On our recent Disney Cruise, we were excited to visit Tortola for the first time. We were looking for an excursion that would give us a tour of the island, provide some time for relaxation and would be something our 3 year old son would enjoy. After reviewing the Port Adventure options on the Disney Cruise Line website, we chose the Island Drive and Beach Break.
After disembarking the ship, we boarded our open-air safari bus for a scenic drive around Tortola through Road Town before we ascended Ridge Road up to Sky World. Make sure to sit on the left side of the bus for the best views of your Disney ship when you're driving up Ridge Road. Unfortunately for me, I ended up on the right side of the vehicle so I struggled to grab a good picture of the ship from the top of the island. I was still able to enjoy the stunning views but I just couldn't get a perfectly composed photo.
While we drove around the island, our driver gave us some history on everything that we were seeing. I found it difficult to hear him at times so I missed a lot of what he was saying but it was nice to hear some fun facts about the island when I could hear him.
|Disney Fantasy as seen from the right side of the vehicle|
|View from Sky World|
|View from Sky World|
There were restaurants, souvenir shops, water sport rentals, bathrooms and changing rooms available at the beach. We all wore our bathing suits under our clothes so we didn't have to worry about using any changing rooms but we did visit the bathrooms which was just a short walk down the beach from our location.
We also enjoyed a visit from a local rooster. My 3 year old loved crowing at the rooster. I have a very cute video of him yelling "cock-a-doodle-doo" to the rooster!
The excursion was advertised as being 3 to 3.5 hours but from the time we left the ship until we returned ended up being closer to around 4 hours. I prefer shorter excursions because it gives me more time to enjoy all of the activities onboard so this excursion (even running a little long) was a perfect amount of time to be off the ship. We enjoyed the island in the morning and then got back onboard in time to grab some lunch.
At the time of our sailing, this excursion was $47 per person ages 10 and up, $37 for ages 3 to 9, and free for children under 2. I thought the cost of the excursion was a good price for what we experienced. It's hard to find a good excursion that is available for all ages but my son really enjoyed this one. Full transparency, he slept the entire time until we got to the beach but a sleeping kid is a happy kid, am I right?!
Ashley is a Gold Castaway Club Member and has sailed on all of the Disney Cruise Line ships. You can email Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.