We took the railway tour followed by a catamaran tour for the ride back to port. Sit in the covered top deck of the railcars or you won't really see anything except embankments. Narration was well done and could be heard in all of the cars (5 that day, a fully booked day so I'm glad we reserved the excursion pre-cruise). Drinks were unlimited. A small group of local women visited each of the cars, singing. Photographic opportunities were limited and difficult to take due to motion, but it was a pleasant day. The catamaran ride was also great, giving us a view of the opposing side of the island. It was also well narrated and drinks were unlimited. Some folks took full advantage of this feature. People were asked to take shoes off before boarding. We carried ours in our daypacks; otherwise you had to find yours from the baskets after landing. Sunglasses were a must, and hold onto your hats!
This really should have two ratings. The train part was in an older train with an open compartment on top and a closed area on the bottom. The open section had seats around the perimeter facing each other which sometimes made it difficult to take pictures as the train was moving.the people seated on the bottom, did not have a good view of many of the sites. The train ride is about 1.5 hours which was way too long as their were not many sites to see. It became tedious at the end. They did serve non stop rum drinks- pina coladas, run and cokes, mango rum and others as well as soft drinks. I would have rated the train portion of the tour a 3. At the end of the train ride, you were taken by van or bus to a catamaran, the captain gave a safety review and then you were allowed to sit any where you wanted, on the netting, the edges, steps. They played Caribbean music and then started with more drinks - rum punches, beers, soft drinks. They also served muffins and chips. The crew was great and scenery very pretty. It was about about an hour to get back to the docks for the cruise ship. I would rate this section a 5 for their effort. I would do just the catamaran the next time.
The train ride is on very old narrow gauge rails. The train coaches are also old and there is a lot of rocking motion. There was very little narration and what there was is difficult to hear. We would probably not recommend this tour for anyone other than first time visitors to the island or those just looking for something to do. In addition this tour costs $109 per person and is not worth it.
This was a railway that took you around the whole island. They also served pina colada, strawberry dairiris. soda, rum, etc. complimentary and explain all the scenery. The railroad used to deliver sugar cane. Interesting tour.
We started the tour sailing on a catamaran, with a very pleasant and entertaining staff and from there we went on the Railroad tour.
It was a very intreresant tour, we literally went around the island and enjoyed it very much.
The train is 2 hours long... wanted to get off in 2 minutes. All you see are trees and more tress. The cookies are pure sugar; don't eat them. The singers sing one song and cannot sing! I am trying to work to get my money back. Do not waste your money; it is not at all what it seems to be.
Our driver to the train was outstanding. Provided excellent overview of the history of island, and noted many historical sites during our drive. The scenic train ride was a great way to see the island "behind the scenes" and the drinks provided were excellent. Highly recommend this tour.
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