We are travelling on the Crown Princess in March 2006 and were wondering about shore excursions for Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, St.Thomas and St. Maarten?
We are looking at:
Antigua: Stingray Swim
Barbados: Sea Katak and Turtle Encounter
St.Thomas: Trunck Bay - Any ideas on how to spend more time there instead of the cruise excursion allotment?
We are taking a our children who are 13 & 15. Thanks for the help....
Thanks so much for the reply. Having never done it before do you have any suggestions for logistics? Is the ferry accessible, how much and how much time should be allocate? Is it worth a whole day at Trunk Bay? Thanks
St. Thomas is famous for it's shopping, so you may want to spend a few hours doing that. Trunk Bay can be an all day affair, but the ferry runs every hour so you don't have to spend the whole day there.
Here is a link to the ferry schedule... CLICK HERE then scroll down to St. John's passenger ferry
Another thing you might consider in Barbados is the Tiami sail/snorkel. They run a 1st class service and take you on a really nice catamaran to a snorkel with the turtles, then stop at a nice beach for rum punch or playing in the water. They then sail back to the port. We've done some nice sail/snorkels in St. Lucia as well. Last year, our snorkel was cancelled so we did a land tour. It was ok, but snorkeling would have been much better. Have a wonderful cruise!
The St. John Passenger Ferry schedule doesn't mention Trunk Bay, is it all in the same vicinity? I, too, would save a lot going to Trunk Bay via the ferry instead of the Cruise Lines' excursion. Also, do the rent the gear there for snorkeling/chairs, etc....and are we really going to miss out greatly on a guided "tour" per se? Thanks
Thanks Penny. I took a look at the Tiami sail and snorkel for Princess. It looks great and may be less active then the kayak and snorkel. The kids are looking forward to their first snorkelling experience.
With a limited excursion budget it's so important to make sure that what we do is well worth it. Can't tell you how much I appreciate all the help and input. Have a great day!
suen, you take the ferry to St. John, then take a cab to Trunk Bay. The ferry stops a few miles away from Trunk Bay. Bring your camera for some beautiful pictures!! sgcc, I understand completely about the budget for excursions. Most of the time, it seems they add up to almost the cost of the cruise. Thankfully, we've been to a number of islands before, so we just take local transportation to the destination we want. It does save money. I do try to book ship excursions for the first time to a port, then check it out for the next time we go back. One day, I hope we'll cover every island in the Caribbean. It sure will be fun trying. Best wishes!