Britannia Caribbean Cruise B605
Booking Notification HN7VVD

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26th Feb – 12th March 2016

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 Day 1 February 26th    Fly from the UK

. Barbados - Barbados

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Embark 4pm

Watching the Atlantic surf crash down on the rugged east coast of this richly diverse island and, for a moment, you may feel you could be on the Cornish coast but the moment you hear the waves of gospel singing emanating from a tiny local church you realise you could not be anywhere else but Barbados.

While, over on the sheltered west coast, the glorious beaches are pure Caribbean. And there are more beaches and a lot more bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs creating a vibrant 24/7 lifestyle on the south coast, too.

In the capital and cruise port, Bridgetown, there are intriguing signs of its British colonial past while, across the island, you are really spoilt for choice.  You can enjoy every watersport under the sun; stunning nature walks and bike rides; or maybe a trip to the uniquely magnificent Harrisons Cave underground complex of caverns, waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites.


 

 

Day 2 February 27th

Barbados - Barbados

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Good morning! We hope you enjoyed your overnight stay at this destination.

 

Operates on:  Saturday 27 February 2016, (also Friday 26th) 8:45am Duration 4hrs

Best of Barbados

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Enjoy a scenic drive to Gun Hill Signal Station, located in the parish of St George, which provides a magnificent and captivating view of the entire island. The Signal Station was restored and landscaped by the Barbados National Trust and now houses a collection of military memorabilia.

Afterwards, continue to Orchid World which spans over six acres of land, some 800 feet above sea level. Meander your way through the beautiful outcrops of coral, rock gardens, cool shady gullies and ponds. You will be fascinated by the beautiful orchid plants growing in mid-air with their roots completely free of any soil.

Sunbury Plantation House dates back to 1660 and possesses one of the country's superior collections of antiques. The cellars house a unique collection of antique carriages, as well as many items used in the domestic life of the plantation. In the extensively landscaped grounds you will see fine authentic examples of old carts and machinery used in the last century to cultivate the land.

During your tour, you will be offered a fruit or rum punch refreshment.

Essential Information

This excursion will operate by minibus an on foot. This tour involves approximately one hour of walking over some uneven and inclined surfaces, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Order of highlights may vary.

 

Depart evening 5pm

 

 

 

Day 3 February 28th    At sea   Cheryl Baker Limelight 7pm

Day 4 February 29th

Antigua - Caribbean Islands

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Arrive early morning 8am

With over 365 beaches, there is a slice of white sand heaven for every day of the year - even a leap year - on the idyllic Caribbean holiday island Antigua, which played host to Admiral Horatio Nelson’s fleet in the late 1700’s. Nelson’s Dockyard now bustles with crew and passengers from yachts and cruise ships sailing these waters for pleasure rather than for King and Country.

The main port, St John’s, is also the capital and a vibrant hub for shopping as well as being within easy range of some of the best beaches – at Fort James, Deep Bay, Galley Bay and Hawksbill. Almost perfect weather conditions and low humidity, due to the warm prevailing trade winds, allows Antigua to boast of being the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands with the lowest annual rainfall. It is also the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands although it is only 14 miles long and 11 miles wide. Still, with a population of less than 70,000, this means there are lots of wide open spaces – especially on those gorgeous beaches.

 

Operates on: 29 February 2016  10:15am Duration 6hrs

 

Best of Antigua Ref: ANU_030

 

Embark on a scenic drive through Antigua’s countryside to the cliff-top location of the island’s 2 ancient sights, Block House Ruins and Shirley Heights. These panoramic viewpoints offer spectacular views over Nelson’s Dockyard village, Galleon Beach and English Harbour. 

Your journey will continue through the beautiful Antiguan National Park to English Harbour for a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard. You’ll have time to explore this historic Georgian shipyard, which today has been refurbished as a pretty colonial style village, before being served a delicious fresh lobster lunch with refreshments at the Dockyard’s Copper and Lumber Inn. 

After lunch, you’ll head to a sandy beach, where you’ll have around 1½ hours to laze on the warm sands, take a dip in the clear waters or simply enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings, which typify the Caribbean.

Essential Information

This excursion will operated by minibus and on foot. The minibus has no stowage facilities for wheelchairs. A chicken or vegetarian alternative to the lobster lunch is available, if booked with the Tours Office onboard at least 48 hours in advance of the call. This tour involves a total of 30 minutes of leisurely walking, which includes some uneven ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Passengers are reminded to wear swimming attire and take a towel and sunscreen. Please be advised that the beach shelves steeply into the water. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming activities.

Depart early evening 6pm

 


Day 5 March 01st

St. Maarten - Leeward Islands

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Arrive early morning 8am

Half French and half Dutch, St. Martin/Sint Maarten is one of the Caribbean’s most diverse and interesting islands.

Ships dock at the Dutch capital Philipsburg, a delightful warren of narrow streets called steegjies, where you will find interesting shops and leafy courtyard cafés. Start your exploration at Wathey Square, which is home to a fine collection of traditional West Indian ‘gingerbread’ houses as well as a colourful market.

If you would prefer to enjoy a little French ‘je ne sais quoi’, take an island tour to the pretty French capital Marigot, worth visiting for its colourful markets, lovely café-lined waterfront and the chic boutiques of Marina Port La Royale, where you can pick up unusual jewellery and leather goods. Or spend your day on a catamaran trip from Philipsburg for fabulous deep-sea snorkelling with lunch.

 

Operates on: 01 March 2016 11:30am Duration 2.5hrs

 

St Maarten Island Tour Ref: SXM_041

At just 37 square miles, St Maarten is quite unique with only a stone monument visible to indicate you have entered the French side. Setting off from the port, you’ll head through the Dutch side and the capital of Philipsburg, founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch Navy.

Afterwards, you’ll drive to the other side of the island to experience the French ‘St. Martin’. A stop will be made at the small town of Marigot, the French capital. Here, you’ll have time to browse the open-air market (when available), stroll along the waterfront or through the picturesque streets with their inviting pavement cafés and shops.

Your return drive will cross back over to the Dutch side, passing through the seaside town of Grand Case en route, before arriving into Philipsburg.

Essential Information

This tour will operate by bus and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the bus. Walking in Marigot is at passengers’ discretion. Please be advised that shops in Marigot will be closed on Sunday calls. Some shops may also close during the afternoon siesta. Public toilet facilities are limited in Marigot, however local cafés and restaurants will allow use of their facilities upon purchase. Euro and US Dollar currency are accepted for purchases. Passengers who choose to remain in Philipsburg at the end of the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship.

Depart early evening 6pm

 

 

Day 6 March 02nd   Now at sea

Day 7 March 03rd  

Grand Turk – Caicos Islands

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Arrive early morning 8am

Bursting with turn-of-the-century Caribbean charm, Grand Turk, the historic capital of the Turks and Caicos is best known for its sugary white shores, calm blue waters and rustic colonial charm. And at just six miles long, and just over a mile, wide this small but 
perfectly formed island is easy to explore.

On your walk round Cockburn, Grand Turk’s main town, take a turn down Duke and Font Street which are lined with 18th and 19th century landmarks which reflect the Bermudian architecture of the salt era. The nearby Turks and Caicos Museum discloses the rich cultural and natural diversity of the islands and tells the story of the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest European shipwreck discovered in the western hemisphere.

The surrounding seas offer a variety of dramatic and colourful underwater landscapes and snorkellers and scuba-divers will be spoilt for choice. From the seahorses and stingrays of Coral Garden Reef and Columbus Landfall National Park to the curves of McDonalds Arch and cliffs of the beautiful Black Forest.

 

Operates on: 03 March 2016 9:00am  Duration 3.5hrs

Grand Turk Highlights and Beach

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Grand Turk gained national attention in 1962 when the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, piloted by astronaut John Glenn, landed off its southeast shore. A replica of the spacecraft is now displayed at the entrance to the airport, where there will be a brief photo stop. 

Your next stop will be at the small colonial-style Salt House, which is a museum and gift shop centred on Grand Turk's historic salt industry. There's an exhibit on the typical ships used in the salt industry and if you want to stretch your legs you could walk along the adjacent salt canals to see a working replica of a windmill.

Your tour continues past the St Thomas Parish Church into the main town of Cockburn. Cockburn is a historic town, dominated by 18th and 19th century Bermudian architecture and old street lamps. A stop will be made at the pretty 19th century St Marys Church, with its white stone building and contrasting red shutters, before travelling to the northern part of the island to admire the lighthouse of Breezy Brae.

To round off your trip, the last stop will be Pillory Beach. You’ll have around 1¾ hours’ free time on this beautiful idyllic sandy beach to soak up the sun, swim in cool inviting sea, relax in the bar, stroll along the 2 mile stretch of beach or visit the souvenir shop.

Essential Information

This excursion will operate by minibus. Any walking is at passengers’ own discretion. The terrain is mostly flat with some uneven surfaces and narrow pathways. Sun loungers and snorkel equipment are available at an additional charge. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. There are toilet facilities available. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Important Information

Depart early evening 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8 March 04rd  At sea


 

Day 9March 05th  

Tortola - British Virgin Islands

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Arrive early morning 8am  Tender Required

If you want to experience the ‘undiscovered’ Caribbean, cruise to the unspoiled British Virgin island of Tortola. Rising to 1,709 feet at its highest point and famed for its rugged volcanic landscape, Tortola has proved difficult to develop as a major tourist haunt, and so has preserved its charm.

Its quaint capital, Road Town, is charming and compact. Just five minutes walk from the tender drop-off at Wickhams Quay you will find Main Street, home to a colourful crafts market and a range of small speciality shops selling Tortolan ceramics, Mexican glassware and unusual carvings sculpted from sea flotsam.

You will also find some of the loveliest and least crowded beaches in the Caribbean. At Cane Garden Bay you can tuck into a barbecued freshly caught fish; snorkellers will find the most eye-boggling marine life at Lower Belmont Bay, while those who prefer to stay dry can stroll through spectacular virgin rainforest at Mount Sage National Park.

 

Operates on: 05 March 2016 13:30pm Duration 3.5hrs 

Sage Mountain National Park Trail

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Embark on a scenic drive along the island’s Ridge Road to Sage Mountain National Park. The park encompasses the highest point of a ridge running along the spine of Tortola and offers spectacular views.

Your guided walk will commence from the Mountain View Restaurant and will take around 55 minutes. As you trek along one of the nature trails, lined with mahogany trees and fragrant plants, look out for a variety of tropical trees and plants, some indigenous to Tortola. Your round trip will bring you back to the restaurant, where you’ll be rewarded on your return with a refreshing soft drink. 

Afterwards, you’ll head down to Cane Garden Bay, one of the island’s most popular sandy beaches. You’ll have approx 1 hours’ free time to relax in the sun or swim in the crystal clear Atlantic waters, before heading back to the port.

Essential Information

This excursion will operate by island bus and on foot. The rough, uneven terrain is steep in places and can become muddy when wet therefore flat, enclosed walking shoes with grip are essential. Passengers without the correct footwear will be declined from taking part and no refund will be issued. Due to the terrain, this tour carries an extensive walking symbol; however the walk itself is at a fairly leisurely pace. Please remember to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. A bottle of water is advised. This tour may be cancelled following heavy rainfall. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Tender Required   Depart early evening 5pm.


Day 10 March 06nd

St. Kitts - Leeward Islands

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Arrive early morning 8am

Possible Tender

If you have ever dreamt of the classic Caribbean island, chances are it looked a lot like St. Kitts. You will recognise that mixture of deserted beaches, sleepy villages, lush rainforest greenery and sugarcane fields and maybe even the mini-mountain range with a dormant volcano in its midst.

Yet the first thing you will see when the ship docks is pretty much brand new: St. Kitts cruise terminal and marina complex - a collection of shops, bars, restaurants and gardens. Once through that, though, you can explore the back streets and impressively restored Georgian buildings of the capital, Basseterre.

Independent since 1983, St. Kitts covers just 65 square miles but has its own World Heritage site: Brimstone Hill fortress.  Another option for St. Kitts cruise visitors is the 45-minute ferry to sister island Nevis.

 

Operates on: 06 March 2016 8:30am  (also at 10am) Duration 3hrs

St Kitts Railway

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Built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugar cane from the fields to Basseterre, the railway provides a fascinating way to see some of the island from the comfort of custom built sightseeing railcars.

After a brief drive to Needsmust Station, you’ll board the train. Heading north along the coastline, you’ll roll across tall bridges and gently wind your way through villages and farms and see the light green fields of cane.

The unique railcars feature an upper level with a spacious open-air observation deck and air-conditioned seating on the lower level. Each car has a service bar and restrooms. During the journey, you’ll be treated to musical entertainment, a colourful narrative history of the island and complimentary drinks.

Essential Information

This excursion will operate by minibus and train. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on and off the train and bus. There are approximately 8 steps leading to the upper level of the train. This tour may operate either by train from Needsmust to the substation returning by bus, or vice versa. Total time on the train will be approximately 2 hours.

Possible Tender    Depart early evening 5pm

 

Day 11 March 07th

Dominica - Dominica

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Arrive early morning  8am

This lush island is right on the whales Caribbean migration path so be sure you take a boat trip out to spot them on their way north. And, even if you do not see whales, there are plenty of playful dolphins that usually tag along in the boats wake.

But, by passing Dominica by, the whales do not know what they are missing.  It is an island of breathtaking natural beauty with crater lakes and waterfalls, forests and gorges, many with evocative names like Boiling Lake and Valley of Desolation.

Offshore, there are coral reefs teeming with fish of all colours, shapes and sizes to amaze swimmers, snorkellers and scuba divers. You are also welcome to visit the last surviving community of Carib Indians, the original inhabitants of the entire Caribbean, who still follow the old ways - fishing, carving and basket-making.

 

Operates on: 07 March 2016 11:00am  (also 8:30) Duration 4.5hrs

Waterfalls and Beach

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Enjoy the sights and scenery as you trek through the rainforest, admiring the island scenery en route to Twin Falls. Once at the falls you can photograph the frothy-white water column or take a refreshing dip in the cool pool. Although a relatively short walk, you’ll really feel as if you’re in the depths of the Dominican rainforest.

From the falls, you’ll take a short drive through the Layou Valley to Mero Beach. You’ll have time to enjoy the fine, black volcanic sand beach and warm Caribbean sea. Relax on a sun chair, soak up the sun and enjoy the cool coastal breeze.

Before heading back to the ship, you’ll be offered refreshing rum or fruit punch to complete your Dominican experience.

Essential Information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Passengers are reminded to wear footwear suitable for walking over rough, uneven and wet ground. The trail to the falls is around 30 minutes each way which involves some inclined and rocky terrain and steep steps to negotiate, all of which can be very slippery when wet. Please remain on designated pathways. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. It is advisable to take a light rain jacket.

Possible Tender     Depart early evening 6pm


 

 

Day 12 March 08th

St. Lucia - Windward Islands

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Arrive early morning 7am    Tender Required

St Lucia has a fascinating if bloody history with the French and British spending years fighting over it. One look at this luscious island will show you why.

Cloaked in verdant rainforests, its skyline dominated by the dramatic twin peaks of Les Pitons and its gardens a riot of hibiscus and bougainvillea; St. Lucia is the epitome of a Caribbean paradise.

Here you can watch parrots and hummingbirds skim through the trees, bask on beautiful beaches, visit charming fishing villages, view stunning volcanic scenery and glory in the Caribbean’s best botanical gardens.

If it is your first visit, an island tour to the dramatic Soufriére volcano will show you the island’s full beauty.  Boat trips to spot dolphin and whales are also available, as are biking, jeep and hiking tours of the rainforest.  But do leave time to explore the shops of Castries, where you can pick up bread, wine and even ketchup made from bananas.

 

Operates on: 08 March 2016 9:00am Duration 5hrs

 

St Lucia, Waterfall and Gardens  Ref: SLU_049

As you leave the pier, take in the bustling town of Castries as you drive up to the Morne Fortune Viewpoint. A short photo stop here offers a panoramic view that stretches across Castries Harbour. 

Your journey will continue through the Roseau Valley and along the island’s winding roads to the town of Soufriére. Here, you’ll head to the Toraille Waterfall, a small waterfall that cascades into a pool below. Here, you can take a dip in the cool water or simply admire the surroundings. 

Then a short drive through Soufriére town will take you up to Maranaptha Gardens. As you walk through the gardens, enjoy the rich green and colourful tropical flora and take you to the Beacon Restaurant to enjoy a refreshing drink and a typical St Lucian snack. Admire the breathtaking view of the Pitons and Soufriére town, before the return drive to the port.

Essential Information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. The roads are winding and those prone to travel sickness should take the appropriate medication. The journey to the Toraille Waterfall is around 1 hour each way. A comfort stop will be made en route to Anse la Raye. There is around 40 minutes walking over some uneven terrain which includes approximately 30 steps. The ground at the waterfall may become slippery. Flat, non-slip shoes are essential. Those who wish to take a dip in the waterfall must wear swimwear and take a towel. Toilet / changing facilities are available at the Toraille Waterfall. Sunscreen is recommended.

Tender Required     Depart early evening 6pm

Day 13 March 09th At sea

Day 14 March 10th

Grenada - Windward Islands

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Arrive early morning 8am   Tender Required

Sailors through the centuries have rated it one of the worlds prettiest harbours and it is hard to disagree. Horseshoe-shaped and set in a volcanic crater, Grenadas capital and cruise port St Georges is flanked by two forts, with colourful French colonial style buildings ranged along the front.

It is the perfect entrance to one of the Caribbeans most scenic islands. Only 12 miles by 21, it is awash with waterfalls, mountain valleys, rainforests, lakes and volcanic craters. The beaches are to die for, especially Grand Anse - a two-mile stretch of pure white sand just around the bay from St Georges.

Grenada is also the island you can smell before you can see it. The ‘Spice Island’ grows more spices per square mile than anywhere else on the planet with nutmeg its signature seasoning.

In fact, gentle haggling with spice vendors is part of the fun of cruising to this laid-back Caribbean island.

 

Operates on: 10 March 2016 8:30am Duration 4hrs   

 

Grenada Highlights Ref: GND_001

Take a glimpse at Grenadian life; visit the one-street fishing community and Nutmeg Station to see the grading, drying and packing process. Inhale the signature scent of the island and learn how the delicate spice is treated, ready for export.

Located in the central part of the island, the cobalt blue lake of Grand Etang is a ‘must see’. This extinct volcanic crater lake is situated a breathtaking 1,900 feet above sea level. Enjoy the scenery and a refreshing drink during your stop here.

Take in the sights during a scenic drive through the quaint capital of St George's, passing the Green Iron Bridge. The tour takes you along the western road to Gouyave, passing the villages of Grand Mal, Happy Hill and Beausejour Bay.

Continue through Brizan, Concord, Marigot and Grand Roy to Gouyave. See cocoa, nutmeg, banana plantations and various spice growing areas around the island. Your return is through the green mountain roads and the villages of Vendome, Snug Corner and Beaulieu to St. George's Pier.

Essential Information

This excursion will operate by minibus. To fully enjoy this tour, some walking is necessary. The roads in Grenada are often quite bumpy due to rainfall erosion. Passengers are advised that photography is not permitted in the Nutmeg Station and that there are around 40 steps to negotiate

Tender Required     Depart early evening 5pm

 

Day 15 March 11th

Barbados - Barbados

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Arrive early morning 6am

Watching the Atlantic surf crash down on the rugged east coast of this richly diverse island and, for a moment, you may feel you could be on the Cornish coast but the moment you hear the waves of gospel singing emanating from a tiny local church you realise you could not be anywhere else but Barbados.

While, over on the sheltered west coast, the glorious beaches are pure Caribbean. And there are more beaches and a lot more bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs creating a vibrant 24/7 lifestyle on the south coast, too.

In the capital and cruise port, Bridgetown, there are intriguing signs of its British colonial past while, across the island, you are really spoilt for choice.  You can enjoy every watersport under the sun; stunning nature walks and bike rides; or maybe a trip to the uniquely magnificent Harrisons Cave underground complex of caverns, waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites.

Disembark

 

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