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My husband and I really want to hike Gros Piton while on our cruise but we're a little concerned about the timing. There are several tour companies who offer the excursion. Has anyone done this recently? Did you have any issues getting back to the port on time? Which tour company did you use and did you like them?

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Michelle

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What time is your cruise ship will be in port. You are correct a lot of companies do offer this. I would suggest a speed boat to cut the traveling time though this option is a bit expensive. I say contact the companies and see if this is doable for you. Keep in mind that driving is 1.5 hours each way, the hike is approximately 4 hours depending on your speed. I have a friend who has done it so many times with his best time being 55 minutes up and 45 minutes down, but then he has had some practice.

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My husband and I did the hike 5 years ago using Spencer Ambrose.  We loved it.  We took a speed boat to the base and he had a guide there waiting for us.  Wonderful young man named Cameron.  It was a tough but amazing climb.  Absolutely beautiful and it felt like such an accomplishment when you got to the top.  The only reason I haven't booked it again for our upcoming cruise is he has added a $180 refundable late transport fee (plus a non-refundable $10 PayPal fee).  My understanding is he had issues with people not getting back down in time to meet the speed boat so he has to send another one later, which adds cost.  So to 'incent' you to get back down on time he's added the $180.  Well maybe not incent you, but to cover his costs.  It's understandable but made me too nervous to book.  The cost of the excursion is $150/person plus $1/person transaction fee.  We did it before he had the late transport fee but got down in time anyway.  Then they pick you up in the speed boat, you get taken to a beach, we had lunch, snorkeled and then they took you back to the ship.  A wonderful day.

 

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I believe serenity tvl tours does it but I think they gear more towards people staying on island. I believe there are 2 starting points. One for where you come by boat and another further up the hike trail if you come by land. I researched this last year when I was going to go with spencer and he then informs me that now I have to pay an additional $150 if we dont get down in time. So I then booked with solomon tours to just go to jalousie beach and anse chastenet. Our boat broke down 2x and we were among the last to get on our ship. Unless you're there for 10 hours I really wouldn't do it. But of course that's me. I did liamiuga in st kitt and that was a bit tough. If you are able to find a tour company and you do make it, please let us know how it went.

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We used spencer Ambrose as well several years ago, taking the boat to the base of the piton. We Didn't have enough time for lunch on the beach, we got our food and ate on the boat ride back to the ship! Read my sunshine review for more details :) 

ps it was a tough hike but so worth it! Bragging rights forever!!!

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On 12/10/2018 at 2:44 PM, runnergirlcinci said:

My husband and I did the hike 5 years ago using Spencer Ambrose.  We loved it.  We took a speed boat to the base and he had a guide there waiting for us.  Wonderful young man named Cameron.  It was a tough but amazing climb.  Absolutely beautiful and it felt like such an accomplishment when you got to the top.  The only reason I haven't booked it again for our upcoming cruise is he has added a $180 refundable late transport fee (plus a non-refundable $10 PayPal fee).  My understanding is he had issues with people not getting back down in time to meet the speed boat so he has to send another one later, which adds cost.  So to 'incent' you to get back down on time he's added the $180.  Well maybe not incent you, but to cover his costs.  It's understandable but made me too nervous to book.  The cost of the excursion is $150/person plus $1/person transaction fee.  We did it before he had the late transport fee but got down in time anyway.  Then they pick you up in the speed boat, you get taken to a beach, we had lunch, snorkeled and then they took you back to the ship.  A wonderful day.

 

We toured with Spencer Ambrose about 2 years ago and a couple were late to hike down and held up the return trip for everybody for about an hour. You see, he times three tours (Beach Break, the Land and Sea and Piton Hike) to come back as one whole group. On the way back they stop at several points of interest including Marigot Bay and have you back at the pier with at least an hour to spare before you board the ship. Since I had done the Land and Sea tour with them twice before, I already knew what to expect. So when the 2pm return trip time came and went, it made me start to wonder what was happening. At 3pm I was getting a bit nervous because I knew their trip back was about an hour and all aboard time was 4:30pm. A few minutes after 3pm, the couple arrived at the meeting point and everyone was rushed to the speed boat. I noticed they skipped a few sites or just pointed them out while speeding down a bit (as opposed to stopping on other occasions) in order to make up some time and not cut the tour short. In the end we arrived at the pier with about 25 minutes before "all aboard" time. While we enjoyed the tour, the last two hours were nerve racking due to the delay from the hikers. Maybe this was happening too often so they decided to add a "just in case" boat at the hikers expense or that people would be persuaded to speed things up a bit in order not to loose their almost $200 extra.

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We've been in touch with Spencer Ambrose and he doesn't offer this trip any more.

 

Infact, we are struggling to work out any DIY option of doing this trip. We know we'd have to pay $50pp for a guide but to get the transportation there and back seems to be expensive and I'm leaning towards Mount Liamuga in St Kitts instead which has far cheaper costs.

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On 1/14/2019 at 2:46 AM, rachelandgromit said:

We've been in touch with Spencer Ambrose and he doesn't offer this trip any more.

 

Infact, we are struggling to work out any DIY option of doing this trip. We know we'd have to pay $50pp for a guide but to get the transportation there and back seems to be expensive and I'm leaning towards Mount Liamuga in St Kitts instead which has far cheaper costs.

I think you are making a smart decision. Mt liamiuga is much closer to the cruise port and there are  lot of guides to do it. We did it with poinciana tours. I've also researched it in st Lucia and I think unless your boat is docked for 10 or more hours, you really cannot do this. Its the travel time to get there and back that's the issue. I posted before that serenity tours does it. If you really want to try it, contact them to see what they think.  If you end up getting someone, please share when you get back. I always wanted to do this and should have done it years ago when we stayed on st lucia.

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Serenity Tours unfortunately quoted huge amounts cladding it as a private tour.

 

We are writing it off in favour of Liamiuga  in St Kitts and the tour company you mentioned is the one I'm going to book with (it's my birthday as well so it's a nice thing to do when you love hiking).

 

We are also planning to hike La Soufrière in Guadalupe, again reasonably priced and looks pretty amazing too.

 

Just can't justify the expense in St Lucia because it's one of the pitons when the hiking in St Kitts and Guadalupe looks equally as amazing.

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