188 St. Barts Cruise Reviews

Nothing special. Adequate snorkeling experience. Guides not particularly helpful
Nothing special. Adequate snorkeling experience. Guides not particularly helpful Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We rented a car on our own and drove around the Island
We rented a car on our own and drove around the Island Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Loved St. Barts. Bring lots of Cash. Excellent "Nikki Beach" a short taxi ride from the tender dock. Shopping interesting, but out of my league.
Loved St. Barts. Bring lots of Cash. Excellent "Nikki Beach" a short taxi ride from the tender dock. Shopping interesting, but out of my league. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Took at cab to Nikki Beach. Had a wonderful but expensive lunch. Felt like we on the Riviera. Gorgeous!
Took at cab to Nikki Beach. Had a wonderful but expensive lunch. Felt like we on the Riviera. Gorgeous! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
What a beautiful place, it certainly lived up to expectation.Yes it's pricey but we thoroughly enjoyed walking around , the boutiques and shops are beautiful and we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Le Port.
What a beautiful place, it certainly lived up to expectation.Yes it's pricey but we thoroughly enjoyed walking around , the boutiques and shops are beautiful and we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Le Port. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Very clean and friendly. St. Jean's and Nikki Beach were outstanding. We had lunch ad drinks with great service on the beach. St. Barts is very beautiful but expensive. Plan ahead for the expense so you can relax and enjoy. It is well ... Read More
Very clean and friendly. St. Jean's and Nikki Beach were outstanding. We had lunch ad drinks with great service on the beach. St. Barts is very beautiful but expensive. Plan ahead for the expense so you can relax and enjoy. It is well worth it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Been there before. Okay place to walk around particularly the marina area. Expensive shopping. Have done the Odyssee snorkeling excursion before and it was pretty good - this time it was cancelled due to low interest.
Been there before. Okay place to walk around particularly the marina area. Expensive shopping. Have done the Odyssee snorkeling excursion before and it was pretty good - this time it was cancelled due to low interest. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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

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