We took a Spencer Ambrose tour with our CC Roll Call. This was an awesome excursion, and we got to see the whole island. We worked our way down to Soufriere by van, stopping at a banana plantation, 2 fishing villages, the waterfall, and the volcano. We travelled back to Castries by motorboat and saw the coastline as well as many homes of the rich and famous!
Barbados in Focus was a photography tour with island photographer Ronnie Carrington. This is a great way to see this stunningly beautiful island even if you don't have a camera in your hand! My husband loved the tour, and he hates taking pictures. We learned a lot about Barbados and photography on this tour.
Panoramic Martinique took us to the mini replica of the Sacred Heart Basilica, through the rainforest, and to the town of St. Pierre which was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Pelee in 1902. Unfortunately, because we were there on a Sunday, almost everything was closed and we couldn't go in the cathedral lest we disturb the worship service.
Martinique on a Sunday is probably not a great choice, since in addition to almost everything being closed there are few tours. Our tour, Panoramic Martinique, was fine, but I would have much preferred the one that we booked first, Martinique by Land and Sea, which was cancelled by the tour operator. This was a beautiful island and I would have enjoyed seeing the coastline and Mt. Pelee from the water. Unfortunately, by the time our "scenic-cruising" reached that end of the island it was dark.
The Whale and Dolphin Safari was a boat ride off the coast looking for wildlife. We saw plenty of dolphins, but alas no whales. This tour departed from a pier right next to the ship. We would like to go back to Dominica and see the interior of the island.
We took the Champagne Catamaran Sail and Snorkel to St. John. We hadn't been to St. John, and we thought it would be a good idea to get away from St. Thomas since there were 7 ships in port the day we were there. This excursion was good, but it would have been a LOT better if there wasn't a very long (30+ minute) transfer to the marina on an open air bus. The transfer made our four hour excursion last more than 5 hours, and and the (lack of) organization getting us back to port was inexcusable. We stood in the sun for well over 15 minutes while bus after bus passed us by.
We had scheduled the Aquatrax Adventure, but we cancelled it several days in advance when we realized that 6 ports in 6 days were going to leave us in need of some R&R! Since that was our last day on board, we wanted to relax and treat it more like a sea day. We did visit the island for lunch, and understand why many refer to Half Moon Cay as the best private island in the industry.