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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


20 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Crown Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 20 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Dominica, Dominica; St George's, Grenada; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Curacao, Antilles; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Kitts Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 7, 2019 $1,549 $1,718 $2,549 N/A Crown Princess December 7, 2019
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; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 8, 2019 $689 N/A N/A $1,464 Carnival Fascination December 8, 2019
December 15, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,238 Carnival Fascination December 15, 2019
December 22, 2019 $724 $789 $1,299 $1,589 Carnival Fascination December 22, 2019
December 29, 2019 $1,019 $1,129 $1,729 $1,759 Carnival Fascination December 29, 2019
January 5, 2020 $729 $774 N/A $1,668 Carnival Fascination January 5, 2020
January 12, 2020 N/A $729 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 12, 2020
January 19, 2020 $669 $749 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 19, 2020
January 26, 2020 $629 N/A N/A $1,254 Carnival Fascination January 26, 2020
February 2, 2020 $699 $779 $1,309 $1,524 Carnival Fascination February 2, 2020
February 9, 2020 $689 $759 $1,430 N/A Carnival Fascination February 9, 2020
12 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Bayonne, NJ
Ship: Anthem of the Seas
Departure: Bayonne, NJ
Arrival: Bayonne, NJ
Duration: 12 Nights
Ports: Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey; Cruising; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Kitts Island; Cruising; Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 8, 2019 N/A $1,985 N/A $8,798 Anthem of the Seas December 8, 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; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Cruising; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 8, 2019 N/A $1,163 $1,533 $4,287 Freedom of the Seas December 8, 2019
January 5, 2020 $514 $748 $1,130 $2,768 Freedom of the Seas January 5, 2020
April 12, 2020 $712 $963 $1,257 $1,940 Freedom of the Seas April 12, 2020
7 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Barbados
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Departure: Barbados
Arrival: Barbados
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Bridgetown, Barbados; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 13, 2019 N/A $779 $1,059 N/A Carnival Fascination December 13, 2019
December 27, 2019 N/A N/A $1,569 N/A Carnival Fascination December 27, 2019
January 3, 2020 $559 $689 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 3, 2020
January 10, 2020 N/A N/A $1,539 N/A Carnival Fascination January 10, 2020
January 24, 2020 $599 $719 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 24, 2020
January 31, 2020 $549 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 31, 2020
February 7, 2020 $559 $629 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination February 7, 2020
February 21, 2020 $519 $629 $1,369 N/A Carnival Fascination February 21, 2020
February 28, 2020 $489 $599 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination February 28, 2020
March 6, 2020 $469 $609 $1,359 N/A Carnival Fascination March 6, 2020
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Symphony of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Cruising; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Cruising; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 14, 2019 $1,449 $1,749 $1,922 $7,673 Symphony of the Seas December 14, 2019
January 11, 2020 $1,291 $2,291 $2,532 $6,669 Symphony of the Seas January 11, 2020
February 8, 2020 $1,449 $1,979 $2,941 $3,835 Symphony of the Seas February 8, 2020
March 7, 2020 $1,080 $1,446 $1,482 $9,195 Symphony of the Seas March 7, 2020
April 4, 2020 $1,525 $1,880 $1,926 $3,513 Symphony of the Seas April 4, 2020
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. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; At Sea; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 14, 2019 $789 $839 $889 $2,439 Celebrity Summit December 14, 2019
February 8, 2020 $1,235 $1,430 $2,195 $4,729 Celebrity Summit February 8, 2020
April 4, 2020 $1,025 $1,205 $1,725 $3,849 Celebrity Summit April 4, 2020
December 26, 2020 $1,410 $1,685 $2,015 $4,784 Celebrity Summit December 26, 2020
April 3, 2021 $722 $942 $1,162 $3,104 Celebrity Summit April 3, 2021
April 17, 2021 $864 $1,064 $1,314 $2,599 Celebrity Summit April 17, 2021
10 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Crown Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Kitts Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 17, 2019 $891 $998 N/A $2,029 Crown Princess December 17, 2019
March 6, 2020 $1,029 $1,142 $2,339 $3,099 Crown Princess March 6, 2020
20 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Crown Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 20 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Kitts Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Aruba Island; Curacao, Antilles; St George's, Grenada; Dominica, Dominica; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 17, 2019 N/A N/A $3,926 $5,416 Crown Princess December 17, 2019
10 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 18, 2019 $799 $899 $1,799 $3,999 Veendam December 18, 2019

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