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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 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
February 17, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,394 Carnival Fascination February 17, 2019
February 24, 2019 $639 $709 N/A $1,444 Carnival Fascination February 24, 2019
March 3, 2019 $614 $709 $1,209 $1,336 Carnival Fascination March 3, 2019
March 10, 2019 $689 $759 $1,329 $1,389 Carnival Fascination March 10, 2019
March 17, 2019 $639 $714 $1,179 $1,389 Carnival Fascination March 17, 2019
March 24, 2019 $679 $774 $1,299 $1,459 Carnival Fascination March 24, 2019
March 31, 2019 $619 $739 $1,179 $1,374 Carnival Fascination March 31, 2019
April 7, 2019 $649 $719 $1,149 $1,162 Carnival Fascination April 7, 2019
April 14, 2019 $799 $829 $1,299 N/A Carnival Fascination April 14, 2019
April 21, 2019 $609 N/A N/A $1,378 Carnival Fascination April 21, 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; Saint Kitts Island; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 17, 2019 $1,402 $1,824 N/A N/A Freedom of the Seas February 17, 2019
March 31, 2019 $1,212 $2,236 $3,030 $3,692 Freedom of the Seas March 31, 2019
April 21, 2019 $1,059 $1,260 $1,675 $2,713 Freedom of the Seas April 21, 2019
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
February 20, 2019 $559 $669 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination February 20, 2019
February 27, 2019 N/A $649 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination February 27, 2019
March 6, 2019 $529 $649 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination March 6, 2019
March 13, 2019 $539 $649 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination March 13, 2019
March 20, 2019 $569 $669 $1,354 N/A Carnival Fascination March 20, 2019
March 27, 2019 $629 $699 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination March 27, 2019
April 3, 2019 $879 $959 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination April 3, 2019
April 10, 2019 $659 $779 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination April 10, 2019
April 17, 2019 $639 $729 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination April 17, 2019
April 24, 2019 $609 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Fascination April 24, 2019
10 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 22, 2019 $2,035 N/A N/A N/A Serenade of the Seas February 22, 2019
March 15, 2019 $1,213 $1,513 N/A N/A Serenade of the Seas March 15, 2019
April 5, 2019 $1,244 $1,484 $2,686 $3,570 Serenade of the Seas April 5, 2019
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
February 23, 2019 $1,024 N/A $1,449 $2,419 Carnival Sunshine February 23, 2019
March 16, 2019 $979 N/A $1,429 $2,012 Carnival Sunshine March 16, 2019
April 6, 2019 $834 N/A $1,408 $1,988 Carnival Sunshine April 6, 2019
April 27, 2019 $869 $919 $1,284 $4,054 Carnival Sunshine April 27, 2019
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Horizon
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 23, 2019 N/A N/A $1,439 $2,079 Carnival Horizon February 23, 2019
March 23, 2019 $1,054 $1,216 $1,949 $2,950 Carnival Horizon March 23, 2019
April 20, 2019 $869 $1,059 $1,379 $2,559 Carnival Horizon April 20, 2019
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
February 23, 2019 $649 $849 $1,099 $1,949 Celebrity Summit February 23, 2019
April 6, 2019 $579 $799 $1,099 $2,849 Celebrity Summit April 6, 2019
April 20, 2019 $529 $879 $1,229 $2,799 Celebrity Summit April 20, 2019
21 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Koningsdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; 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
February 24, 2019 $1,949 $2,279 $3,139 $4,179 Koningsdam February 24, 2019
March 17, 2019 $1,759 $2,089 $2,849 $3,389 Koningsdam March 17, 2019
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
February 25, 2019 $949 $999 N/A $3,299 Crown Princess February 25, 2019
19 Nights South American Cruise From Buenos Aires, Arg.
Ship: Emerald Princess
Departure: Buenos Aires, Arg.
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 19 Nights
Ports: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Salvador, Brazil; Martinique, Faroe Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Kitts Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 28, 2019 $1,949 $2,199 $3,199 $4,299 Emerald Princess February 28, 2019

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