has dozens of great shore excursions for you to choose from. I have
picked out just a few here which are the most interesting and which
offer the best shore experience and feel for the islands. These and many
more can be purchased on board. For the full roster of shore excursions
please click the link at the bottom of this page.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for anyone
who has dreamed of an encounter with a dolphin. This wonderful facility
is home to Universal Studios' Flipper, who starred in the 1996 movie of
the same name. You'll board a powered catamaran for a short ride to Blue
Lagoon Island, where the Dolphin Encounter is located. Once ashore, a
guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of the dolphin,
including information on its life, anatomy, echolocation and the
environment in which it lives. Afterward, you will be led to a floating
platform, where your encounter will take place. Have your picture taken
while kissing a dolphin (photos can be purchased separately), learn
about the anatomy of a real dolphin and pet and feed a dolphin while
standing in waist-deep water. Finally, you'll have 30 minutes of free
time to relax, browse through the souvenir shop or check out the photos
of you and the dolphin. Your catamaran will then return you to the pier.
Note: Bathing attire and towels are recommended. Guests may bring a
When in Nassau,
Scuba divers have the opportunity to explore Nassau's famous reefs on a
two-tank dive. You'll glide over the amazing wall at the "Tongue of
the Ocean" or swim through a wreck. Includes round-trip, lunch, two
tanks, dive weights, and weight belt. Any other equipment can be rented
at the facility in Nassau. This is an experience certified divers won't
want to miss. You will be required to present proof of certification to
participate. Minimum Age: 12 years.
the best of Nassau's underwater world from above and below the water.
Enjoy a scenic 45-minute historical cruise through Nassau Harbor to the
Sea Gardens of Athol Island. Your Sea Trek Dive Staff will escort you
through the beautiful marine life sanctuary where you will be able to
get up close to some of the most colorful coral and reef fish of the
Bahamas. This tour allows plenty of time for additional tours or
shopping at Nassau's famous Straw Market.
you've never been to colorful Nassau before, you're in for a charming
treat. This will take you along Bay Street, the heart of Nassau's
shopping district, to Fort Charlotte. Built in the Napoleonic era to
defend the island against marauding pirates, Fort Charlotte offers you a
historic peek into the past as you journey through a maze of corridors
connecting its network of underground dungeons. You'll also visit
"The Queen's Staircase," over 65 steps hewn out of coral rock
in the days of England's Queen Victoria. Take the time to enjoy the view
of Nassau and the harbor from the water tower. You'll return to the ship
at the conclusion of the tour.
Nassau and the island of New Providence aboard the 85-foot catamaran
Yellowbird. Sip a refreshing rum punch (they're unlimited) and listen to
the music of a live island band as you cruise through the harbor between
Nassau and Paradise Island. The highlight of the tour comes when
Yellowbird arrives at a beautiful beach where you'll enjoy a refreshing
swim in some of the bluest waters in the Caribbean. On the return trip,
the Yellowbird becomes a party boat with dancing to island music, some
calypso antics and a limbo demonstration and contest.
the Sunshine, an open-air covered glass-bottom boat, for a view of
Nassau's coastline as well as a glimpse into the underwater world of the
Bahamas. After passing beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and the bustling
Nassau harbor, you will arrive at the reef area, where the friendly crew
open up the viewing glass and describe the colorful underwater sights. A
complimentary rum or fruit punch is served during the trip. At the
conclusion of the tour, you will be dropped at the cruise ship pier.
Harbor Cruise - Atlantis Beach
full-day adventure is a one-of-a-kind experience. Begin with a 30-minute
historical harbor cruise to the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. From
there, you will be escorted for a short walk to the Atlantis resort to
begin a guided journey through “Discover Atlantis,” the extensive
marine habitat aquarium attraction. Themed to the Lost City of Atlantis,
this attraction is home to over 150,000 fish representing 200 species.
Your guide will then escort you to a reserved location on the beach (chair
and towel included) and provided a meal coupon for lunch at the Dive In
snack bar. You are free to enjoy the casino, shopping or a self-guided
walk through the Waterscape. Note: Please note that it is a 10-minute walk
from the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal to the Atlantis Resort.
the scenic views that have made St. Thomas one of the most popular
destinations in the Caribbean. Departing the dockside, your driver/guide
will wind up the mountainside to St. Peter Greathouse, formerly a private
hideaway for the rich. Enjoy a self-guided through the beautiful estate
and landscaped grounds. While sipping a complimentary rum or fruit punch,
gaze down at lovely Magens Beach. Then continue to the highest point on
the island, Mountain Top. In addition to the many shops located here,
you'll find a spectacular panoramic view. You have the option to end the
tour in the shopping district or back at the ship.
ferry, you will cross Pillsbury Sound to Cruz Bay. By safari bus you will
pass St. John's National Park, Laurance Rockefeller's Caneel Bay
Plantation, Turtle Bay Beach and lovely Hawksnest Bay. Then enjoy 1.5
hours of swimming, snorkeling or sunbathing at Trunk Bay with its unique
underwater snorkel trail just offshore. Mask, snorkel, safety vest and
instructions are provided. Changing rooms and toilets are available on the
beach, and snacks and refreshments can be purchased. Safari buses will
return guests to the dock, where they will board a boat for the ride to
St. Thomas and return to the ship. Availability of snorkeling is subject
to local weather conditions. Due to National Park regulations, only 40
people may snorkel the trail at one time. Snorkeling will be rotated.
A unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience is yours once
you step aboard the Atlantis XV, the world's newest, most advanced
passenger submarine. After a scenic harbor tour, you'll be transported to
a depth of 90 feet, covering a distance of over 1.5 miles of ocean bottom.
Possible sightings include blue chromis, rock beauties, yellowtail,
snapper and sea turtles. Listen to a narration on the fish and coral
formations while seated in air-conditioned comfort. Afterward, enjoy a
complimentary rum punch and receive a dive certificate during the transfer
boat ride back to the ship. Guests must be at least 3 feet tall and a
minimum of 4 years old to participate. The actual dive time is
approximately 40 minutes.
Explore the U.S. and British Virgin Islands in a
deluxe twin-engine seaplane uniquely designed to excite your senses.
Delight in spectacular views of mountainous islands, white-sand beaches
and azure blue waters through large panoramic windows. Individual headsets
allow your two-pilot crew to recount the history of notorious pirates and
modern-day moguls who have made these islands their home. Your flight
lifts off in a showery spray from the Charlotte Amalie harbor, elevating
you to fantastic perspectives of the region from Norman Island, Tortola
and St. John. A complimentary route guide is provided, complete with map
and detailed description of the islands. Flight time is approximately 20
both modern and colonial San Juan during this excursion. You will visit
Fort San Cristobal, a 17th-century military fortification, the largest
ever built by the Spanish. The Spaniards built San Cristobal and the city
walls to defend San Juan from attack. You'll have time to explore the
tunnels and other ingenious defenses. You'll also see historic landmarks
such as the San José Church, the Governor's Mansion, the Cristo Chapel,
El Convento Hotel and other historical areas. You'll also visit the
Condado section of New San Juan, with its rows of modern condominiums and
luxury hotels. You have the option of ending the tour in the shopping area
of Old San Juan and either returning to the ship independently or
returning directly to the ship. Note to guests taking this tour at the end
of their cruise vacation: This is only available to guests with flights
departing from San Juan at 2:00 pm or later. Guests' final destination
must be in the U.S. The tour will conclude at the airport.
A popular side trip out of San Juan is to El Yunque
Rain Forest. During the 1-hour drive you'll pass towns and rural
communities en route to one of Puerto Rico's finest spots of natural
beauty. El Yunque encompasses 28,000 acres and reaches an elevation of
3,526 feet, so it is pleasantly cool. The rain forest averages 200 inches
of rainfall a year, making the tropical woodlands lush. Upon arrival at
Baño Grande, a natural swimming pool, you will depart on a 25-minute walk
on Camimitillo trail. Along the way you'll see the artificial nest of the
Puerto Rican parrot, flora and fauna of the Palo Colorado forest and other
forest inhabitants. You will make a short stop at the interpretive station
before reboarding buses for a short ride to the Yohaku observation tower.
You'll stop at Coca waterfall, once believed to be the fountain of youth.
is an exhilarating way to explore the beautiful Puerto Rican countryside.
You'll travel one hour to the foothills of El Yunque Rain Forest for a
memorable horseback ride in a unique natural environment. Upon arrival
you'll be assigned a horse and given basic riding instruction. On a gentle
but spirited steed, you'll ride around the edge of El Yunque and the banks
of the Espiritu Santo River. After about one hour, you'll come to a
natural swimming hole located in the river. Enjoy a rum punch, swim and
listen to tropical music before re-mounting your horse for a short ride
back to the stable. Trails may be muddy. Note: Long pants, enclosed shoes
and a swimsuit are recommended. This is a slow-paced, walking-only
horseback ride. Changing facilities are not available. Maximum weight: 250
a visit to two countries, Holland and France, on one tour. Departing from
the Dutch capital, Philipsburg, youll drive through town past the Great
Salt Pond. At the border between the Dutch and French sides of the island,
youll stop and see the monument signifying different countries. Then drive
through the district of Orleans, once the capital of the French side,
before continuing to Orient Bay for a spectacular view of Orient Beach,
Pinel Island and St. Barts. In the village of Grand Case, youll see old
country-style living, restaurants and a lovely beach. Youll continue on to
Marigot for 30 minutes of browsing among the shops and cafs, or just sit
back and take in the French atmosphere. On your return drive, a stop will
be made at a scenic lookout.
will begin your adventure upon boarding a spacious motorized snorkeling
vessel. You can relax during the scenic ride across Philipsburg harbor.
Once at Shipwreck Cove, certified instructors will give you a mask,
snorkel, fins floatation vest and instruction. The snorkeling staff will
guide you through an undersea world of coral reefs and wrecks inhabited by
tropical fish. Unlimited fruit and rum punch will be served after
snorkeling. This vessel is wheelchair accessible.
one of the largest salt-water lagoons in the Caribbean by kayak. Your
guide will take you to tranquil locations and mangroves where life for
many marine species start. The shoreline shelters a variety of wildlife
including egrets, plovers, crab herons, and pelicans. The latter half of
the tour takes you to Explorer Island for a brief stop, before crossing
some open sea to a white-sand beach where you can relax and enjoy a
complimentary drink before being transferred back to the pier.
in style on this exciting and unique Caribbean adventure aboard one of the
Golden Eagle’s fleet of catamarans. Red carpet and bow ties… go first
class! Enjoy snacks and an open bar while experiencing the thrill of
sailing at up to 20 knots in the sparkling waters. Count the flying fish
while lying in the nets or lazing in the shade of the 80-foot-tall sail.
The catamaran will nuzzle her bow into a fabulous sandy beach for swimming
in a quiet cove, bobbing around on a noodle float or snorkeling. Homeward
bound, listen to great music and relax.
two highlights of St. Maarten on one tour. Leaving Philipsburg by bus,
you’ll pass through the Dutch and French sides of the island before
arriving at the Butterfly Farm. Knowledge-able guides will escort you
through the “Butterfly Sphere,” which is a magnificently landscaped
garden where the butterflies live. You’ll also see a waterfall, ponds
and Japanese fish. As you are guided through this tranquil environment,
some of the most colorful butterflies from all over the world will be
flying around. A beverage will be served during your visit. A stop will
also be made in the French capital city of Marigot for you to enjoy
shopping and walking among the sidewalk cafés and open-air market. En
route back to the ship, view the eastern coastline of St. Maarten and St.
Barts at Orient Bay Lookout.
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