Yes, my Barbados shore excursion looked cheesy on paper: a party cruise onboard the Barbados Black Pearl’s Jolly Roger I, a “pirate schooner.” I booked it on my own (Celebrity doesn’t offer it and it seemed fun), but who knew I’d literally have a swinging time? Though the vessel usually sails with 50 to 100 passengers, Celebrity Summit was the only mainstream cruise ship in town (the luxury sailing yacht Sea Dream I was also in Bridgetown), so there were only a dozen or so onboard. For four hours, we partied it up as we sailed down the island’s west coast and back, a quick ride replete with historical chatter, fun music and copious space for sunning. The highlight of the excursion? Passengers got to take as many rope jumps off the ship, and one brave woman even walked the plank (no, it wasn’t me). Once we set sail back to Bridgetown, the crew taught us how to Soca (a Caribbean dance) and led us in a double-deck conga line — a free-spirited affair abetted by, yes, the open bar featuring the 50-proof rum punch included in the $87.50 fee.
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