Antigua Island Tour Excursion Reviews

The largest of the British Leeward Islands, Antigua boasts one of the Caribbean's most spectacular coastlines with secluded coves and sun-drenched beaches.
The Island tour included 1 1/2 hours at Fort James Beach.
Sail Date: December 2016
The Island tour included 1 1/2 hours at Fort James Beach. The land portion was way too long and many wondered when they were going to get to the beach.
The Island tour included 1 1/2 hours at Fort James Beach. The land portion was way too long and many wondered when they were going to get to the beach. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Nelson's Dockyard was great.
Sail Date: December 2016
Nelson's Dockyard was great.
Nelson's Dockyard was great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
First visit to Antigua, based on Trip Advisor reviews reserved tour with Scenic Tours Antigua.
Sail Date: December 2016
First visit to Antigua, based on Trip Advisor reviews reserved tour with Scenic Tours Antigua. Due to a cancellation we ended up with a private tour of the island in the rain. Fortunately, the sun came out in the afternoon and we were ... Read More
First visit to Antigua, based on Trip Advisor reviews reserved tour with Scenic Tours Antigua. Due to a cancellation we ended up with a private tour of the island in the rain. Fortunately, the sun came out in the afternoon and we were able to spend time at Turner’s Beach Club. Enjoyed the excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Tour of island was good with lots of history and sightseeing of volcanic island sites.
Sail Date: December 2016
Tour of island was good with lots of history and sightseeing of volcanic island sites. Stopping at tourist driven shopping areas-not so much. Stopped at cocoa plantation which was informative and good lunch. Dropped off at catamaran ... Read More
Tour of island was good with lots of history and sightseeing of volcanic island sites. Stopping at tourist driven shopping areas-not so much. Stopped at cocoa plantation which was informative and good lunch. Dropped off at catamaran which sailed back to ship. Very relaxing day but a little long. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
scenictourantigua.com.
Sail Date: December 2016
scenictourantigua.com. Excellent all encompassing island tour with a couple of hours at a beautiful and very clean beach. Highly recommend this tour.
scenictourantigua.com. Excellent all encompassing island tour with a couple of hours at a beautiful and very clean beach. Highly recommend this tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
My favorite beach of the whole trip.
Sail Date: December 2016
My favorite beach of the whole trip. Beautiful sand, could actually walk the beach. Had fun watching people get toppled in the waves-the little things amuse us
My favorite beach of the whole trip. Beautiful sand, could actually walk the beach. Had fun watching people get toppled in the waves-the little things amuse us Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Thorough tour of island, but time at Nelson's Dockyard was a little short.
Sail Date: November 2016
Thorough tour of island, but time at Nelson's Dockyard was a little short. Also Antigua has more of a third-world appearance than the other islands on this cruise.
Thorough tour of island, but time at Nelson's Dockyard was a little short. Also Antigua has more of a third-world appearance than the other islands on this cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
With Dwayne as a super guide we explored several areas including Shirley Heights, the blockhouse ...
Sail Date: November 2016
With Dwayne as a super guide we explored several areas including Shirley Heights, the blockhouse and Nelsons Dockyard. We got a historical introduction to the island.
With Dwayne as a super guide we explored several areas including Shirley Heights, the blockhouse and Nelsons Dockyard. We got a historical introduction to the island. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We took a two hour drive around the island.
Sail Date: November 2016
We took a two hour drive around the island. It was interesting but not the scenic island that we expected.
We took a two hour drive around the island. It was interesting but not the scenic island that we expected. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Hired van to take 6 people around the island.
Sail Date: November 2016
Hired van to take 6 people around the island. Tour was 3 hours and showed off this beautiful island. Went over to Nelsons Dockyard and other points of interest. This was an easy trip for my bad back.
Hired van to take 6 people around the island. Tour was 3 hours and showed off this beautiful island. Went over to Nelsons Dockyard and other points of interest. This was an easy trip for my bad back. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was a great tour.
Sail Date: November 2016
This was a great tour. Nellie took us around the island to see a variety of sights. She left it up to us to visit Nelsons (which is not free) or to see some high places for pics. We ended up at a beach for lunch and some time to enjoy the ... Read More
This was a great tour. Nellie took us around the island to see a variety of sights. She left it up to us to visit Nelsons (which is not free) or to see some high places for pics. We ended up at a beach for lunch and some time to enjoy the water. We had 8 folks in our group and it was only $75 per couple! This was by far so much better than a ship based island tour. Nellie/Unique Island tours is highly recommended. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our driver took us all over the island and gave us details of it's history with a few stops along ...
Sail Date: November 2016
Our driver took us all over the island and gave us details of it's history with a few stops along the way. We had pre-arranged this tour through Travelocity who we booked the cruise through.
Our driver took us all over the island and gave us details of it's history with a few stops along the way. We had pre-arranged this tour through Travelocity who we booked the cruise through. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent, relaxing beach getaway with history of the country and landmarks on our ride to the ...
Sail Date: November 2016
Excellent, relaxing beach getaway with history of the country and landmarks on our ride to the beach and back to the port,
Excellent, relaxing beach getaway with history of the country and landmarks on our ride to the beach and back to the port, Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Went with another couple via taxi van.
Sail Date: November 2016
Went with another couple via taxi van. Wish there was more time at Nelson Dockyard to actually take it all in.
Went with another couple via taxi van. Wish there was more time at Nelson Dockyard to actually take it all in. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Again shoved on a bus.
Sail Date: November 2016
Again shoved on a bus. The description by the cruise company was not as great as it says. You barley get enough time to do anything.
Again shoved on a bus. The description by the cruise company was not as great as it says. You barley get enough time to do anything. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Lawrence took us on a great tour to a few parks with wonderful views and a stop at the beach.
Sail Date: November 2016
Lawrence took us on a great tour to a few parks with wonderful views and a stop at the beach. We decided not to stay at beach since we were worn out from other tours but it sure looked beautiful. Lawrence was a wonderful tour guide and ... Read More
Lawrence took us on a great tour to a few parks with wonderful views and a stop at the beach. We decided not to stay at beach since we were worn out from other tours but it sure looked beautiful. Lawrence was a wonderful tour guide and we would recommend him. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sean Beazer was amazing with his communications for our private tour before arriving and met us the ...
Sail Date: November 2016
Sean Beazer was amazing with his communications for our private tour before arriving and met us the morning we docked along with the driver, Hudson (aka Big guy). We had the most fabulous day and felt like a friend was driving us around ... Read More
Sean Beazer was amazing with his communications for our private tour before arriving and met us the morning we docked along with the driver, Hudson (aka Big guy). We had the most fabulous day and felt like a friend was driving us around to see this wonderful island. The price was very reasonable for a private tour and I would highly recommend Scenic to anyone (those who took them in a group said great things as well... we went private as I had specific places of personal interest to see not on a normal tour path) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Would have liked to have spent longer at Nelson's dockyard as there was a lot to see, and we were ...
Sail Date: October 2016
Would have liked to have spent longer at Nelson's dockyard as there was a lot to see, and we were rushed through it all.
Would have liked to have spent longer at Nelson's dockyard as there was a lot to see, and we were rushed through it all. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Our least favourite.
Sail Date: October 2016
Our least favourite. Very dirty and it was sad to see so much garbage floating around the port and on the streets. Stingray City was excellent - highly recommend it.
Our least favourite. Very dirty and it was sad to see so much garbage floating around the port and on the streets. Stingray City was excellent - highly recommend it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Booked an excursion through Princess, basically we were brought by van with 10 other people, a bit ...
Sail Date: October 2016
Booked an excursion through Princess, basically we were brought by van with 10 other people, a bit crowded to a beach on the other side of the island. That half hour ride gave you the sense that this island is extremely poor. Next time, ... Read More
Booked an excursion through Princess, basically we were brought by van with 10 other people, a bit crowded to a beach on the other side of the island. That half hour ride gave you the sense that this island is extremely poor. Next time, we will do a catamaran excursion so we don't have to deal with anything on land. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We again booked outside of the ship and it was a very long and interesting excursion.
Sail Date: October 2016
We again booked outside of the ship and it was a very long and interesting excursion. This one was 6 hours and hit a bunch of stops. Scenic Tours Antigua scenictoursantigua.com/v2/ There was only 4 of us on the excursion and we went from ... Read More
We again booked outside of the ship and it was a very long and interesting excursion. This one was 6 hours and hit a bunch of stops. Scenic Tours Antigua scenictoursantigua.com/v2/ There was only 4 of us on the excursion and we went from stop to stop learning about the history of the island, taking in the sites,and meeting some of the locals. The views from some of the old forts is amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was a little extreme, but fun.
Sail Date: August 2016
It was a little extreme, but fun. Took us to beautiful countryside, took us to a wonderful lunch and great beach. Thank goodness my husband drove. It was a lot of fun. Thanks Nix
It was a little extreme, but fun. Took us to beautiful countryside, took us to a wonderful lunch and great beach. Thank goodness my husband drove. It was a lot of fun. Thanks Nix Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The name says it all.
Sail Date: July 2016
The name says it all. Circled the island by power boat, making 4 stops. It was extreme and it was outstanding! Not for the faint of heart of the squeamish. Highly recommend for the adventurous soul. You won't be disappointed.
The name says it all. Circled the island by power boat, making 4 stops. It was extreme and it was outstanding! Not for the faint of heart of the squeamish. Highly recommend for the adventurous soul. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We had a lot of tours during the last 14 years in the Caribbean.
Sail Date: March 2016
We had a lot of tours during the last 14 years in the Caribbean. But this was definetly the best. The driver/guide/owner of the company gave us so much interesting information about the island and people living there. We had a lot of ... Read More
We had a lot of tours during the last 14 years in the Caribbean. But this was definetly the best. The driver/guide/owner of the company gave us so much interesting information about the island and people living there. We had a lot of stops, including a londer stop at English Harbor and who wanted could step out at a beach and the driver came back 2 hours later to bring them back to the pier. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
We took a ship tour: Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights, and lunch by 4WD.
Sail Date: January 2016
We took a ship tour: Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights, and lunch by 4WD. It cost us $120 pp. it was terrible, beware of this ship tour. Here is the low down. We found our tour and followed the guide into our 4WD which fit 10 ... Read More
We took a ship tour: Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights, and lunch by 4WD. It cost us $120 pp. it was terrible, beware of this ship tour. Here is the low down. We found our tour and followed the guide into our 4WD which fit 10 people. We started out toward our first destination which was Shirley Heights although in the moment it was unclear where we were going and the driver--big Mike--was talking into a poor mic and we could not really understand what he was saying. We headed out of town and up into the mountains in on a paved road. We arrived at our first destination, got out of the 4WD and scrambled to the building which was Shirley Heights visitor's center. Wrapped in a ship towel, we went into a small auditorium with swivel seats, screens, and enactments surrounding the room. The movie started and ran from one screen to the next in a circle with various enactments highlighted as the movie played. We swiveled with the movie and enjoyed it a lot, it lasted about 15 minutes, not enough to time to dry out but still very pleasant. Next we headed to the dockyards, it stopped raining and I started to dry out. We stopped at another lookout, snapped some photos, got back into the 4WD, more head bumping, more jostling around, and maybe 45 minutes later we arrived at the dockyards which were very interesting with lots of shops, a museum, scenic docks, lots of greenery, and of course a lovely local bakery. Me and my friend Pat ditched the museum in favor of walking around and finding the bakery (behind the museum), while the boys visited the museum. The orientation talk lasted a few minutes and then we were given 15 minutes to look around. This was a lovely place and I could have spend a few hours here taking in the sights and donating some money for the mandatory magnet which is my way of remembering that I had visited this place in the years to come! I later met people who had wisely hired a taxi and went directly to the dockyards where they spend as much time as they wanted. When will I learn to avoid ship tours like this? I booked this tour, and many others, because I had never been to Antigua and figured the ship tour would give me a taste of this place. It left a bad taste, but I am getting ahead of myself here and there is more to tell of this tour. Leaving the dockyards, and after another round of head bumping and more, we headed for the next location, a beach where we would eat lunch and be free to swim. We arrived at some nameless location and were seated after much discussion between our guide and the restaurant employees. We grabbed a table for 4, and went to the buffet line. We were given a fork wrapped in a napkin and a plate. I could see that there was only a few things to eat; salad, rice, macaroni and cheese, and some chicken legs. Also there was some pre poured water or pineapple juice. I got a small portion of salad and asked for more twice. Some guy was portioning out lettuce leaves 3 at a time and it was clear that I was not going to get more. I took some Mac and cheese and sat down to eat. The Mac and cheese was cold and yucky, and all I ate was a small amount, maybe 7 leaves, of salad. I went back to ask for more but it was all gone. The guides had taken all the rest of the food for themselves! I asked why couldn't they bring us out more salad and was told there was none left. I told my guide that I was refused salad and he got upset, brought the man who refused me and together they stood above me and and argued loudly about how I better not complain because if I did they would lose their jobs. They intimated me and my group, and frankly I was frightened and just told them to forget about it and that I was fine with what was served. I was not fine but realized that this was not the way to deal with the food problem. We all could not wait to get out of there. I visited the bathroom which had only one of 3 toilets working, the broken toilets were filled with terrible smelly stuff and of course there was a long line of ladies waiting to use that one toilet. Of course there was no toilet paper and I was happy that I was carrying my own Kleenex. After about 45 minutes we all piled back into the 4WD and headed back the ship. I could not wait to get there. All the folks we were traveling with were upset and complaining about the excursion, most of them spitting mad! I recommend taking a taxi on your own to visit Shirley Heights and the lovely Nelson Dockyards, rather than the ship tour. At $120 pp, you will save a lot of money and frustration, and do bring a sandwich from the ship, or whatever you like, or choose your place to eat at the dockyards as there were several choices. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises