1,896 St. Kitts (Port Zante) Cruise Reviews

We took a walk to Basseterre. The highlight for us was seeing the Catholic church which is very quaint and has old charm. Our walk was nice, but we regretted not taking an excursion. It's a beautiful island to explore.
We took a walk to Basseterre. The highlight for us was seeing the Catholic church which is very quaint and has old charm. Our walk was nice, but we regretted not taking an excursion. It's a beautiful island to explore. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Port town is ok, not much for shopping. Took a taxi tour which we bargained with and had a great tour.
Port town is ok, not much for shopping. Took a taxi tour which we bargained with and had a great tour. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
We took a ferry to Nevis and went to four seasons . Would not do it again. Can't use the beach chairs or umbrellas as they are only for hotel guests. We only had option of 1 pm ferry to get back to st Kitts , which is really not ... Read More
We took a ferry to Nevis and went to four seasons . Would not do it again. Can't use the beach chairs or umbrellas as they are only for hotel guests. We only had option of 1 pm ferry to get back to st Kitts , which is really not enough time to spend on Nevis . So check ferry schedule carefully before leaving. When we got back to st Kitts we took a cab to Cockleshell beach . The time was getting tight and the cab was not cheap ( about $30 each way) but we were glad we did it. The beach was nice And they have a good beachfront Restaurant there with a good food. The deliver waited for us. We used taxi on st Kitts, Nevis , Grenada and st Tomas and had a good experience everywhere . People were extremely friendly and reliable . Don't be afraid to get a random cab. All drivers always came back for us even before arranged time and were very helpful . Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Just did some shopping in the port area. Had some very good shopping and would recommend using here for any jewelry purchases. Nice port area and not bothered by too many vendors. Very windy day in port and would have been tough doing ... Read More
Just did some shopping in the port area. Had some very good shopping and would recommend using here for any jewelry purchases. Nice port area and not bothered by too many vendors. Very windy day in port and would have been tough doing any water or sailing activities. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
2 HUGE American Ships were in at the same time as us and we were definitely the poor relations and were the wrong side of the harbour for the shops! It was a half hour walk away! We did get a bus back!
2 HUGE American Ships were in at the same time as us and we were definitely the poor relations and were the wrong side of the harbour for the shops! It was a half hour walk away! We did get a bus back! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
As other cruisers have stated, this port has a bit more nagging once you step off the ship. The island itself is very beautiful but you can tell it is not built up yet like other places such as St. Thomas or St. Maarten. We decided to ... Read More
As other cruisers have stated, this port has a bit more nagging once you step off the ship. The island itself is very beautiful but you can tell it is not built up yet like other places such as St. Thomas or St. Maarten. We decided to take a taxi to Cockleshell Beach. The beach was on the other side of the island so we had a nice little tour driving over to it. It was $7pp each way for the taxi. There were limited chairs and umbrellas at the beach so we just found a spot in the sand. The water was great for swimming and it was beautiful to see the sister island, Nevis across the bay. This beach did have the occasional guy trying to get you to take a picture with a monkey or lady trying to give you an aloe massage. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed our time here. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
St. Kitts was the only place where we pre-booked a tour with Greg's Safaris! We had the tour to ourselves - 4 of us plus our very knowledgeable tour guide! We went to a plantation where he was able to tell us about all of the trees ... Read More
St. Kitts was the only place where we pre-booked a tour with Greg's Safaris! We had the tour to ourselves - 4 of us plus our very knowledgeable tour guide! We went to a plantation where he was able to tell us about all of the trees & plants, on to some small villages, and then in to the forest - which was amazing and peaceful! We were so excited to be surrounded by monkeys flying through the trees - we then went on to sugarcane fields and to some old sugarcane processing plants - we learned so much about the island. Our last stop was at a little church and then on to our ship. We would highly recommend Greg's Safaris - great day! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
There are lot of Taxis on shore who can take you to a beautiful beach. We had a driver take us around the island with a drop off and pick up on Friar's beach. There are many people in the square with trained monkeys who will pose on ... Read More
There are lot of Taxis on shore who can take you to a beautiful beach. We had a driver take us around the island with a drop off and pick up on Friar's beach. There are many people in the square with trained monkeys who will pose on you for a picture for a price (very cute). Overall, this is a beautiful island. We have been to this port twice and would come again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Downtown Basseterre is busy and except for the Cathedral there's not much to see. Head to UNESCO World Heritage Site Brimstone Hill Fortress. It's a must see in Basseterre. It's a 30 min drive from the port and the cab cost ... Read More
Downtown Basseterre is busy and except for the Cathedral there's not much to see. Head to UNESCO World Heritage Site Brimstone Hill Fortress. It's a must see in Basseterre. It's a 30 min drive from the port and the cab cost us 50 USD (apparently it's the government set rate because we asked around and everybody gave us the same price). The exhibitions in the fort are not all that impressive but the view and the architecture of the place are what matters. It's worth the trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Once again, no excursion, only walking the town. The captain announced that an alarm had sounded as we were expecting to leave at 5 PM, which delayed departure by a half hour or so.
Once again, no excursion, only walking the town. The captain announced that an alarm had sounded as we were expecting to leave at 5 PM, which delayed departure by a half hour or so. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
I had read mixed reviews of St. Kitts, and it seemed the highlights were either Brimstone Fort (but we had already done forts in San Juan) or the overcrowded, pushy-vendor Cockleshell Beach (and we had already had some great ... Read More
I had read mixed reviews of St. Kitts, and it seemed the highlights were either Brimstone Fort (but we had already done forts in San Juan) or the overcrowded, pushy-vendor Cockleshell Beach (and we had already had some great beach/snorkeling days as well). We opted to take a 40-minute ferry out to the island of Nevis, which I'd heard was a truly beautiful, pristine, uncrowded beach - and that not many cruisers ventured out there, so it seemed like the kind of place we wanted to see... something "different". As mentioned in my full cruise review, this was the only regret of our trip. First, the ferries do not exactly follow the schedule, and the 9:30am ferry left 40 minutes late. Upon arriving in Nevis, we could see Pinney's Beach off to the left of the ferry dock - about a mile walk each way, most of which was a paved walkway (then a 10-15 minute walk along a street that wound around a neighborhood of sorts). No problem, we were prepared for that. What we weren't prepared for was the 1/4- to 1/2-mile stretch of run down, abandoned shacks we had to walk past in the "neighborhood" area mentioned above (there is really no alternative route to this). This was the only time we felt a bit uncomfortable on this cruise, though nothing specific happened that made us feel "unsafe" - it just seemed a little TOO run down/abandoned for 2 women to be walking around alone. We were on the roadway but there was no sidewalk here, and upon reaching an clearly inhabited/operating hotel (resort) - which I knew would be the beginning of Pinney's Beach behind it. We walked between the buildings which seemed clean enough from the outside, but saw nothing but garbage and filth strewn throughout the common areas. It property smelled awful and we thought to ourselves "who the he** would stay here?" But, we only needed to get to the beach behind so kept walking through the property... only to find a concrete barrier blocking any access to the beach from this hotel. So, not only do people actually pay to sleep in this *beachside* hotel, but they can't actually walk through to the beach (seemed very weird to us). The concrete barrier was more of a combined retaining-slash-privacy wall, I think, but we could find no opening/stairs/pass-through of any kind. Since it was only about waist-high from the hotel side, and we are in semi-decent shape, we decided to just climb over and "jump" down to the beach area below (from the beach side, the concrete barrier was now about chest high). This end of the beach truly does not have much for population, but we could see some beach buildings and a long pier further down, just as I had read about on CC. We walked barefoot about 1/2 to 3/4 mi. down to the Four Seasons area, but only ever saw maybe 10 people on the beach itself. It WAS pretty, and it WAS un-crowded, but we just felt weird being there (and I generally love getting off the beaten track). There were 2 few beach bars along the way to this area, and a shack set up for renting water toys, etc., so I'm guessing maybe it gets busier on other days or in the late afternoons? We ended up walking through the grounds to the Four Seasons (which are truly beautiful, by the way) and visited their gift shop. We used their poolside restroom (which is more like an art museum - absolutely exquisite), then sat at their cabana bar and ordered a lemonade and virgin Pina Colada (only $16, including tip). The lemonade was THE BEST I've ever had, certainly fresh-squeezed, and my daugher loved the Pina Colada. After that, we decided to walk back along the beach and catch the next ferry back to St. Kitts - which of course, we saw pulling away just as we walked up to the dock. Bought tickets for the next one (only 45 minutes later, thankfully) and then sat in the port area being harrassed by a local pervert who made some very suggestive propositions to my daughter. Of course we tried politely walking away, toward the open-air bar area, through a little gift shop area, etc., but he seemed to keep following us and we finally just went to stand in the sun near the port authority/security guard at the dock. Lo and behold, the "pervert" ended up being a local luggage porter for the ferry co., and he ended up going through the gate with us and working just outside the ferry steps - thus enabling him to make one more proposition to my daughter as we boarded. We ended up wishing we had just stayed in St. Kitts and had wandered around the very nice and clean shopping area near the port, which we DID get to spend some time doing before our all-aboard time of 4:30pm. I'm guessing the people who went to Cockleshell Beach had a much better time, and if I find myself on St. Kitts again that's exactly where I'll be heading. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Went to Cockleshells Beach for a Beach Day. Nice beach with a good view of Nevis. A bit rocky to get into the water so water shoes would be nice. good snorkeling so bring your snorkel gear. Saw 6 lobsters about 30 yards from shore. You can ... Read More
Went to Cockleshells Beach for a Beach Day. Nice beach with a good view of Nevis. A bit rocky to get into the water so water shoes would be nice. good snorkeling so bring your snorkel gear. Saw 6 lobsters about 30 yards from shore. You can also rent horses to ride if interested. Good beach bar for drinks and lunch. There are ladies on the beach giving aloe massages for $40 for 30 min. You can offer $25 for 30 min and they will accept. The ride is about 20 minutes from the port at $7pp each way. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
This island is not built up as yet. The beaches are great, but the shopping is very limited. We spent the day at the Marriot and really enjoyed the beach and the facilities. It was worth paying the extra for the day pass.
This island is not built up as yet. The beaches are great, but the shopping is very limited. We spent the day at the Marriot and really enjoyed the beach and the facilities. It was worth paying the extra for the day pass. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We opted for our own tour out to the beach. After getting through the port gate we were accosted by lots of guys with baby monkeys and offers to take you somewhere. It was a bit overwhelming. The local police are there to make sure the ... Read More
We opted for our own tour out to the beach. After getting through the port gate we were accosted by lots of guys with baby monkeys and offers to take you somewhere. It was a bit overwhelming. The local police are there to make sure the drivers don't cross the line and are treating the tourists okay. We had one policeman question a driver named Scooby and said he is legit and if hes not, come tell me after. So off we went with Scooby to the beach. We negotiated first and I want to say it was like $6/person to get there and back with our group of 8. We went to the black sand beach and I'm sorry I can't remember the name of this one. It's been three weeks and I did so much research it's all fading. The beach area was very small on the end we were at. We rented to sets of chairs and umbrellas for $10 (two chairs and an umbrella). There were lots of shells on the beach and out in the water for the kids to hunt for. It was a good beach for that. I read about the amazing array of aqua life here and I believe they all enjoyed it but I didn't go out. There were several little bar and grills on this stretch of beach some nicer than others. We ate at the one down on our end and it was actually really good food. There were wild monkeys and mongoose also there but they were in a different area and were used to the people and we didn't interact. I've never seen a wild mongoose! There were people offering massages and they are a bit aggressive and don't know when to accept no. They use fresh aloe limbs for the massage oil which was pretty neat. I got my feed and bottom legs rubbed for $10 for about 5 minutes. We told Scooby what time to come get us and he was back promptly waiting on us. We didn't pay him until we got back to port. We all loved the downtime of the beach and hanging out. The people trying to shove monkeys on you is a little annoying at the port. All to make a buck with your picture being taken. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Took a taxi ride to Carambola (South Friar's Beach) $4/per person for shared cab ride of 4+persons. Quiet and calm, pricey food and chair/umbrella rentals ($10/each rental) but overall great serene experience and very clean facility. ... Read More
Took a taxi ride to Carambola (South Friar's Beach) $4/per person for shared cab ride of 4+persons. Quiet and calm, pricey food and chair/umbrella rentals ($10/each rental) but overall great serene experience and very clean facility. Tranquility was very valued with no vendors on the beach!! We heard from others that Cockleshell was nothing compared to this. One of our favorite days on the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Took a taxi to Cockleshell beach. Our taxi driver was great as she stopped and let us out at certain places to take pictures. This was a neat beach because it had black sand. There was an awesome bar & grille there called Reggae beach ... Read More
Took a taxi to Cockleshell beach. Our taxi driver was great as she stopped and let us out at certain places to take pictures. This was a neat beach because it had black sand. There was an awesome bar & grille there called Reggae beach bar. There was also monkeys, pigs, and goats there as well to see. The beach had great views of St. Kitt's sister island "Nevi's". Lots of shops outside of the cruise ship but surprisingly not much to eat around there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Similar to St. Thomas, this was another beach day. A Cruise Critic port review had recommended Cockleshell Beach so that is where we headed. The rate was $7/per person, so transportation for my family was $20 cheaper than St. Thomas. ... Read More
Similar to St. Thomas, this was another beach day. A Cruise Critic port review had recommended Cockleshell Beach so that is where we headed. The rate was $7/per person, so transportation for my family was $20 cheaper than St. Thomas. The views en route to Cockleshell were every bit as awesome as St. Thomas, and maybe even a bit better. The viewpoint where you can see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the peninsula, and the Caribbean on the other was great. Once we arrived at the beach, we rented chairs, umbrellas and snorkeling equipment. The fees were basically the same as Coki Beach in St. Thomas. The beach was beautiful, but seemed unnaturally hemmed in by a dock and a boat sitting in the swimming area. The reason for this became apparent later when a Catamaran tour came in on the other side of the dock for their patron's "private beach" swimming. The snorkeling was great here, and I found several live Conch shells, starfish and sea urchins. The fish weren't as big as Coki, but the other shells were much better. Of course, the other attraction at Cockleshell is the giant hog that lives there. He was in the surf when we arrived, but I was actually glad that he decided to go lay in the sand shortly thereafter. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
keeping with the Tripadvisor recommendations we went to South Friars beach- and a Carambola beach club and for 30 dollars got 2 chaises and an umbrella- which we didnt even need because we were snorkeling the whole time- sea urchins and ... Read More
keeping with the Tripadvisor recommendations we went to South Friars beach- and a Carambola beach club and for 30 dollars got 2 chaises and an umbrella- which we didnt even need because we were snorkeling the whole time- sea urchins and lots of colorful fish and I saw a jellyfish which was alarming but it seemed to stay on one side of the reef there. oh dont forget to keep the toliet seat up or the bathroom attendant will yell at you until you lift it up. We noticed that the people really werent all that friendly- the cab driver, the beach club people and then when we got back to the ship dock the monkey invasion and tip dwellers began. we couldnt even get out of the cab without a person throwing monkeys on you wanting a tip. there were dancers in the square with a tip box. we watched one of the dancers go up to a guy at the bar who wasnt watching them by any means and the dancer banged his tip box on the ground and stood there until the gentleman gave him money. There had to be about 3 people with monkeys that were constantly around which got really annoying when they would just throw the poor animal at you. even walking on the pier to the ship there were 3 boys singing for tips. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Like St. Kitts - went shopping. Not a fan of the guys with the monkeys - wish they would stop that.
Like St. Kitts - went shopping. Not a fan of the guys with the monkeys - wish they would stop that. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Spent the day (or half day, really) at the St. Kitts Marriott Beach Resort enjoying their lovely beach & pool ($35 pp for a resort pass, which includes the beach, pool, access to restaurants, & a towel). The pool complex was large, ... Read More
Spent the day (or half day, really) at the St. Kitts Marriott Beach Resort enjoying their lovely beach & pool ($35 pp for a resort pass, which includes the beach, pool, access to restaurants, & a towel). The pool complex was large, with plenty of chairs (& shade!) for everyone. The taxi was $12 each way from the port & back for the two of us. We had a very nice, relaxing time here. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Water might have been warmer in St. Maarten, although we didn't spend much time on a beach in St. Kitts either. Fantastic all-day island tour with Royston. Brimstone Hill was interesting, driving on volcanic sand beach and meeting ... Read More
Water might have been warmer in St. Maarten, although we didn't spend much time on a beach in St. Kitts either. Fantastic all-day island tour with Royston. Brimstone Hill was interesting, driving on volcanic sand beach and meeting local fishermen was fun, and the view from Timothy Hill was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Docked at Basseterre - a proper town where you will find a cricket stadium (no match there at the time unfortunately), a museum (we didn't go in) and a prison! Nice enough but not a lot of interest here. We got a local bus to ... Read More
Docked at Basseterre - a proper town where you will find a cricket stadium (no match there at the time unfortunately), a museum (we didn't go in) and a prison! Nice enough but not a lot of interest here. We got a local bus to Brimstone Fort - we got out at the bottom of the road that leads up to the fort and it is a pleasant 20-30mins walk up a quiet lane uphill from there. The fort itself is well preserved with lots of information available on various displays. On the day we were there a re-enactment day was on - the TV cameras and the Director General (with his daughter and wife) arrived. There were various speeches going on which we found all an interesting experience! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012

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