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  1. I absolutely agree. We were at St. Kitts November 2018 and went to Spice Mill Restaurant at Cockleshell Beach. Spice Mill and Reggae are both on the same Cockleshell Beach a short walking distance apart. Nice beach, good food and drinks. We just wanted a simple beach day at the port and Cockleshell was just right. Be sure to have the taxi make a stop at Timothy Hill on the way (scenic view).
  2. Divi Little Bay Resort, close to port, beautiful beach, rent chairs and umbrella, rebuilt big outside bar with great food and drinks, clean beach, no vendors bugging you, and for now - they have beach service taking food and drink orders from your beach chair. Our second time there, perfect if you just want beach time, swimming, good food and drinks. About $10pp for two people in a cab one-way. Stop by Front Street on your way back to shop before going back to the ship.
  3. We were just in St. Maarten on 11/23/2018 -- Great Bay Beach was still flattened from last year's hurricane. We drove by it and there was nothing but sand and fences. Maybe it was better at the other end where the stores are on Front St. But, I recommend Divi Little Bay (not far from Great Bay). Our second time there. Divi Resort is there. No day pass charge. Chairs and umbrellas (might ask to pay a fee to use), they rebuilt the big outside bar (great drinks and food), nice clean beach, no vendors bugging you, calm pretty water. For at least a few more months, there's beach service - will take food and drink orders at your beach chair! Have a guavaberry colada and enjoy!
  4. Just Returned -- We just returned from a cruise with a stop in St. Lucia. We pre-arranged a driver to take us to Caribelle Batik in St. Lucia -- had a wonderful selection of batik clothing, purses, and other gift items and at a lesser cost than what we saw in St. Kitts. Then we went to Pigeon Island. Small fee to enter, short hiking paths to different fort structures with incredible scenic views. There are two small beaches with NO vendors at all. Chairs and umbrellas are rented by the park. There's a company at one of the beaches (Aqua Sports) that does Snuba and some other things. The restaurant Jambe de Bois had excellent island type food and drinks but service was very slow. The restaurant also has artwork by local artists for sale but not cheap (my perception) about $150 to $350 US dollars depending on the size on simple wood frames. If too big to carry on, they will roll it for you. Bring a shipping tube to protect the art work. We had to buy one at a later island stop. Many people suggested enjoying the South part of St. Lucia for more tropical rainforest scenery and things to do (mud baths, etc.). I'd skip Rodney Bay - it was just a beach are reports are of aggressive vendors, we saw it but skipped it. Because Pigeon Island is a National Park, there are no vendors harassing you. Next time, we will go to the Southern part of St. Lucia which I hear is more beautiful.
  5. We ended up skipping Rodney Bay. We hired a driver and went to Caribelle Batik St. Lucia to shop and a few scenic points. Then went to Pigeon Island National Park. The Park was very nice, clean, no vendors. Easy to walk paths to fort ruins and high scenic views. Two beaches near each other, one with Aqua Sports (like scuba). The restaurant Jambes de Bois had great food and drinks but service was very slow.... island time x 10. Overall, a nice day. The clothing items at Caribelle were much less expensive than what was sold at St. Kitts (same name Caribelle Batik, but not the same company). Next time, we will go to the Southern part of St. Lucia which I hear is more beautiful.
  6. We just returned from a cruise with a stop in St. Lucia. We pre-arranged a driver to take us to Caribelle Batik in St. Lucia -- had a wonderful selection of batik clothing, purses, and other gift items and at a lesser cost than what we saw in St. Kitts. Then we went to Pigeon Island. Small fee to enter, short hiking paths to different fort structures with incredible scenic views. There are two small beaches with NO vendors at all. Chairs and umbrellas are rented by the park. There's a company at one of the beaches (Aqua Sports) that does Snuba and some other things. The restaurant Jambe de Bois had excellent island type food and drinks but service was very slow. The restaurant also has artwork by local artists for sale but not cheap (my perception) about $150 to $350 US dollars depending on the size on simple wood frames. If too big to carry on, they will roll it for you. Bring a shipping tube to protect the art work. We had to buy one at a later island stop. Many people suggested enjoying the South part of St. Lucia for more tropical rainforest scenery and things to do (mud baths, etc.). I'd skip Rodney Bay - it was just a beach are reports are of aggressive vendors, we saw it but skipped it. Because Pigeon Island is a National Park, there are no vendors harassing you.
  7. Any of these places? Spinnakers Restaurant and Beach Bar (North end on beach) near police station. Buzz Seafood and Grill Jacques Waterfront Dining Marie’s Fish Shack (south end)
  8. Looking for a place to enjoy the beach and grab a couple chairs and umbrella and some good seafood Reduit Beach looks long with resorts and beach restaurants. Any suggestions for a specific area of the beach? Thanks! Will be there November 21.
  9. In St Kitts November 22. We really want to spend most of our day at the South Friars beach but also go to Romney Manor and buy some Batik at Caribelle Batik at the same location. Any transportation suggestions? Private driver for all day is too much at $225 - $250. If we get a taxi, do they charge one-way? Or only pay when they come back to bring us back?
  10. Weird. But they told me it is refundable and I have it printed. Probably doesn’t matter because my wife jas been looking in the Kate Spade and Michael Kohrs shops!!!!!
  11. On the TV in the cabin. And confirmed with ship’s customer relations. I might het a printout as “proof”
  12. What type of on board credit is Non-Refundable? Our on board credit is all showing it is refundable including: credit from “go best” perk, credit from travel agent, and pounts from Celebrity Visa redeemed for credit. I thought the credit from perks would Not be refundable.
  13. Does Celebrity have exercise classes on ship for free or for $$$? Any information? Hoping to work off some of all the good eating and drinking! Thank you.
  14. Thanks Reedprincess and blue_water! I remember blue water from planning past cruises. Thanks again. I know Serenity is a tour company recommended by a few people. For a private driver/tour, a friend used Frank of St. Lucia and highly recommended him. More than double the price of a round trip taxi but then we can do things on our own time, make a few extra stops if time. Maybe a stop at a beach shack like Maries Fish Shack or something like that. Was thinking about going to Howelton Estate too to get some Batik but it's out of the way. I also found Sea Island Cotton Shop that sells batik and is close to Pigeon Island. Some pretty batik clothing would make wifey happy and maybe some thank you gifts for people taking care of things at home while we cruise. Taxis are always cheaper but we liked having private tours - learn a little bit from a local, someone to watch our stuff, do things on our time. I'm sure the driver would know of any interesting stops along the way.
  15. A day at Pigeon Island National Park? Any thoughts? https://www.slunatrust.org/ In port 8am-6pm. I don't see much information on cruise critic. What I've learned is it's about 23 minutes away, maybe $70 round trip taxi? Or we could book a private driver to tour all day and make a few other stops along the way. Historical site with buildings, scenic views, (Signal Hill, Fort Rodney), two sandy beaches, a restaurant in the park (Jambe de Bois) and a cellar bar in an old fort (Barnacles). Other options are to go to Reduit Beach or Vigie Beach but looking for something different to do. Originally wanted to do a boat ride to Sugar Beach between the pitons but concerned after some not so good reviews about transportation. Thanks for any review, opinions, thoughts.
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