Rhythm of the Caribbean
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Sun, sea, sand and rum
Sip rum and watch the sun go down over Barbados.
Experience an awe-inspiring sunset through the palm trees of Barbados during an overnight stay, sip rum punch on a tropical island paradise off the sandy shores of Anguilla, enjoy a fiery limbo show to the sounds of the steel drum in Trinidad and dare to swim with stingrays in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Antigua. These are just a few of the activities available on this memorable cruise to the sunnier climes of the laid-back Caribbean. Youll cross the Atlantic, pausing at Ponta Delgada in the Azores en route, before discovering the vibrant cultures of eight contrasting Caribbean islands. Perhaps visit the Barcardi Rum Distillery during a rare visit to the port of San Juan in Puerto Rico, call at the Isle of Spice Grenada for lively local markets, and on the island of St Kitts admire the dazzling scenery on a leisurely ride aboard the St Kitts Scenic Railway or, if youre feeling adventurous, on a hike through the tropical forests. Your return Atlantic crossing reveals more of the beautiful landscapes of the Azores with a stop on the island of Faial where churches, museums and the landscape-dominating Caldeira awaits you. During your cruise you can also experience more Caribbean culture on board in the form of music and dance by local performers, talks on the regions history and traditions, and the chance to sample food and drink Caribbean-style.
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores
Explore the island’s lush, mountainous landscape with visits to botanical gardens and volcanic crater lakes, or stay on the water for a whale and dolphin-spotting cruise.
St Johns, Antigua
Today you arrive at the island of Antigua. Its here that Nelson established a base for the Royal Navy and the harbour that bears his name, which has been in operation since 1745, is one of the islands highlights. Entrance to the harbour also allows you to visit Shirley Heights, a lookout and gun emplacement on the hills overlooking English Harbour. For the more daring among us the option to swim with stingrays is sure to excite!
Road Bay , Anguilla
Today Spirit of Adventure arrives at a new port of call for Saga cruises, Anguilla. This tropical island paradise has numerous white sand beaches and is a magnet for divers, who come to explore the barrier reefs and sunken ships. For an extra special experience perhaps take a boat to the tiny cay of Sandy Island where you can relax on a beautiful beach while sipping delicious rum punch. Our Explore Ashore team can give you more information.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The island of Puerto Rico plays host to a diverse landscape, with sunny sandy beaches giving way to tropical rainforest and dry cactus plains. While here you may like to visit the Bacardi Rum Distillery, established here in 1936 after the original distillery in Cuba was destroyed by fire.
Basseterre, St Kitts
Like many of its neighbouring islands, St Kitts was born from volcanoes. If youre feeling energetic you can hike through tropical forest to the summit of the tallest volcano, Mount Liamuiga, whose crater is known as the Giants salad bowl. For a more relaxing visit head into Basseterre, the oldest town in the Eastern Caribbean, and perhaps visit Brimstone Hill Fortress (the result of 100 years of slave labour). You may also like to take a ride aboard the St Kitts Scenic Railway, built almost a century ago to transport sugar cane from the fields to the capital.
Castries, St Lucia
Castries is set against a backdrop of dense rainforest, banana plantations and imposing mountains. During your visit to this tropical island you might like to head for the unusual drive-in volcano or perhaps take a catamaran cruise to the bay at Anse Cochon.
St Georges, Grenada
The harbour of the Isle of Spice looks like a watercolour painting, with sparkling waters reflecting the cheery red-roofed houses on shore. Perhaps head to centrally-located Fort George for views across the island, learn more about the regions history at the Grenada National Museum or visit the lively market where the delicious scent of local spices fills the air.
Port of Spain, Trinidad
The cosmopolitan capital of Trinidad and Tobago is bordered by both the Gulf of Paria and the Northern Range, and boasts spectacular mountain and sea views. Its also renowned for its lively two-day Carnival Festival, where crowds of onlookers move to the sounds of calypso and Caribbean soca music. While here why not enjoy a city and culture show where daring dancers will limbo under a flaming stick, a tradition that originated on the island and usually took place at wakes.
Amble past the city’s old colonial buildings and enjoy the buzz of Bridgetown, perhaps seek out one of the island’s trademark white-sand beaches or head into the depths of Harrison’s Cave. An overnight stay gives you the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a sundowner at a beachside bar.
Horta, Faial, Azores
Set on Faial, one of the nine emerald-green islands of the Azores, Horta is a popular yachting harbour used by sailors crossing the Atlantic. The island has a sprinkling of churches and museums to discover, or if you would like to do something a little more adventurous perhaps join a trip to the Capelinhos volcano and the dramatic caldeira.