I had nothing pre-planned for Barbados. Neither did our friends Margaret and John so we decided to venture out together. If you walk through the port stores at Barbados, when you come out the other side you’ll find a taxi queue where you can get a driver on the spot. Also, there was free wifi in the port building.
Some people say Barbados is their favorite island. I’m not entirely sure why – the downtown area looked nicer than the other islands, the beaches looked like they had soft white sand, but I didn’t see much else about it that made it stand out in my mind. I wanted to see Harrison’s Cave – evidently no one else did, but they didn’t speak up so off we went. One thing I did like about this island is that it had open grassy fields, the kind of place you could have grazing animals.
The cave was interesting if you’ve never seen this sort of thing before (I had not). Once was enough though. The biggest drawback to the cave is that you get there, wander down from the visitor center to the cave entrance via 1 working elevator, then you wait around to go into an area that describes how the caves were formed (25 mins), then you watch a video about how the caves were formed (25 mins), and FINALLY you get to actually go into the caves on a tram. So from the time you’ve arrived at the parking lot it was about an hour before we actually went into the caves. Oh, and at the rate they sell tickets they expect 4 people per bench on the trams, but the reality is that they only comfortably fit 3 people.
Despite all that – the caves were very interesting and I’m glad I’ve seen them. The tour guide did a nice job of pointing out various formations and telling us stories while we were in the caves.
Tropical garden outside the caves
In the caves
It was extremely humid and warm in the caves. Water drips constantly from the ceiling – which makes perfect sense because if there wasn’t moisture dripping, there wouldn’t be formations of stalagmites and stalactites.
At the port
On this day we were in port with 2 other ships, Carnival Valor and one from Fred Olsen. I don’t recall which ship from Fred Olsen. We were actually pretty lucky on all our ports with the number of other ships that were in port with us.
This is the Fred Olsen ship on the left. It sailed out of England across the Atlantic during the polar vortex. Passengers on it told us that it was quite a wild ride.
The Atlantis submarine was another tour option. I am somewhat claustrophobic and would really not be that comfortable doing the submarine thing. Yes, that is despite the fact that I was willing to do the caves. When you go into the caves you are in quite a large space with open caverns.
If we ever find ourselves in Barbados again I think I’d opt for a nice beach resort. Some place with good food and drinks. Or just stay on the cruise ship! Which is not to say that I thought Barbados was bad, only I don’t recall there being much else to do there.