We've not been to St Thomas. In St Kitts just go to the town which is walking distance to the ship, then go to the beach. Barbados go to the town again, lots of shops. Go across the main bridge and go upstairs to the restaurant (right hand side) and have a Rum Punch....mmmmmm....St Lucia we did a catamaran to the Pitons. St Maarten is great for shopping probably the cheapest place. We also did the Americas Cup racing yachts.. if you love adventure this is for you.. it's very exciting.
In Barbados you can strike up a deal with a local taxi driver to take you to some places of interest such as Harrison's cave or Bathsheba (stunning sceenery.) Or, if the horse racing is on when you are there it's very safe to watch from the side of the course across the road from the garrison without paying to get in. Mix with the locals there and you will be able to eat and drink v v cheaply. You can get all local busses for 1.5 Barbados dollars.
Great trip and lovely islands….St Thomas, every woman’s ideal stop. Shopping in every shape and form, with jewellery at really good prices, cameras and high spec goods at very competitive mark ups but make sure you say you need it to work in the UK, alcoholic beverages that can be sent directly to the ship and sunglasses are bargains but do bargain. Magens Bay I think is over-rated. St. Kitts is definitely a beach and snorkelling spot and if you like even some nudist beaches. Barbados, one of my favourite islands, is the place to bargain for a taxi and go to some of the superb gardens around the island, the caves for a good cool option, snorkelling on the Caribbean side or spectacular scenery with rougher water on the Atlantic side. St. Lucia is a great place to swim, lay on the beach and snorkel. If you ask a taxi to take you to one of the hotels on the north east side and then use their facilities and the beach it makes for a great day out. We had a fantastic day with a guest singer on the Whisper at the Royal St Lucia on Reduit bay. You can also go to the smelly sulphur eruptions near Souffriere for a different kind of experience and if you get the chance on any of these stops to try flying fish sandwiches or rolls ..do they are superb. St Maarten is also a good place for shopping or swimming but if you want your heart-strings and conscience tugged go to see how we treated slaves at the sugar cane mills here…it can make you think hard about other people. You may find that if you can find another couple or more to explore with your experience will be enhanced. You can also benefit by looking at the resorts web-sites and by looking at the various excursions offered by cruise lines and then picking out the things you would like to see and combining those into a day out. The other great thing that appeals to Neil is to stop at one of the bars that Hemmingway frequented, there are so many, and just enjoy the local atmosphere. Wonderful trip and it’s one that can be repeated without overdoing it…..Good sailing….Id.
In St Maarten you can get water taxis from where the ship docks to the beach and shops.However the French part of the Island I think is prettier than the Dutch side. There are plenty taxis at a reasonable price near where the ship docks. If you fancy something a bit different, Lucky stables does a lovely ride up hills and along the coast, culminating in the horse going into the sea with you on its back. I'm an experienced rider and really enjoyed it. However they cater for beginners too.
In St Thomas we got a shuttle bus over to a beach (whose name I cant remember)- it supposed to be among the top 10 in the world - it certainly was impressive. The ride over was a bit hair raising with tight bends and steep inclines.
St. Thomas, Megan's Bay I would stress is not overrated, but it is busy, with lots going on, but a beautiful curve of sand. try the ferry over to Trunk Bay in St. John's, stunning,very little facilities. arrange taxi to come back to you at your stated time. Don't pay until you get back. St. Kitts, take a minibus tour around the island, interesting day out. The town is a nice place to wander around. Barbados, get to the beautiful church of St. John overlooking the dramatic coastline of Bathsheba. Great beach just across the bridge. St. Lucia, tour which includes the sulpher springs. ST. Maartin, the previous writer is correct, the 'French' side is more elegant, but do watch out for the numerous piles of doggy poo! The 'dutch' waterfront beach is OK, but great views of your ship & has a crackin' bar where all the staff go.