Jagged volcanoes soaring above azure and turquoise seas, dense rainforests in myriad shades of green, rolling fields of sugarcane--welcome to St. Kitts. Along with its neighbor, Nevis, St. Kitts presents an exotic landscape more common to Polynesia than the Caribbean. The islands' terrain, rich soil, and climate made them ideal locations for raising sugarcane. In fact, St. Kitts and Nevis were once the crown jewels of the Caribbean. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Spain, France and England vied for control of the islands, with the English finally winning out in 1787. Today, British and French heritage is evident on both islands. Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts, boasts fine, restored colonial buildings. Impressive Brimstone Hill Fortress, called the "Gibraltar of the West Indies," is one of the most impressive fortresses in the Caribbean.
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Beach Day at Carambola Beach
3.5 hours | St. Kitts | SKB-285
Enjoy three hours of fun in the sun on this easy, breezy beach day at one of St. Kitts's prettiest stretches of sand. A quick but scenic motorcoach transfer brings you to Carambola Beach Club, a picturesque spot set against a mountainous backdrop. This high-end resort, ideally situated on the Southeast Peninsula overlooks the inviting, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Upon arrival, claim your lounge chair and settle in, enjoying the warm sand beneath your toes and the gentle breeze. The time is yours to do as you please: swim, beachcomb or just enjoy the scenery of this idyllic island oasis. Beach umbrellas as well as cocktails, local beer, water, wines, and fruit punch from the open bar are yours to enjoy at your own expense. If hunger strikes, purchase food at your own expense. Wi-Fi is included. At the designated time, meet your transportation back to port.
Romney Manor, Caribelle Batik & Timothy Hill Lookout
2 hours | St. Kitts | SKB-110
Ideal for those who wish to see the sights with little or no walking, this tour around Basseterre is a great way to get acquainted with the beauty and history of St. Kitts. As you drive through town, your driver will point out landmarks like Independence Square, St. George's Anglican Church, the Berkeley Memorial, and the Queen Victoria Statue Roundabout. A stop at Romney Manor offers a glimpse into American history. The lovely estate was once owned by an ancestor of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Continue on to the Caribelle Batik on the grounds of the lovely Romney Manor for live demonstrations of the complicated process of making batik fabric. Back on the bus, you'll continue on to Timothy Hill Lookout for a photo stop. Continue down the island's Southeast Peninsula for views of Frigate Bay before the return drive to the ship. Later, visit the shop and purchase a lovely batik garment as a memento of your trip.
Depart the port and travel through Basseterre past the residential resort area of Frigate Bay. Capture breathtaking views of the cresting foams of the Atlantic coast and the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea as you proceed up Timothy Hill. View the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course and a few resort accommodations along the way. Finally, arrive at Cockleshell Beach and the Spice Mill Restaurant and Bar on the beach. Enjoy the beach with beautiful vistas of Nevis across the channel. Spend time walking the beach, swimming or sunbathing. A beach chair and refreshing drink have been reserved for you. Relax and enjoy your visit to a small piece of Caribbean paradise.
Fairview Great House and Gardens & Panoramic Drive
2.75 hours | St. Kitts | SKB-215
Plantations & Great Houses
Get acquainted with St. Kitts's past and present with a guided tour that begins in historic Basseterre, abundant in beautifully restored Victorian architecture. As you drive through town, your guide will regale you with the history of the landmarks such as Independence Square, St. George's Anglican Church, the Berkeley Memorial, and the Queen Victoria Statue Roundabout. Step off your mini-van and step back in time at the Fairview Great House. Built in 1701 by the French, this meticulously restored traditional West Indian Great House is surrounded by a tropical botanical garden. Travel next to gorgeous Frigate Bay. Enjoy panoramic views of the Basseterre valley and the Frigate Bay resort area featuring hotels, a golf course and hundreds of elegant homes. Have your cameras at the ready for a photo stop atop Timothy Hill Look Out. Photos taken, you'll return to your transportation and continue your scenic drive back to the pier.
The natural beauty and historic charms of St. Kitts await your discovery on this half-day adventure filled with outdoor delights. Begin with a scenic drive through the enchanting streets of Basseterre, the oldest town in the Eastern Caribbean, dating back to the 17th century. Gaze upon the classic Victorian architecture and details of French and British colonization. Continue on to the 3.5-acre Fairview Great House and Botanical Garden. You'll be enchanted by the historic structure's meticulously restored interiors as well as the lush oasis surrounding the property. Step inside and admire museum quality displays and a historical information room, where you can learn more about the process undertaken to fully restore this historic gem. Next take a short drive to Carambola Beach Club. Here, take a refreshing swim in the Caribbean Sea or simply relax on the sandy beach. Return to port at the conclusion of this lovely day.
Imagine what St. Kitts was like in the 17th century with a tour of its most memorable sights. From the pier, your tour begins in Basseterre, one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean. Learn its rich history and witness the French and British influences revealed in the carefully preserved historic buildings. Your guide will provide interesting commentary on the passing sights and point out important landmarks like the Berkeley Memorial, Independence Square, St. George's Anglican Church and the impressive Catholic Cathedral. Your tour continues to Romney Manor, the home of Caribelle Batik. During your visit, your senses will delight in the beautifully colored fabrics for which Caribelle is justly famous. See how the colorful batik designs are made and take the opportunity to browse the charming gift shop. Your tour ends with a drive back to the ship, laden with gifts and new memories.
Rev up and cool down with an adventure that begins with a sightseeing tour through the capital, continues with a hike to the famous Sofa Stone atop Monkey Hill and ends with a well deserved and refreshing beach break at beautiful Frigate Bay. After you board the Open Air Safari truck, you'll drive through Basseterre, home to restored Victorian and Georgian buildings. From here, you'll travel through the Milliken Estate, a former sugar plantation, and up picturesque Monkey Hill, named for the green monkeys that call the area their home. Once you disembark at the trailhead, you'll follow your guide along the breezy trail lined with scented trees and onto an open meadow where the Sofa Stone rests. Enjoy the dramatic sweeping views over Basseterre and surrounding islands. After refreshments, re-board the trucks for a scenic drive to the coastal resort area of Frigate Bay for a well deserved rest.
Enjoy a lazy sail down St. Kitts's scenic Southeast Peninsula, a breathtaking stretch of green hills, winding roads and spectacular vistas. What better way to experience its many wonders than aboard a swift-running catamaran? Once you step on deck, you'll find plenty of space to stretch out and catch the sun's golden rays or to relax in the shade. As you cruise the Southeast Peninsula, the crew will offer non-alcoholic beverages and distribute snorkel equipment. After a basic lesson or refresher course, you'll can snorkel, swim or relax onboard. The warm turquoise waters offer an abundance of sea life. This is not a coral reef but there are large boulders that provide a unique habitat for a wide variety of tropical fish. Look for lobsters, urchins, anemones and starfish as you snorkel through this colorful undersea garden. Then, you'll re-board your catamaran for the leisurely sail back to your ship.
Scenic St. Kitts & Romney Manor (Wheelchair Accessible)
2.5 hours | St. Kitts | SKB-121
Plantations & Great Houses
Imagine what Kt. Kitts was like in the 17th century with a tour of its most memorable sights. From the pier, your tour begins in Basseterre, one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean. Learn its rich history and witness the French and British influences revealed in the carefully preserved historic buildings. Your guide will provide interesting commentary on the passing sights and point out important landmarks like the Berkeley Memorial, Independence Square, St. George's Anglican Church and the impressive Catholic Cathedral. Your tour continues to Romney Manor, the home of Caribelle Batik. During your visit, your senses will delight in the beautifully colored fabrics for which Caribelle is justly famous. See how the colorful batik designs are made and take the opportunity to browse the charming gift shop. Your tour ends with a drive back to the ship, laden with gifts and new memories.
Discover tropical flora on a guided hike through the rainforest that's just steps away from the historic Romney Manor. First, a sightseeing tour takes you past Old Road, site of the Caribbean's very first British settlement. A photo stop at Carib Rock showcases stunning petroglyphs, evidence of early Kalinago culture. Then, it's on to Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor for a demonstration of batik-making. Next, follow your guide for an exhilarating walk along a pleasant, looped trail that takes you deep into the cool rainforest. Marvel at the rich biodiversity of this well wooded area as the guide shares his knowledge of the forest. See coconut palms, lemon trees, bougainvillea, and hibiscus, and critters like caterpillars, colorful lizards, hummingbirds, and others that make their home in the canopy. At the end of your walk, enjoy a selection of homemade local fruit juices, fresh seasonal fruit, pastries, and spring water.
Outdoor enthusiasts will welcome an excursion that showcases St. Kitts bountiful views and wonders down under the Caribbean waters. Board your transportation for the relaxing drive along the scenic Southeast Peninsula to White House Bay. Here, your expert guide will greet you, introduce you to White House Bay, and offer a basic lesson or refresher course based on your level of experience. Snorkel in the warm turquoise waters teeming with tropical fish and then paddle a two-person kayak on a guided tour along the scenic shoreline. Gaze up at the steep mountain terrain, keeping an eye out for monkeys and wild goats and watch pelicans and frigate birds diving for a meal. Paddle along the coast to Friar's Bay for a tasty picnic of island snacks and fresh fruit juices before returning to your ship via a scenic coastal road.
Begin by traveling the scenic coastal road to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, one of the best-preserved forts of the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Commanding an 800-foot-high plateau, this 300-year-old fortification offers sweeping views of forested mountains, cultivated fields, and idyllic islands. Continue on to the Caribelle Batik on the grounds of the lovely Romney Manor. A visit inside the studios offers a look at how Caribelle's signature fabrics are created. Watch artisans hand-print fabrics by the 2,500-year-old Indonesian wax-and-dye process known as batik. You can also stroll to the 17th century ruins of the Manor, site of the first land grant in the British West Indies. Later, visit the shop and purchase a lovely batik garment as a memento of your trip. Soak up your last views of this tranquil spot before re-boarding your transport back to the ship.
Explore the tropical rainforests and scenic sites of St. Kitts on a 4X4 Land Rover off-road exploration. Climb aboard your specially modified 4x4 Land Rover at the pier and head inland for a scenic drive through quaint villages and then up into the cool mountain rainforests. Keep an eye out for the sociable green monkeys that inhabit the region and note the variety of exotic tropical flora and fauna. At Bayfords, a private mountaintop property 1,000 feet above sea level, enjoy a fresh fruit juice and the panoramic views over the island's rainforest and quilted coastline. Continue through the mountains to the opposite side of the island and view the country life of St. Kitts' inhabitants. Then, drive along the Atlantic coastline and stop at the beach for a refreshing dip in the Caribbean Sea. Relax and unwind on the warm sand or beachcomb before returning to port.
There are never too many cooks in this kitchen! The Fairview Great House is your host for an intimate demonstration of the best of Caribbean cuisine. After a short drive, you'll arrive at this picturesque setting and be introduced to a historian cook who will discuss regional foods, share old and new recipes, and talk about the development of delicious dishes that combine Old and New World ingredients with African, European and Indian cooking methods. After watching this skilled chef in action, feast on the wonderful dishes. You will be given a copy of the recipes to take home. After the demonstration, browse locally made handcrafts and explore the Great House itself. The main floor is furnished in authentic colonial style, and the second floor veranda affords a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring island. At the completion of this delicious day, return to port.
Rugged St. Kitts is blessed with mountainous slopes, lush rainforests and majestic views. Drive an iconic Jeep Wrangler with your family or friends to fully enjoy the island's off-road thrills. A short transfer brings you to the base, where you're introduced to your guide and your vehicle. Set off caravan style to the first off-road mountain trail and up to a viewpoint overlooking the main valley of Basseterre and your ship in the distance. Relish the cool breeze and the natural beauty before zipping down then back up another mountain show casing vistas of St. Peter and the Southeast Peninsula. Curve along off-road trails and behind the international airport, then come to a stop at the sandy shores of a picturesque beach. Here, you'll refresh at the Vibes Beach Bar (at your own expense) then take a swim in the tranquil Caribbean Sea. Return to port at the conclusion of this exciting day.
Experience the scenery and culture of this unspoiled country aboard an "Island Series" railcar. Take your seat on the upper open-air observation platform that puts you high above the top of the sugar cane and island vegetation for unobstructed 360-degree viewing. Or in the lower air-conditioned "parlor" featuring huge six-foot vaulted windows. Both provide views of cliff side piggeries and fields of pineapples and come within inches of papaya, guava, and banana trees, while backyards flutter with billowing laundry. All along the route laborers and farmers stop their work, and school children run out of classes to greet you with smiles and waves as the train goes by. At La Valle Station, you'll disembark and transfer to sightseeing buses to complete your circle tour past the small villages and towns that dot the Caribbean Sea side of St. Kitts before returning to Basseterre and the cruise ship port.
Venture into the waters of a dolphinarium for an unforgettable dolphin encounter (now swimming is required). A short ride brings you to Dolphin Discovery with a natural ocean pool where you'll meet a knowledgeable dolphin trainer. Begin with an educational briefing on what to expect when you are in the water with these delightful creatures. Learn the characteristics of the bottlenose dolphin and about their behaviors and life cycle. Dolphins are natural performers that communicate with sounds, whistles and body language. You'll be amazed at what these marvelous mammals can do! Before you know it, you'll be hugging, kissing and interacting with your fine "flippered" friends. What an incredible way to experience one of nature's smartest, most intuitive animals. At the completion of your visit, bid a fond farewell to your new friends, visit the gift shop and return to port.
St. Kitts' sister island is a tropical paradise worth discovering. From Basseterre you'll travel by sea taxi along the coast of the South Eastern Peninsula to Nevis, also known as the "Queen of the Caribbean." Upon arrival in Charlestown, a brief narrated tour takes you through the capital, the birth place of Alexander Hamilton, First Treasurer of the United States. Your tour continues past Nevis Natural Hot Spring, set on the grounds of the historic Bath Hotel. Venture on to Pinney's Beach where you will be served a delicious lunch at LIME Beach Bar located on the beach. Sip on your choice of two glasses of rum punch, local beer or fruit punch at this traditional Caribbean style beach bar. After lunch, grab a chair and stretch out under the sun or dive into the tranquil water of the Caribbean Sea.
Come face-to-face with flippered friends at Dolphin Discovery. You'll meet an experienced guide who'll take you through a safety lesson and instruct you how to properly interact with a dolphin and how to use hand signals to communicate. Before you know it, you're wading into the warm waters. You'll stand on a submerged platform, which allows you access to the dolphins. You will be allowed to interact with these gentle mammals and will be surprised by their friendliness and intelligence. Once you feel comfortable, you'll engage in the next part of this extraordinary experience. You'll be led into deeper waters where you'll actually swim with the dolphins. There is nothing like holding tight to a pectoral fin as the dolphin speeds powerfully through the water towing you back to shore. Then, get ready to feel a dolphin's strength as it "pushes" you while you are on a boogie board!
Play the day away in and out of the water on St. Kitts and Nevis. Set sail from the pier aboard the locally built "Maxi-Cat" for a cruise along the coast of St. Kitts. When you arrive at the protected cliff-side cove, you'll receive your snorkeling equipment and jump right in the aquamarine water. Observe sea fans, barrel sponges and black coral that attract angel fish, parrotfish, black jack and more. Back aboard your catamaran, the trade winds will carry you along past mountains and beaches as you sail through "The Narrows," the strait that separates St. Kitts and Nevis. Soon, you'll land at three-mile-long Pinney's Beach, the perfect place to enjoy a festive island lunch, beach comb, and delight in a relaxing swim. When it's time to go, you'll re-board your catamaran for the leisurely sail back to your ship.
Ride the rails and sail the seas in search of fun and adventure. First, you'll board a double-decker train for a scenic ride along a century old route that once serviced the island's sugar cane industry. Dubbed the "Last Railway in the West Indies," the train chugs over tall steel girder bridges and winds its way through colorful villages. At the end of your railway journey, embark on a sleek catamaran for a sail and a bevy of refreshments along the gorgeous coastline. Pass by Brimstone Hill and the green slopes of Mount Liamuiga. With views of Old Road, founded by Sir Thomas Warner in 1624, and Bloody Point, where the French and British joined to defeat the Carib Indians in 1626, your trip is a vivid showcase for island scenery and history. Having completely circled the island by train and catamaran, you'll rejoin your transportation and return to the pier.
Begin your island adventure with a scenic boat ride along the coast of St. Kitts' southeastern peninsula to the beautiful sister island of Nevis, nicknamed the Queen of the Caribbean. Upon arrival in Charlestown, the capital, embark on a drive through the town for a glimpse of the true Caribbean lifestyle. Gaze out your window at beautiful landscapes as you travel to your first stop, the Alexander Hamilton Museum, located in Hamilton House, named for one of Nevis' most famous sons, Alexander Hamilton, First Secretary of the Treasury in the United States. Enter the two story Georgian-style building and tour the informative museum dedicated to his life. Next, it's off to the Nevis Bath Springs, a natural hot spring, then on to a converted plantation. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Nevis' finest restaurants with exceptional harbor views. Return to St. Kitts at the conclusion of this lovely day.