8 Night Southern Caribbean Island Hop Holiday on Rhapsody of the Seas from Bridgetown, Barbados Kingstown St. Vincent Coast
The 8 Night Southern Caribbean Island Hop Holiday from Bridgetown, Barbados visits Scarborough, Tobago; Port of Spain, Trinidad; St. George's, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe; Roseau, Dominica; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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8 Night Southern Caribbean Island Hop Holiday
Itinerary Overview
Explore Rhapsody of the Seas
Day 1 - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 2 - Scarborough, Tobago
Day 3 - Port of Spain, Trinidad
Day 4 - St. George's, Grenada
Day 5 - Kingstown, St. Vincent
Day 6 - Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Day 7 - Roseau, Dominica
Day 8 - Castries, St. Lucia
Day 9 - Bridgetown, Barbados
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Kingstown St. Vincent Coast
Kingstown St. Vincent Coast
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8 Night Southern Caribbean Island Hop Holiday

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Leaving from
Bridgetown, Barbados
Onboard
Rhapsody of the Seas
Day Port
1
Bridgetown, Barbados
Departs at 10:00 PM
2
Scarborough, Tobago
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
3
Port of Spain, Trinidad
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
St. George's, Grenada
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Kingstown, St. Vincent
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Roseau, Dominica
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8
Castries, St. Lucia
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9
Bridgetown, Barbados
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Soak up new views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Learn skills from a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or discover a new favorite red or white at Vintages. All on your most thrilling adventure yet.

SAY YES TO ADVENTURE

Seize adventure at the Rock Climbing Wall. Catch a movie under the stars. Rock the kitchen in a culinary class or break a sweat at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. It's all here on Rhapsody of the Seas®.

HIGH FLYING FLAVOR TRYING

From exotic Asian flavors at Izumi and reimagined steakhouse classics at Chops Grille℠, to traditional Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, this is one flavor fest you definitely want to try.

SENSATIONAL SHOWS

Ready to be dazzled? Piano Man revisits memory lane with classics on the keys. And throughout the ship, you'll find performances by onboard guest entertainers, like piano sing-alongs at the Schooner Bar.

Day 1: Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 1
Bridgetown
Barbados
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Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Things to do in
Bridgetown
Departs at 10:00 PM
You’ll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of “Town,” as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations, and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados

GO GREEN

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.
Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados

BEST BEACH DAY EVER

Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski, or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados

Local Cuisine

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food— try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls, and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.
Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados
Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados

Shopping

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the stores along Broad Street, the main street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

Day 2: Scarborough, Tobago

Day 2
Scarborough
Tobago
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On top of Tobago island ocean view
On top of Tobago island ocean view
Things to do in
Scarborough
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Travelers often overlook Tobago for its better-known neighbor, Trinidad — but this tiny island is a true Caribbean gem. Its north coast is full of secluded coves waiting to be explored, and its south coast unlocks incredible snorkel and dive sites, including Buccoo Reef, Flying Reef, and Bon Accord Lagoon. Laid-back Scarborough is the perfect jumping off point to explore the island, but it also offers plenty of ways to wile away the day — like a stroll through its botanical gardens, a visit to Fort King George, or a great meal of curry crab and dumplings at one of its charming open-air cafes.
Longing dreams Tobago Pigeon Point
Longing dreams Tobago Pigeon Point

FLOCK TO PIGEON POINT BEACH

This beach has been called Tobago’s finest by lots of visitors. Snorkelers will find colorful reefs to explore just offshore, and sun-seekers will appreciate the lounge chairs and umbrellas available to rent. There’s a boardwalk here, too, that serves as the ultimate photo spot.
Insider tip
Many shops in Tobago close at 4 p.m. on most days and at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, so if you’re looking to shop, do it early.
Pink Lotus Waterlily in garden pond
Pink Lotus Waterlily in garden pond

BOTANICAL BEAUTY

Scarborough’s Botanical Gardens date back to the 19th century and encompass 17 acres of lush greenery and vibrant flower. Catch stunning glimpses of the bay as you wander past climbing orchids and crimson-covered royal poinciana trees and watch for the island’s blue-and-orange motmot bird.
Insider tip
Tobago takes conservation seriously. Avoid buying anything made form turtle shells, bird feathers, conch or black coral.
Fort King George overlooking Scarborough in Tobago
Fort King George overlooking Scarborough in Tobago

FORT STOP

This 18th-century wonder played a crucial role during Tobago’s turbulent colonial past. These days, it’s a far more peaceful place. You can explore the officer’s mess and the fort’s prison, and peruse pre-Columbian artifacts in the Tobago Museum, housed in the former barrack guardhouse.
Trinidad and Tobago Sunday Lunch Plate
Trinidad and Tobago Sunday Lunch Plate

LOCAL CUISINE

Tobago flies under the radar, but its food scene is worthy of international acclaim. You’ll find everything from fine dining to beach bars serving up cuisine that spans the globe, but for the most authentic taste of the island, look for dishes like rum-roasted pork, stewed chicken, curried crab and dumplings, and anything with Tobago honey.
I Love Tobago Dice
I Love Tobago Dice

SHOPPING

If you’re on the hunt for locally made souvenirs and crafts like seashell jewelry and carved calabashes, your best bet is to head to a popular beach — artisans often walk up and down the shore selling their wares. You can also head to Scarborough’s market square and browse the stalls along Milford and Wilson roads.

Day 3: Port of Spain, Trinidad

Day 3
Port of Spain
Trinidad
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Maracas Bay, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Maracas Bay, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Things to do in
Port of Spain
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Nestled along the calm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Paria, Port of Spain is a popular starting point for those looking to explore the best of Trinidad. The city has its fair share of marvels, too — it’s home to a centuries-old fortress, gorgeous botanical gardens, and a good number of picturesque churches. And nearby you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventures, from the shaded mangroves and winding silver rivers of the Caroni Wetlands, to the postcard-pretty sweep of shore known as Maracas Beach.
Views around Fort George down to Port of Spain
Views around Fort George down to Port of Spain

BY GEORGE

This centuries-old fort offers beautiful views of the Gulf of Paria. It’s home to original cannons and dungeons, as well as objects dating back to the 1800s, when the fort was build. Though the fort never saw military action, it’s a great place to visit for a feel of the island’s British history.
Insider tip
Make sure to pack bug repellant, as mosquitos are common in Trinidad.
Birds in the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad & Tobago
Birds in the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad & Tobago

CAPTIVATING CARONI

On the west coast of Trinidad, you’ll find the Caroni Wetlands. It’s the second largest mangrove wetland in Trinidad and Tobago, and it offers endless adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. The best way to experience this natural wonder is on a boat tour through the swamp’s winding waterways and open lagoons.
Insider tip
If you like beer, don’t miss out on the two local brews — Carib and Stag.
Ocean and Palm Trees at Maracas Beach in Trinidad and Tobago
Ocean and Palm Trees at Maracas Beach in Trinidad and Tobago

BEACH BREAK

Maracas Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Trinidad. It’s located on the north coast of the island, about half an hour from Port of Spain. Protected by a deep bay, its waters are calm and sparkling, its shore lined with gently swaying coconut trees. Make sure to pass by the Maracas Lookout for stunning views.
Insider tip
Trinidadians do not typically tip, but small tips are always appreciated even if they’re not expected.
Fried shark and bake fast food by the beach at Maracas Bay
Fried shark and bake fast food by the beach at Maracas Bay

LOCAL CUISINE

Traditional Trinidadian cuisine is a fusion of different flavors — from West African and Creole to Latin American, Indian, and south Asian. One of the most popular street food dishes you’ll find here is Bake and Shark, a meal of fried flatbread, shark meat, condiments and coleslaw, all tucked into a tasty sandwich. You can also sub the shark for any other local fish.
Bright beaded necklace red Trinidad Local Craft
Bright beaded necklace red Trinidad Local Craft

SHOPPING

Trinidad is home to lots of talented local craftsmen. Some of the best cocoa in the world comes from Trinidad, making artisan chocolates a popular gifts. Handcrafted jewelry made from forest seeds and beads also makes for a great souvenir. And if you love music, pick up a mini version of a steel pan — the island’s national instrument.

Day 4: St. George's, Grenada

Day 4
St. George's
Grenada
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Things to do in
St. George's
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
If variety is the spice of life, then Grenada is the taste of the tropics. The intoxicating aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves fill the air wherever you go. Take your pick of 45 sun-kissed beaches to lounge on, or hit the jungle-covered mountain range for more rugged adventures. Stroll through the 125-year-old Sendall Tunnel to reach the Carenage waterfront promenade. Cruise to Grenada and grab a seat at an open-air café and admire the steep streets lined with colonial buildings and colorful 18th-century warehouses. And holding true to its nickname of Spice Island, you’ll find several spice plantations and estates here too.

SEE YOU CRATER

Hike through the island’s lush, mountainous interior to the beauty of Grand Etang Lake— a 30-acre extinct volcano crater filled with natural cobalt blue water, rumored to be inhabited by a mermaid. Bonus: you’ll see waterfalls, tropical birds and rare flowers along the trail.
Insider tip
Spices make a great souvenir, but only factory-sealed packages can be brought through US Customs.
Sculpture Park Man Desk Typing Scuba Diving Snorkeling, St. George's, Grenada
Sculpture Park Man Desk Typing Scuba Diving Snorkeling, St. George's, Grenada

SUNKEN SIGHTS

Grab your snorkel mask for the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park— a collection of contemporary ecological art beneath the ocean’s surface, and a vibrant habitat complete with colorful coral formations, tropical fish and other marine life.
Insider tip
Hop on the Grenada Discovery Train from the terminal for a narrated and scenic ride around St. George’s.

HAVE A SPICE DAY

Discover the origins of the spice trade at the historic Dougaldston Estate, a village nutmeg cooperative. During your Grenada cruise, see how nutmeg is harvested, processed and exported at the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station and tour the island’s oldest working distillery at the River Antoine Rum Distillery.
St. George's, Grenada, Cuisine Goat Curry Sauce Bowl Plate Food
Mid close up shot of a bowl of Goat Curry

Local Cuisine

Native dishes are based on local produce, fresh seafood and— of course— aromatic spices. Traditional dishes include the “oil down” (meat and veggies simmered in spices and coconut milk), stuffed crabs, and callaloo soup. For hamburgers and other casual eats, check out the food vendors along the Carenage harborfront.
St. Georges, Grenada, Spices
An assortment of spices including Nutmeg

Shopping

You’ll find your standard guaranteed items like designer goods, jewelry and perfume here. But what you really want to take home are signature island spices, nutmeg jams, and spice-scented soaps. Your best bet is the Esplanade Mall at the cruise terminal, but many other options are within walking distance.

Day 5: Kingstown, St. Vincent

Day 5
Kingstown
St. Vincent
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A view across Fort Charlotte, Kingstown, Saint Vincent.
A view across Fort Charlotte, Kingstown, Saint Vincent.
Things to do in
Kingstown
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Secluded white sand beaches lapped by sparkling waters, vibrant coral reefs, and hiking trails through lush, emerald jungles — St. Vincent and the Grenadines embody what most people think of when picturing the perfect Caribbean getaway. Kingstown, St. Vincent’s capital and main port, is a beautiful place to kick off your exploration of the main island’s many wonders. With its beautiful botanical gardens, charming 19th-century churches, lively produce market and rainforest rambles, it has plenty to keep you busy in between beach breaks.
St. George's Anglican Cathedral
St. George's Anglican Cathedral

GOING TO THE CHAPEL

St. Vincent has its fair share of charming churches, many located right within Kingstown. Pass by the 200-year-old Cathedral Church of St. George and gaze at its gorgeous stained glass windows. Then visit the Assumption Cathedral. Though the present building was completed in the 1930s, its architecture is an impressive combination of Moorish, Byzantine, Venetian, Romanesque and Flemish.
Insider tip
Many spots in St. Vincent take U.S. dollars, but if you find yourself in need of the local currency, there are lots of ATMs on the island.
A view of the upper level of a waterfall on Mount Soufriere in Saint Vincent
A view of the upper level of a waterfall on Mount Soufriere in Saint Vincent.

HIT THE TRAILS

Hiking is one of the best things to do in St. Vincent, since the island has an abundance of beautiful trails. One of the most famous hikes is the trail up Mount Soufrière — it’s a difficult climb, but offers stunning views. The Vermont Nature Trail is an easier option that winds through the rainforest within the St. Vincent Parrot Reserve.
Insider tip
There are plenty of great restaurants in St. Vincent, but you can’t beat the local street food.
A view along the ramparts of Fort Charlotte, Kingstown. Saint Vincent.
A view along the ramparts of Fort Charlotte, Kingstown. Saint Vincent.

COLONIAL COOL

Overlooking Kingstown’s harbor is Fort Charlotte, a British-colonial era fort built in the 18th century. It offers beautiful views of Kingstown, Bequia, Young Island and the Grenadines. Make sure to visit the small museum located in the old barracks. It’s home to an exhibition that showcases the history of the Garifuna.
Insider tip
Ferries connect St. Vincent to lots of nearby islands. Bequia island is a favorite for day trips.
Lobster on Union Island in the Tobago Cays of Saint Vincent
Lobster on Union Island in the Tobago Cays of Saint Vincent

LOCAL CUISINE

As on any Caribbean island, the star of St. Vincent’s cuisine is fresh-caught seafood. Savor dishes made with conch, whelk, lobster and jackfish, which is often fried and served with the island’s famous breadfruit. But one of the most popular local delicacies is callaloo soup, made with callaloo greens, beef, potatoes, coconut milk and herbs.
Colorful Souvenirs
Colorful Souvenirs

SHOPPING

If you’re looking for authentic souvenirs to bring back from your adventure in St. Vincent, head to Kingstown’s Market Square. Many of the stalls sell local produce, but you’ll also find vendors selling souvenirs, crafts, jewelry and more. Sometimes you can even catch live performers singing and dancing.

Day 6: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

Day 6
Pointe A Pitre
Guadeloupe
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Hiking trail in Guadeloupe National Park, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Hiking trail in Guadeloupe National Park, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Things to do in
Pointe A Pitre
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
When it comes to tropical destinations, most people have never heard of Guadeloupe. An overseas department of France and part of the European Union, it’s made up of two main islands shaped like a butterfly’s wings, plus a slew of surrounding isles and outcroppings. Pointe-à-Pitre is the main port in Grande-Terre, the easternmost of the two biggest islands, and receives most travelers savvy enough to add this off-the-beaten-path archipelago to their Caribbean itinerary. You’ll find plenty of world-class beaches here — some buzzing with sun-seekers, some completely secluded — as well as lush, green jungles and dramatic mountains in Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre’s twin to the west.
Caravelle Beach Palm Trees,  Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Caravelle Beach Palm Trees, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

SECLUDED SHORES GALORE

Hitting the beaches is hands-down one of the best things to do on a cruise to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Two great options in Grande-Terre are Plage de Sainte-Anne, known for its tranquil waters, and secluded Plage de Petit-Havre, shaded by lots of greenery. Both are less than half an hour from port via car.
Insider tip
Many of Guadeloupe’s best beaches are free to visit — just bring a towel, as some don’t offer amenities.
Waterfall in Guadeloupe National Park, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Waterfall in Guadeloupe National Park, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

PARC PARADISE

A 30-minute drive from Pointe-à-Pitre in Grande-Terre across the bridge to its sister island, mountainous Basse-Terre, gets you to Parc National de la Guadeloupe — a sprawling oasis of dense emerald jungles and silvery waterfalls. The park is also home to the impressive La Soufrière volcano, the highest mountain peak in the Lesser Antilles.
Insider tip
If you want to really explore Guadeloupe’s two main islands, consider renting a car — taxis can get expensive.
Cathedral Saint Pierre Saint Paul, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Cathedral Saint Pierre Saint Paul, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

ARCHITECTURE ADVENTURE

One of Pointe-à-Pitre’s main draws is its historic architecture. You’ll find French- and English-influenced styles dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries and painted in vibrant colors like canary yellow and sky blue. One of the most popular sites to visit is the Cathédrale de St. Pierre et St. Paul, nicknamed the “Iron Cathedral.”
Insider tip
Ferries from Pointe-à-Pitre connect Grande-Terre with nearby islands like La Désirade and make for an interesting day trip.
Local Cuisine, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Local Cuisine, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

Local Cuisine

Guadeloupe’s French and Creole heritage shines through its cuisine, which is also mixed with other global influences. Look for chicken curry served with sweet plantains and rice, fresh ceviche and codfish fritters called accras. Make sure you pair your meal with a glass of Guadeloupe’s famous Ti-Punch, made with white rum, sugar and cane syrup.
Handcrafted Necklaces, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Handcrafted Necklaces, Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

Shopping

Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe is home to plenty of craft markets selling interesting wares made by local artisans. Jewelry made from seashells found on Guadeloupe’s shores is especially popular, as well as treats made from locally harvested cocoa beans and spices at the port’s open-air spice market.

Day 7: Roseau, Dominica

Day 7
Roseau
Dominica
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Boats on Soufriere Bay, Soufriere, Dominica
Boats on Soufriere Bay, Soufriere, Dominica
Things to do in
Roseau
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Dominica isn’t nicknamed ‘Nature Island’ for nothing. Its 290 square miles of towering mountains, thriving rainforests, and rushing waterfalls deserve all that cred and then some. But the true pulse of the island beats in Roseau. It may be one of the smallest capitals in the Caribbean, but don’t let its size fool you— Roseau is electric with cultural energy. The spicy aroma of Creole home cooking wafts through food stalls at the Roseau Market. Reggae and soca beats spill from the windows of centuries-old stone-and-wood buildings and parties erupt around jing ping bands at hotspots like Bala’s Bar at the Fort Young Hotel. During your cruise to Dominica, you’ll quickly notice that Roseau doesn’t march to the beat of its own drum — it dances.

Wade Through Waterfalls

At Trafalgar Falls, you can wade through freshwater pools beneath sparkling cascades tumbling 200 feet from the jungle canopy.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable shoes. The cobblestone streets in Roseau are bumpy and uneven.
Pebbles Lining the Shore of Champagne Beach, Roseau, Dominica
Pebbles Lining the Shore of Champagne Beach, Roseau, Dominica

Discover a Beach of Bubbly

Take a dip in the waters of Champagne Beach, where volcanic gases fizzle up from the ocean floor to create a sea of bubbles.
Insider tip
Many restaurants add a 10% service charge on the bill, otherwise leave a tip of 5% to 15% on the total.

Soak It Up

Relax in a bubbling thermal spring or indulge in a detoxing mud bath at Wotten Waven Caldera, one of Dominica’s nine volcanoes.
Dense Jungle with Small Creek in the National Park, Roseau Dominica
Dense Jungle with Small Creek in the National Park, Roseau Dominica

Full Throttle Thrills

Feeling a need for speed? Hop into a 4x4 and explore Dominica’s rainforests, waterfalls and mountains safari-style.
A Bowl of Mashed Plantains, Roseau Dominica
A Bowl of Mashed Plantains, Roseau Dominica

Local Cuisine

You can call this Caribbean Soul Food. Think sweet plantains, mangos, yams, kushkush (cornmeal), fresh fish and locally caught game, all cooked with plenty of Creole spices and savory herbs for a kick. The island’s signature drink— a spiced rum steeped with anisette and lemongrass— is the perfect refresher on a sunny island day.

Shopping

During your Dominica cruise, you can find just about anything at Pirates on Long Lane, from souvenirs and cigars to local cheeses. But Kalinago Barana Aute in the Carib territory is a must if you’re scouting for carvings, pottery, and handwoven baskets. Today, Dominica boasts the largest population of Carib Indians, an indigenous people of the Lesser Antilles.

Day 8: Castries, St. Lucia

Day 8
Castries
St. Lucia
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Castries St. Lucia Anse la Raye Fishing Boats
Castries St. Lucia Anse la Raye Fishing Boats
Things to do in
Castries
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St. Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran. Hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.
Castries St. Lucia Soufriere Volcano Sulphur Springs
Castries St. Lucia Soufriere Volcano Sulphur Springs

Play In The Mud

Melt away your cares in the town of Soufriere, home to Sulphur Springs, known for its medicinal waters since the 1600s. Soak in natural thermal pools at the bottom of the bubbling craters and zen out while indulging in a therapeutic mineral mud bath from head to toe.
Insider tip
Don’t forget insect repellent if you plan to visit the rainforest.
Woman Enjoying Piton Peaks on a Kayak, Castries St Lucia
Woman Enjoying Piton Peaks on a Kayak, Castries St Lucia

Coastal Cruising

See the famous Pitons and island vistas from the sea as you glide down the coast of St. Lucia on a coastal cruise. See the lush vegetation and fishing villages as you make your way to the Pitons.
Insider tip
Drive on the left side of the road on this island.
Marigot Bay Sailboats, Castries St. Lucia
Marigot Bay Sailboats, Castries St. Lucia

Serene Scene

Make your way to Marigot Bay— a gorgeous natural harbor straight out of a movie scene, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops. You can stroll the yacht marina, shop at boutiques, visit a French bakery or relax at the secluded beach, accessible by ferry.
Castries, St. Lucia, Creole Seafood Dish
A fried filet of fish with a Creole sauce and vegetables

Local Cuisine

The Creole cuisine shows off the local fish, fruits and vegetables. Traditional flavors are a unique blend of West African, British, French and East Indian influences. Don’t miss “coal pot,” a local staple where dishes are cooked in a clay basin over coals.
Castries, St. Lucia, Souvenir Shop Storefront
The storefront of a souvenir shop in St. Lucia

Shopping

The best duty-free shops are at Pointe Seraphine cruise terminal and across the harbor at La Place Carenage. Cruise to St. Lucia and find duty-free jewelry, watches, perfume, crystal, rum, and local crafts. An artisanal favorite to bring home from here is the traditional pottery, made from the clay of the Pitons.

Day 9: Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 9
Bridgetown
Barbados
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Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Things to do in
Bridgetown
Arrives at 7:00 AM
You’ll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of “Town,” as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations, and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados

GO GREEN

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.
Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados

BEST BEACH DAY EVER

Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski, or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados

Local Cuisine

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food— try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls, and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.
Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados
Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados

Shopping

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the stores along Broad Street, the main street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

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