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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; 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
October 18, 2019 $549 $659 $1,099 N/A Carnival Fascination October 18, 2019
October 25, 2019 $539 $719 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination October 25, 2019
November 8, 2019 $534 $629 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination November 8, 2019
November 29, 2019 $579 $619 $1,589 N/A Carnival Fascination November 29, 2019
December 6, 2019 $629 $689 $1,519 N/A Carnival Fascination December 6, 2019
December 13, 2019 $709 $749 $1,159 N/A Carnival Fascination December 13, 2019
January 3, 2020 $539 $619 $1,579 N/A Carnival Fascination January 3, 2020
January 10, 2020 $499 $734 $1,539 N/A Carnival Fascination January 10, 2020
January 24, 2020 $449 $579 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination January 24, 2020
January 31, 2020 $439 $539 $1,209 N/A Carnival Fascination January 31, 2020
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
October 18, 2019 $712 $791 $1,101 $2,359 Crown Princess October 18, 2019
December 17, 2019 $799 $887 $1,199 $1,829 Crown Princess December 17, 2019
March 6, 2020 $1,029 $1,142 $2,339 $3,099 Crown Princess March 6, 2020
14 Nights Caribbean Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk; St. George's, Grenada; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Basseterre; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 19, 2019 $699 $849 N/A $1,849 Norwegian Dawn October 19, 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
October 20, 2019 $699 $749 $1,079 $1,039 Carnival Fascination October 20, 2019
November 3, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,555 Carnival Fascination November 3, 2019
November 10, 2019 $659 $699 N/A $1,169 Carnival Fascination November 10, 2019
November 17, 2019 $659 $699 $1,009 $1,074 Carnival Fascination November 17, 2019
December 1, 2019 $629 $704 $1,049 $1,096 Carnival Fascination December 1, 2019
December 8, 2019 $649 $749 $1,190 $1,128 Carnival Fascination December 8, 2019
December 15, 2019 N/A $719 $1,009 $1,089 Carnival Fascination December 15, 2019
December 22, 2019 $829 $879 $1,449 $1,804 Carnival Fascination December 22, 2019
December 29, 2019 $999 $1,149 N/A $1,894 Carnival Fascination December 29, 2019
January 5, 2020 $729 $759 $1,149 $1,249 Carnival Fascination January 5, 2020
14 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Boston, MA
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Departure: Boston, MA
Arrival: Boston, MA
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Boston, Massachusetts; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Basseterre; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Boston, Massachusetts
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 25, 2019 N/A N/A $1,099 $3,299 Norwegian Gem October 25, 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
October 27, 2019 $665 $932 $1,385 N/A Freedom of the Seas October 27, 2019
November 3, 2019 $629 $928 $1,329 N/A Freedom of the Seas November 3, 2019
November 10, 2019 $771 $926 $1,304 $3,416 Freedom of the Seas November 10, 2019
November 24, 2019 $1,157 $1,167 $1,300 $2,532 Freedom of the Seas November 24, 2019
December 8, 2019 $958 N/A N/A $6,580 Freedom of the Seas December 8, 2019
December 22, 2019 $1,119 $1,390 $2,244 $3,672 Freedom of the Seas December 22, 2019
January 5, 2020 $1,111 $1,758 $2,006 $3,395 Freedom of the Seas January 5, 2020
March 15, 2020 $751 $1,010 $1,790 N/A Freedom of the Seas March 15, 2020
March 29, 2020 $1,031 $1,021 $1,741 $2,492 Freedom of the Seas March 29, 2020
April 12, 2020 $579 $688 $1,260 $1,829 Freedom of the Seas April 12, 2020
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
October 27, 2019 $679 N/A $1,009 $1,079 Carnival Fascination October 27, 2019
November 24, 2019 $779 $819 $1,109 $1,155 Carnival Fascination November 24, 2019
January 26, 2020 $629 $719 $1,079 $1,329 Carnival Fascination January 26, 2020
June 14, 2020 $849 $939 $1,449 $1,784 Carnival Fascination June 14, 2020
June 28, 2020 $879 $949 $1,529 $1,709 Carnival Fascination June 28, 2020
July 5, 2020 $829 $929 $1,479 $1,764 Carnival Fascination July 5, 2020
August 2, 2020 $799 $899 $1,369 $1,629 Carnival Fascination August 2, 2020
September 6, 2020 $599 $679 $1,029 $1,269 Carnival Fascination September 6, 2020
September 13, 2020 $599 $679 $1,029 $1,269 Carnival Fascination September 13, 2020
December 13, 2020 $589 $669 $1,049 $1,259 Carnival Fascination December 13, 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; Dominica, Dominica; St George's, Grenada; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John's, Antigua; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 28, 2019 $1,679 $1,863 N/A N/A Crown Princess October 28, 2019
24 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Rome, Italy
Ship: Koningsdam
Departure: Rome, Italy
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 24 Nights
Ports: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Cartagena, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort-De-France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 31, 2019 $2,049 $2,569 $2,999 $4,049 Koningsdam October 31, 2019
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
November 1, 2019 $499 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Fascination November 1, 2019
November 15, 2019 N/A $639 $1,259 N/A Carnival Fascination November 15, 2019
November 22, 2019 $529 $639 $1,279 N/A Carnival Fascination November 22, 2019
December 20, 2019 $959 $1,039 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination December 20, 2019
December 27, 2019 N/A $1,009 $1,599 N/A Carnival Fascination December 27, 2019
January 17, 2020 $539 $609 $1,264 N/A Carnival Fascination January 17, 2020
February 14, 2020 $519 $629 N/A N/A Carnival Fascination February 14, 2020
April 3, 2020 $739 $829 $1,359 N/A Carnival Fascination April 3, 2020
June 12, 2020 $669 $769 $1,289 N/A Carnival Fascination June 12, 2020
June 19, 2020 $669 $769 $1,289 N/A Carnival Fascination June 19, 2020

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