Sail to Paradise with Marella Cruises on their Cocktails and Coconuts Itinerary

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A Marella Cocktails and Coconuts cruise offers the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and luxury. Promising an unforgettable experience for all ages. Add in the beauty of the Caribbean with its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and sunny sandy beaches, what more could you wish for?

If you’re ready to explore some of the most picturesque Caribbean islands, and get the most out of your trip, then below you’ll find everything you need to know about each island you’ll visit. As well as some of the excursions you can book on Marella’s Cocktails and Coconuts Cruise.


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Day 1 of your Cocktails and Coconuts Cruise

Bridgetown, Barbados – departure 8pm

Barbados is known for many things, most famously being the birthplace of both Rihanna, and Rum! From its picturesque beaches, to its national dish – Cou Cou and Flying Fish, it really is a spectacular island to visit.

Bridgetown is Barbados’ capital, boasting numerous historical landmarks and attractions that make it a must-visit destination. Bridgetown is also where your cruise begins. Depending on the time you arrive, you may be able to explore some of Bridgetown’s notable attractions.  To include; the Parliament Buildings, Independence Square, St Mary’s Anglican Church, the Jubilee Gardens, or Chamberlain Bridge, as you won’t be departing until 8pm.

Alternatively, Marella Cruises offers an array of excursions that you may find appealing. From Turtle Encounters, where you’ll cruise along the coast of Barbados, stopping at a small bay to swim or snorkel with turtles, to the world-famous Carlisle Beach Break. Carlisle beach is famous for its calm waters and sandy beaches. To arrive at this beach, you’ll pass some of the above-mentioned landmarks. Once at the beach you can do whatever you fancy, there is something for everyone! (This may be a great time to sample some of that rum we mentioned)!

Find out more about the shore excursions in Bridgetown here.


Day 2 – At Sea

Day 3 of your Cocktails and Coconuts Cruise

Road Town, British Virgin Islands – dock 8am – 6pm

After a day at sea, you’ll arrive at Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Docking in Road Town at 8am, and not departing until 6pm, you get a full day to explore the island.

Tortola offers a small slice of paradise, with lots to do and explore. Discover their white sand beaches, (Cane Garden Beach), or venture to the black sand beaches, (Smuggler’s Cove). Whether you’re looking to relax, take part in water sports, or even enjoy some cocktails at the beach bar, there’s something to suit all tastes.

If you choose to discover Cane Garden Beach with Marella you will take a scenic drive along the coast, receive a welcome drink on arrival, and spend 3 glorious hours soaking up the sun (or shade).

If sunbathing isn’t your forte, and you want something a little more strenuous, why not visit the Sage Mountain National Park. A rainforest hike where you’ll discover breath-taking views, dramatic landscapes, and some of the highest points of the British Virgin Islands. The beauty of this excursion is you will also get some time to cool off in the Cane Garden Sea at the end of your hike.

Find out more about other shore excursions in Tortola here.

Day 4 of your Cocktails and Coconuts Cruise

 Philipsburg, St Maarten – dock 8am – 6pm

Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten is split between the Dutch (Sint Maarten), and the French (Saint-Martin).  You will dock in Philipsburg (Sint Marteen), which is known to have more of a ‘Caribbean vibe’ than the French side of the island. It’s important to note that whilst Sint Marteen’s official currency is the guilder (ANG), the US dollar is widely accepted. In Saint-Martin, the currency is Euro.

Renowned for its clear blue waters, Philipsburg is the gateway to some of the best beaches the Caribbean has to offer. If you want to explore these waters, then Marella Cruises operate a fantastic excursion where you’ll visit Simpson Bay – the Caribbean’s largest natural lagoon.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a duty-free shopping experience, Philipsburg is filled with designer shops you know and love. As well as local specialities such as; guavaberry rum. If you get the chance, be sure to visit the Philipsburg market for unique jewellery and clothing.

If you venture to the French side of the island, this is where you will find European brands, and high-end boutiques. Just bare in mind that shops shut between 12pm & 2pm on this side of the island.

There is so much to do and explore on this quaint island, so be sure to make the most of your time here. Whether you’re looking to relax, shop till you drop, or eat fantastic food, both sides of the island have lots to offer.

Find out more about other shore excursions in Sint Marteen here.

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Day 5 of your Cocktails and Coconuts Cruise

St John’s, Antigua – dock 8am – 6pm

St John’s is the capital city of Antigua. The port is in St John’s itself, so you won’t have to go far before you’re swept up in all the shops and restaurants.

Due to the vibrancy of this island, we highly recommend exploring a little further than what first greets you when you dock. As these shops and restaurants are aimed at tourists, not locals. If you want a more authentic experience, then it’s worth discovering what St John’s has to offer.

If you aren’t an avid explorer, then Marella offer an excellent excursion, where you’ll take a fully guided tour. You’ll learn more about the history of Antigua, stop at some breathtaking spots, and visit Nelson’s Dockyard.

One of the most famous things about Antigua, is that it has 365 beaches. A beach for every day of the year! Dickenson Bay is not too far from port, and is one of the Caribbean’s best beaches. But locals advise visiting Runaway Beach as it is less crowded.

Whether you’re looking to soak up some sun, wander, or take a guided tour, Antigua’s the place to do it.

Find out more about other shore excursions in Antigua here.

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Day 6 of your Cocktails and Coconuts Cruise

Basseterre, St Kitts – 8am – 6pm

60 miles west of St John’s, you’ll find Basseterre, St Kitts. Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in Eastern Caribbean, founded in 1627. It is a small city, laid out in a grid type pattern, with four main streets. Places of interest include; St George’s Church, Independence Square, and The Circus.

Why not explore St Kitts via a Marella excursion? This is the perfect way to ensure you see everything St Kitts has to offer. With spectacular views, you’ll be able to tick off some of the most popular historical sites.

If you’re looking for tranquillity, the island is perfect for nature lovers, due to its tropical rainforests, vibrant wildlife, and black sands. For the explorer in you, we highly recommend the Marella rainforest hike, where you’ll discover multi-coloured flowers, rare animals, and breathtaking views.

Find out more about other shore excursions in St Kitts here.

Day 7 of your Cocktails and Coconuts Cruise

Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe, 8am – 4pm

Although Pointe-A-Pitre is not Guadeloupe’s capital, (that would be Basse-Terre), it is the region’s economic capital. Situated on the southwest side of the island, Pointe-A-Pitre is full of markets which are well worth a visit. The spice market (marche Saint-Antoine) is extremely popular with those who are fans of West Indian cuisine.

If sandy beaches are what you’re seeking, head over to Grande Anse beach. It is described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. With powder white sands, and turquoise waters, this 2-mile-long beach offers panoramic views of Basse-Terre. If you seek adventure, there are plenty of water sports to take part in.

This will be your shortest day at port on your Cocktails and Coconuts Cruise. Docking at 8am, and departing at 4pm.

Find out about Pointe-A-Pitre shore excursions Marella offer here.


Day 8 – back at Bridgetown 8am


If you’re looking for a cruise that will provide sun-soaked destinations, vibrant cultures, and unforgettable experiences, then Marella’s Cocktails and Coconuts itinerary is a great cruise to consider.

With a unique opportunity to experience the allure of the Caribbean, from the moment you set sail from Bridgetown, to your final port of call in Pointe-A-Pitre. Each day will bring a new adventure, filled with vibrant cultures, stunning landscapes, and unforgettable memories.

Book your Cocktails and Coconuts sailing with Marella Cruise here.

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