We are not you. Only you can decide what things you would like to do or see as it depends on your interests, level of fitness, ability to swim etc. May I suggest you use your internet and consult this site for previous answers (caracas is very dangerous do not do on your own always book a tour), each tourist board (use google) and a site called (i have to put this round another way or this site will delete it - just reverse the words) advisor. trip. The latter is full of information. Once you do your own research you can then decide whether to book them direct with the operator (tourist board site) which will save loads of money(use credit card like nationwide which does not make foreign charges), or on line with princess, or take a taxi when you get there. Remember this is an american ship and with the pound so low against the dollar things are not going to be as cheap as they were.
I'll do 2 of them for you. Antigua: A very popular tour is Nelsons Dockyard, Shirley Heights, the Rain Forrest & anyone of 365 beaches to die for. There are loads of taxi vans plying for your trade as you step off the ship, so negotiate, negotiate. You could of course do the rip off cruise tour but you will see & do more in a taxi van as the large coaches cannot negotiate the narrow lanes & roadways as niftily as a van. Tortola. The ship docks 5 minutes walk from the town which should take all of 20 minutes to walk around (more a village) & my advice would be to spend the rest of the day at a beach. Again they are out of this world. People who did the swimming with dolphins ships tour said it was a complete rip off, with dozens of people queuing in the water for a 10 or 20 yard ride (hanging on to it's fin) & that was it. If that's your bag do your homework on the 'net' as some who went elsewhere by their own means were a lot more satisfied. Regards Wilba.
We pre booked a day tour on line with Cosol Tours in St Lucia (see their website), paid $55 each and had a fantastic day - about 7 hours. You will see the main attractions of the island in one day including an hour on a private beach near the Pitons. Their vehicles are spotlessly clean and you will be fed and watered throughout the trip all included in the price. The driver/tour guide was lovely and we cannot recommend them highly enough. You don't pay until the end of the trip so you have nothing to lose.
In Tortola we took a private taxi for $25 and he drove us around the island which is beautiful. It was good to give something back to the locals who are trying to earn a living rather than the cruise company!
Last year I visited some of these islands and did a few tours, St Lucia- a tour of the island with a visit to the drive in volcano and the pitons. Antigua- nelsons dockyard and shirley heights. St Kitts Cockleshell beach, miles of white sandy beach looking out to Nevis. Tortola-taxi to the best beach.Grenada-spice tour. Barbados- been to twice, golf at Barbados golf club and whitbread round world yacht experience*(had to book) all worth while trips. We did not book any trips with the cruise line*, just simply found a taxi told them what we wanted to do, agreed a price and off we went.You always pay at the end of the day so there are no worries about being left somewhere. Everyone we met were very helpful and proud of their island and wanted you to enjoy your day. research online before you go so you know what you want to do, it will make things much easier. Friends of mine booked the dolphin experience in Tortola from the UK, they then got a taxi the few miles to the experience, they paid a fraction of the cruise price and had the most amazing time, just the 4 of them and 2 dolphins. Whatever you do i hope you enjoy it.
At Tortola,to swim withe Dolphins,what was the name of the tour company
Looking on the 'other site' it is called Dolphin Discovery. Looks like $139pp. There is a very long description there, all raving about it undder the Tortola page. How to find this site is detailed above.
Not 100%, but pretty sure it was dolphin discovery.
One other suggestion---on Grand Cayman(or to be more accurate Off Grand Cayman!) we enjoyed the submarine dive of the coral reefs. Amazing underwater life--fish in colours you usually only see in an Aquarium and not being divers, something we could not have seen any other way. The "sub" took about 30 people and whilst it was not a cheap trip it was worth every penny! Cynthia.
Or if you do dive Grand Cayman and "the Wall" is a most exciting spot to snorkel or dive. One more strange piece of advice ....don't sit under coconut trees, I saw a women very badly injured doing that when a coconut fell on her head on St. Kitts. Very many people are killed each year in the Caribbean by coconuts. Love and kisses. ....Neil.
And I thought it was only my habit of climbing coconut trees which presented danger to life and limb!!!I may never venture to the Caribbean again!! My life is now officially blighted! Lots of love, Cynthia.
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