We were apprehensive after hearing reports regarding the tenders and the bottled water and the condition of the Star Legend. But we were happily and pleasantly surprised to enjoy a wonderful sailing last week on this very special boat. The captain, James Griffiths, was very present, very funny and most importantly, very smart when it came to the safety and comfort of the passengers. We did have our Marigot destination changed to Phillipsburg due to the rough seas that made tendering unsafe. That was a good thing.
The cabins on this ship are spacious and comfortable. We booked a "balcony" cabin and were happy that we did. It was wonderful to open the doors and step out to see the water or port. Tenders worked fine, and an outside chartered tender was added at one of the stops. The ports were great. Recommend picking up some bug spray especially for Jost Van Dyke. Montserrat was one of the best--yet, being new to tourism again, there isn't much regulation with cab fares and such, so negotiate pricing beforehand and don't expect a bargain. Fuel is very expensive here and it is not a cheap island to live on. Be friendly, be kind.
Back to the ship: the L'Occitane amenities are full size and lovely. You may bring 2 bottles of wine or champagne on board for consumption in your cabin. Coffee in the front Star Lounge each morning is very nice. Food is very good, very fresh. Housekeeping is thorough and unobtrusive. the fitness center is small but well equipped with treadmills, weights and one rower. No elliptical machines. Did not use the spa, but looked great with Elemis products. Don't miss the Deck Barbecue! And if you are looking for a small table of two or four, get there early--these fill up quickly.
Embarkation and debarkation are a delight--so quick and easy! You have to love these smaller ships--the experience is intimate and very calm. The crew is so friendly and kind. Wonderful experience!
Spacious, clean, bright, and comfortable.
Walk in and around Old San Juan to get the full flavor of this port. It's convenient to have the CVS there for last minute items, especially since you don't sail until the evening. Takes a bit of walking to find a liquor store with good selection, although CVS has some options. There's a Coach and Dooney and Bourke outlet that have nice selections. Great to see the other ships in port too!
Always a favorite, whether headed to St. Jeans for the day or simply perusing the shops in Gustavia. Remember that they all shut down for lunch between noon and 3, so get your shopping done early or later--have lunch and take a siesta in the interim.Climb up the top of the hill in town to see the ships and boats and a great view of Shell Beach. Don't miss Tom's Juice Bar for fresh veggie juice and raw foods!!!
Great Shopping--ended up in Phillipsburg for this cruise due to rough seas--all good, though. We discovered the Old Amsterdam cheese shop while walking to port from town. Delicious imported cheese and wine.
A little seedy...and definitely buggy. Hike to beaches. Very laid back.
Unless you book an excursion, you will not actually be on the island. The Prickly Pear Beach Barbecue is on an island off of Virgin Gorda--it's national preserve. A little disappointing.