Silversea Luxury Cruises A Spanish Town (Tour drop off)

Cruising in the azure waters of the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) has been popular for a long time. Although Virgin Gorda boasts a small airport, it seems that most of the visitors prefer arriving by sea - aboard their own yacht or on one of the ferryboats from Tortola or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Virgin Gorda is also a popular call for cruise vessels. View more

Columbus discovered the islands in 1493, an archipelago consisting of some 60 small islets and rocky outcrops of which Tortola and Virgin Gorda are the largest ones. After a frequent change of hands, ranging from the Spaniards to the Dutch and some notorious pirates in between, the British took over in the 17th century and still retain control to this day. As a Crown Colony the B.V.I. have a governor who is appointed by the Queen. The British established a plantation economy and developed the sugar industry with slaves to work the cane fields. When slavery was abolished in 1838, the plantations deteriorated and many of the Europeans returned home. In the 1960s, the beginnings of a profitable tourist industry got under way when Laurence Rockefeller established Little Dix resort. He foresaw that the islands’ balmy weather, powder-soft beaches and splendid sailing opportunities would make them an ideal holiday destination. Although the B.V.I. are only a short distance from the U.S. Virgin Islands, they are vastly different in character. The slow and restorative pace is perfect for visitors who want to get away from it all and simply enjoy the pleasures of this small hideaway. The British Virgin Islanders, too, love their unspoiled tropical home and are determined to maintain its easygoing way of life. Seven-mile-long Virgin Gorda has a population of about 2,500; the majority lives in the relatively flat southern portion. The northern half is mountainous; 1,370-foot Gorda Peak is the highest point on the island. Virgin Gorda’s chief attraction, The Baths, lies in the island’s southern part near the tiny capital of Spanish Town. The Baths consist of enormous boulders that form natural pools and underwater caves – an attraction seldom missed by visitors to the area. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to anchor in North Sound. Guests will be taken ashore via ship’s tenders to Leverick Bay. Taxis may not be readily available. It is a 20-30 minute drive to Spanish Town. Shopping Souvenirs and local arts are available at Leverick Bay and in Spanish Town’s marina complex. The Leverick Bay complex includes several gift shops and a branch of well-known Pusser’s Company Store, which offers a wide variety of souvenirs and resort wear as well as Pusser’s rum. The local currency is the U.S. dollar. Cuisine In addition to seafood, typical local dishes include callaloo and goat stew. Roti, a Trinidad-style crêpe stuffed with chicken, beef or vegetable curry, is also very tasty. Eateries range from basic local bars to dining facilities in the island’s resort hotels. Other Sites Virgin Gorda is noted for its unspoiled beaches. Watersports facilities are available from the dive center at Leverick Bay landing. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing are limited to local taxis.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Spanish Town (Tour drop off)