Port and Shore Excursions
Went on the Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure and it was a another home run. The men who took us out were terrific, funny and very attentive to those who were wary of snorkeling for the first time. We snorkeled over a live reef and saw hundreds of colorful fish, a sea turtle and two nurse sharks. We were out for 3 hours, but it felt like 1/2 hour. It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I will never forget it.
This is not in order as we went to Guadeloupe directly after Tortola, but I have to mention it because it was absolutely awful! We set in an industrial area that spewed out stinky, sulphur fumes. I thought at first that the ship had a sewer back up or something. We went into town because I needed to buy needles for needlepoint. Everyone speaks French. I speak fluent French so there was no problem, but again, I would've preferred another day at sea. Guadaloupe is not an appropriate port for Crystal clientele.
Can you say 'SHOP'??? WOW!!! I was so happy that day! Another French-owned island, St. Bart is an absolutely gorgeus island with huge yachts moored in its bay and beautiful houses dotting its cliffs. I shopped till I dropped. I met two ladies from the ship and we shopped Ligne St. Bart, a small store with beautiful body lotions and creams. The lotions are lush and creamy and very reasonably priced. We walked around the town until my feet throbbed and I had to return. That was a very good day:)
This was a wonderful tour that unveiled the beauty of St. Kitts before our eyes. Michael, our guide, was wonderful and described everything in great detail. He was also very kind to passengers with special needs. We saw the Fairview plantation, a batik store in the middle of the rainforest, Brimstone Hill Fort, Frigate Bay and the great divide between the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It was a wonderful tour and I highly recommend it.
We were so impressed with St. Kitts tour, we decided to take same for St. Lucia.Unfortunately, although naturally beautiful, St. Lucia does not have as much to see as St. Kitt. Our guide, Amaible, was very informative and he looked like the actor, Morgan Freeman. He even sounded like him when he spoke. It was a good tour, but St. Kitt was better.
We've been to St. Maarten many, many times. It's a great place to shop for jewelry and table linens. I purchased all my table linens there many years ago and they are still in great shape. There's something for everyone in St. Maarten.
Tortola consisted of a shabby little town with colorful little huts directly outside the pier. Native inhabitants hawked their wares like bags, mugs, postcards, etc. A 10-minute walk from the pier will get you to the huts and after that, there's not much to see. I would've rather had another day at sea.