Experience St. Kitts and Nevis on Your Next Caribbean Cruise

by Marcia Frost

One of the best parts of a Caribbean cruise is hopping from island to island, experiencing the different cultures first hand. Whether your ideal vacation is exploring the rare oceanic rain forest of St. Kitts or swimming with sea turtles in Nevis, on a Princess Caribbean cruise you don't have to choose. While in port in St. Kitts, travel to Nevis and discover for yourself what makes these two islands so unique.


Though St. Kitts and Nevis are referred to as sister islands, the two destinations are actually very different. For example, St. Kitts is 69 square miles, while the size of Nevis is just over half that. St. Kitts has an unusual terrain comprising everything from volcanoes to sand to rain forests and vast fields. Nevis is known for being one of the greenest islands you'll visit on a Caribbean cruise. The ecology is protected and no construction is allowed beyond 1,000 feet above sea level.

Two things that both islands have in common are sugar cane and green monkeys. While the sugar plantations are now mostly boutique hotels, the monkeys have grown in population on both islands.

Things to Do

You'll find plenty of things to see and do on St. Kitts and Nevis. When you're on the island of St. Kitts, consider an excursion to Brimstone Hill Fortress, a well-preserved military fortress and UNESCO World Heritage site; Romney Manor, the oldest sugar plantation on the island; or the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, a double-decker train that takes you on a journey through the former sugar cane exhibitions.

While your cruise ship can only dock in the larger island of St. Kitts, you can take an excursion to Nevis, which is only a seven-mile boat ride away. Nevis, a favorite of the late Princess Diana, has former sugar plantations for exploring, the stunning Pinney's Beach, and plenty of opportunities for water sports, with the Caribbean Sea on one side of the island and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. On your excursion, you'll ride a catamaran and see the sites off the blue waters of St. Kitts before you stop for a reef snorkel. After some time examining colorful marine life, you'll be back on this Caribbean island with plenty of time to have lunch and enjoy Pinney's Beach.

Interested in a cruise to the Caribbean? Booking a cruise is the perfect way to explore the islands.

St. Kitts, pictured here, is just a short boat ride from Nevis. You'll have time for both on a Caribbean cruise.
St. Kitts