Port and Shore Excursions
Shasta Cats with Jason we did the 3 hrs tour, but should have done 5hrs with lunch included. He took us right to the turtles before any other cats showed up. His cat is smaller 12-14 people very personalized service lots of drinks etc, we had lots of turtles around us, they where awesome. We also snorkeled over a old barge that provides fish habitat, and a coral reef nearby. It was over too quickly but I highly recommend Jason.
We really liked St Kitts, smaller than St Lucia, so we decided on an afternoon beach stop and had a young man named Winston as our guide. We had a tour bus started at Basseterre and headed out towards Frigate Bay we stopped for a photo op with a breath taking view at Timothy Hill of the Half Moon Bay, on one side and Frigate Bay on the other. We went to Cockleshell Beach, the water was gorgeous aqua blue and warm. They wasn't lots to do there just chill and enjoy the view of Nevis. All very picturesque, we enjoyed the afternoon.
We did the Land and water west coast delight with Spencer Ambrose tours, we had his brother "Small" as our tour guide. We had problems getting going it was an 8:30am start, but we had to wait twice for late comers.The van was a 14 passenger but the air conditioning wasn't working very well the vents were missing out of the back of the van. It was very hot in the back and the last to arrive got the back seats, the trip was full of scenery, beautiful views, saw banana plantations, several small fishing villages Anse La Raye, Canaries stopped at the sulphur springs and the toraille water fall. the trip was long and the roads very winding, we had several people car sick and or nauseous, if you have a sensitive stomach, either take gravol before leaving or chose a different type of tour, they're lots of different ones. We made it to Soufriers and saw the Pitons stopped and picked up a creole chicken lunch,then over to Jalousie Beach to eat lunch and have a swim, lunch was very average but it was tasty, we where getting hungry. We lost a little time at the beach because we had gotten behind. They was lots of liquid refreshments beer, water and an excellent rum punch best anywhere. We took a small boat back along the coast I loved being on the water with Terry guiding us, lots of fun things to see bat caves, interesting landscapes, Marigot Bay the wealthy reside there, yachts and beautiful homes. We made it back to the ship with time to spare. St Lucia is lovely hope to return very much like Hawaii.
One our favorite islands, we had booked with Bernard's tours, we where lucky to have Bernard as our guide for the day, he was very enjoyable, explained to us the differences between the Dutch side St Marteen, and the french side St Martin, different rules governments etc, very interesting. The first stop was an Iguana farm, lots of them, a little creepy, from little small ones to giant
prehistoric large size. We had a nice group of people with us and no lack of liquid refreshments, a large cooler filled, including another special rum punch, lots of rum in it. Bernard bet us our tickets we couldn't drink all the refreshments, he won, my husband tried hard, but gave up. We stopped along way a Orient Beach at a small lookout, we met a local who showed us lots of sea creatures, black sea urchins, white sea urchins, sea stars, conch, I'm sure it's arranged by Bernard. We made it to Orient Beach, great place to people watch, nudes on one part of the beach, weird to see that. We got 2 chairs, with umbrella 2 beers, and bathroom tickets for $15, cheaper further down the beach, oh well. We had a couple of swims and then onto Marigot, where we stopped at a french pastry shop called Sarafina's OMG I have never ever tasted food like that we had chocolate eclairs, croissants, and a special sandwich on a baguette Oh la la, don't miss this place. Onto Maho beach watched a few planes land, fun, more beer!! We head back thru Philipburg, back to the ship. Bernard is great hope to see him again, too tired to shop, oh well, need a nap.
We didn't book anything we did get off the ship shopped a little bit. We did walk a couple of blocks to the tram Paradise Point which took us up to the highest point of the island. We had a lovely view of the Victory in harbour, and the surrounding scenery.