We've been to St. Lucia, twice, fairly recently (May 2013 and again in September 2015) and have booked with Spencer Ambrose twice and have not been disappointed. We booked the "Jalousie/Sugar Beach Break" tour the first time and the "Land, Sea and Beach Adventure" on our second visit to see more of St. Lucia. We really enjoyed both tours and to date, Spencer's tours have been our favorites and I definitely recommend them. Even if you don't snorkel, Jalousie beach is just gorgeous to take in the scenery. That's the beach between St. Lucia's famed Pitons. On Spencer's tours, you also get a "sea tour" on the trip from Jalousie/Sugar Beach on your return trip to the ship.

We've done both cruise line sponsored and also private local tours while on cruises and have noticed a big difference between the two. We've gotten so much more out of/had more fun on private/local tours than to those sponsored through the cruise line. The reason may be that local tours usually have smaller groups, so there's a personal feel to the experience.

I did reviews of some of our cruises, including the one where we did Spencer Ambrose's "Land, Sea, and Beach Adventure", that includes details and pictures if you're interested. I'm attaching the link to hopefully open on Page 20 (where the section on Spencer's tour starts). If not, it's Page 20, post #399. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask.

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CARNIVAL LIBERTY - September 20 - 27, 2015 (Southern Caribbean: San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan); LIBERTY 2015 REVIEW: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2275573
CARNIVAL LIBERTY - April 5 - 12, 2014 (Western Caribbean: Miami, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman...missed port, Miami); LIBERTY 2014 REVIEW: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2039919
CARNIVAL VALOR - May 5 - 12, 2013 (Southern Caribbean: San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan); VALOR 2013 REVIEW: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1917645
CARNIVAL GLORY - May 9 - 16, 2010 (Eastern Caribbean: Miami, HMC Bahamas, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, Miami)
CARNIVAL MIRACLE - March 12 - 19, 2006 (Western Caribbean: Tampa, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya, Tampa)
Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas - January 16 - 23, 2000 (Mexican Riviera: Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Los Angeles)
CARNIVAL FESTIVALE - June 14 - 21, 1992 (Southern Caribbean: San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Dominica, Barbados, Martinique, San Juan)