Friday, January 3, 2014

Captivating Caribbean – Antigua and St. Lucia in Pictures and Top Tips

A family vacation; A cruise half way around the world; One of the severest winters seen by Europe; The warm Caribbean weather living up to its name; Captivating Caribbean is where I will be covering the stops we made in this 14-day cruise with some photographs and the occasional tips to make your cruise day stop worthwhile. 

Any vacation, even one that includes riding the high seas comfortably on a luxury ship can take its toll. When you have only a day to spend on each port, you try and squeeze in as much as you can into that day because let’s be honest, the chances that you will fly half way across the world to visit the same place are pretty slim. The “At Sea” days might sound relaxing but with the barrage of activities that are planned onboard, you don’t get time to even eat and end up running around trying to participate in as many activities as you can. The problem is that you don’t realize how tired you are until you somehow return back to your cabin to take what is apparently a breather but ends up being the next morning. Eventually everything catches up and the only way to rejuvenate is to finally skip some of the port days.

Antigua gave us no choice. Intermittent heavy rains made the decision to stay at just the port and drink some beer seem more and more favourable. I would however like to add that Antigua boasts of having 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. I say, give me a year-long visa first, and then we will talk. Unfortunately the only negative aspect of staying onboard in Antigua was that we got to see St. John’s Bay fill up with what I can only assume was waste from the ship as they went about cleaning it. Luckily a beautiful rainbow followed by an equally gorgeous sunset was all it took to bring the day to a lovely end.

For us St. Lucia turned out to be the saviour because when we started the day we were not aware of the ordeal we would be facing over the next two days as we made our way back from the vacation. Delayed flights and heavy snowfall in England meant we had to spend the night at the Airport, so all the rest we got at St. Lucia by not travelling too much was welcomed at the end.
In reality we did make it to the beach in St. Lucia, but some rather strong waves scared our little one and having scrapped that idea we simply spent an hour at the shops before heading back to the ship not really wanting to explore the place in a taxi. Nevertheless, it was time to pack as our trip came to an end, just like this series of Captivating Caribbean comes to an end here and now...  


  1. VEry super post and the images you placed are mind blowing the rainbow, the beach...awesome

  2. I have never been on cruise and I have never been to the Caribbeans Your post is reason enough to try both :)
    PS: That photo of the rainbow is spectacular.

    1. I think everyone should at least once go on a cruise. It's a totally different experience. As for the Caribbean, although it's an amazing place, but it's on the other side of the world, and I just prefer the Mediterranian coastline more.