Intrigued by Barbados? Or do you just like the way â€œBarbadosâ€? rolls off the tongue? Whatever your fascination is with Barbados, most locals and island lovers would agree that Barbados is an amazing place to visit â€“ on a cruise! If you choose to cruise Barbados, you are definitely in for a treat â€“ this is one of the most unique islands in the Caribbean Sea to explore.
Barbados can be found floating in the Caribbean Sea amongst other equally magnificent islands such as St. Lucia, Martinique, and Grenada. Made up of limestone, sand clay, and coral reefs, Barbados is the most easterly Caribbean island located at 103 degrees North and 59.37 degrees West. This 166 square mile island is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide and it is divided into 11 parishes. When you cruise Barbados, you will find rough seas on the West Coast and the East Coast, but the South Coast and Southeast coasts are calm and safe for swimming and surfing. When youâ€™re not enjoying a surfing, shopping or swimming excursion, simply lie on one of Barbadosâ€™ white sandy beaches while you soak up the sun and heavenly scent of the island.
Not only is the water surrounding the island of Barbados pristine, but also the drinking water here is the purest in the world â€“ and it all starts with rainwater! Rainwater filters through the coral and limestone around the island and it is then collected into catchments, and then filtered to the taps by dozens of pumping stations across the island
When youâ€™re not cruising Barbados, you will enjoy a wide variety of cultural experiences on the island such as festivals (plentiful in Barbados), as well as walking around artsy Pelican Village, tax-free shopping in Bridgetown â€“ the capital of Barbados, numerous island tours, and of course, hanging out on one of Barbados many beaches. In fact, Barbados has roughly 70 square miles of beaches. You will come across some of the brightest and whitest beaches on the planet and some are even pink.
Besides swimming with the turtles, watersports, surfing, and sunbathing, snorkeling is also allowed at calm West Coast beaches such as Batts Rock, Brandons, Holetown, Folkstone, Paradise, Sandy Lane, Mullins and Heywoods. On the South Coast, head to Brownes Beach, Casuarina, Dover, Pebbles, Greaves End, Rockley, and Maxwell. On the Southeastern coast check out the most relaxing of all beaches — Silver Sands and Crane Beaches.
The most popular East Coast beaches are Bathsheba, Barclays Park, and Bath. All beaches along the East Coast are noted for their good surfing conditions, especially Bathsheba, also called “Soup Bowl,” which is considered excellent for surfers. And finally, all Barbados beaches are public, so indulge.
Just about every cruise line visits Barbados, so there are plenty of options to choose from. You can choose from nine day, 10-day, 14-day or even 54 day Barbados cruises through cruise lines such as: Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Cunard Line (aboard the world famous Queen Mary 2), Royal Caribbean, Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, and more. If you choose to cruise Barbados, keep in mind that there are also many ports that the cruise departs from. These include: New Orleans, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami, and you can fly to San Juan to begin rout Barbados cruise, Montego Bay, or even Valparaiso, Santiago to set sail on a whopping 54-night cruise.
To begin the booking process, contact your local cruise travel agent for the best deals and discounts or contact your favorite cruise line directly. You can also use the following booking search engines and cruise discount websites to find some of the lowest priced Barbados cruises available.