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Old October 14th, 2004, 03:15 AM
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My husband and I will be on the Golden Princess out of San Juan to St. Thomas, Isla Margaritas, St Kitts, Grenada (so far it hasn't changed) and Aruba. We would like some information on excursions. We've done some excursions through the cruise line and some on our own and we prefer to do our own thing. Less crowds and more to see. Any help would be much appreciated...Thanks, Kim
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Old October 14th, 2004, 09:29 AM
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when are you sailing? Grenada is a no-go- it was totally wiped out by the hurricane. What excursions you want to take depends so much on what you want to do. Please give us some ideas so that we can steer you in the right direction. Go to Princess web site, click on shore excursions and take a look around to see what types of things might appeal to you. You can do most excursions on your own, the web sit just gives you a good general idea of what's available.
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Hi Cleocat,
When we were in St. Kitts, we went into town and shared a taxi out to Turtle beach. Its about a 45 minute drive, but very scenic. The beach was nice, had a restaurant and we noticed quite a few cruise passengers also made it there. You can see Nevis from there very clearly. We also had the same taxi driver come back in the afternoon for the return trip, which he did. They also have the most adorable monkeys running around, you can buy peanuts to feed them, it was a nice beach day and easily done on your own.

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Old October 14th, 2004, 10:41 PM
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LisaK...we are sailing with another couple on December 5th. Princess sent us the packet this week and they still have Greneda listed. I thought they would have changed by now. Back to the excursions...we are up for anything. Mostly snorkeling, waterfalls, hikes through caves, maybe some drinking and relaxing. I don't think we are to much into a long history lessons. So we are trying to stay away from those type of tours. I've already reserved the Dolphin encounter in Islas Margaritas. My dealings with excursions through the cruise lines are not all that great. I feel like they are over crowded, pricy, and somewhat boring. You past experiences would be great...

Thanks Donna...I'll look into that.....
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Old October 15th, 2004, 08:37 AM
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On Aruba I would reccomend not booking the shore excursion through the ship and go on your own instead. We went to see the Natural Bridge and the Aloe factory and our tour that was booked through the ship was about twice as much as we could have bought the same tour on shore.
The local tour vans are right off the docks and the people their are very friendly so it is no problem. Aruba is a very safe island. Enjoy your trip.
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Old October 15th, 2004, 08:40 AM
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Cleo- in SanJun - eventhough you said you aren't into a history lesson, walking around Old San Juan is very interesting, very beautiful. Another fun thing to do in San Juan is to take a trip out to the the Fort El Morro - this fort overlooks the harbor, you can watch the cruise ships coming and going, its windy up there, a very popular kite flying destination.
If you are looking for a scenic day trip then take a tour up into the rain forest ( won't even try to spell it for you). Very beautiful. We didn't snorkel in San Juan so i can't help you there. Lots of great beaches to choose from, we found that the hotels seemed to have the better beaches.
St. Thomas/St.John Island - beautiful white silky sandy beaches with turquoise waters.
Good snorkeling here. Lots of great beaches to choose from - note - if you decide to go to Meagan's Bay Beach on St. Thomas know that there is no snorkeling there. Its a gorgeous beach, but its also very touristy and it gets crowded very fast. Another beach choice on St. Thomas would be Coki Beach- good snorkeling here, and there is a cool exhibit called Coral World right next door. For me personally, i prefer the beaches over on St.John Island - its a water taxi ride over there. The beaches and the scenery are just breathtaking. Trunk Bay Beach is the most popular, thus the most crowded. All the ship's excursions end up here. It is beautiful, and they have a marked snorkel trail which is kind of cool, you know what you are looking at. Our favorite beach on St.John Island would have to be Cinnamon Bay - which is basically next door to Trunk Bay - much less crowded. There is no admission charge, no lounges to rent, but you can rent floats, snorkel gear and sunfish type sailboats, just bring your towel to lay on the nice warm sand. The snorkeling here is very good, you have to swim out a bit to a small cay(island) that has a reef around it with coral and all kinds of fish.
Grenada - if its ready by Decemeber (which it could be) take a tour up into the rain forest and the spice plantations. I think that the mountain area was spared some of the major hurricane damage. The spices that you get here are so superior to those you get in the grocery store, especially the nutmeg and cinnamon.
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Old October 16th, 2004, 01:14 AM
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LisaK-thank you so much...I really appreciate the detailed information. We'll let you know how everything goes....

Dale-Thank you, those are two places I haven't even heard of. I'll be looking in to that as well.....Thanks everyone!
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Old November 10th, 2004, 11:35 PM
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There are a number of choices for shore excursions on St Kitts including:
- a catamaran and snorkeling cruise on the Spirit of St Kitts
- rain forest hike with Greg Safaris
- kayaking and snorkeling tour with Turtle Tours
- sugar train ride
- horseback riding on the beach or in the rainforest
- fun bike tour on quad bikes
- half day plantation tour with Greg Safaris
- Island tour with stops at tourist attractions such as Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, Caribelle Batik and Romney Manor, Sir Thomas Warner's tomb
- relax on one of the beaches and sip drinks at a beach bar
- take a drive along the scenic Southeast Peninsula, then stop for lunch at Turtle Beach Bar and Restaurant. You can see and photograph monkeys at Turtle Beach.
- play golf at Royal St Kitts Golf course
- visit the casino at the Marriott
- take a walk around town and visit some places of interest such as the National Museum housed in the Old Treasury building, St Georges Anglican Church, the Catholic Co-Cathedral, Independence Square, the Berkley Memorial

Hope the above helps. When you return home I'd like to hear your thoughts on your final choice, so please post a review on the relevant review page at http://www.discover-stkitts-nevis-be...com/sknreviews.

If you need further assistance please feel free to contact me.

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We went on the same crise in August. We did NOT book anything. At each port we got off the ship "found" a taxi that we shared with others and took an islan tour. It cost next to nothing(anywhere from $20 to $45 for the two of us) and the driver explained everything and we stopped at the important scenic areas. Try it!
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