176 St. Barts Cruise Reviews

This was a new port for us. From my research ahead of time, I read there was a beach within walking distance. So we took off to find it---Shell Beach. It really was a pretty walk. The town was beautifully landscaped and the marina full ... Read More
This was a new port for us. From my research ahead of time, I read there was a beach within walking distance. So we took off to find it---Shell Beach. It really was a pretty walk. The town was beautifully landscaped and the marina full of boats made for a great setting. I had read to walk to the right about 10 minutes. Most of it was along the dock. When the dock ended, it got a little trickier, but a local lady directed us from there. Basically, we just had to follow the road next to the dock and it led us to Shell Beach. It was more then 10 minutes for us, but still a nice walk. The beach made it all worth while. Snorkeling was fun, too. Maybe not the best, but good enough to keep us entertained for quite awhile. I don't recall seeing snorkel rentals, but we bring our own sets. There were bars there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have previous been to St Barth previously and had spent time at Shell beach and enjoying the busy harbor and the unique stores that are available. On the back side of St Barth is also a very nice beach for swimming and snorkeling. ... Read More
We have previous been to St Barth previously and had spent time at Shell beach and enjoying the busy harbor and the unique stores that are available. On the back side of St Barth is also a very nice beach for swimming and snorkeling. Always an interesting place where you can. Find a good bottle of wine reasonably Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Went to shell beach and enjoyed swimming and walking through the town. Surprised to find Euro as currency. Had a lot at home but not with me. They rack up the dollar conversion! Too many expensive designer shops. Shop elsewhere!
Went to shell beach and enjoyed swimming and walking through the town. Surprised to find Euro as currency. Had a lot at home but not with me. They rack up the dollar conversion! Too many expensive designer shops. Shop elsewhere! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We were booked on the helmet dive but it was cancelled. After enduring the previous two poorly orchestrated excursions on St. Maarten and St. Lucia, we were happy to be on our own. We rented ATVs and toured the island on our own.
We were booked on the helmet dive but it was cancelled. After enduring the previous two poorly orchestrated excursions on St. Maarten and St. Lucia, we were happy to be on our own. We rented ATVs and toured the island on our own. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Bring your wallet when you walk around the exclusive and gorgeous island of St. Barts. Have lunch at Eden Rock and stare out that that lovely blue water. If you like luxury items, the shopping can't be beat.
Bring your wallet when you walk around the exclusive and gorgeous island of St. Barts. Have lunch at Eden Rock and stare out that that lovely blue water. If you like luxury items, the shopping can't be beat. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
- This was a new port for us and we were all eagerly looking forward to our day in St Barths. This is a tender port and the process was very slow. However, it was not Celebrity’s fault. St Barths does not offer a tender service as some ... Read More
- This was a new port for us and we were all eagerly looking forward to our day in St Barths. This is a tender port and the process was very slow. However, it was not Celebrity’s fault. St Barths does not offer a tender service as some ports do. The Connie had to use her life boats. Also, because of the large number or luxury yachts and sailboats in the small port the life boats had to go extremely slow so they didn’t disturb or damage these vessels. We did not have an organized tour planned for the day. We walked around the quaint town of Gustavia chuckling at the shops that closed because of the lowly cruise passengers. We ended up eating at a wonderful little creperie. Be warned though, this is a very expensive island. Lunch and souvenirs were very costly. Unfortunately, it started pouring after our lunch and this prevented further exploration. We boarded a tender and made our way back to the confines of the ship. I would love the opportunity to visit again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
With no pier large enough to support a cruise ship, tendering is the only way to get to St. Barthélemy, a territory of France (officially an “overseas collectivity”). But when your tender sidles up to the pier in Gustavia, you’ll ... Read More
With no pier large enough to support a cruise ship, tendering is the only way to get to St. Barthélemy, a territory of France (officially an “overseas collectivity”). But when your tender sidles up to the pier in Gustavia, you’ll find yourself in the French Riviera cum Caribbean.French is the language, Euro’s the currency, locals chat over wine and burgers at outdoor cafes, and there’s even a patisserie hidden away on a back street. But this place is all about the water. The harbor is compact and crammed with sailboats. But what you notice first is the volume of colossal yachts, each bigger the next. It’s no wonder that the gourmet shop in town’s business card reads “Yacht Provisioning.”St. Barts—or St. Barths—its nickname is spelled both ways—is clearly an affluent place. Its people are thin, tanned and well groomed. They pull into town on their dinghies from their yacht moorings or navigate the island’s steep and narrow streets on mopeds or golf cart/car hybrids. The streets are so tight that most cars have to park half on/half off the sidewalk. With the bustling traffic, narrow streets, cruise passengers and locals clogging the sidewalks, getting around is a bit of a challenge, but the ambience is unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean. And after dipping into some shops, if you need a pick-me-up, you can choose from many restaurants and cafes, as well as an ice cream shop. For a foodie like me, the supermarket on Quai de la République was a wonderland. Rabbit and choucroute in a can, cleaned-out baguette bins and hundreds of wines lovingly displayed in their own metal encasement reminded me we weren’t in the U.S. anymore. The shops in St. Barts are chic and dear. But be forewarned: a simple refrigerator magnet to remind you of your stay is about $11. Shell Beach is walkable, which means in this one stop, you can shop, swim, eat and drink—all by foot—my definition of a really great port stop. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We rented a car from Avis at the port. They came and got us and brought us back for a $ 120. 00 fee which included insurance. Make sure you count and point out the dents and scratches on the car before you rent. This was a wise decision ... Read More
We rented a car from Avis at the port. They came and got us and brought us back for a $ 120. 00 fee which included insurance. Make sure you count and point out the dents and scratches on the car before you rent. This was a wise decision and the most fun we had on any island. The Fiat 500 we rented was great and we rode all over the small and very expensive island. The roads are steep curvy and exciting and the look outs are amazing. There are few bathrooms which caused me to have to wee wee in the bushee on two occasions but all was OK. Eat before and after you return to the ship if you don't want to spend a fortune. There is a local supermarket in town that takes US dollars and has any food item that a supermarket would have for a reasonable price. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Although we have cruised the Caribbean before, we had never called at St Barts. If ever you have the chance to call at this island we would suggest you do, especially if you like superb beaches. We did our own thing and after doing some ... Read More
Although we have cruised the Caribbean before, we had never called at St Barts. If ever you have the chance to call at this island we would suggest you do, especially if you like superb beaches. We did our own thing and after doing some "homework" before we left home, decided to catch a taxi and head for St Joan's Bay. The island is so different to the others we had called at. Oozing with wealth. with beautiful villas dotted around the cliff tops. We travelled to the beach in a Mercedes car and the driver explained various places of interest on the way to the beach. The currency is the Euro as the island is French and we were charged 20 Euros for the journey. There were 3 beaches at St Joan's Bay and we choose Nikki Beach, a shallow safe beach with palm trees and all the trimmings of paradise. The bar on the beach offered leather double sun loungers at a 100 euros ( yes this is an extremely expensive place) We declined the offer and placed our towels on the beautiful white sands. To spend time there was an experience and a half. We shared our taxi back to the port which halved the price we paid. Alas, many shops were closed but the ones we went into were not for the likes of us. Designer labels and expensive clothes were in abundance.The memory of that lovely day will linger in our minds for quite a while. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We made 4 port stops:Most everyone on the ship all seemed to dislike St. Barts, and made their comments know to the cruise relations. We actually managed to have a good time because my cabin mate was such a fabulous driver and we were able ... Read More
We made 4 port stops:Most everyone on the ship all seemed to dislike St. Barts, and made their comments know to the cruise relations. We actually managed to have a good time because my cabin mate was such a fabulous driver and we were able to tour the whole Island with two other Floridians. Small winding roads with everyone driving on the wrong side would have been a disaster if I were driving. Biggest scare was when a plane looked like it was going to land right on us as we drove by the airport. Prices were extremely high, and the residents were really quite snooty to the cruise passengers. The weather could have been better and the seas were quite rough. We have our own snorkel gear and attempted to go in at one beach, but the currents were wicked and I was smashed into rocks trying to get back into shore and cut up my knee to where I was bleeding all over. We went into a beach side restaurant to get out of the rain and one beer, two rum and cokes, and one mojito for our little group came to 56 Euros. Talking to people back on the ship they were refused service in some restaurants if they didn't have reservations, even though there were many empty tables visable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
I would give this port a zero if I could! The locals were incredibly rude and made it clear they didn't want us there. "Closed" signs were put up as we arrived. They announced none of the restrooms on the island worked, ... Read More
I would give this port a zero if I could! The locals were incredibly rude and made it clear they didn't want us there. "Closed" signs were put up as we arrived. They announced none of the restrooms on the island worked, which was a blatant lie. We rented a car and drove around but encountered the same hostility everywhere. WHY do they stop there? Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We were scheduled to arrive at St. Bart’s at 10:00AM, tendering started about this time. We didn’t have a tour booked so we weren’t in a hurry. We had a leisurely breakfast in the buffet, more made to order eggs benedict. Shortly ... Read More
We were scheduled to arrive at St. Bart’s at 10:00AM, tendering started about this time. We didn’t have a tour booked so we weren’t in a hurry. We had a leisurely breakfast in the buffet, more made to order eggs benedict. Shortly after tending began, it was announced on the ship that public restrooms on shore would not be available. This is a French island and I had heard that they don’t like Americans and/or cruise ship passengers. So I guess the absence of restrooms was thought that it would discourage passengers from disembarking to the island. We had never been to this island before and I was determined to check it out. I think it was between 11:00 and 12:00 when we tendered over. We had read about a bar there called Le Select, that is said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s song Cheeseburger in Paradise, so that was our first stop. We had a couple Presidentes, the bartender was nice, they took US dollars and the restrooms were in fine working order when needed. After our stop at Le Select we continued through town in search of Shell Beach on the edge of town. The beach was nice; it was made of tiny and crushed shells instead of sand. We spent some time in the water. When we had enough of the water, we decided to get something to eat at the restaurant at the beach, Du Brazil. It was kind of like we were invisible here, it took a long time to get seated and then even more time for someone to take our order. The food was good when we were finally served. We were on vacation so we weren’t in a hurry, but it was pretty obvious that we weren’t wanted or welcome. As we were eating the weather was getting cloudy and raining off and on, so when we finished eating we decide to head back toward the ship. On the way back we stopped at a store and got a Christmas ornament for 5EU and stopped for a couple more beers at Le Select. I’m glad we went to St. Bart’s, but I don’t need to ever go back. Shortly after we were back on board it started to downpour, so we made it back to the ship just in time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We had a good time on St. Barths having walked to see the planes land at Gustav III airport, then to Baie St. Jean beach and even walk over to see and have a quick swim at Shell beach south of Gustavia. Many from our ship reported getting ... Read More
We had a good time on St. Barths having walked to see the planes land at Gustav III airport, then to Baie St. Jean beach and even walk over to see and have a quick swim at Shell beach south of Gustavia. Many from our ship reported getting the impression cruisers weren't welcome by many of the locals and I heard this before about this island. Possibly the rich and famous don't like cruise ships visiting here. We did not experience this and it may have help that I do speak French as that was my first language as a child as the working people in the shops and on the street we interacted with were very nice to us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We'd been to St. Barts over 10 years ago when we spent a week on St. Marten, but I'd had a bad crossing so we didn't do much more than stay at the port and shop. This time we took the ride around the island narrated by a ... Read More
We'd been to St. Barts over 10 years ago when we spent a week on St. Marten, but I'd had a bad crossing so we didn't do much more than stay at the port and shop. This time we took the ride around the island narrated by a local named Florian, who live in the village of Florian, and traced his ancestors back 400 years on the island. His insights made the trip more entertaining. Ask for him if you visit. The roads are narrow and there was some constuction going on, so it was a little stressful, but Florian talked during the waits about local flavors. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
WE rented a car for a ride around St Barths and a trip to the beaches. Although St Barths has a reputation for the upscale European island - you can have it. No charm, too crowded. When my French Canadian wife asked the wine shop ... Read More
WE rented a car for a ride around St Barths and a trip to the beaches. Although St Barths has a reputation for the upscale European island - you can have it. No charm, too crowded. When my French Canadian wife asked the wine shop proprietor "ou est le salle de bains?" literally where is the bathroom, the owner made fun of her for not saying where is the "toilette" which is the name that French people call a public bathroom. Typical French snottiness - worse than Paris! Guadeloupe, St Martin and Martinique are much more charming French Caribbean isles. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Had to tender in. Shops open only 10-1 and 4-8 which is not very convenient for day visitors. Cafes and restaurants extremely expensive. Hard to even walk around the town due to narrow steets with a lot of traffic. Local merchants ... Read More
Had to tender in. Shops open only 10-1 and 4-8 which is not very convenient for day visitors. Cafes and restaurants extremely expensive. Hard to even walk around the town due to narrow steets with a lot of traffic. Local merchants exhuded the typical French aloofness to those who do not speak French. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
We loved St. Barth's! The port is totally charming and a great walk. We wandered onto shell beach which we later learned was man-made! Our one-hour taxi tour was fabulous, with a driver who claimed to be 12th-generation St. ... Read More
We loved St. Barth's! The port is totally charming and a great walk. We wandered onto shell beach which we later learned was man-made! Our one-hour taxi tour was fabulous, with a driver who claimed to be 12th-generation St. Barth's. He was very informative and funny and we loved the gorgeous views both out toward the sea and in toward the lovely housing. A real treat. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
St Barts was the only island we dropped anchor and tendered in. The port was busy, crowded and chaotic, but taxis were abundant and it was easy to get to a beach -- albeit expensive. St Barts is a very expensive island but we found St ... Read More
St Barts was the only island we dropped anchor and tendered in. The port was busy, crowded and chaotic, but taxis were abundant and it was easy to get to a beach -- albeit expensive. St Barts is a very expensive island but we found St Jean's beach (Tom's Beach Resort) to be accommodating and the beach side restaurant was relatively affordable. A note of warning -- the beach is 'clothing optional' and as is the case at most of those beaches: "...some do that probably shouldn't......" Cab fare to the beach from the pier was about $30 US - but you could easily walk it in about 30 mins. Beach chair rental for the day was $20 US each. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
We only did shopping and may have missed the beauty of the island. For shopping and local French lunch we much preferred Marigot on the French side of St. Martin. We were slightly disappointed.
We only did shopping and may have missed the beauty of the island. For shopping and local French lunch we much preferred Marigot on the French side of St. Martin. We were slightly disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
We were late getting in to St. Barths - the water was VERY rough and the captain moved the boat at least once. He kept telling us that we shouldn't go ashore that we should stay on the boat. I don't know what effect this would ... Read More
We were late getting in to St. Barths - the water was VERY rough and the captain moved the boat at least once. He kept telling us that we shouldn't go ashore that we should stay on the boat. I don't know what effect this would have had if we had booked an excursion. The only excursion that I saw that I would have wanted to do was a taxi tour for about $68 per person with no narrative. So I decided for that money I could rent a car. We were supposed to meet the car rental person a 8:30. We had breakfast in the buffet just because we wanted to be ready at 8:30, and we went down to get our tender tickets. But they kept us waiting for a hour while they took the tours first. There were not that many of us non-tour people and I think they could have worked us in. Finally got to shore at 9:30 and found no car person. I tried to phone and the phone said the number wasn't valid. So I went over and talked to the guys in the kiosk including a guy who drove up in a red Chevy Spark (the kind of car we were to have) from Avis. They phoned the airport office of Turbe for me and said the lady would be back in 10 minutes. And she was. We went over the car an located all the dents and then got the car and started off. The map had very little detail and only some vague names (no street names). And of course the port map was completely and utterly useless. We started out for the public beach which was north of town. Problem. The road to the north turned into one way south. So we bumbled around in town (very narrow, crowded and potholed streets) and finally found a road which was going the direction we wanted, except it went straight up. We went down the other side and we had gone one beach too far. We couldn't figure out how to get back to the public beach, so I attempted to try to go to Lorient. We drove up and down the mountains, dodging trash trucks and other drivers who knew where they were going, and coming to a circle and going out in various directions - deciding we were going the wrong way and then come back and trying another direction. Bob grumbling all the time. Finally we took the road past the airport, and drove along the coast. It was very pretty. Roads were much better on this side. We found a parking spot. The car lady had given us a parking time indicator. She said you could park anywhere for an hour for free. When we were ready to go back to the ship, we first had to find where to turn in the car. Finally after circling the airport area twice, I saw a sign that said Rental Car parking, and we found a place in the Turbe area to park and went into the airport. There was no one at the booth, but there was a phone lying there, so I used it and called the number on the counter. The lady said to leave the car keys there and she would get to it eventually, but I said we were supposed to have a ride back to the port. So in about 10 minutes, she came and went over the car and a man who spoke no English drove us back to the ship. I mustered enough French to say Merci beaucoup. We got in the tender, which even at the dock in the harbor was bouncing around, and pitched and yawed our way back to the boat, and even successfully disembarked. The dining room was open and we just made it up there for lunch before it closed Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Easily the best island we visited. Very clean, safe and scenically beautiful. Good shopping but keep in mind that this is a retreat favoured by the super wealthy and many goods and services are priced accordingly. Think "South of ... Read More
Easily the best island we visited. Very clean, safe and scenically beautiful. Good shopping but keep in mind that this is a retreat favoured by the super wealthy and many goods and services are priced accordingly. Think "South of France", if you like Cannes you'll probably like St Barth's. Big plus: we were told that no huge cruise ships are allowed to visit, what a pleasant relief! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013

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