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#2
Dallas TX
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I can’t speak to Cosol, but my family did the Beach and Island tour with Spencer

It was FANTASTIC, and Spencer and his family were a delight to do business with. Excellent pre cruise communication and easy booking.


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#3
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Originally posted by JerseyGirlatHeart
Help me decide. Both have similar itineraries.

Thanks for any advice.


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We did Cosol twice and found them to be excellent both times! Good, well rounded tour for the money. Saw the major sites and did some good snorkeling too. Free beer and sodas all day plus a stop for lunch to sample local foods was included. Do it!!


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Originally posted by JerseyGirlatHeart
Help me decide. Both have similar itineraries.

Thanks for any advice.


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Major difference between the two:
Cosol is a land trip both ways to/from Soufriere while Spencer is a boat trip both ways to Soufriere.
The sights in Soufriere are the same whomever you go with... It's a question of land trip both ways, which has great sights along the way but is a winding mountainous drive or sea trip each way which is a high speed boat trip - again, stunning scenery, but same both ways. (No bathroom on the boat, and minimal shade, and fast, be prepared for rough ride!).

Both are excellent, both include all entrance fees beach time (more time wirh Spencer due to shorter transfer time), food and drinks along the way, etc.

Maybe consider a land/sea combo - down by land, return by sea such as Herod's or Serenity or such.
#6
St. Lucia, West Indies
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Originally posted by JerseyGirlatHeart
Has anyone done the Serenity Day Sail?


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Lots of people have, you can read reviews of Serenity at TripAdvisor, CruiseCritic's sister site...
#7
Dallas TX
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Originally posted by reedprincess
Major difference between the two:
Cosol is a land trip both ways to/from Soufriere while Spencer is a boat trip both ways to Soufriere.
The sights in Soufriere are the same whomever you go with... It's a question of land trip both ways, which has great sights along the way but is a winding mountainous drive or sea trip each way which is a high speed boat trip - again, stunning scenery, but same both ways. (No bathroom on the boat, and minimal shade, and fast, be prepared for rough ride!).

Both are excellent, both include all entrance fees beach time (more time wirh Spencer due to shorter transfer time), food and drinks along the way, etc.

Maybe consider a land/sea combo - down by land, return by sea such as Herod's or Serenity or such.


Actually with Spencer we did a private van out-bound, lunch at the beach, and boat trip back.


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#8
St. Lucia, West Indies
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Originally posted by not-enough-cruising
Actually with Spencer we did a private van out-bound, lunch at the beach, and boat trip back.


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How long ago was your tour with Spencer, as he stopped doing the land/sea combo a while back, and does it by sea both ways now. Of course, booking a private tour, he'll set up whatever way you want...
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St. Lucia, West Indies
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Originally posted by JerseyGirlatHeart
Help me decide. Both have similar itineraries.

Thanks for any advice.


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PS: if you're comparing Spencer's West Coast Island Delight vs Cosol's main tour, there's very little difference at all, BTW. Flip a coin. They're both excellent.
Probably should have asked which Spencer tour you were comparing with Cosol...
#11
Asheville
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I just did Cosol absinthe for the third time. His lunch is great, the rum was floating all day. So was the beer.

A new addition fir me was the Mud Baths. Loved it,
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#12
Dallas TX
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Originally posted by reedprincess
How long ago was your tour with Spencer, as he stopped doing the land/sea combo a while back, and does it by sea both ways now. Of course, booking a private tour, he'll set up whatever way you want...


We did this trip with Spencer in 2015.


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#13
St. Lucia, West Indies
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Originally posted by not-enough-cruising
We did this trip with Spencer in 2015.


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Yup, there you go. He changed his tour since then, and it's no longer van down, boat back. It's boat both ways.
#14
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Originally posted by reedprincess
Yup, there you go. He changed his tour since then, and it's no longer van down, boat back. It's boat both ways.


Good to know, thanks!

Regardless, Spencer and his family are great people and you will be well cared for if you find an itinerary that suits you.

Enjoy St Lucia, it is one of my favorite islands.

Happy New Year


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#15
Cabot, AR
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Joined Mar 2007
We enjoyed Spencer's tour-- would book it again in a heartbeat.
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March 2018-- Fascination-- St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten
March 2016--Valor--Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya
March 2015-- Jewel of the Seas-- St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada
March 2013--Victory--Nassau, Half Moon and Freeport
March 2010--Victory--Southern Carib
March 2009-- Destiny--Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios
March 2008-- Fascination-- Key West & Cozumel
March 2007-- Elation--Grand Turk, Half Moon, Nassau
March 2006-- Fascination--Key West & Calica



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#17
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Joined Mar 2012
  1. Originally posted by 2PinaColadas
    We enjoyed Spencer's tour-- would book it again in a heartbeat.
Your gonna be on The Fascination in March....date?
#18
Cabot, AR
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Originally posted by 507amy
Your gonna be on The Fascination in March....date?
March 18
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March 2018-- Fascination-- St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten
March 2016--Valor--Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya
March 2015-- Jewel of the Seas-- St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada
March 2013--Victory--Nassau, Half Moon and Freeport
March 2010--Victory--Southern Carib
March 2009-- Destiny--Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios
March 2008-- Fascination-- Key West & Cozumel
March 2007-- Elation--Grand Turk, Half Moon, Nassau
March 2006-- Fascination--Key West & Calica



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#19
Warrington, Cheshire
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Joined Jan 2010
We went with spencer on his boat to the mud baths and waterfall. We had a brilliant day, if I was going to be negative at all, we could have done with it being a little shorter. We didn't get much time in the port when we got back, half an hour less on the beach would have been fine. But a fab tour!
#20
NYC
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Joined Jan 2004
We went with Spencer last week and although we didn't love some aspects of the tour, it was vastly preferable to go by boat than van. We heard from others on our ship that spent an hour and a half each way in the back of a van to get to and from Soufrière. No thank you. The boat ride took about 45 minutes and was beautiful and scenic both ways.
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