Thanks Sam, I like the idea of a horse ride in St Lucia do you have any info on a tour? but the only problem is that we own horses and would be looking for a tour group that would let you go off the beaten path.
LisaK we like any thing adventures and a little beach time.
Take the land & Sea tour to the pitons in St. Lucia. It's expensive but amazing. You get the full flavor of the whole island b/c you go everywhere. They even take you to a live volcano. You can go horse back riding anywhere. Do something you can only so where you are.
a really fun thing to do in St. Maarten is the Golden Eagle Catamaran sail. You sail up the coast, the sail is gorgeous and very scenic. You sail over to this small island of Tintamar (a nature preserve) where you can swim, relax on the beach, have a deep cleansing mud bath, snorkel - they feed the fish so they go crazy or just wander the beach. Sandwiches and refreshments are provided and they have a champagne toast , they crank up the tunes and their is dancing on the way home. Do this in the morning, come back to ship, change clothes, grab a bite to eat and then take the water taxi ($5 all day) into town to do some shopping. Another really fun thing to do is the America's Cup Regatta - you crew on a racing sail yacht (like the Stars & Stripes) in an actual sailing regatta, tons of fun.
We just came back from St. Lucia and did that tour of the volcano. Pretty impressive. I believe we spent $55 a head American but it took about 6 hours. The roads are never straight or level. A long drive. You get to see a couple waterfalls, a fishing village etc. One thing though is the unemployment there is 25% so you get a lot of locals selling all kinds of very useful trash. Be prepared to say no.
On St. Martaan another great thing to do is the AMerica's Cup Sailboat Race. You actually become the crew of a real AMerica's CUp sialboat and you race two other boats. A lot of fun. At least it was a couple years ago.
Orient Beach in St Martin, we went on the "famliy end" which is just topless really, and not much of that at all. We did love the beach there, be sure to "shop" around the beach bars for the cheapest drinks, we paid from $2.00 to $ 3.50 a beer depending on which bar we hit!
Also the farther down the beach you walk the cheaper you can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas, some places even throw in a free drink.
We too are looking for something to do in St. Lucia. I am looking for a boat trip, not land and sea just sea for the day or half day. I am having a hard time finding something that is somewhat reasonable. There are just 3 of us, so we don't need a huge sailboat for $750/day, lunch not included. Does anyone have any experience with such an excursion? We've decided to do Orient Beach in St. Maarten, and go with the jet-skis and try parasailing also.
I would highly reccomend renting a vehicle in St. Maarten. The roads are decent and there is one major road that circles the island, you can't get lost. If you just wanna go one place and back to the ship, it would be cheaper to take a cab or use the water taxi but if you wanna see a few things, you will save money by renting a car. I think we paid $50 for the day including full insurance.
Jubilee - May 2001 - 5 days West
Sensation - May 2003 - 5 days West (the engagement cruise)
Glory - April 2004 - 7 days East
Inspiration - April 2005 - 5 days West
Miracle - April 2006 - 7 days West caribbean (the wedding/honeymoon cruise)
St. Martin: Call me a little biased but if this is your first time in St. Martin and are a little adventurous, I would DO the 12 metre Regatta. I have done this excursion 5 times and each time it was a blast. You can be as active or inactive as you want. I'm usually the paparazzi so I don't do anything. One year I'll post the pictures that I have. Once I get them developed, that is. <G> I've also done the Rhino Ride and that was also fun but if it is a choice between the two, 12 metre Regatta. Another thing you could do is go to the airport and Moon Err wave at the Air France 747 that comes in. There is a neat bar called the Sunset Beach Bar at one end of the runway. I have not done the cat in St. Martin yet. That is one thing on my to do list along with flying into Saba/St. Barts. Just not enough time.
St. Lucia: You have a variety of choices. Sun Tours run a variety of tours but depending upon time, it may/may not be suitable. If you can do a cat tour down to the Pitons, or a combination cat/land tour, I would do that. The jungle bus tours are also fun. I have also done a mountain bike excursion that was alright. Going to Pidgeon Island and hiking around was also fun to do. It's really not that hard of a hike and the view from atop the fort was neat.
Absolutely do the America's Cup Regatta! It was awesome! My husband was very leery. Though he is leery about everything However, I booked it anyway and we both say that it was the highlight of the entire cruise.
Moon a 747? Would this be for the pilots delight or the passengers? (grin).
It's funny you said that. My BF and his friends took Amtrak to Reno, NV for a bowling tournament 3 years ago. In one area of Iowa, everytime they went over a water bridge & there were people on boats, they all mooned the Amtrak train as it went by. Passengers were laughing hysterically at people smacking their butts. Guess there's not much to do in Iowa!!
Orient Beach is a great place to relax, great beach, but go don't unless you pack an open mind. It's a bit ugly when a gawker's chin hits the ground, very tacky to stare and worse to try to take pictures. We took a bus ride and lunch tour. You will be better off taking a taxi and getting lunch on your own. In a large group, nobody was felt relaxed enough to go in the buff. Not to mention that the tour guide said she thought it was tacky.
St. Lucia? We didn't find the beach's that great. After several days at sea, we did a day visit to a Sandals Resort Hotel right by the RCL port. For a small fee of $40.00 a person, you can stay all day and use all of the resorts amenities. It's all-inclusive and the food and drinks were great. We played water volleyball with some Aussies (nice folks) took a nap on the hammocks. It was really nice to laid out and swim in a crowd free pool area. No kids or Marko Polo. : ) Of course, we also wanted to sample the Sandals for future reference.
HI! Have to St. Martin several times but have never done anything more than shopping or lunching on the French side. The regatta sounds great! One of our group of 4 is "older" (although the rest of us are not spring chickens anymore!!) - is this too strenous for an older person?? Thanks!!!