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About St. Kitts

If you have ever dreamt of the classic Caribbean island, chances are it looked a lot like St. Kitts. You will recognise that mixture of deserted beaches, sleepy villages, lush rainforest greenery and sugarcane fields and maybe even the mini-mountain range with a dormant volcano in its midst.

 

Yet the first thing you will see when the ship docks is pretty much brand new: St. Kitts cruise terminal and marina complex - a collection of shops, bars, restaurants and gardens. Once through that, though, you can explore the back streets and impressively restored Georgian buildings of the capital, Basseterre.

 

Independent since 1983, St. Kitts covers just 65 square miles but has its own World Heritage site: Brimstone Hill fortress.  Another option for St. Kitts cruise visitors is the 45-minute ferry to sister island Nevis.

 

Shore excursions in St. Kitts

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.

Amazing Grace and Romney Manor

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the connection between St Kitts and the famous hymn, ‘Amazing Grace', combined with a visit to the lovely Romney Manor.

Located just a 45 minute drive from Port Zante is the Amazing Grace Experience, just a small visitor’s centre that is devoted to an English slave trader, John Newton. The centre is voted as one of the island’s best attractions to visit by The Telegraph.

The centre depicts the poignant and little-known story of how John Newton became a changed man during a visit to St Kitts, and subsequently joined the clergy. This move led to his campaigning for the abolition of slavery and during this time several hymns were composed, one of which was ‘Amazing Grace’. During your visit, you’ll enjoy a short video and have the opportunity to browse the fascinating exhibitions and the gift shop.

Afterwards, you’ll head to Romney Manor, which is also home to the Caribelle Batik. Here, you can admire the gardens and you’ll also see a batik demonstration. Watch as the local artists produce colourful fabric apparel and perhaps make a purchase as a souvenir of your visit.

Enjoy the island scenery as you take the return drive to Port Zante.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking over varying terrain, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The time spent at each venue is around 45 minutes. US Dollars are accepted for purchases.

Caribbean Cuisine

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 3½ hours

A unique culinary experience that provides you with the opportunity to learn the true art of Caribbean cooking.

Savour the delicious flavours of West Indian cooking and discover the ingredients that make up some of these wonderful dishes and the history behind them. Whether you are a seasoned cook or simply a lover of tasty cuisine, this tour will appeal to you.

A brief drive takes you to Fairview Great House for a cooking demonstration. Regional dishes are prepared before your eyes, by a historian cook who will enlighten you with tales of the history of this unique cuisine and share with you some old and new recipes. During the demonstration you will learn how the dishes have developed by using Old and New World foods with African, European and Indian cooking methods.

The mouth watering aromas are sure to give you an appetite, so tuck into the dishes and sample the delights of the Caribbean for yourself! As you enjoy the delicious cuisine, a homemade refreshment will be served as the perfect accompaniment.

Afterwards enjoy some free time to explore the Great House and discover how life was during colonial times, or take a stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens.

As a souvenir of your tour, you will receive a copy of the recipes for the dishes that were prepared.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by mini-bus. There are approximately 10 steps at the entrance to the room where the cooking demonstration is held.

Cockleshell Beach Break

Activity lowRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 4 hours

A chance to spend time on the beach and indulge in some Caribbean sunshine.

This simple transfer offers you the chance to kick off your shoes, stroll along the sandy shores and soak up the atmosphere of a typical Kittitian beach.

Your destination is Cockleshell Beach, where a beach chair awaits. Relax onto the beach and simply enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

During your visit you’ll be served a refreshing fruit punch at the Spice Mill restaurant.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. This tour is inclusive of transfers, beach chair and a complimentary drink. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Beach umbrellas are not included but may be available for hire, payable locally. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. The beach is public and therefore may become busy.

Cockleshell Beach Break

Cruise, Swim and Steel Band

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

It’s the tour that has it all. Cruising along the St Kitts coastline, tropical fish, a wonderful beach stop, Caribbean music and a steel band.

You will be met at the ship by your tour guide and escorted a few yards to your awaiting 96 feet long vessel. From here you will embark on an enjoyable boat ride from Port Zante following the interesting St Kitts coastline with homes and hotels up the peninsular.

Your first stop will be over the reef at Green Point to view the colourful Caribbean topical fish through the glass bottom boat portals.

Continue to Major’s Bay beach. Here you can take a swim, have a walk along the beach or simply relax and soak up the sun on the beach or in the idyllic location on board the boat on your 1½ hour or so stop.

Suitably refreshed the tour follows the coastline back to Port Zante and you will be entertained by a wonderful St Kitts Steel Band playing tunes from around the world. Time to dance and take in your ultimate Caribbean experience.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a step to negotiate on and off the vessel and steep steps to the upper level. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Beach umbrellas are not included but may be available for hire, payable locally. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Cruise, Swim and Steel Band

Discover Nevis Island

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Experience the beauty of Nevis Island, often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Caribbean’, a real hidden treasure.

At the port of Basseterre, you’ll step aboard a boat for a 45 minute transfer across to the island of Nevis. Sit back and admire the coastline of the south eastern peninsular as you head across the Caribbean Sea.

Upon arrival at Nevis, you’ll make your way from the jetty to a waiting minibus, ready for a tour of the island. Enjoy a drive through the small bustling capital, before heading along the Nevis main road and onto an area where a natural hot spring flows. The small bath is used by locals for its healing properties and you may wish to dip your toe into the relaxing warm water. During your island tour, a stop will be made at one of the delightful local hotels to enjoy the surroundings. Your final stop will be Pinney’s Beach, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim or simply relax on a beach chair. A delicious local style lunch and a refreshing drink of rum punch, local beer or fruit punch will be served at the Lime Beach Bar.

As your visit draws to an end, you’ll head back to the jetty for the return boat ride to St Kitts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat, minibus and on foot. The boat transfer time is approximate and the journey may be choppy; those who suffer with seasickness should take the necessary precautions. A degree of agility is required when boarding the boat. The tour involves some walking over varying terrain, including steps, and flat comfortable shoes are advised. Please remember swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Toilet and changing facilities are available. Beach umbrellas are not included but may be available for hire, payable locally. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. The beach is public and therefore may become busy.

 

A selection of cruises to St. Kitts

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