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Saint Lucia Island (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

Located in the southeastern part of the Caribbean Sea, Saint Lucia is a small island country that is part of the Lesser Antilles. A favorite stop for cruise ships, the island offers visitors innumerable opportunities for adventure and exploration, from tropical rainforests and breathtaking waterfalls to ancient ruins and extraordinary botanical gardens. For those wanting to make a stop at a smaller, less populated region during a Caribbean cruise, Saint Lucia is the perfect choice.

Where the Ship Docks

Cruise ships arrive in the main harbor of Castries, the largest community and capital city of Saint Lucia. The vessels dock at Place Carenage or nearby Pointe Seraphine, both of which are part of the main waterfront area of the city. The docks are within easy walking distance to the central business district and there are both taxis and public transportation available at either location. Duty-free shops for souvenirs can be found near both of the anchorage points and there are a number of visitor-friendly trinket stores in and around the waterfront area and on the main streets of town.

What to See and Do

Castries itself is certainly worth a detailed walking tour, but the main attraction in Saint Lucia is the natural beauty of the island itself. Getting out of town and seeing the magnificent rain forests is a popular excursion for most cruise tourists. Much of the island is protected as a natural preserve, with the Saint Lucia National Rain Forest covering a good deal of the total land area. Hiking trails are abundant and visitors will find no shortage of vantage points for taking memorable photos. Somewhat more mountainous than many other Caribbean islands, Saint Lucia's most famous natural landmark is the Twin Pitons, a double peak located in the southern part of the island, while the nearby Soufriere Drive-In Volcano attracts thousands annually to its active sulfur pools. The Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall is one of the loveliest collections of floral species in the West Indies and also contains mineral baths near the waterfall. Pigeon Island, located at the northwest end of Saint Lucia, is a great place for families to spend an afternoon. Here visitors find a complete interpretive center that details the island's history, excellent walking trails that offer views of the sea and mainland, and plenty of ruins to explore, most of them part of the forts originally erected as separate factions fought for control of the island in its colonial days. Horseback riding, snorkeling and even helicopter tours are also popular activities for those arriving on cruise ships to Saint Lucia.

Eating/Drinking

Fresh seafood dominates the menu at most of the fine restaurants on Saint Lucia, especially in the capital city of Castries. A good choice for lunch would be The Charthouse, which overlooks Rodney Bay not far from the docks and offering up an excellent combination of steaks, seafood and salads. The Green Parrot, located on Morne Fortune directly above Castries Harbor is a great place for both lunch and dinner and has a widely diverse menu that includes Creole favorites, West Indian originals and many international delights. At the Ladera Resort in Soufriere one can enjoy the very best in Caribbean cuisine at the Dasheene Restaurant, where a delightful mix of authentic recipes awaits. This is considered by many the best seafood restaurant on the island and also has the best views of the town and waterfront. Visitors will also find a good selection of snacks at the many open air cafes near the cruise ship docks, where soups, salads and fresh fruits are always available.

Getting Around

The cruise docks are adjacent to the center of Castries, but visitors will need to take a taxi, public bus or rental car to access the island's natural treasures. Taxi service is plentiful and there are a good number of public bus routes. Taxi prices can be negotiated with the vehicle operator. The bus lines do not run on a set schedule but wait at major stops until full. Also visitors cannot rent a car in Saint Lucia unless they either have an international permit or purchase a temporary one while on the island.

Miscellaneous But Important

English is the official language of the island. The monetary unit is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, although U.S. Dollars are often accepted. The island has a good number of ATMs for currency exchange. If an international telephone call needs to be placed, most visitors will use the Internet cafe at the Caribbean Travel Agency on Micoud Street in Castries.

 
The map of Saint Lucia island.

The map of Saint Lucia island.


Here is a view of Twin Pitons, perhaps the most famous location on St. Lucia island.

Here is a view of Twin Pitons, perhaps the most famous location on St. Lucia island.


Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, from a hill-top.

Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, from a hill-top.


A scene of a waterfall in one of the lush rain forests of St. Lucia.

A scene of a waterfall in one of the lush rain forests of St. Lucia.


The Diamond Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to spend couple of hours.

The Diamond Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to spend couple of hours.

 

Cruises to Saint Lucia 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
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
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Pointe A Pitre, Gdlp.
Ship: Costa Magica
Departure: Pointe A Pitre, Gdlp.
Arrival: Pointe A Pitre, Gdlp.
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Kingstown, Saint Vincent & Gre; Fort De France, Martinique; Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe; Tobago Scarborough; St George Grenada; Bridgetown (Barbados); Saint Lucia Island; Fort De France, Martinique; Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 22, 2019 $1,329 $1,589 $1,929 $2,229 Costa Magica February 22, 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 $549 $769 $949 $2,199 Celebrity Summit April 20, 2019
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From San Juan, PR
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Departure: San Juan, PR
Arrival: San Juan, PR
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John's, Antigua; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 24, 2019 $749 $799 N/A $1,999 Norwegian Dawn February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $499 $699 $1,149 $1,549 Norwegian Dawn March 10, 2019
March 24, 2019 $579 $799 N/A $1,499 Norwegian Dawn March 24, 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; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 24, 2019 $639 $709 N/A $1,444 Carnival Fascination February 24, 2019
March 3, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,586 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
April 28, 2019 $659 $694 $1,199 $1,380 Carnival Fascination April 28, 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
11 Nights Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John's, Antigua; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 25, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $3,199 Norwegian Gem February 25, 2019
December 2, 2019 $929 $979 $1,699 $1,899 Norwegian Gem December 2, 2019
February 24, 2020 $1,099 $1,299 $1,829 $2,149 Norwegian Gem February 24, 2020
14 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Fort De France
Ship: Costa Magica
Departure: Fort De France
Arrival: Fort De France
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort De France, Martinique; Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe; Tobago Scarborough; St George Grenada; Bridgetown (Barbados); Saint Lucia Island; Fort De France, Martinique; Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Maarten; Dominica; Kingstown, Saint Vincent & Gre; Fort De France, Martinique
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 28, 2019 $1,329 $1,729 N/A N/A Costa Magica February 28, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Fort De France
Ship: Costa Magica
Departure: Fort De France
Arrival: Fort De France
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort De France, Martinique; Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe; Tobago Scarborough; St George Grenada; Bridgetown (Barbados); Saint Lucia Island; Fort De France, Martinique
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 28, 2019 $699 $899 $1,149 N/A Costa Magica February 28, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Pointe A Pitre, Gdlp.
Ship: Costa Magica
Departure: Pointe A Pitre, Gdlp.
Arrival: Pointe A Pitre, Gdlp.
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe; Tobago Scarborough; St George Grenada; Bridgetown (Barbados); Saint Lucia Island; Fort De France, Martinique; Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 1, 2019 $699 $899 $1,149 $1,749 Costa Magica March 1, 2019

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