We booked Royston for our shore excursion on Nov. 28, 2017. Because the NCL Gem had its itinerary changed last minute, we were in the commercial pier and not the regular one at Port Zante. Royston was there waiting for us. We were a group of 7 and had the van to ourselves.
The van is nothing to sneeze at, a little beat up, missing side windows, cracked windshield, no AC. Now that the negatives are out of the way...
I RECOMMEND ROYSTON WHOLE-HEARTEDLY.
We started our day 8:45am. Royston showed us on a map the places we will go today and is a true around-the-island tour. He took us to his special spots, over looks and truly off the beaten track places. So off the beaten track that he maintains the over grown trails himself. He whipped out a pair of gardening shears at some spots to clear a path.
And the little beat up van, it can climb steep hills and navigate trails like a 4WD. If there's a trail, Royston will find it, or create one himself just to get us the views. He makes sure everyone in the van gets the view doubling back so both sides of the window seat gets a chance for photos.
Royston was extremely patient, never rushing us, and provided a running commentary of what we're seeing with a wicked sense of humor.
His tour includes all the beverages you can drink (there was a cooler in the van) and hot lunch. He took us to his favorite shack for chicken curry or fish. I read other previous reviews lunch was a roti on the beach. We got a full meal.
Our day was so full, we didn't make it to the beach and that was fine by us. We circled the island and got a sense of how proud and knowledgeable Royston was of the slice of paradise he calls home. Our day was so full, we got back to the pier 4:15 (all aboard was 4:30). He timed it just right so we were able to squeeze every last minute of our day in Basseterre.
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