On St. Lucia we had booked a tour with Cosol. He is just wonderful. Lot of helpful info and many stops with interesting history and samples of local foods. Great value for the money, only $35. pp.
On Barbados we shared a taxi with two lovely women from Ireland but the driver hardly spoke a clear English and we could hardly understand anything he said. Other drivers we spoke to later were absolutely rude and what used to be my favorite island is now one I will avoid.
Antigua, we just shopped in the vicinity of the ship. But I would definitely consider Cosol in St. Lucia.
I've been to St. Lucia and went on an unforgettable trip to the little town of Souffiere(spell?), this is where you go to see the drive in volcano and smell the strong smell of sulphur bubbling inside it. The town is a little seaside village and children will dive for coins. Although we were advised not to throw any in. They want all the children to go to school and learn a trade, instead of beg.
We actually took a tour off the ship (Carnival). They picked us up in a large catamaran, with free rum punches and good music. The coastline on the way to the Pitons was beautiful. On the way back to the ship we were served some local cuisine. One of our best excursions yet.
Not sure about Barbados...we did an Atlantis submarine there and I felt it was a waste of money. Antigua--we did the catamaran sail to bird island...great snorkeling, and although it was expensive, it was worth every penny! St. Lucia, we took a taxi around the island...got to see the twin peaks and the volcano, and I think doing that was better than booking an excursion through the cruise. Have fun!
We cruised to the Caribbean aboard the QE2 in 2003. One of the highlights of the voyage was our excursion in Barbados. We took a wonderful jeep four x four tour of the island.
It was really enjoyable and gave you a great feel for the island. We travelled into the rain forest, up into the hills, through the local villages, friendly locals waving and smiling at us throughout the day and the home made fruit punch goes down very smooth.
Keep your eyes peeled for this trip when you sail into Barbados.
Until we board QM2's maiden Costa Rica voyage.
We did a land based vacation in Antigua several years ago and took a catamaran trip with Wadali Cats. It was very reasonable and we had a great time. It including several snorkel sites and lunch.
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