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Saint Kitts Island (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

St. Kitts, together with the neighboring Isle Nevis, is among the loveliest and unspoiled islands in the south Caribbean. It attracts many cruise visitors because of its scenic natural beauty as well as for its native culture and fine beaches. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the original name of the island was St. Christopher, shortened more recently to Saint Kitts. The eco-friendly preservation of the island's natural geography is one of the reasons so many come here to relax and explore. However, the tourist trade is alive and well, with a myriad of souvenir shops, gift stores and some extremely fine dining establishments. Above all, however, Saint Kitts is truly a getaway destination, perfect for couples, honeymooners and those who really enjoy nature.

Where the Ship Docks

Cruise lines make their port of call at Basseterre, the capital and largest community on the island. Just outside of the town a new, quite modern cruise dock has been constructed at Port Zante, and the terminal is complete with information desks, currency exchange booths and ATMs. Taxis can take visitors into the heart of the city in less than 15 minutes. However, some cruise travelers prefer to stroll along the waterfront to the central district of Basseterre. Port Zante itself has a number of newer shops and restaurants that have opened since the completion of this modern dock facility.

What to See and Do

Some of the earliest Colonial style architecture remains around the island, and there are a number of fine old structures worth investigating in Basseterre. Romney Manor was once owned by the grandson of Thomas Jefferson and today visitors can delight in its magnificent grounds and visit the Caribelle Batik shop, one of many such establishments that offer genuine batik clothing. The Nature Reserve contains a stunning display of flora and fauna, including the brown pouchless pelican. One of the most intriguing destinations on the island is the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Brimstone Hill Fortress. A 17th century British military barracks, this fortified complex was occupied by a huge number of troops during the period when fighting over control of Saint Kitts was at its height. Among the delightful beaches, the Great Salt Pond is one of the most enjoyable. Here visitors can stroll between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in just a few moments, as the beach is on a narrow peninsula. South Frigate Bay is a favorite for surfers and beachcombers, and waterskiing is popular along this entire stretch of coastline. For those wanting a bit of marine adventure, take a ferry ride to the neighboring Isle Nevis, which is more remote and ringed by coral reefs. The white sand beaches on this smaller island are exemplary.

Eating/Drinking

Mr. X's Shiggedy Shack serves the famous rum cocktail made with cane juice. At the Glimbara Guest House on Cayon Street the locals can be found whetting their appetite at the Glimbara Diner, a well-known establishment specializing in Creole style cuisine. Outside of town and a short taxi ride from the center of Basseterre is the equally popular Rawlins Plantation. Here on the lower slopes of Mt. Liamuiga, diners experience the very finest in shrimp and lobster entrees. The excellent desserts are a mix of French and Caribbean cooking and the views are exceptional.

Getting Around

Taxis are the preferred method of transportation for cruise visitors. The fares are determined by agreement and there are no metered fares. Taxis are plentiful at hotels, restaurants and along the waterfront as well as at the cruise terminal. Rental cars are available. However, you would need to purchase a visitor's permit in order to drive. The rural streets are crowded with pedestrian traffic as well as livestock such as goats and sheep. Driving slowly around the island is highly recommended.

Miscellaneous But Important

The local currency is the East Caribbean Dollar, although many of the gift shops and restaurants accept U.S. Dollar as well. The native language of the island is English, but the locals have created their own distinct accent, which can be a bit tricky to understand at first. Several of the cafes in downtown Basseterre have Internet access, especially those located in and around the central circus and at the TDL Mall on Fort Street.

 
Romney Manor - one of the most popular places in St. Kitts among cruise travelers.

Romney Manor - one of the most popular places in St. Kitts among cruise travelers.


Brimstone Hill Fortress - 17th century British military complex.

Brimstone Hill Fortress - 17th century British military complex.


People are having a great time at Great Salt Pond beach.

People are having a great time at Great Salt Pond beach.


Basseterre has a lot of beautiful shops, cafes and restaurants.

Basseterre has a lot of beautiful shops, cafes and restaurants.


Rawlins Plantation is considered one of the best dining places on this island.

Rawlins Plantation is considered one of the best dining places on this island.

 

Cruises to Saint Kitts Island


7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Barbados
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Departure: Barbados
Arrival: Barbados
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Bridgetown, Barbados
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 19, 2018 N/A $999 $1,644 N/A Carnival Fascination December 19, 2018
December 26, 2018 $1,259 $1,299 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination December 26, 2018
January 2, 2019 $609 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 2, 2019
January 9, 2019 $520 $592 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 9, 2019
January 16, 2019 $519 $589 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 16, 2019
January 23, 2019 $509 $579 $1,494 N/A Carnival Fascination January 23, 2019
January 30, 2019 $509 $609 $1,474 N/A Carnival Fascination January 30, 2019
February 6, 2019 $579 $699 $1,434 N/A Carnival Fascination February 6, 2019
February 13, 2019 $569 $689 $1,514 N/A Carnival Fascination February 13, 2019
February 20, 2019 $579 $689 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination February 20, 2019
14 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Kitts Island; Martinique, Faroe Islands; Bridgetown, Barbados; Trinidad, Trinidad/Tobago; Curacao, Antilles; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 19, 2018 $1,348 $1,598 $2,098 $3,638 Caribbean Princess December 19, 2018
January 26, 2019 $1,098 $1,378 $1,998 $2,598 Caribbean Princess January 26, 2019
12 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Silhouette
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 12 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; Punta Cana, Dominican Rep; St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Roseau, Dominica; St George's, Grenada; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 21, 2018 $2,059 N/A N/A N/A Celebrity Silhouette December 21, 2018
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Roseau, Dominica; At Sea; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 $649 $699 $819 $2,499 Celebrity Summit December 22, 2018
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 $1,460 $2,301 $2,570 $3,634 Adventure of the Seas December 22, 2018
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 $1,259 N/A $1,869 N/A Carnival Sunshine December 22, 2018
February 23, 2019 $899 $999 $1,429 $1,799 Carnival Sunshine February 23, 2019
March 16, 2019 $929 $1,009 $1,419 $1,892 Carnival Sunshine March 16, 2019
April 6, 2019 $814 $919 $1,209 $3,748 Carnival Sunshine April 6, 2019
April 27, 2019 $789 $899 $1,259 $1,644 Carnival Sunshine April 27, 2019
12 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Baltimore, MD
Ship: Grandeur of the Seas
Departure: Baltimore, MD
Arrival: Baltimore, MD
Duration: 12 Nights
Ports: Baltimore, Maryland; Cruising; St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Baltimore, Maryland
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 $2,310 N/A N/A N/A Grandeur of the Seas December 22, 2018
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 $809 $989 N/A $1,591 Carnival Fascination December 23, 2018
December 30, 2018 $999 $1,039 $1,499 $1,815 Carnival Fascination December 30, 2018
January 6, 2019 $679 $709 N/A $1,685 Carnival Fascination January 6, 2019
January 13, 2019 $629 $679 $1,189 $1,153 Carnival Fascination January 13, 2019
January 20, 2019 $549 $669 N/A $1,587 Carnival Fascination January 20, 2019
January 27, 2019 $619 $659 N/A $1,318 Carnival Fascination January 27, 2019
February 3, 2019 $639 $709 $1,329 $1,524 Carnival Fascination February 3, 2019
February 10, 2019 $649 $729 $1,269 $1,400 Carnival Fascination February 10, 2019
February 17, 2019 $579 $729 $1,319 $1,429 Carnival Fascination February 17, 2019
February 24, 2019 $599 $699 $1,289 $1,489 Carnival Fascination February 24, 2019
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cruising; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Cruising; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 $1,178 $1,607 $2,035 N/A Freedom of the Seas December 23, 2018
January 13, 2019 $786 $976 $1,657 $2,632 Freedom of the Seas January 13, 2019
February 3, 2019 $857 $1,207 $1,997 $5,492 Freedom of the Seas February 3, 2019
February 24, 2019 $1,110 $1,328 $2,070 $2,795 Freedom of the Seas February 24, 2019
March 17, 2019 $732 $892 $2,594 $2,967 Freedom of the Seas March 17, 2019
April 7, 2019 $818 $879 $1,228 $1,999 Freedom of the Seas April 7, 2019
April 28, 2019 $674 $755 $1,163 $2,084 Freedom of the Seas April 28, 2019
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-De-France, Martinique; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 26, 2018 $1,599 $1,749 $2,149 $3,059 Zuiderdam December 26, 2018

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