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This article was written on 21 Jun 2010, and is filled under Caribbean Cruises.

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Caribbean Cruises – 5 ports of call

Though today’s cruise ships are sailing to more and more places, most people thing of the Caribbean when they think of “cruise”. Sunny, white sand beaches, European colonial architecture, and crystal-clear water, what’s not to like? Here are a few popular ports of call.

St. John’s – Antigua

St. John’s is the capital of Antigua, a small island in the Lesser Antilles with a strong British influence. It has 45 000 inhabitants (about 50 % of the island’s population) and lies at sea level on a sheltered northwestern bay. Most cruise ships dock at Heritage Quay. The city is pretty laid back – especially on Sundays, when most shops are closed for the day – and locals are usually friendly, sometimes wary. You’ll find shopping opportunities at Heritage Quay’s and Redcliffe Quay’s historic, restored warehouses. You can also spend some time at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, or climb the hill to the massive St. John’s Anglican Cathedral. There are important historic sites and beautiful beaches beyond the capital. Antigua also offers a fairly wide variety of sports, including golf, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, and windsurfing.

Bridgetown – Barbados

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados, an island in the Lesser Antilles archipelago well known for its British-flavored heritage and posh luxurious resorts. This friendly Caribbean city of 100 000 inhabitants has plenty to fill a day, with museums, beaches, shopping, and historic sites to keep you busy. Away from Bridgetown, Barbados boasts beautiful natural scenery, historical monuments, and outdoor activities.

Road Town – Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Road Town is the capital of the British Virgin Islands and sits about midway along the southern shore of Tortola, the archipelago’s main island. Unlike Antigua and Barbados, where the British legacy is clearly evident, the BVIs are surprisingly void of any reminders that this is a British territory. Tortola has few historic sites, but for those whom absolutely need their archaeological fix, check out the ruins of Ft. Burt at the western edge of Road Town and the intriguing collection of artefacts recovered from the wreck of the Rhone at the Old Folk Museum, and discover the modest grandeur of a governor’s house at the Old Government House Museum. You can also take a self-guided tour through the Botanic Garden. Shopping on Tortola is not a major activity, but you’ll find many shops showcasing original wares – from English china to West Indian art to wicker and rattan home furnishings. Away from Road Town, you can explore the island’s natural landscape or relax on its deserted beaches.

Ocho Rios – Jamaica

Ocho Rios is a town on the north coast of Jamaica, a favorite for North American honeymooners. Once a fishing village, it now caters to tourists and is the island’s cruise ship capital, welcoming a couple of ships every day during high season. Since there are not many things to do in the city itself aside of shopping, passengers usually sign for shore excursions, including tours to the Dunn’s River and to the White River, as well as horseback rides along the beach and through the surf. There are also excursions to Dolphin Cove, where you can play and swim with dolphins. If you just want to lie back, you can rest at one of Ocho Rios fabulous resorts.

Gustavia – St. Barthélemy

Gustavia is the capital of St. Barthélemy, a hilly island with gorgeous, quiet beaches. There aren’t many points of interests in the city itself, but you can always take a tour at the Municipal Museum, which has exhibits on the history and ecology of the island. A duty-free port, St. Barths is a shopper’s delight, with 200-plus boutiques selling beachwear, accessories, jewellery, and casual wear.

By Michael Young, writer for Cheap All Inclusive Caribbean Vacation.

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