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Just have a few questions:

1. Did you pay for your tour before or day of tour?

2. What time did you meet for the tour and what time did you get back to the ship?

3. Were you nervous at all about booking outside of the cruise ship?

4. Did you have fun??? and also would you recommend this tour?

 

Thanks :D

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Just have a few questions:

1. Did you pay for your tour before or day of tour?

2. What time did you meet for the tour and what time did you get back to the ship?

3. Were you nervous at all about booking outside of the cruise ship?

4. Did you have fun??? and also would you recommend this tour?

 

Thanks :D

 

1. You pay in cash when you get back to the ship at the end of the day.

 

2. We met at about 8:15, Cosol put a gropu together by about 8:25 and we were on our way. Ours ended at about 3:50, had to be onboard at 4:30. So it was longer than they estimated, but still had time to shop.

 

3. Was not nervous about booking outside of ship. We typically don't do excrusions through the ship and with so many good reviews on here for Cosol tours we weren't worried.

 

4. Yes the tour was great! We had Yellowbird, Cosol's brother and he was great, funny, good information and just made for a great day. The beach and food stops were great, I would do a Cosol tour again.

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We were on Cosol's tour two weeks ago. It was, hands down, the BEST tour we've ever done. We also had his brother, Yellowbird, who was a wealth of knowledge, fun and we had such a terrific time.

 

We were back to the ship around 3:45 pm and had to be back on the ship at 4:30. Never once were we worried about not making it back to the ship on time. They know their stuff!

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We toured with Cosol April 26 and we had a blast. You pay at the end of your tour. He will meet your group 1/2 hour after the boat docks. With all the great reviews I had read about him I did not hesitate to book with him. We had a great time with him, the food was delicious, the beach was nice, the weath of knowledge he had was wonderful. The volcano was beautiful. the bananas were delicious and dont forget to take extra bananas to feed the Sergent fish at the beach. I would definately recommend Cosols and we would tour with him again.

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We took Cosol tour last week and it was SUPER everything worked out great, we were on the ship by 3:30PM great tour.

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I also took this tour last week and It was great! Our drivers name was Baptist and he was hilarious. They gave you drinks all day during the tour (beer, soda, water, rum punch, and what they call "liquid ******". We also stopped at someones house for breakfast where there was all the local foods prepared (the fish cakes were the bomb)for lunch we had some of the warm local bread with cheese (THE BREAD WAS GOOD).. I would definately recommend this tour, the best one Ive ever been on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We just got back from a great cruise and St. Lucia is really beautiful! Our tour with Cosol and his brother yellowbird, was one of the best we have ever been on. Lots of yummy food and the best rum punch I have ever had. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat.

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The following is taken from my Victory review. I wanted to post the St. Lucia section here so everyone looking for something to do in St. Lucia (like I was) would get a good picture of everything we saw and did on this awesome tour with Cosol the great. This was without a doubt the best excursion/tour I've ever done in all my cruises. The island is absolutely gorgeous and we had excellent weather when we went.

 

My entire Carnival Victory review can be found on the Carnival board and a link should be in my signature.

 

Day 5 - St. Lucia w/Cosol Tours

We woke up and hit the Lido by 7:30 for a quick breakfast and were off the boat by 8:10. We also snagged 6 apples off the Lido buffet and threw them into our backpack for Cosol.

Good Morning St. Lucia:

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We found Cosol's group right as we got off the ship. We let him know we had apples in our backpack, and he was quick to say "You'll be riding in my bus!". Today was Cosol's birthday, so he was in quite a jolly mood and throughout the tour people would see his van and give him his birthday presents. He joked that he would need an entire van to carry all the presents he was expecting to get today. This was absolutely the most amazing excursion experience we've ever had, and I highly suggest booking a tour with him if you are going on this cruise. While I initially balked at paying $65pp, I left the tour beyond satisfied and Cosol earned an extra $20. You get so much more than what you pay for and these guys deserve a little extra for the hard work they put into it.

 

Cosol himself was at the dock getting everybody together:

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One of Cosol's drivers was a huge Steeler's fan (as was Cosol). It was awesome seeing Steeler hats and stickers...the Steeler Nation truly knows no bounds!

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Inside the roomy air conditioned van:

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First stop:

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Cosol's van that everybody recognized:

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The Hess Oil Storage depot for the island. Cosol called it "where the black liquid gold is stored", we laughed at that:

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Stopping to get fresh coconuts and take in the view:

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Banana Plantation:

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Cosol was very knowledgeable about the bananas, as he worked on the plantation as a youth:

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Fresh fruits we could munch on at the plantation:

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Cosol stopped and let us know this house just sold for $129,000. When can I move here?

 

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Holy Stilt House, Batman:

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The Blue Bus full of drinks and snacks that followed everyone around. I really wish I could get this bus to follow me around all the time back home.

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People washing their clothes in the river:

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This big bus was full of people on a Carnival Excursion. Cosol noted that they were stopping at one or two places then back to the ship, and they paid much more. They didn't know what they were missing.

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Stopping at a nice overlook for food and drinks:

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DELICIOUS local food...this stop was great, all the food was fresh and homemade.

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Cosol and his lady friend that made all the delicious food...

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Again, the Steeler Nation knows no bounds...and he had a funny shirt too.

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Back on the road again:

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First sight of the Pitons:

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We have a funeral home back home that has similar billboards:

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Simply breathtaking views:

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More pics at the Pitons:

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Cosol cut open a fresh cocoa plant and offered the beans for people to sample along with sugar cane sticks. Tara liked the cocoa beans, but you couldn't bite into them or they'd be terribly bitter.

 

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Then we headed to the volcano where a tour guide gave us a brief talk about the history of the volcano.

 

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Once done with the volcano, we headed to the water taxi for a break at Jalousie Beach:

 

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The water taxi ride was only about 5 minutes or so and we were at the beautiful beach nestled in between the Pitons. Tara rented some snorkel gear for $10 and snorkeled out in the beautiful crystal clear water.

 

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After about an hour or so, we got back on the water taxi and headed back to the docks.

This guy was funny...he said he wanted to come to Miami and make rap music with Rick Ross, along with being a Red Sox fan.

 

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More Water Taxi Pics:

 

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Quick stop after getting fresh hot bread which was sooo good:

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Overlooking Castries City:

 

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Saw this heading back to the ship...wonder if they're an official branch?

 

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There was a Burger King, which Cosol said was very expensive:

 

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The end of our wonderful day with Cosol...this was a truly amazing experience:

 

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After we got back, I stumbled my way back to the room (Thank you, Mr. Blue Bus dude) and passed out for the remainder of the evening.

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I miss that Blue bus too. lol St. Lucia was definitely our favorite stop on the cruise, and this tour was definitely worth the money.

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Best tour we ever went on! Worth every penny and some. This tour was the deciding factor on the cruise we just booked, choice mexico or a st lucia stop. Patty

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On our recent B2B Serenade cruise we were walking off the ship and bumped into Cosol who said he needed two more people for his tour. $65.00 each which is the normal price.

 

 

We decided to go and it was the best tour of the two week cruise. Almost a seven hour day and well worth the price. Food was great and all you wanted to drink.

 

If we ever get back to St. Lucia we are for sure going to take this tour again.

 

This was the first non-ship tour we have ever taken. There were no problems what-so-ever.

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Thanks everybody - for the photos and the reviews as well. Did Cosol include the mineral baths? Do any of you have a website or email address for him?

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Have booked Cosol. Also have one of your lovely ship/island pictures as my background on computer at home! :D

 

Thanks.

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Great review makes us want to change cruise to earlier date. We booked with cosol for this Oct. Do they have chairs and shade area at beach stop? I noticed palapas down the beach, who do they belong to?

Thank You

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We have been to St. Lucia several times and always used James Touring. James has no affiliation with Cosol and James is the original and ONLY Steelers fan. James provides a fantastic tour. We toured last with James in March and I brought him a NY Jets t-shirt which he wore to show he was a good sport. I'm sure Cosol offers an adequate tour but my recommendation is to stick with the one and only Steelers fan........James Touring.

James touring is a separate company from Cosol. James is the only Steelers fan. James has the only Steelers van and I don't know why anyone would try to mislead CC members on this board

 

 

 

And........this beautiful van belongs to James......not Cosol!

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We took Cosol tours 2 years ago and had a wonderful time. The tour gave a full experience of the island, was very personal, and got us back to the ship in plenty of time. Glad to hear he is still getting great reviews!

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We took Cosol tours 2 years ago and had a wonderful time. The tour gave a full experience of the island, was very personal, and got us back to the ship in plenty of time. Glad to hear he is still getting great reviews!

 

Anyone have a website contact for casol tours?

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would like the contact info for both cosol and james touring

(and would like to find out who the 'real' Steelers fan is.....) LOL

It's James.....I doubt that Cosol even knows where Pittsburgh is

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James from James Touring is a separate company from Cosol. James is an avid US football fan

and a fanatic about the Pittsburgh Steelers. We really enjoyed the tours we have taken with him in St. Lucia.......even

though we love our New York Jets! You cannot go wrong with James Touring.

 

 

 

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well considering that we just returned from Italy and were able to visit a Steeler bar in Rome..... we might have to remain Steeler loyal and go with James

 

thanks for all the reviews and info!

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Would you recommend this tour for some in our group who tend to have motion sickness?

 

Quite honestly....no, I wouldn't. Not unless they could be assured of sitting int he front seat.

 

We had a passenger in our van lose their cookies sitting way in the back when we took this tour 2 years ago. I'm sure it was the combination of the free flowing beverages, great food, windy, hilly roads, and the heat...but it was not pretty.

 

If you have anyone who is particularly prone to motion sickness...be warned. If they can handle taking the shotgun seat up front, that might be the best choice for them...of course then you get a birds eye view of the thrill of driving a vehicle in St. Lucia!!!!:eek:

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It's James.....I doubt that Cosol even knows where Pittsburgh is

 

Abit of an insult to Cosol, don't you think? No reason they both can't be fans.

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