|Barbuda is a great spot for small, luxury cruises. // Photo by Randy Candy Photography|
“Barbuda has emerged as a green cruising destination, welcoming smaller luxury cruise lines with discerning cruisers, and this will have a significant impact on the economy of the sister island,” said Colin C. James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, in a written release.
For the 2014-2015 winter season the island will receive calls from Europa, Ponant, Sea Dream, Club Med, Black Watch, Windsurf and Wind Spirit.
A great spot for nature lovers, the island is filled with experiences that should appeal to eco-aware cruisers. VIPs can check out the largest frigatebird sanctuary in the western hemisphere. Accessible only by boat, the sanctuary contains more than 170 species of birds in addition to the more than 5,000 frigatebirds that call Barbuda their home.
A-listers are invited to take a wander through the charming Codrington village, founded in the 16th Century by Christopher Codrington. Explore historic sites, including Highland House, which was built in the 1720s by the Codrington family and Martello Towers. Also, a must while in Barbuda is the Caves at Two Foot Bay. Visitors on a hike through Barbuda’s Indian Cave will discover ancient Amerindian petroglyphs.
Antigua also offers a host of activities, and port facilities are undergoing major upgrades.