I am seriously considering going on a charter cruise in Jan 06 that includes stops at Charlestown, Nevis and Gustavia, St Barth's...I have never been to either island and have not known or read of many cruise ships that do stop there
Can someone share information about the islands and what to do in terms of a cruise port of call ? thanks in advance
St Barths is a French island and, as such, is like Martinique and expensive unless you watch what you are doing. We were just there on the Empress of the Seas and the ship's cruise director warned everyone that sodas, bottled water, and small ice cream cones were very pricey. Cokes $7, ice cream $7. Therefore, they suggested you purchase water on the ship before going ashore. Not good advice.
As you get off the tender and walk toward the center of town, there is a super market on the left where water is 50 cents for the small bottle and 70 cents for the 1.5L size. They do a one-for-one exchange on the Euro vs U.S. dollar. Sodas are also very reasonable there. Yes, the tourist prices for these are high but go where the locals go and you will have no problems.
As far as the attitude of the French people on the island, they were absolutely great - friendly and helpful in every way.
We took a taxi tour at $12PP and it was worth every penny. If you are into perfumes, this is a good place to look.
While French is spoken, there are no language problems.
From the North banks of the Piscataqua.
"Keep your face into the sun and you can't see the shadows" - Helen Keller.
While I have not been to either, I hope someday I will..I CAN tell you that both Regis and Kelly, vacation on Nevis, and cannot stop raving about it..So, you have something great to look forward to..Enjoy.
Trip, with her book & tea!
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thanks for the information..I don't know if the endorsement of Regis and Kelly will help make my decision (smile)..unless of course they wanted to give me a week there on them..I think they can both afford it much easier than I