A beach for each day of the year
“One beach a day,” Antigua’s motto, refers to the island’s 365 beautiful beaches that are famous, secret or even set in volcanic craters. There’s a beach for every lifestyle, for those who are social and ones who seek solitude.
When you arrive on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise
in the port of St. John’s, the capital
and commercial centre of Antigua and Barbuda, embrace the city’s colourfully vibrant houses dating to its British colonial period, along with the evocative white baroque towers of St. John's Cathedral
, and the Fort James
fortresses. The laid-back cosmopolitan city, with its distinctly British flair, is renowned for its shopping at luxury boutiques and highend shopping malls.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• 365 beaches
• Nelson's Dockyard
• Shirley Heights
Beyond the city, book an MSC excursion
to the historic Nelson's Dockyard
in English Harbour, dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was stationed in the West Indies be-tween 1784 and 1787. The shipyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
, is the largest of Antigua’s National Parks and still remains a working dockyard for numerous yachts and ships. Beautifully restored, its Georgian buildings in wood and stone date to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Between April and the beginning of May, the Dockyard is the venue for some of the most important sailing regattas
in the world, such as Antigua Sailing Week. The excursion continues on to visit the landmark ruins at Shirley Heights
offering breath-taking vistas of English Harbour
If an excursion in nature appeals to you, head to Stingray City to swim with friendly southern stingrays in crystal-clear water. Or discover Antigua's lush rainforest from a bird's-eye perspective as you navigate through the treetops on a guided canopy tour that will have you walking over a suspension bridge and traversing zip lines over a spectacular gorge.