We opted to do the KT39 Caribbean Scenic Rail & Sail Tour. When we got to the cruise terminal, there was a huge crowd of guests not only from our ship but from the recently-arrived Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship as well. Many cruisers were on the rail only portion of the tour and the tour operators did not do a very good job to get everyone separated; some Celebrity guests ended up on our tour by mistake. We were escorted to a nearby pier and boarded a large catamaran boat, equipped for both sail as well as power. One of the more awkward moments was a mandatory requirement to remove socks and shoes before boarding; this was very difficult for a largely senior crowd (including ourselves) as there was no where to sit to do this and we were hopping around on a narrow pier, close to the water. After placing our footwear into buckets, we boarded the boat, were briefed on the vessel’s facilities, safety procedures and, for many, the best part: the bar and snacks available (complimentary). We headed out of the harbour and around the west side of the island. Our Captain narrated our journey’s sightseeing as well as a history of St. Kitts and Nevis. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the crew were fantastic, and so very helpful to us, most of which were seniors. After 90 minutes, we pulled into a small harbour near the northwest tip of the island, and proceeded to put our footwear back on, this time on a very narrow pier, with people pushing past and the every-present danger of being knocked into the water – a very bad arrangement. We boarded waiting mini-buses and were driven to a railhead about ten miles from the harbour stop. After a few minutes, we boarded a double-decker coach, part of a four-coach narrow gauge railroad train, for a tour around the north and eastern parts of the island. We started off at a very slow rate of speed (about 10 miles per hour). We saw some spectacular scenery, gorges, beaches, other islands (Saba, for example) in the distance, as well as scenes of abandoned sugar cane plantations, and devastated areas, due to neglect as well as hurricane damage. The journey was quite repetitive in what we saw and after one hour, we had had enough. Unfortunately, at 10 miles per hour, it was going to last another hour, and it did. The coaches are nicely equipped, staff are willing to serve as much punch, 150-proof rum and soft drinks as one wanted, they are restroom-equipped but the ride itself was noisy, squeaking wheels and constant rocking; it did not add to what we had seen advertised on the RCI website and the shorex presentations we had seen. There was a narrator giving the history of what we were supposed to see but the noise from the rickety coaches was so loud we could not hear her. We finally arrived back at the pier, shopped a bit, and then returned to the ship for lunch.
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