The former British colony of Antigua is something special. Just ask Richard Branson, Eric Clapton, Giorgio Armani and Oprah—they all have homes here. Known for its beaches—there are 365 of them, all white sand lined with palm trees—Antigua also boasts charming harbors and a countryside dotted with old sugar mills. At one time the island was a juggernaut in the sugar trade, and also produced tobacco and cotton. Today, agriculture is still important, with Antiguan sweet potatoes, black pineapples and guavas being among the major crops. Book a Caribbean Cruise and explore the port of St. Johns.
On an Antigua cruise, visit St. Johns, the capital city of the dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. This city is the center of commerce, with international banks and boutiques as well as a lone rum distillery. St. Johns is located in the Caribbean Sea and is one of the hottest vacation spots. Immerse yourself in the colonial history of Antigua. Explore the best of Antigua on one of many Holland America shore excursions and visit English Harbour, known for its maritime heritage, historic sites and excellent restaurants. Plus, get a glimpse of some impressive yachts as they sail in and out of the bay. Discover Nelson’s Dockyard, which features gorgeous 18th- and 19th-century architecture but also buzzes with modern eateries and shops. On an Antigua cruise, explore St. Johns island beaches, snorkeling, and more.