Frommer Recommends seeing Harrison Cave in Barbados. Is that a good shore excursion? Is there alot of walking? They mention trams in the description. My mother has trouble walking - just want to see if she can handle this one.
I was there during a Princess cruise. There is no walking, you get on a tram and it takes you through the caves. But it was not spectacular. And the ONLY place you can take a picture or video is at the "underground waterfall", which if I recall was only about a foot wide. In a word: disappointing. Actually looking through Cunard's brochure there is not an excursion that looks interesting to me in Barbados.
Last year we travelled on the Queen Elizabeth 2 for the Christmas Cruise. One of the highlights was our stop in Barbados. Cunard offered an excursion aboard an off road jeep. It was NOT a treacherous ride in any way, just gave you a beautiful birds eye view of the terrain and the countryside, plus a short detour through the rain forest.
I don't know if the other cruise lines offer this excursion. I think anyone would enjoy it. All of the island Jeep Guides go by the name of "Junior". They also cart along a fine homemade punch which goes down very smooth.
Barbados is a gorgeous spot, hope you have a fine trip there and a great cruise.
I noticed that two of you have sailed on the Christmas cruise. I am booked on the QE2 Christmas cruise and I will be travelling with my 8-year old daughter. I have been wondering if the ship is decorated nicely for Christmas and if there are special Christmas festivities. It is quite important when you are travelling with a child and I haven't found very much info on this holiday at all. I would appreciate your help. The Cunard office is not very helpful either as they said that all festivities are planned onboard and they have no information.
From what I remember there were a number of trees decorated around the ship and they had a gingerbread village set up in the ballroom.
I know they had Christamas Eve services (Anglican and Catholic). But overall I didn't think it felt that "Christmas-y". But I may have missed a lot of the holiday festivities and I would imagine the nanny program would be doing special programs (there were quite a number of children of all ages on board). Your child will enjoy the Christmas dinner complete with crackers full of toys and receiving a Christmas present and basket of goodies from Cunard in the cabin.
I really enjoyed the cruise and hope you all will too!