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September 29th, 2008, 06:26 PM
Am booked on the Star for Christmas ( OMG can't wait !!!)
I was just wondering if anyone had heard of any special activities that might be planned on board. Also if anyone else was wondering about Christmas day activities on St Lucia ? I imagine that most places will be closed, and most operators rightly taking time to be with their families. Any suggestions ??
Thanks in advance !!:)
September 30th, 2008, 09:20 AM
All I've heard of so far is a Carol Service on the evening of the 24th, but I'm sure we will hear of more things as we get nearer to going - not too long now!
As for St Lucia, I think we'll be okay as I don't think the locals will want to miss out on over 1,700 people visiting for the day. I see Island Cruises are doing a few excursions so there shouldn't be any problem, although I am looking to see how far the nearest beach is and if it is feasible to do it by taxi.
Anyway, I'm sure we will have a great time :-)
October 4th, 2008, 02:15 PM
Thanks Steve !
This is only my second cruise and am looking to do some excursions independantly, but am overwhelmed - any ideas for the itin ??
November 12th, 2008, 10:26 AM
Just found this on another part of this site about Christmas activities:
"Christmas: Island Star's array of Yuletide decorations creates a great festive buzz around the whole ship. Additional celebrations start on Christmas Eve with a Christmas buffet feast, carol concerts, a Christmas-themed production show put on by the entertainment team and a deck party with Santa Claus. On Christmas Day, a traditional holiday dinner is served, followed by special entertainment. On Boxing Day, a festive breakfast will be followed by traditional party games.
New Year's Eve: Celebrations take place all round the ship, and a New Year's Eve variety show gets everyone involved with a sing-a-long. A big countdown to 2009 tops off the evening."
As for your question re excursions. We will only be doing beach excursions (ie in Barbados, Tobago, St Vincent & possibly Grenada & Antigua) on our own, other places we will probably do the ship excursions.
Not long to go now!
November 12th, 2008, 02:03 PM
I tried to add this today but it was so slow so I saved it to add in later - anyway Steve you have beaten me to it. It all sounds like good fun though - not sure how I will feel after a Christmas buffet feast and then out on a Pitons Cruise the following day (oh well shall have not to over indulge - if thats possible)
Hi there, I found this last week but could not find it again when I read your post - it is on cruise critic under Home/Features/At Your Service/UK Lines onboard holiday festivities 2008.
Seasonal Style: Traditional and festive in a relaxed, friendly and informal way
Christmas: Island Star (http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=403)'s array of Yuletide decorations creates a great festive buzz around the whole ship. Additional celebrations start on Christmas Eve with a Christmas buffet feast, carol concerts, a Christmas-themed production show put on by the entertainment team and a deck party with Santa Claus. On Christmas Day, a traditional holiday dinner is served, followed by special entertainment. On Boxing Day, a festive breakfast will be followed by traditional party games.
New Year's Eve: Celebrations take place all round the ship, and a New Year's Eve variety show gets everyone involved with a sing-a-long. A big countdown to 2009 tops off the evening.
As for St Lucia - I emailed the tourist board and got this reply:-
There will be taxis available to provide the various excursions upon request. In addition the stores at the cruise ship terminal will be open to facilitate the shopping needs of cruise passengers.
my original email was as follows:-
Hello there, I will be visiting by cruise ship your beautiful country on 25 December, 2008 (Christmas Day) and wondered whether I would be able to get taxis to take me around the island or should I book the trip that the cruise ship is offering. I realise that it is Christmas Day and wondered if any shops would be open or would everyone be celebrating with their loved ones.
Please let me know what I might be able to do on your beautiful island on Christmas Day.
So I have booked the Pitons cruise as I really want to see them - but would like to go to Vigie Beach which I have been looking at from a postcard given to me about 12 years ago (although it is right in the flight path of local airport going inter islands). I can rearrange my trip up to 48hrs before so will decide on the ship.
November 12th, 2008, 02:11 PM
I think we will find when we are on board that many people will have done their own excursions (I have been told go outside of the port and get taxis from there - ususally you can share with others if you all want to do similar things). There will be loads of people who are seasonsed cruisers and I'm sure we will be able to do our own thing if we want to or otherwise just go on some of the organised excursions (you can do it much cheaper apparently if you do your own thing). I've been looking at the ports of call on cruise critic to get some ideas about where to go on each island - still researching it but will probably go with the flow once on the ship.
I can't wait - 1st time cruise and going to my dream destination the Caribbean.
November 26th, 2008, 03:27 PM
Thanks to all !! Looking forwards to enjoying some festive fun and sun with everyone !!!
December 15th, 2008, 03:58 PM
St Lucia open on Christmas Day. We are going zip-lining in the rain forest. Beats sitting down to Christmas lunch anytime!!!
Heard about a Carol Concert on Christmas eve but that is all I am aware of.
December 16th, 2008, 01:43 AM
Can you tell me where you got info about zip lining, we hadn't planned on doing anything when in St Lucia because we had holidayed there before and felt we had done all the trips we wanted to but I quite fancy a shot at this.
December 17th, 2008, 02:32 AM
Saw it looking through trip advisor for things to do on the various islands. We have booked island excursion with
The experience is called
Treeptop Adventure Park - available to view on line