1,866 St. Kitts (Port Zante) Cruise Reviews

Panoramic & Beach Excursion with Pereira Tours. Arranged an island tour with beach stop on St. Kitts through Liz Pereira. Met her at 11:30 and joined five others on a van tour of St. Kitts. Our tour driver was Gordon who did a great ... Read More
Panoramic & Beach Excursion with Pereira Tours. Arranged an island tour with beach stop on St. Kitts through Liz Pereira. Met her at 11:30 and joined five others on a van tour of St. Kitts. Our tour driver was Gordon who did a great job of providing informative commentary as we went along. We enjoyed touring the city of Basseterre and then heading out into the countryside. We stopped at Romney Manor with its wonderful gardens and Caribelle Batik shop. We were amazed at the beauty of this place. We then proceeded to tour some more of the island including the overlook where you can see the Atlantic on one side and the Caribbean on the other. We then made our beach stop at South Frigate Bay. We rented chairs and umbrellas as Mr. X's Shiggedy Shack. We enjoyed swimming there and I did some snorkeling around a rocky pier. We also ate at Mr. X's and had a few rum punches. Very reasonable prices. Gordon came back for us later and had us back to the ship in plenty of time as all aboard was 6:30. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Beautiful island, would love to explore it further, however the Scenic railway is not worth the money or time.
Beautiful island, would love to explore it further, however the Scenic railway is not worth the money or time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We had never been to this island so decided to take a taxi right off the ship for an island tour. This was ok, but will find a beach next time. Cheap tours though right off the ship...$20 per person for a 3 hour tour.
We had never been to this island so decided to take a taxi right off the ship for an island tour. This was ok, but will find a beach next time. Cheap tours though right off the ship...$20 per person for a 3 hour tour. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Brimstone Fort (UNESCO heritage site) was amazing, and Cockleshell Beach was good (not great... a bit dirty), and bugged a bit by beach entrepreneurs. But still beautiful island and had a good time.
Brimstone Fort (UNESCO heritage site) was amazing, and Cockleshell Beach was good (not great... a bit dirty), and bugged a bit by beach entrepreneurs. But still beautiful island and had a good time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Beautiful, picturesque island. Nice dock with a modern touristy shopping mall. We went zip-lining. It was great gliding over the forest canopy with fantastic views of the mountains and the Caribbean. Although I didn't play, the golf ... Read More
Beautiful, picturesque island. Nice dock with a modern touristy shopping mall. We went zip-lining. It was great gliding over the forest canopy with fantastic views of the mountains and the Caribbean. Although I didn't play, the golf course looked very inviting. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
This was out first time in St Kitts and I found it very interest and not touristy. WE took a tour of the entire island including a train trip which allowed us to see their beaches both rocky and sandy - black and white sand. The people are ... Read More
This was out first time in St Kitts and I found it very interest and not touristy. WE took a tour of the entire island including a train trip which allowed us to see their beaches both rocky and sandy - black and white sand. The people are very friendly and most of the shopping was in the dock area which is quite new. I was unaware of the high monkey population there. We did not see any except the ones that they had for photos at the dock. Their primary industry used to be sugar cane and they are still transitioning to tourism. We enjoyed being here and would go back again   Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
My second ship's tour was the next day at St Kitts. For the price it was a bit of a let down. It was advertised as a 7 hour snorkel, beach, lunch and booze cruise, for $108 per person - a little steep. The only parts that were great - ... Read More
My second ship's tour was the next day at St Kitts. For the price it was a bit of a let down. It was advertised as a 7 hour snorkel, beach, lunch and booze cruise, for $108 per person - a little steep. The only parts that were great - the catamaran was very nice and a great day for sailing - they put up full sail and got the boat up to some of the fastest speed I have ever been on a sailing vessel, while still being very comfortable even for novices. The other detail they got very right was a friendly, helpful crew and plenty of booze and beer after the first thing snorkeling stop. The stop for snorkeling, although it seemed popular as a place to take cruise customers was mediocre - beautiful cliffs rising up off rocks and boulders, but unfortunately that was the main thing to see underwater - rocks and boulders and some nice fish, but not abundant and very very few corals, sponges, etc. I only found one little 5 foot bump of coral, maybe 15 feet long and 6 feet high, and I covered most of the area they allowed us, several times. After that the booze was flowing and nice party music and a good sail to the beach for lunch, across the maybe 1-2 miles channel between St. Kitts to Nevis island - also a wind tunnel where the boat reached maximum speed. The beach at Nevis was rather plain - no water toys, no loungers or shade umbrellas - a picnic area with enough picnic tables, but the food was poor. My wife really disliked it - some chicken and shriveled up hot dogs were the main course and several rather tasteless salads, and conglomerations, probably our worst food of the trip, but I filled up on it. People did enjoy the nice wide, but dark and fairly coarse sand beach or hanging out in the water with plenty of beer and rum punch served up to everyone. I think almost everyone drank more than they were used to - I did. When I got off the tour I knew I was drunk, but not sick or staggering. So they got the booze part of the tour right. We had to be back to the ship at a time that cut the tour to more like 6 hours. This tour was also crowded - we jumped on among the first so I could get a place where my less water and sun loving wife could get shade and spray shelter at a table, but people did fan out over the boat, mostly on the nets up front or sides - enough to be tolerable. The ship sold so many tickets to this tour there was a second similar catamaran taking another full load from our ship - same itinerary as us. We had a fun mock race on the return - we seemed faster for a while - they tried to get around us on the up wind side and some of the guys on the other catamaran mooned us - pretty funny and entertaining exchanges. Later the other boat slipped around us on the downwind side and beat us back to port. So half or more of the components were underwhelming, especially considering the price - the food, the beach and amenities there, and the snorkeling were all a bit sub standard in my opinion. I would recommend, if you pick this tour, to pick it for the booze, party atmosphere, nice catamaran sail boat, and a good crew and service. I expect you could arrange similar on shore before hand or after disembarking for nearly half the price and a lot less people - I noticed one boat following our itinerary for the day, at a distance, had maybe 6-12 people. Our single catamaran had 60 people. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
The last stop was St. Kitts, and the four of us book scooters through Ride St. Kitts, also found through tripadvisor reviews. I will give a so-so review for this excursion as they did not tell us until the last moment that an additional ... Read More
The last stop was St. Kitts, and the four of us book scooters through Ride St. Kitts, also found through tripadvisor reviews. I will give a so-so review for this excursion as they did not tell us until the last moment that an additional $24 per scooter would be required (payable in cash only at the police station), and the fact that I believe they knew our day would be a wash out. We got poured on several times during the ride and had no rain gear along. It was a scary ride instead of an enjoyable one for me. The island itself is extremely poor, and the road we traveled certainly did not offer many pull-off, Kodak moments. I would choose a different excursion next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We had a morning excursion, this time the Sky Safari zip line experience. We had a very interesting ride over to the Sky Safari office, our bus driver Gabriel was very knowledgeable and basically gave us an island tour on the out and back ... Read More
We had a morning excursion, this time the Sky Safari zip line experience. We had a very interesting ride over to the Sky Safari office, our bus driver Gabriel was very knowledgeable and basically gave us an island tour on the out and back drive. Upon arrival to the Sky Safari grounds, our group was split into two, because apparently the vehicle they normally use to get customers up the mountain had broken down, so they had to break us down into small enough groups to go up in a Toyota 4x4. The two men that were our zipline guides were very entertaining (they called themselves "Dr. J" and "Stringbean") and made sure everyone felt very safe. They also educated us about some of the horrible practices of slave owners on the sugar plantations on the island. Due to the early rise, we ended up not exploring as much of St. Kitts as we would have liked. Between it and Nevis this is definitely a place we'd like to return to. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
In St Kitts we did not book any tours ahead of time. My husband and I did a taxi tour that we found just outside the cruise port. The tour lasted two hours and circled the majority of the island. The tour was interesting and gave you an ... Read More
In St Kitts we did not book any tours ahead of time. My husband and I did a taxi tour that we found just outside the cruise port. The tour lasted two hours and circled the majority of the island. The tour was interesting and gave you an idea of what life on the island is like. We stopped several times throughout the tour - including a garden and several ocean overlooks. The tour guide cut a piece of sugar cane and passed pieces around for us to try. The tour guide was friendly and courteous. We returned to the ship for lunch and proceeded to the South Friars beach for a swim and drink at the Shipwreck bar. The bar is a very laid-back place with no frills tables. The bartenders were not very friendly and drinks were fairly priced. My husband saw a starfish while snorkeling here. There is a floating raft out in the ocean to dive from. There were green monkeys across from the bar and were lured in by one of the locals for others to see. We really enjoyed this laid back day at the beach. It was about a 10 minute drive from the cruise port - and was an inexpensive taxi ride. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
St. Kitts: a tour of the island by Thenford Grey Tours. A very satisfying tour of the island at a great price by an excellent and knowledgable guide. The photos we have from this tour only magnifies the experience. The Fort is perfectly ... Read More
St. Kitts: a tour of the island by Thenford Grey Tours. A very satisfying tour of the island at a great price by an excellent and knowledgable guide. The photos we have from this tour only magnifies the experience. The Fort is perfectly restored and the vistas magnificent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Been here before and took train around island which was good. This time did the Caribbean Cooks demo, was yummy and fun with great historical perspectives of Caribbean cooking.
Been here before and took train around island which was good. This time did the Caribbean Cooks demo, was yummy and fun with great historical perspectives of Caribbean cooking. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Pretty Island - visit Kenny at http://www.stkittscaptainsunshine.com/tours/discover-stkitts.html 11/ for a great tour of this island.
Pretty Island - visit Kenny at http://www.stkittscaptainsunshine.com/tours/discover-stkitts.html 11/ for a great tour of this island. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We took the cruise-sponsored St. Kitts Scenic Railway tour and found it most enjoyable. We were taken by bus up the island to meet the train. The train was slow and rocked a lot, but we loved it! The slow speed gave us plenty of time to ... Read More
We took the cruise-sponsored St. Kitts Scenic Railway tour and found it most enjoyable. We were taken by bus up the island to meet the train. The train was slow and rocked a lot, but we loved it! The slow speed gave us plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, to take photos, and to wave at the many residents who came out of their houses to wave at the train. On board the guide gave a good narrative about the island, and we were entertained by a quartet of local girls who sang. We were also given snacks and drinks included in the price. At the end of the train ride, a short bus trip took us back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We organized our own dive on St. Kitts because Princess didn't offer one here. We dove through Dive St. Kitts, which was a nice operation. We were met in port by Wendy, who drove us to the shop. They did a great overview of the dives ... Read More
We organized our own dive on St. Kitts because Princess didn't offer one here. We dove through Dive St. Kitts, which was a nice operation. We were met in port by Wendy, who drove us to the shop. They did a great overview of the dives and safety info. Even though we had our own equipment, they asked if we minded them doing the setup, which is always nice. We were the only divers for the day, and we had a two very good dives with Alex, our dive master, and Steve, the boat captain. I highly recommend them. The plaza immediately outside of the port gates was filled with men hawking having photos taken with their capuchin-like monkeys. Monkeys give me the creeps, but if you like little furry animals dressed up in diapers and baby clothes, they are there by the score, and I didn't hear of anyone getting bitten. We didn't have time to see anything of Basseterre. There were a couple of jewelry shops at Port Zante that weren't part of the Diamonds International and Little Switzerland conglomerates. Many of these shops are owned by the same Indian or Russian families, and run back and forth between the shops to get you exactly what you want. I did end up buying myself a bracelet and pendant of mystic topaz, replacing a stunning pendant I'd bought several years ago in Curacao that had somehow been "lost". The shop was called Passion's, and they are connected to Noble. Anyhow, the salesman was good, because I had no intention of buying a bracelet. He was upfront about the pieces, explaining that they were gold-plated, not gold, and the diamond accent on the pendant was cubic zirconia. He worked very hard to find me what I wanted. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Easily the most scenic of the islands we visited. The cruise in past Nevis at sunrise was spectacular. We rode the St Kitts Railroad and it was a great way to see a large portion of the island. The train is a little wobbly and the ... Read More
Easily the most scenic of the islands we visited. The cruise in past Nevis at sunrise was spectacular. We rode the St Kitts Railroad and it was a great way to see a large portion of the island. The train is a little wobbly and the screeching of the wheels, in the tight corners, was worse than fingernails across a blackboard. Friends who had gone to beach said it was the best beach of all the ones we had seen on our cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
St. Kitts was the only island excursion we booked through our cruise ship. The Scenic Railway was highly recommended in several guidebooks and on-line. Though it was interesting, it was not the best option for us. The van ride to the ... Read More
St. Kitts was the only island excursion we booked through our cruise ship. The Scenic Railway was highly recommended in several guidebooks and on-line. Though it was interesting, it was not the best option for us. The van ride to the railway stop is about 30 minutes long. The guide pointed out things of interest along the way. The train runs on a single track, which causes it to sway considerably side to side. Once seated, it is difficult to move around. The train trip circles the island, which takes about 3 hours. The scenery is lovely and you pass through several small towns, giving you an idea of how people live on St. Kitts. There are complimentary drinks on board, which was enjoyable. I do not know how the waitress is able to carry and serve the drinks on the moving train but they do without much struggle. Overall, this was just too much sitting for us. We regretted not taking a tour of the batik factory and nearby gardens instead. Once we returned to the port from the railway, we had a couple hours before we needed to return to ship. We found a taxi to take us to Frigate Beach ($20 round trip). The beach was crowded but a nice way to end our visit. There were several chair vendors and restaurants on site. My husband had a quick massage ($15 for 15 minutes). The taxi driver really recommended Friars Beach, but that was further away and we wanted to make sure we returned on time. St. Kitts has a lot to offer and we would like to return. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Got a taxi to Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell beach. nice 20 min drive through unspoilt (but now being developed...) isthmus at end of island. Great staff, wild monkeys, good food/drink prices, lots of shells.
Got a taxi to Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell beach. nice 20 min drive through unspoilt (but now being developed...) isthmus at end of island. Great staff, wild monkeys, good food/drink prices, lots of shells. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
Fan ta sea....catamaran. Excellent sail, snorkel and beach bbq with swimming. Best excursion of the cruise.
Fan ta sea....catamaran. Excellent sail, snorkel and beach bbq with swimming. Best excursion of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
The island train is interesting, but maybe too expensive booked through the ship. It's noisy (screeching wheels) and smelly (diesel engine), but there are some interesting sights.
The island train is interesting, but maybe too expensive booked through the ship. It's noisy (screeching wheels) and smelly (diesel engine), but there are some interesting sights. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Went with Rosevelt Taylor for his island tour. Would recommend it to anyone. So all the usual highlights and spent a couple hours at Cockleshell beach.
Went with Rosevelt Taylor for his island tour. Would recommend it to anyone. So all the usual highlights and spent a couple hours at Cockleshell beach. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010

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