Royal Caribbean Day 6: Barbados

Day 6: Bridgetown, Barbados

Date: 26 April 2018
Port: Bridgetown, Barbados
Time on Island: 8am-4:30pm
Distance between St. Lucia to Barbados:174.60 km or 94.28 nautical miles (5108.49 miles

Barbados, our final island and final port before our return to Puerto Rico…also the day I have been dreading. It means the end of our Southern Caribbean Cruise is coming to an end. I know all travels and vacations come to an end but it’s been such an amazing past 5 day that I’m not ready for it to end. BUT…at the same time, I’m ready to explore another new island in the Caribbean!

Like many of the other islands, I didn’t know much about Barbados except that there was a popular cave attraction. We weren’t totally sure if we wanted to include that in the day or not, but in the end we voted it would be something cool to see. Because of that, Darren and I decided that half day tour that included the cave would be a good idea. It was tough for us to narrow down the tour as many of them included the cave. Initially, we thought maybe a cave/rum tour would be fun, but ultimately we decided on something that would show us more of Barbados. 

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Royal Caribbean Day 5: St. Lucia

Day 5: Castries, St. Lucia

Date: 25 April 2018
Port: Pointe Seraphine, Castries, St. Lucia
Time on Island: 9am-5:30pm
Distance between Antigua to St. Lucia: 363.65 km or 196.36 nautical miles (225.96 miles)

The morning started just like every other morning on the ship. We got up, showered, got ready, and then headed to the buffet for breakfast. Following breakfast, Darren and I headed to the deck and take in the beautiful scene of the island of St. Lucia. Standing on the deck every morning was one of my favorite things to do on the ship. That first glance of this island and the others is something I’m never going to forget. We would do it every morning, but St. Lucia was my all time favorite.

Similarly to St. Marteen and St. Kitts, Darren and I pre-booked an island tour. I’ve found people either love tours or dislike them, but me personally, I don’t do well just sitting on beaches all day, especially since at this point I was living on a Caribbean island and had the chance to go to a beach all the time, so exploring the islands was something I really wanted to do.

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Royal Caribbean Day 4: Antigua

Day 4: St. John’s, Antigua

Date: 24 April 2018
Port: St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
Time on Island: 8am-4:30pm
Distance between St. Kitts and Antigua: 104.17 km or 56.25 nautical miles (64.73 miles)

Antigua was our only port that we didn’t prebook any tours and neither of us were mad at that fact. We were ready for a relaxing, anything can happen sort of day and the more time we spent talking with people on our cruise the more we realized how easy it was going to be to see the island without a tour. Thankfully, Karen and Richard didn’t prebook anything either so, of course, we decided to spend the entire day together.

We started our morning with the usual buffet breakfast and coffee before heading to the lower deck to disembark. Like the other two ports, Antigua greeted us with the traditional sounds of steel pans! I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of steel pan or Soca music so I welcomed the beautiful music as we walked along the platform to the port shops. 

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Royal Caribbean Day 3: St. Kitts

Day 3: Basseterre, St. Kitts

Date: 23 April 2018
Port: Port Zante, Basseterre, St. Kitts
Time on Island: 8am-4:30pm
Distance between St. Maarten and St. Kitts: 88.15 km or 47.60 nautical miles (54.77 miles)

Our next port was St. Kitts and Nevis, capital and port city, Basseterre. I honestly didn’t know much about St. Kitts, so I was quite excited for this port. Darren had pre-booked another half day tour excursion of the island that would take us around majority of the island with several stops. One reason we decided for tours, was for the history aspect. I love learning and having a tour guide who has in-depth knowledge of a place makes experience the islands that much better. One of the things I was most excited about with St. Kitts, was getting to see foliage again after eight long months because of the hurricanes. St. Kitts was an island that was not directly affected from Irma or Maria.

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Royal Caribbean Day 2: Sint Maarten/Saint Martin

Day 2: St. Maarten/Sint Martin

Date: 22 April 2018
Port: Philipsburg, St. Maarten (Dutch side)
Time on Island: 8am-4:30pm
Distance between San Juan and St. Maarten: 372.04 km or 200.75 nautical miles (231.17 miles)

First port of the trip and Darren and I were eager to start out pre-booked tour through Viator. We decided against booking directly through Royal Caribbean strictly because of our budget. We also knew that by doing so, we’d need to be aware of the time restrictions in order to NOT miss the boat. This was my port to book (divide and conquer) and after much research, I was able to find a half-day, all inclusive (yes, this means alcohol) Shore Excursion sightseeing tour that left from Phillipsburg, STM (Dutch-side), where our ship ported through Viator.com. Our tour, Sint Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg was only $44 USD each and left at 10 am, which gave us a little extra time in the morning!

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