183 St. Barts Cruise Reviews

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
Nothing really here except expensive shopping. It was fun to shop in the French language grocery and drug stores, though. The tender ride over was very difficult due to rough seas and heavy winds. I was afraid someone would get hurt ... Read More
Nothing really here except expensive shopping. It was fun to shop in the French language grocery and drug stores, though. The tender ride over was very difficult due to rough seas and heavy winds. I was afraid someone would get hurt getting on and off the tender, it was bobbing up and down so violently. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
No Princess excursions available, so we rented a car from Turbe' Car Rental. By booking online and submitting a credit card for payment, we received a 10% discount on the cost of the rental. Email communication from Turbe' was ... Read More
No Princess excursions available, so we rented a car from Turbe' Car Rental. By booking online and submitting a credit card for payment, we received a 10% discount on the cost of the rental. Email communication from Turbe' was excellent and very prompt. The agent met us at the Gustavia dock as we came off of the tender from the ship, and brought us to the car, which was parked in a public lot right there. St Barts is an easy place to get around, as it is a small island, but the roads do twist and turn quite a bit and the hills are steep. Parking is also limited. If that turns you off, hire a taxi tour. We drove from one end of the island to the other, saw many beautiful views from the side of the road. Visited the Grand Saline Beach and swam in the surf. Had a delicious lunch of paninis at JoJo's Burgers, a nice little place across the street from a cemetery. All rental cars have to be returned to the airport at the center of the island. The gas tanks must be refilled (you won't use much - we spent $12) and the gas station is closed from 1pm to 3pm, so keep that in mind as you decide how long to keep the car. The agent drives you back to meet the tender in Gustavia. St Bart's is beautiful, and not often a port on a cruise itinerary. I am thrilled to say I have visited, but not sure I will have the opportunity again. If I have the chance, I'm going back! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Can you say 'SHOP'??? WOW!!! I was so happy that day! Another French-owned island, St. Bart is an absolutely gorgeus island with huge yachts moored in its bay and beautiful houses dotting its cliffs. I shopped till I dropped. I ... Read More
Can you say 'SHOP'??? WOW!!! I was so happy that day! Another French-owned island, St. Bart is an absolutely gorgeus island with huge yachts moored in its bay and beautiful houses dotting its cliffs. I shopped till I dropped. I met two ladies from the ship and we shopped Ligne St. Bart, a small store with beautiful body lotions and creams. The lotions are lush and creamy and very reasonably priced. We walked around the town until my feet throbbed and I had to return. That was a very good day:) Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We had a great experience here, but not through the cruise line. There wasn't anything listed for this island, so we went on the local Chamber of Commerce website, and found the fabulous Yellow Submarine! We pre-arranged this via ... Read More
We had a great experience here, but not through the cruise line. There wasn't anything listed for this island, so we went on the local Chamber of Commerce website, and found the fabulous Yellow Submarine! We pre-arranged this via email, and looked forward to it more than any other excursion, and it didn't disappoint. It was a unique and entertaining experience. This is a boat with a glassed-in deck below, and the top looks like - a Yellow Submarine! They even played the Beatles song as we boarded. This attraction is run by a French couple, and the wife must be a marine biologist, very knowledgable. They were very skilled at taking us out where we could see tropical fish, coral reefs, sea turtles and a shipwreck quite clearly and get great photos. Highly recommended.Back in port, there was a great ice cream shop, which unlike any other ports of call, not to mention the ship itself, had many non-dairy selections. We hit it twice! Well worth it. We spent some time on Shell Beach, very beautiful, clear water, covered with shells, but somewhat hidden and hard to find from port, and very expensive to rent umbrella chairs. Clothing optional. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Our only tender port. We walked into town and visited Shell Beach. The town has a definite European feel, but everything is very expensive. Looking at the megayachts in port was fun. TIP: There are brand name rental car options at the ... Read More
Our only tender port. We walked into town and visited Shell Beach. The town has a definite European feel, but everything is very expensive. Looking at the megayachts in port was fun. TIP: There are brand name rental car options at the tender dock and I will rent a car next time we go. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
I am sure it's a great island, just not our cup of tea. Over priced and rude people. Best thing here was the yellow submarine tour, it's worth the price!
I am sure it's a great island, just not our cup of tea. Over priced and rude people. Best thing here was the yellow submarine tour, it's worth the price! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
The port is well designed and at this time of the year (31st Dec)it boasted all the large private yachts of the rich and famous around the world - this was a sight to behold indeed. There's not much to do at this port save for a ... Read More
The port is well designed and at this time of the year (31st Dec)it boasted all the large private yachts of the rich and famous around the world - this was a sight to behold indeed. There's not much to do at this port save for a few excursions; we took the Yellow Submarine ride and this was very pleasant indeed with much marine life viewed. At this time of the year we felt that the cruise line could have arranged that we were catered for by way or a fireworks display arranged by the ship itself; as matters stood nothing notable was arranged and the ship "hung around" at the port so that we view the fireworks arranged by some billionaire who was visiting the island. The problem with this is that this was not ideally viewable from the ship anchored way out in the bay. The on-board party could also have been better spiced up too... A Club-Med ship parked next to ours seemed to be having far more party and dancing fun than us with disco lights to boot! Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Walked from port to Shell Beach where we have snorkeled before, and had an enjoyable time--about 15 mins each way, and easy to find. Wear shoes of some sort for walking on beach.
Walked from port to Shell Beach where we have snorkeled before, and had an enjoyable time--about 15 mins each way, and easy to find. Wear shoes of some sort for walking on beach. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012

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