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I will be in St. Kitts this March on the Carnival Victory. I want to go to Romney Manor for 1 to 2 hours and then on to Timothy Hill for a quick picture stop. Then stay for the rest of the day at Cockleshell beach. Can this be done just using taxis? I should explain that my cell phone will not work on St. Kitts. Are taxis easy enough to get? I've looked at many tours that sound great but seems that you must be hurried through the numerous stops and then returned to port 3 hours before your ship departs. I'd like to see some local culture then relax and use my WHOLE day in St.Kitts. Any input would be appreciated.

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I will be in St. Kitts this March on the Carnival Victory. I want to go to Romney Manor for 1 to 2 hours and then on to Timothy Hill for a quick picture stop. Then stay for the rest of the day at Cockleshell beach. Can this be done just using taxis? I should explain that my cell phone will not work on St. Kitts. Are taxis easy enough to get? I've looked at many tours that sound great but seems that you must be hurried through the numerous stops and then returned to port 3 hours before your ship departs. I'd like to see some local culture then relax and use my WHOLE day in St.Kitts. Any input would be appreciated.

 

I'd highly recommend the Thenford Grey tour - you can find him on the net. My family toured with him on Dec. 27. He was very knowledgeable and proud of his homeland. We learned alot about the island, its history, and the culture there. We went to Romney Manor, Brimstone Hill fortress (it really is pretty fabulous), Timothy Hill, and then on to the beach. I'm sure he'd work with you if you really wanted to skip the fort to get more beach time. We've had tour guides elsewhere and he was one of the best we've had--in fact my wife and I are thinking about going back to St. Kitts next year for our 20th anniversary and if we do, I guarantee you we'll meet up again with Thenford. Hope that helps.

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I will be in St. Kitts this March on the Carnival Victory. I want to go to Romney Manor for 1 to 2 hours and then on to Timothy Hill for a quick picture stop. Then stay for the rest of the day at Cockleshell beach. Can this be done just using taxis? I should explain that my cell phone will not work on St. Kitts. Are taxis easy enough to get? I've looked at many tours that sound great but seems that you must be hurried through the numerous stops and then returned to port 3 hours before your ship departs. I'd like to see some local culture then relax and use my WHOLE day in St.Kitts. Any input would be appreciated.

 

 

I would reccomend Captain Sunshine who will do whatever you want and at a great price. He is so easy going and he is on the net. Check out my review further down this page.

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Another vote for Rose and Jim's taxi. We used them the 1st week in December and had a great time.

 

They will customize it to whatever you want.

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We'd intended to just grab a cab to see the highlights, but when I checked taxi fares, I was shocked. It seemed better to do a tour than spend all that money for a cab ride. We booked with Rose and Jim as well. We go in about 7 weeks.

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We'd intended to just grab a cab to see the highlights, but when I checked taxi fares, I was shocked. It seemed better to do a tour than spend all that money for a cab ride. We booked with Rose and Jim as well. We go in about 7 weeks.

 

So did you check cab fares from one place to another, or for hiring a cab for the day? The reason I ask is because we are planning to just find a cab when we get off the ship and hire the driver for a few hours to tour around. I read that they are readily available.

 

Does this not make sense? Would love details and more information. Thanks!

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There is really no difference between the two. A cab fare will be from point to point with no stops, whereas a tour would include mutiple stops at various locations around the island. Cab fares are set by the govt & tour prices can sometimes be negotiated depending on the size of the group. Most of the operators have large vans with a passenger capacity of about 10-12 people.

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There is really no difference between the two. A cab fare will be from point to point with no stops, whereas a tour would include mutiple stops at various locations around the island. Cab fares are set by the govt & tour prices can sometimes be negotiated depending on the size of the group. Most of the operators have large vans with a passenger capacity of about 10-12 people.

 

Thanks! So are there no small cabs available at the port? Don't want a large group tour or cab ride. If they are not available at the port are there any companies to book private tours with that you recommend?

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There are small cabs but you may have to walk into Basseterre. There is a cab stand at the Circus.

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They will customize it to whatever you want.

Just like every taxi driver on every Eastern Caribbean island. :cool:

 

Things aren't nearly as rigid as they are, where you come from. ;)

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There are small cabs but you may have to walk into Basseterre. There is a cab stand at the Circus.

 

Isn't this right near where the ships dock? Thanks!

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I would HIGHLY recommend Royston. He is extremely accomodating about what YOU want to do and he is yours for the day. He provides a snack for lunch and cool drinks and will pay your admission to Brimstone Hill. He can make your day however YOU want it - relaxed sightseeing and/or activities (snorkeling, hiking, whatever).

 

When we went with him last week. We did Brimstone Hill and Caribelle batik and then we went snorkeling - a great day.

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We'd intended to just grab a cab to see the highlights, but when I checked taxi fares, I was shocked. It seemed better to do a tour than spend all that money for a cab ride. We booked with Rose and Jim as well. We go in about 7 weeks.

 

I am sure you will have a great time, we loved Jim and found him very accomodating :)

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We just did the whole day in mid January.

 

My wife and I spent the day with Royston tours in id January.

 

He is OUTSTANDING!!!

 

He was born on the Island and knows it like the back of his hand. He also knows the history and the future (projects) of the island.

 

Great listener, great driver, a walking St Kitts reference guide, flexible, and care about his customers.

 

I would not hesitate to give him a 100% endorsement of his services.

 

He can be reached at roystontours@hotmail.com

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We just returned from a cruise to St. Kitts. St. Kitts is a beautiful island. You will want to see as much of it as you can.

 

Rose was our tour guide. It was one of the best days of our cruise. Her van is very comfortable and she was very accommodating and great to meet. She totally designed the tour around our wishes, let us stop for pictures wherever we wanted, picked other gorgeous spots for photo ops, and let us spend extra time at the beach because we weren't interested in shopping. Her van is very comfortable and she was very accommodating. I'd go with her again in a minute.

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Rose is wonderful. She will tailor your day to whatever you want. Wonderful excursion that ended with a great time at cockleshell beach and Reggae bar.

 

I would love to go with Rose again. We were in a bit of a rush to get to the beach so we skipped the Fort. That was probably a mistake and next time we will stop there.

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We had initially planned to book with Rose & Jim but they wanted a minimum number of passengers to do the tour. We waited as long as we could for them to get their numbers and finally went with Thenford Grey who we were most happy with. Thenford told me that he will do a tour with as few as 2 persons....he loses money on it but he feels it is part of building his business.

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I visited St. Kitts in 2008. Due to recommendations on this board, I booked a tour with Ilva Wallace.

My ship was the only one in port that day,no one else booked with Ms. Wallace. This was not a factor with her at all. When she met me at the port, I was concern will she still do the tour with only me. Ms. Wallace didn't hesitate to tell me she will tour with one person or one hundred. "You took the time to find out about me and book, I will still give you a great tour!". We didn't wait for others to join me.

Ms. Wallace gave me a wonderful tour!! Ms. Wallace tailored my day on what I wanted to do. I wanted to gain insight of the island (I wanted to visit Brimstone Fort esp) and have lunch at a local place. Ms. Wallace took me all over the island!! I was in a van with a/c. I was able to take my time at places like Brimstone Fort and less time at the beach. The place that she took me for lunch was one full of locals. I was introduced to the owner and she told me about each of her dishes that day. For about $6 US dollars, I had a full lunch with a soda. The food was so good! I came as a tourist with Ms. Wallace and left as a friend!

To me, it's more a cost to get a taxi to visit two different places when a great tour guide can do the same for alot cheaper and set up times on your schedule.

I will post a picture of Ms. Wallace. She's the one in the dress!!

http://www5.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=1915227007/PictureID=77929522007/a=56332881_56332881/otsc=SHR/otsi=SPIClink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/

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I'd highly recommend Javin from Cayon with the Ghaut tour. The most spectacular time of my life. He made our honeymoon so special my wife was in tears. My wife does not get emotional but the rainforest unlike an island tour with Rose, Jim, Thenford or any taxi is serene and peaceful. It was almost like being in the wilds of Alaska except without the risk of dying.

 

He is inexpensive for what he offers. Safe and Reliable.

 

My soul was cleansed by the experience and Javin brought joy to our lives.

 

If you want a life changing experience on St Kitts Javin is the only way to go!!!!

 

He can be emailed at myislands@aol.com

 

Gregg

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Don't use Capt Sunshine. What a jerk. Got really sick the night before St Kitts. He did not like the fact I had to back out since I did not even leave my bed for a day. DONT USE

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So did you check cab fares from one place to another, or for hiring a cab for the day? The reason I ask is because we are planning to just find a cab when we get off the ship and hire the driver for a few hours to tour around. I read that they are readily available.

 

Does this not make sense? Would love details and more information. Thanks!

 

We just returned from our cruise. In St. Kitts we used St. Clair Gilbert with Chief's Taxi & Tours. He gave four of us a 2 hour tour of the island and dropped us off at the Marriott Resort. He charged us 15.00 each. Other taxi's wanted 50.00 each and wanted us to wait until they filled a van.

 

Gilbert (he uses his last name) was fantastic. his cell number is 869-663-5262

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We were just in St. Kitts in Jan. and there were dozens of dozens of tour operators trying to get our business when we got off the ship. They all wanted $20 pp for a 2 hour tour. That is the going rate. The only thing is, they all wanted to fill up a van or bus. So it will not be custom and you'll be with a large to very large group. As we were pondering it and the driver was trying to round up more people, we decided not to do it as we really just felt like going to the beach. That is the nice thing about not pre-booking.... you can go with how you feel that day.

I don't know about any of the tour ops listed, but if you pre-book privately with one of them, ask how many people they take. I personally wouldn't pay big bucks to be stuck in a big group when there are soooo many people after your business when you get there.

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we just got back this past week from a eastern caribbean cruise. We had good tours on each of our islands but the most informative was Thenford Grey. He did an excellent job and we did not feel rushed at any of our stops on the way. You will not be disappointed with his tour.

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We just returned from our cruise. In St. Kitts we used St. Clair Gilbert with Chief's Taxi & Tours. He gave four of us a 2 hour tour of the island and dropped us off at the Marriott Resort. He charged us 15.00 each. Other taxi's wanted 50.00 each and wanted us to wait until they filled a van.

 

Gilbert (he uses his last name) was fantastic. his cell number is 869-663-5262

 

Was there a fee charged at the Marriott?

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I'd also like to know if there was a charge for the Marriott?

 

Also, did anyone ever use St. Kitts Tour Store?

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We are leaving on the 10/28 EOS out of Cape Liberty, NJ. There are just 2 of us but we are willing to share. Want to see the island but not go on a beach nor swim/snorkle tour.

 

What is being offered in line with the above restrictions and what is the cost per person?

 

Thanks.

 

MARAPRINCE

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Another reason to use Javin. Try him - you will not be disappointed!!!

 

 

My wife and I used Javin also. He is such a nice genuine guy and gives a great tour. For USD75 each we had a private tour. It started with

 

An orientation drive through Basseterre

An hour stop in Brimstone Hill Fortress

A stop and Black rocks with stunning view of Mt Liamuiga

A two hour hike in Cayon Ghaut - great trip, conditions underfoot are a bit tricky but very doable

An hour snorkelling on a secluded stony beach

A stop at Cockle shell beach with views of Nevis

As many photo stops as you want

Ginger beer, Guava and Mango Juice with coconut and raisin pastries

All transportation

Back to the port on time.

 

It was a great trip away from the crowds.

 

Highly recommend him.

 

myislands dot shutterfly dot com

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We are leaving on the 10/28 EOS out of Cape Liberty, NJ. There are just 2 of us but we are willing to share. Want to see the island but not go on a beach nor swim/snorkle tour.

 

What is being offered in line with the above restrictions and what is the cost per person?

 

Thanks.

 

MARAPRINCE

 

I took the same ship and same cruise. You can go just the 2 of you - you do not need to share. You can see the whole island with Javin and not do the beach, swimming or snorkeling. A private tour for you would be ideal.

 

CruisingEasy never lies!!!

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We just did a tour with Thenford Grey (Grey's Island Tours) and it was great. We toured the entire island, made numerous stops for pictures, went to Romney House, the fort, and Thenford provided us with information the entire time. He went in to Romney with us a told us about the different plants and trees and he went into the fort with us and gave us our own private tour. I am very glad I went with Thenford and that I toured the island because it is beautiful. He has been doing tours for years. He was professional yet friendly and very knowledgable.

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I will be in St. Kitts this March on the Carnival Victory. I want to go to Romney Manor for 1 to 2 hours and then on to Timothy Hill for a quick picture stop. Then stay for the rest of the day at Cockleshell beach. Can this be done just using taxis? I should explain that my cell phone will not work on St. Kitts. Are taxis easy enough to get? I've looked at many tours that sound great but seems that you must be hurried through the numerous stops and then returned to port 3 hours before your ship departs. I'd like to see some local culture then relax and use my WHOLE day in St.Kitts. Any input would be appreciated.

 

I might be too late with this response, but I wanted to say that your itinerary is not difficult or unusual for one taxi/tour operator to deliver. There is no need to split up your itinerary with more than one driver (if I'm reading your question correctly, I think this is what you had in mind?) There is no shortage of tour operators in St. Kitts, even if their names don't crop up here on Cruise Critic. The rates are government set and controlled, so each should be charging roughly the same rates. Another fact is that on cruise-ship days, many of the taxi-tour guides, all of whom are well trained and appropriately licenced, will be found just outside Port Zante (unless this has changed recently.) You can easily find a reputable driver to take you from one stop to the other, and finally back to your ship. I have collected a number of business cards over the years, but can't see to find them at the moment. One name that comes to mind is Frankie Tyson of Sugar City Tours. It is a family owned operation, and they do taxi service as well as full island tours, and everything in between. Their vehicles are well equipped, air-conditioned and impeccably maintained.

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The best thing to do is take all the information from fellow CC cruisers and use it. email everyone you can and in the end you will make a choice that is comfortable for you.

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Hi,

 

We just returned last week from our cruise that stopped in St. Kitts. We had a very good tour with Thenford Gey called simply "The Tour" for $48pp. It was interesting, informative, and Thenford makes sure everyone has a good time. He shared with us his memories of what it was like growing up on St. Kitts and surviving the hurricanes. He talked about the economy (both now and in the past), stopped to show us cattle egrets in the Acacia thorn trees, took us to Romney Manor Gardens and pointed out different types of plants. He took us to Brimstone Hill Fortress where the views are sweeping and the signboards are enlightning (ex. linens at the fort were changed every six weeks, yikes!).

 

I'd never rent a car on St. Kitts after I saw how deftly Thenford had to handle our bus (including passing through two stone arches at the Fort that left less than 6" clearance on each side of our bus). The bus was comfortable, air-conditioned and he kept everyone hydrated with bottles of cold water. Ask him any question, and he'll probably have the answer and I very much doubt that he'd make one up. Our final stop was for snorkelling at Friar's Bay where we saw eels, crab, squid, and several other species of fish. Take your water shoes if you want to walk in the water as there are tons of sea urchins and you could easily step on one if you aren't careful. The beach has chairs for rent, a restaurant and a troop of African Green Monkeys that everyone was snapping pics of. It was one of our favorite days of the trip.

Monika

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We are sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse 1/15/11, and I am signed up for this tour with some other CC members. Thanks for providing the feedback!

Two questions: Did you know you were going snorkeling before the tour, and does he take you someplace he recommends for lunch?

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Hi, sorry for the late reply, been sick. Yes, we knew we were going snorkelling when we booked the tour. But for those who didn't want to go snorkelling, Thenford took them back to the ship after he dropped us at the beach. We arrived at the snorkel spot around 1:30 and there was a very popular restaurant/bar at the beach so you could eat there. We had 2 hrs at the beach.

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Thank you for posting...we will be on this same tour next week also.

Is snorkeling equipment available to rent and where can I find water shoes?

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