I booked the cruise and now would like some help from people who have visited these islands. St Lucia, Barbados & Tortola. What are the best excursions to take? (not through the cruise ship) Is it better to get a taxi and explore on your own? What are the highlights of each island and the must places to see and do? Thank you
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we are going to barbados in 3 weeks and after reading several different websites about excursions we decided on taking a catamaran/scuba diving/lunch tour with cool runnings. it's pretty pricey (80.00 pp) but I have heard that it is AMAZING.
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
In Barbados we went to Boatyard Beach! It was beautiful!!! Not too crowded! There is a rope to swing from into the water from the pier! My husband just loved it! I have to say it is one of the prettiest beaches I have been too. Try a BRC (banana liquor, rum and colida - i think) drink! Yummy!
In St. Lucia we took a 7 hour tour through the ship! It was way too long for us. We toured the island a bit. We enjoyed that. Did the volcano. I liked that too. Took a catamaran to the black sand beach. I wasn't impressed with the black sand beach. The sand wasn't that black.
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I agree with all the posters. In addition on Tortola Cane Bay Beach is great and I always recommend The Baths on Virgin Gorda if you have the time
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I'm going on the Destiny in June so I"m doing the same research. Has anyone taken a tour with Glory tours in Barbados? THat is one I saw somewhere but would like to verify. Everyone says the ctamaran/turtle swim is great! I found the sams tours as the others for St. Lucia.. I have contacted cosoltours, jungletoursstlucia.com and fabiantoursstlucia.com which have all been recommended here. Not sure which one to go with yet. Anyone know what the difference between a sulphur bath vs a mineral bath?? Good luck with your search!!
St. Lucia - recommend a good beach - Rodney bay - about 20min away in taxi - loads to do there!
Barbados - Turtle swim/snorkle - turtles are the thing in Barbados
Tortola - Dolphin Swim - a one in a life time experience well worth doing.
I have posted the relative websites/tour details for each place on www.cruisegossip.co.uk incase its of any help. Sorry but there is too much to relay here. All the places/activities can def be done on your own. I hope you have a fun cruise!!
Unfortunately, our Barbados part of cruise was docking, and pulling out within minutes as there were 17 - 20 ft. waves and unsafe for us
We ended up with 2 days at sea on our return to San Juan!
In St. Lucia, we used Herod. His new website isn't fully operational yet, but we were able to contact him via email
He was wonderful. We were picked up at the ship promptly at the time he said, and taken in his own car for a wonderful trip. He was gracious, stopping whenever we wanted for photo ops, and paying our admissions, as well as buying us bananas, fish cakes, hot butter bread, and supplying a cooler full of water, soda, beer. He is very personable and imparts his knowledge of the island with ease. We will surely use his services again! His tour summary on the web site is exactly what you get and more!