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About St. Lucia

St Lucia has a fascinating if bloody history with the French and British spending years fighting over it. One look at this luscious island will show you why.

Cloaked in verdant rainforests, its skyline dominated by the dramatic twin peaks of Les Pitons and its gardens a riot of hibiscus and bougainvillea; St. Lucia is the epitome of a Caribbean paradise.

Here you can watch parrots and hummingbirds skim through the trees, bask on beautiful beaches, visit charming fishing villages, view stunning volcanic scenery and glory in the Caribbean's best botanical gardens.

If it is your first visit, an island tour to the dramatic Soufriére volcano will show you the island's full beauty.  Boat trips to spot dolphin and whales are also available, as are biking, jeep and hiking tours of the rainforest.  But do leave time to explore the shops of Castries, where you can pick up bread, wine and even ketchup made from bananas.

 

Shore excursions in St. Lucia

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Aerial Tram

Activity lowRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 3½ hours

Take a tranquil and unique journey into and over the treetops of St Lucia’s lush rainforest.

Your scenic delights begin as you wend your way through the hills and villages 2,000 feet into the St Lucian mountains.

At the Rainforest Sky Rides Base, you’ll embark on a fabulous Aerial Tram ride through the forest canopy. The 16 open-air gondolas seat up to 8 passengers and a naturalist guide, travelling at a leisurely pace to see the forest treasures.

Venture high into the mature Caribbean oceanic rainforest, nurtured by warm gentle rains and rich volcanic soil. Relax as the gondolas safely glide through and over the treetops, where knotted and woody vines wind to the top of the old forest trees.

See the dense thickets of vegetation merging with the wild flowers and colourful berries. Smell the fragrant flowering trees of Giant Chatannier, Magnolia and Gommier.

After experiencing the forest from above, you’ll take a 20-30 minute walk to explore the forest at ground level.

Before leaving, enjoy a refreshing drink at the Hummingbird Café.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and aerial tram. The drive to the Rainforest Park is not narrated. The forest walk is optional and only suitable for those in good physical condition. There is uneven ground and numerous steps to negotiate. Comfortable, flat, closed toe shoes are essential. Those not wishing to partake in the walk will have free time at the refreshment area, until the group returns. Passengers are advised to take protection from the rain. There are a few steps to negotiate boarding the gondolas. The Aerial Tram Park is non-smoking.

Segway, Sights and Beach

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Discover St Lucia by Segway, combined with time to enjoy the beach at Reduit Beach.

Setting off from the port, you’ll take a scenic drive to Rodney Bay to meet your Segway guide. After a training session, head off on your Segway for an enjoyable ride along a 2 mile nature trail.

Afterwards, you’ll rejoin your minibus and take a scenic drive along the east and west coasts to Reduit Beach. Photo stops will be made en route for you to enjoy the splendid surrounding scenery. Upon arrival, take the opportunity to take a dip in the refreshing waters, snorkel or simply relax in the sun. During your stay a sample of delicious seasonal fruits will be offered.

Enjoy more of the St Lucian scenery on the return drive, before arriving back at the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus, segway and on foot. Children under 8 and pregnant women may not participate. The weight limit on this tour is 17 stone. This tour is only for those in good physical condition. It is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. The order of itinerary may vary. Beach chairs are not included but are available to hire; payable locally and subject to availability. Toilet /changing facilities are available. Snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

St Lucia by Land and Sea

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 7½ hours

Enjoy the very best of St Lucia by land and by sea; see the lush interior of the island, charming bays and the majestic Pitons.

Drive through Castries up to Morne Fortune for fantastic views of the city and your ship, before reaching Marigot Bay viewpoint for a photo stop. Afterwards, journey along winding roads, passing banana plantations to the fishing village of Anse La Raye, where a short stop will be made. Continue to Soufriere, nestled at the base of St Lucia’s landmark twin peaks, the Pitons. See evidence of the island’s volcanic beginnings some 300,000 years ago and the bubbling mud pools of the Sulphur Springs.

Stroll around the beautiful Diamond Botanical Gardens well known for their array of tropical plants and tranquil waterfall. Afterwards, a Caribbean-style buffet lunch awaits you at a local Estate.

Enjoy a scenic coastal cruise taking in wonderful views of St Lucia, as you relax with a refreshing drink from the open bar. During a brief stop at a bay along the west coast, there’s a chance to cool off with a swim before heading to Marigot Bay – a lovely natural bay that was chosen for the location of the original Dr Doolittle film.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus, boat and on foot. Passengers will either commence by coastal cruise and end by minibus, or vice versa. The drive includes winding roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the appropriate medication. There are around 35 steps at the Sulphur Springs and uneven rough ground. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. The swim stop is dependent on weather conditions on the day. The catamaran will drop anchor and swimming will be in open water or passengers may swim the short distance to the shore. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

St Lucia's Scenic North

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

An opportunity to capture the panoramic views, landmarks and scenery in the north of St Lucia.

Setting off from Castries, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to the northern tip of the island.

Your journey begins with a visit to Eudovic’s Art Studio where you’ll be shown St Lucian wood work at its best. Smooth abstract forms are created from ancient roots found deep within the rainforest. You will also find mahogany, teak and red or white cedar wood products. Continue to the popular resort of Rodney Bay and the Rodney Bay Marina, which boosts the islands yacht tourism. You’ll continue through the old fishing village of Gros Islet, which is where the first priests of the island settled in 1749. A stop will be made to visit the Roman Catholic Parish Church.

Afterwards, your journey will take you to the Pigeon Point National Landmark, where a photo stop will be made. Here, you can admire the views across the Atlantic and the mountainous interior, including the 3 distinctive peaks of Mt Gimie. You’ll then pass through Cap Estate, known as the Beverley Hills of St Lucia and dotted with some of its finest homes. A short photo stop will be made at Sea Breeze Heights, before continuing to the St Lucia Golf and Country Club to enjoy a refreshment.

To round off your tour, a short stop will be made at a typical art gallery to view Sarong painting. You’ll gain an insight into the trade and the hand painting skills of the local artists. Perhaps purchase a souvenir, before the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the minibus. There is also a period of standing whilst visiting the Roman Catholic Church, approximately 2 steps at the refreshment venue and 5 at the art gallery. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

 

A selection of cruises to St. Lucia

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