Road Town Cruises

Cane Garden Bay
The Baths of Virgin Gorda
Snorkelling at Norman Island

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Road Town/Tortola

Retracing the path of the pirates

As you arrive on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise in Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, it’s easy to see why pirates took refuge here among the hidden coves and sheltered bays, lush green mountains and powder-white sandy beaches.
Today, its beauty continues to draw attention; Road Town, BVI’s capital, is a haven for yacht chartering, upscale tourism and offshore finance. You recognize Dutch and English colonial influences from a bygone era dominated by large sugarcane plantations built on the backs of enslaved African labour. Main Street, Road Town's main shopping district, features several historical landmarks including the Post Office, built in the mid-1800s, St. George's Anglican Church, Britannic Hall and the Virgin Islands' Folk Museum. Despite being a British protectorate, the U.S. dollar is used as Tortola’s main currency.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Cane Garden Bay
• The Baths of Virgin Gorda
• Snorkelling at Norman Island
The best way to discover Tortola is on an MSC excursion. Take a panoramic island bus tour through Road Town and the charming districts of Long Trench and Fahie Hill. Then drive along the dramatic north shoreline to beautiful Cane Garden Bay, where you can take a dip in the inviting, clear water and gaze at the anchored boats that prize this placid bay. Along the way, get your fill of Instagram-worthy vistas of the surrounding islands.
Feeling more adventurous? Book a 4x4 island tour on a safari-style Land Rover to experience the island's verdant terrain and magnificent views that are well off the beaten track. Enjoy a snorkelling trip on the southern tip of the BVI archipelago at nearby Norman Island, said to have been the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island” novel. Or let an MSC excursion take you on a pleasant boat ride to the nearby island of Virgin Gorda to visit the stunning beach area known as The Baths, one of the BVI’s most popular sights. Amid the natural beauty, swim, snorkel and see colourful fish, or simply explore the unusual geological formations comprising huge, sea-sculpted granite boulders that line the beach and form tidal pools, tunnels, caves, arches and scenic grottoes.

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    The gentle lull of the sea
    The gentle lull of the sea

    In British Virgin Islands, phone booths are red like in London, you drive on the left side of the road and the typical local drink is with Pusser, the favourite rum of the officers of the Royal Navy.

    If you set foot on land while on a cruise to the British Virgin Islands you will find plenty of discotheques but also pubs, steel bands and colonial homes with verandas facing the turquoise sea. The British Virgin Islands – about a hundred little islands scattered in the mythical Francis Drake Channel – are above all one of the favourite destinations of sailing enthusiasts, and often host regattas in the seas surrounding the islands.

    A few minutes by motorboat from Tortola, the main island, will take you to Salt Island where the Rhone, the postal ship that sunk in1867 during a sea-storm and defined by Jacques Cousteau as one of the most spectacular wreckages in the world, setting of the underwater scenes in the film Abyss with Jacqueline Bisset. Up to the month of November, instead, you can see the humpback whales swimming past Virgin Gorda, singing their love songs.

    But a real treat is an excursion to Anegada, a narrow stretch of the finest white sand, 20 km in length and less than 3 in width, surrounded by the coral reef, a nature reserve, where boats have often run aground, as one can gather from the almost three hundred wreckages found at the bottom of the sea which attract skin divers from around the world.