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Caribbean ports update

The Caribbean has always been a magnet for people seeking sunshine and smiles. In light of the impact of the recent hurricanes on certain islands, we're doing all we can to support the region by continuing to visit. Most of our ports of call were unaffected and whilst we're continuing to work with the affected islands to help where we can, we have arranged alternative ports where necessary to ensure you can make the very most of what the iconic Caribbean has to offer.

 

About Tortola

For a true Caribbean experience, cruise to the beautiful 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 enjoy a walk can stroll through the rainforest at Mount Sage National Park.

 

Shore excursions in Tortola

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beautiful BVI

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the delights of Tortola and view the beautiful surrounding British Virgin Islands from both land and sea.

Joining your motor launch, you’ll take a delightful cruise among the archipelago of islands that make up the British Virgin Islands.

You’ll view the southern shoreline of Tortola and the small islands of Salt, Peter and Norman, famous for their colourful history of pirates, hideaways and buccaneers. There’s time to enjoy a refreshing fruit punch, before returning to the Road Town Ferry dock to board your tour bus.

Your tour continues by bus along the north shore of Tortola, passing through small villages before ascending the Ridge Road. Take in the spectacular views before descending back to Road Town and your waiting ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by island bus and boat and any walking is at passengers’ own discretion.

Caribbean Beach, Buffet and Beautiful Views

Activity lowMeal includedFamily

Duration: 6 hours

Absorb Tortola’s stunning vistas, relax on the sandy Cane Garden Bay Beach and enjoy a delicious Caribbean buffet lunch.

Setting off from Road Town, you’ll head east ascending along the Ridge Road following the highest contours of the island. En route, several photo stops will be provided, allowing you to get a feel for the island and to capture the lovely views of the surrounding British Virgin Islands.

Your drive will continue, descending on to Cane Garden Bay Beach, the islands favourite sandy beach. You’ll have around 4 hours’ free time to spend as you please. Relax on a beach chair, take a dip in the inviting Caribbean sea or soak up the sun, as you stroll along the water’s edge.

During your stay, a typical island-style buffet lunch will be provided at a beach-side restaurant, accompanied by a fruit punch.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by island bus or coach and on foot. There are no stowage facilities for wheelchairs. Any walking is at passengers’ own discretion. Cane Garden Bay is a popular beach and can become busy. Toilet and changing facilities are limited. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcohol prior to swimming activities. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Discover Scuba

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Try your hand at scuba diving for the first time and experience the underwater beauty of Tortola.

This is an ideal opportunity for those who want to try something new and exciting.

You’ll be given approximately 1 hour of instruction by a certified scuba instructor at the beach, before heading out into the ocean to demonstrate your new found skills and experience the exhilaration of scuba diving in the Caribbean.

Enjoy a sense of freedom as you discover underwater marine life, without the restriction of staying on the water’s surface.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot and by boat. The course is for non-certified divers. The tour duration is dependent on participants and local sea conditions. This tour is accompanied by a Dive Instructor and includes all equipment and transportation. Children and those with asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure or other medical conditions are unable to participate. There are medical conditions that will prevent you from diving; you must check the PADI website before booking https://www.padi.com/scuba-diving/about-padi/contact-us/faq/learn-to-scuba-dive/. A PADI medical questionnaire must be completed on the day, however in order to avoid disappointment we recommend that you review the medical questionnaire online prior to the call. Should you answer yes to any of the questions, advice should be sought from your doctor and signed authorisation obtained, which must be presented at the start of the tour. The dive boat has a marine head toilet facility. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’/ ‘Scuba Diving’ and ‘Beach/Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Escape to Jost Van Dyke

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the sandy shores of Jost Van Dyke and enjoy some relaxing beach time.

Embark on a boat ride to White Bay on the beautiful island of Jost Van Dyke. The island is a haven for visitors who enjoy the white sandy beaches, warm waters and a relaxed atmosphere.

Upon arrival, you’ll have approximately 3 hours’ free time to enjoy the beach at your leisure. Relax on a beach chair, stroll along the white sands or take a refreshing dip in the glistening Caribbean Sea.

During your stay, refreshments of a soft drink, rum punch or beer and a light snack will be available at the ‘Oceans 7 Beach Bar’.

At the end of your stay, the return boat ride will offer splendid views, as you make your way back to Tortola.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. Children under the age of 5 may not participate. The boat ride to Jost Van Dyke is around 45 minutes. Passengers will be transferred from the boat to White Bay by landing craft and there are some steps to negotiate. Passengers may also be required to wade ankle deep in the water. Depending on sea swells, an alternative anchorage may be used and it may be necessary to transfer you to the beach by island style buses once ashore. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and towel. Water shoes are advisable. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Beach/Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Long Bay Beach Transfer

Activity low

Duration: 4 hours

If it’s just time on the beach you’re looking for then this simple transfer to Tortola’s Long Bay Beach is the perfect option.

Long Bay Beach is located in a more remote part of Tortola and remains untouched. You’ll have around 2½ hours to spend on the beach, which is plenty of time to soak up the sun, swim in the sea or just paddle along the water’s edge. This option is ideal for those who are happy to kick off their shoes and simply relax in true Caribbean style.

After your stay, you’ll meet with your driver at the agreed time, for the return transfer to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion operates by island bus. Long Bay Beach has no facilities and there are no sunchairs or umbrellas available. There is a shuttle service to take you to the toilet and changing facilities which are located around 3 minutes’ drive away at a small local airport terminal. Drinks and snacks are also available in this area. US Dollars are required for any purchases, or you may prefer to take your own refreshments. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Passengers will be required to place towels on the sand. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Any walking is at passengers’ own discretion. There are no stowage facilities for wheelchairs. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

 

A selection of cruises to Tortola

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