Devil’s Bridge where you will view the natural bridge at the head of Indian Creek with blow-holes and spouting surf. Legend says that if you throw two eggs into the water to boil, the devil (who is said to be down there) would keep one and return the other!
Next is a stop at Long Bay Beach white sand beach where you can take a stoll along the beach and experience one of Antigua’s 365 beaches! Your waiting bus then takes you through Antigua’s tropical countryside, everyday picturesque village life and calm, rolling hills en route back north through Antiguan villages to St John’s and your awaiting ship.
**Marc Hubbard is a professional photographer with 23 years experience. He started his photographic career in England and qualified through the British Institute of Professional Photography; Marc has worked throughout the Caribbean, Thailand and now in Antigua. His work has been published in many magazines and newspapers across the globe.**
Learn about the history and culture of Antigua, capped off with a visit to one of the island's beautiful beaches.
Setting off from the pier, you'll first head southwest through the center of the island en route to Dow's Hill Fort. Along the way, you will pass quaint villages where old churches, rum shops and small chattel houses showcase Antigua's West Indian style and culture.
Next, it's on to the Shirley Heights Lookout, the southernmost point in Antigua. This vantage point offers up sweeping views of the harbor area and on a clear day, you may even be able to see the volcanic island of Montserrat, located just twenty-eight miles away. Continuing on, you will make a stop at Nelson's Dockyard Village, one of the most popular attractions in the eastern Caribbean. This naval base was built in 1725 to provide a base for a squadron of troops that patrolled the West Indies in order to maintain England's sea power. The Georgian naval dockyards here are still in use today and a plethora of sleek yachts can usually be found tied up at the old stone quay. Before leaving, enjoy a complimentary beverage at the Dockyard's 18th century inn and then perhaps explore the museum, mystery pillars and bakery.
Your final stop will be at Pigeon Point beach, which is part of the National Park and where you will have approximately one-hour to relax on the beach or take a swim in the ocean. While there are no beach chairs available at this public beach, there are naturally shaded areas for those who wish to stay out of the sun. The beach is also equipped with restrooms, changing rooms and freshwater showers. Following your time at Pigeon Point, you will transfer back to the cruise ship pier via a scenic drive along Antigua's southwest coast.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing; however, there are some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate and Pigeon Point is a natural sand surface. While the tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them, only Dow's Hill Fort and Nelson's Dockyard are wheelchair accessible. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests who wish to swim at Pigeon Point should wear a swimsuit under their clothes and bring a towel and change of clothes. Those taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
Interact with Antigua's Southern Stingrays in their natural environment during this amazing tour.
From the pier, it's a 30-minute transfer to the Stingray City Clubhouse where you will receive a safety briefing and orientation before boarding a boat that will take you out across the translucent blue waters to the Stingray platform. Upon arrival, your Stingray handler will show you the best way to interact with the rays and allow you to pet and feed them if you like. Contrary to the belief that Stingrays are dangerous animals, they are really quite gentle and like attention.
The clear, shallow waters here make it both easy and fun to view the Stingrays as they swim through the waters around you. Some of the less timid might even brush against you, looking for an expected hand-out. Most people who come out to experience the Stingrays in this natural setting, come away with a sense of awe and wonder and find these once feared creatures now have a special place in their heart.
After approximately one-hour in the water here, you will re-board your boat and cruise back to the Stingray City Clubhouse where you can shower and have a short break before transferring back to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, the surface below the water at Stingray City will be sandy and uneven. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Guests must be able to enter and exit the boat with limited assistance and there is a ladder to climb between the boat and the water. Those taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Wear swimwear under a cover-up with flat walking shoes or aqua socks and bring a towel and change of clothes. Sun cap, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. There are restrooms, showers and changing areas available at the Stingray City Clubhouse. Those wishing to purchase souvenirs or photos of their experience should bring cash or a credit card. Participants must be at least 5 years of age in order to take part in the tour and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.
A unique opportunity to experience what the Caribbean is known best for, rum and savoury food in our Backyard rum shop.
You will be met on the pier and escorted to your awaiting air-conditioned transportation. Board your taxi and be driven 10 minutes to a lovely Caribbean rum shack in St John’s on Sir Vivian Richards Street, the very street where Antigua’s favourite son was born.
You will be met by one of Antigua’s most respected husband and wife team who own and run the rum shack. They will welcome you with a real Antiguan hospitality. Then the fun and education begins.
A journey and history of how Antiguan and Caribbean rums are made will be explained with stories, anecdotes, and an opportunity to taste and provide your feedback on up to 3 different Antiguan rums. These will be complemented with water to cleanse your pallet.
The rums will be complimented with a choice of numerous delicious Antiguan and Caribbean specialities; crab backs, conch fritters, saltfish fritters, jerk chicken, fish fingers, chicken fingers and crab cakes made from fresh local ingredients. The local recipes will be shared with those who wish to know chef’s secrets!
There is a saying, ‘When in Rome do as the Romans do’. This is a unique and exclusive opportunity to do what the Antiguans do in Antigua, drink and savour the taste of rum whilst enjoying delicious freshly prepared hot savoury finger foods!
Of course there will be an opportunity to purchase your favourite bottle of rum to take home with you. Your air-conditioned transportation will then take you back to the pier and your awaiting ship.
NB: Guests should be 18 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Antigua's exquisite waterways, flora and fauna are yours to discover during this educational half-day kayaking and snorkeling adventure, suitable for naturalists, photographers, beginners and hobbyists.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive to the kayak clubhouse located at Mercers Creek in the pristine North Sound Marine Park. Upon arrival, embark a skiff for the brief ride to a remote lagoon where a floating platform and tandem kayaks await you.
You will receive your safety brief, life vest and kayaking instruction from your guide before paddling amidst mangroves, inlets and tiny islands. Stops will be made along the way as your guide will ‘show and share’ fascinating marine life.
Upon completion of the kayaking back at the lagoon, you will re board your skiff and skim through the scenic uninhabited islands of the North Sound where larger boats cannot go. One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to famous Great Bird Island. This offshore 20 acre ‘jewel in the ocean’ is where you can beachcomb at two beautiful beaches, soak and snorkel in the warm shallows, relax under a coconut tree, explore or take the optional 8 minute hike with your guide to view stunning panoramas and seek small wildlife, seasonal birds such as red billed tropic birds, frigate, boobies, banana quit and more.
Keen snorkelers will be taken by skiff to the vibrant offshore reefs to seek colorful fish, sea fans and corals. Snorkel gear, life vests and tuition provided.
Your adventure concludes with the return to Antigua’s mainland by skiff. You will be welcomed at your hosts private residence to relax and enjoy unlimited refreshments in their colorful tropical garden, before returning to your ship by auto.
Please note: No experience needed, but guests should be in good physical health. Not recommended for guests who are pregnant, with limited mobility, back/neck/shoulder/knee/hip problem or recently undergone surgery. Unsuitable for persons with heart, respiratory (e.g. asthma) condition, or epilepsy. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, beach shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a change of clothing and towel from the ship. Participants must be at least seven years old, and accompanied by an adult. The maximum weight per tandem kayak is 400 pounds.
After much research and planning, this exclusive tour was prepared for us by the Historical Society of the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda, dedicated to the preservation of the town's historic fabric, therefore assuring you of seeing many historic buildings, architectural designs and places of interest you wouldn't otherwise be aware of with the ONLY tour company in Antigua with the fantastic Whisper Radio Guide and spend time with the Curator!
St. John's City has been praised for its original grid layout, which can be seen on the original map drawing in the Museum, dated MDCCLXXXVIII (1788). Although some original structures have suffered the ravages of hurricanes, earthquakes and fire, enough exist today to give you a true sense of history and flavour of this beautiful and proud city.
Gently sloping to the sea, the City gives a strong sense of old world charm and elegance which lingers in the architecture: Georgian, Romantic, Victorian, Vernacular and International, all bearing special features such as verandahs, hurricane shutters, lattice work, fretwork and Demerara windows to name a few.
Be greeted at the pier by your professional Tour Guide for the start of this interesting tour and listen to your Guide through the Whisper Radio System for ease and clarity, so you miss nothing even for those with hearing aids as we have special adaptors! With your provided bottle of water, you will take a short stroll, past Historical Redcliffe Quay and 19th C buildings, bringing you to vibrant Market Street, leading you to your first stop, the Fish Market. A fascinating, picturesque seafront with tiny, colourful fishing boats tied up, and the huge, luxurious cruise ships as a dramatic backdrop.
The tour continues, encompassing all the historical buildings, the renowned Methodist Church building, The Cenotaph, the Cathedral grounds (the main building is under renovation), other churches, historic streets, monuments, private residences and shops still boasting any one of the West Indian Vernacular styles of architecture. You will truly be captivated by the colourful wooden buildings and amazed that so many of today’s stores, restaurants and outlets in St. John’s, are carefully refurbished to retain their original features, and have so much absorbing history.
Your final stop is at the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda (C.1750), where you can browse the circuitous ground floor route, with its many exhibits, samples and displays, some interactive, from the very beginning of life on Antigua to the present day. Here you will meet the Curator who will escort you and show and discuss artefacts with you. This is the only tour available to encompass the true history and wonders of this thankfully still very local, quaint and unspoilt city. The tour will end very near to the pier, other tours, duty free shopping, taxis, and your ship.
You will be met on the pier and escorted to your awaiting air-conditioned transportation. Board your taxi and be driven 10 minutes to a lovely Caribbean home overlooking beautiful Runaway Beach and Dickenson Bay.
You will be met by one of Antigua’s most respected and accomplished chefs. She and her team will welcome you with a real home made traditional rum or fruit punch as you will be briefed on your awaiting culinary experience.
Fresh local ingredients will already have been sourced and the 3 course menu, which you will contribute to create, will be explained in every minute detail with local anecdotes and real attention to detail.
Prepare the dishes you will enjoy, see them at every stage culminating in enjoying the ‘fruits of your labour’ on the deck overlooking the Caribbean Sea - a sumptuous, tasty and typical 3 course Caribbean meal with fresh local ingredients prepared and cooked as the meals should be.
And no meal is complete without a glass or two of wine to complement. You will be given copies of the recipes you have prepared, cooked and savoured.
Your air-conditioned transportation will then take you back to St John’s and your awaiting ship.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.