A Tasty Champagne and Lobster Catamaran Tour In Antigua
After two days at sea on our way to cruise around South America, we were excited to leave the cruise ship for a champagne and lobster catamaran tour in Antigua. When we returned to Antigua on our Caribbean cruise in 2021, we again chose to to this same port excursion. A great tasty way to spend an island day!
There were several beach stops planned. And a great bbq lunch. But Mother Nature and human nature caused a few changes in our plans.
Returning To St John’s, Antigua
When our Oceania Cruises ship headed south to cruise around South America, there were three Caribbean island stops. On our Caribbean cruise in 2021, we had 6 port stops. On both trips, we visited most of the Caribbean Island stops on other trips. And returned again to Antigua! But it was always great to return. We always discovered new things to see and do on every visit.
On our first visit to Antigua, we took a full day trip to snorkel and kayak at several of the 365 beaches on the island. The second visit was a rainy day. But we enjoyed the opportunity to walk in town and we explored some of the St John’s sites.
Our third visit to Antigua took us to a different part of the island. We anchored off of Falmouth and spent part of the day as we explored English Harbour. And the rest of the time we played in the water off of our Windstar Cruises ship.
On every visit to St John’s in Antigua, we docked right in the main part of town. There was a great view out over the town.
We left the ship for a short walk along the deck to the Mystic Cruises catamaran. On our first excursion we sailed on the ship called Mystic Cruises. But on our return visit, we boarded the red Explorer catamaran. The days looked awesome for a champagne and lobster catamaran tour in Antigua.
Heading Out For A Champagne and Lobster Catamaran Tour In Antigua
The sun shone brightly so we took a spot on the catamaran under cover. This proved to be a smart decisions for many reasons. The crew introduced themselves and there was a short safety briefing. And then we left the harbour.
As we sailed out, we marvelled at the blue green Caribbean seas. The captain often narrated as we passed things out at sea. Barbuda was far off in the distance. But we passed closer to a small set of five islands.
There are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year! We passed several different beaches on our cruise along the coast. At one point, the captain pointed out the blow hole that sprayed water high above the rocks.
As we approached the turnaround point, the captain pointed out Hawksbill Rock. At a certain angle, the rock looked like a Hawksbill Turtle or a frog. Or whatever your imagination conjured up!
The plan was to sail further around the point and then come back to this area for lunch. On our first trip, the weather turned rough. So the captain turned us around to find another spot for our champagne and lobster catamaran lunch. But on our return visit we kept going with the sails up before we turned back around.
A Good Spot For A Beach Break
As we cruised back, the captain and crew looked for calm bay. When they finally found one, the catamaran drove up onto the sand. And on both trips the other catamaran joined us.
With the catamaran parked in the bay, plan was that the guests would go off the boat to swim as the crew prepared the bbq’s and lunch. On both trips, we headed off and explored the beach and waters. A little rain was not going to stop us!
In the rain, we walked down the long beach. At one point we found a spot high enough on the sand to write “SA 2020” to commemorate our cruise to South America. Even though the rain still fell, we headed into the water to swim. But we really did not worry about sunscreen!
On our second visit, we had bright sunshine. We donned rash guards and headed into the water with our snorkel gear. We did not find much underwater. But it was a beautiful day for a swim.
We enjoyed our short beach breaks. A fun stop on our catamaran tour in Antigua.
Champagne and Lobster On The Catamaran
When we got back on board, the crew valiantly tried to bbq at the back of the boat. It took much longer as the rain cooled the grill. But they soon had a large stack of lobsters grilled to perfection. The secret recipe included lots of butter and a spritz of local Carib beer.
The group was called to eat and found places to sit. With the lobster, they served rice and salad. And of course, champagne, beer or the local rum.
The hungry group certainly enjoyed the champagne and lobster catamaran tour in Antigua.
We Enjoyed Our Champagne and Lobster Catamaran Tour In Antigua
When we booked shore excursions well in advance of port days, it was always a challenge. Most times the weather and plans came together for the perfect experience.
On both cruise ship stops, we enjoyed a day out on the water for our champagne and lobster catamaran tour in Antigua. It was great to see a new part of the island from the water. And the lunch was tasty. We got enough of a tease to know we wanted to go back to explore more of the beaches of Antigua on a return trip.
We were always very glad when we enjoyed the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. On our visit to Antigua on our South America cruise, we next headed into the Amazon. As we cruised the Amazon River, the muddy waters were such a contrast. Not at all tempting to swim!
Have you tried a champagne and lobster catamaran tour in Antigua? What else have you done in Antigua?
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