We are going on RCI out of San Juan in June and am wondering if any of you have been on the same itinerary we are going to be on, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Johns, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. What is there to do in St. Lucia??? We about got all the other ports figured out. Has anyone been on the Dolphin &Stingray experience? If so please let me know how you thought it was. Really am counting on y'all to give me some feedback.
Thanks for your time and words.
If you are a beach person, I believe you can get a "day pass" to one of the resorts and use their facilities for the day. In Antigua, I'd highly recommend going to Nelson's Dockyard....such a pretty place.
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I cannot comment directly on the dolphin stingray experience. Sounds interested however.
ST. Lucia- You dock in Castries, the capital city. It is an urban Caribbean city and not the typical cruise port (although things are changing). There is now a small indoor shopping area opposite the pier and a more modern shopping area on a little island opposite the pier (one ship docks on that side of the port , otherwise you can take a $1.00 water taxi, takes two minutes). The town itself is a hustling/ bustling urban area with a few historical sights. The beauty of St Lucia is located in it's central banana plantation area, coastal beaches, coves, mountains all away from the capital. The best way to see it "all" is to do the all day StLucia by land and sea tour. Half the trip is a catamaran ride around the island to Soiffre. On the way you stop for some swimming and snorkelling and you see the island and the famous mountains (the Pitons) from the water. From there you will see the drive in volcano, the botanical gardens, have lunch in a local restaurant that was once an old sugar mill and see the interior and coast of the island by bus.
Beaches on the north west coast (where many of the islands resorts are) are very nice.
Some folks get a day pass to one of the three Sandals resorts and spend the day.
You can take a cab out to the area just past the Rex St Lucian Hotel. The beach is public, there are chair and umbrella rental available and there is a beach bar that sells drinks , food and has "facilities" open to the public.
Antigua. St John has some decent shopping with the first two blaocks just off the main
piers in town. If there are a lot of ships in port some will dock just putside town and you need to take a two or three dollar cab ride into town.
Antigua is known as the island with 365 beaches. Ask any cab driver for a recommendation and arrange for a return pick up. We have taken a great snorkel trip on a catamaran (ship sponsored excursion) . Snorkelling just ok, good beach stop for swimming and great party on the way back in with music, dancing and RUM PUNCH .
Enjoy your cruise , great destinations.
On Antigua, I strongle recommend taking a helo tour of Montserrat. The volcanoe is still quite active and you might see boulders rolling down the volcanoe. You will see scenes of destruction and learn alot about the volcanoe. Well worth it.
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I echo Papa John re St Lucia... Just got back three weeks ago from the southern Caribbean jaunt on Serenade and the Land/Sea tour was great... This is one beautiful island and you need to see/experience this and this excursion was a lot of fun and well done.
Have fun !
For Antigua - I recommend a taxi tour with Lawrence of Antigua - spotless air-conditioned van and Lawrence is very professional.
For St. lucia: any excursion where you get to see the Pitons