The Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis offer two very different experiences. On St Kitts you’ll find stunning beaches lined with chic bars, where you can enjoy a cocktail to Caribbean beats. The streets of the capital, Basseterre, are alive with colour, and packed with historical attractions.
Neighbouring Nevis has a more laid-back pace of life. This is the place to go if you’re looking to relax on secluded beaches, hike through lush rainforest or trek up cloud-shrouded Mount Nevis. Together, these two islands provide all you could want from a Caribbean cruise.
Popular Ports in St Kitts and Nevis
Most St Kitts and Nevis cruises dock at the port of Basseterre, the islands’ capital. When you disembark you’ll discover a lively, walkable downtown area of outdoor bars, a craft market and souvenir shops. Explore Basseterre’s colonial history with a visit to Independence Square, which is surrounded by ornate Georgian buildings. It was used for slave auctions but is now a popular hangout among the locals.
Basseterre is a short distance from St Kitts’ most beautiful beaches. Head down to South Frigate Bay to sip rum punch at one of the beach bars on The Strip. Families with children might prefer nearby South Friars Bay Beach, where the calm clear waters are perfect for snorkelling.
You’ll get a warm welcome in Charlestown, the elegant capital of Nevis. Visit downtown where streets are bordered by stone houses with English colonial facades, housing everything from Jamaican grocery stores to Guyanese markets. Wander the back streets discovering wooden clapboard houses that exude an old-world charm.
Once you’ve explored Charlestown, why not head off to the beach? Relax on Pinney’s Beach, a picturesque swathe of fine white sand fringed with coconut palms.
What are the best cruise ships for a St Kitts and Nevis cruise?
Taking a Caribbean cruise is the experience of a lifetime, so you’ll want to make sure you travel in style. Here are two highly recommended ships that will ensure you have the cruise of your dreams.
Discover the Caribbean from the comfort of the Marella Explorer, a cruise ship that stands out from the crowd. It’s the perfect choice for a romantic break, with a luxurious spa offering couple’s treatments and an adults-only sundeck, The Veranda. But families will love it, too, as the ship offers activities for kids and grown-ups alike, from sports to pool parties and interactive shows. You’ll be blown away by the range of wining and dining options on offer – Marella Explorer boasts 10 bars and 10 restaurants, serving cuisine from all around the world.
Indulge yourself on the sophisticated Marella Celebration which offers an intimate yet luxurious cruise experience. Soak up the Caribbean sun on a lounger near the pool where you can enjoy a cocktail or listen to live entertainment. Hit the gym if you’re feeling energetic or take a dance class at Liberties Lounge. Drop the children off at the kids’ club while you enjoy a treatment at the spa. Finish the day tucking into delicious grilled food or one of the sumptuous Asian delicacies served at Kora La restaurant.
Shore Excursion Ideas
If you can manage to drag yourself away from the beautiful beaches, there’s a lot to explore on these two islands. These three shore excursions are the highlights of a St Kitts and Nevis cruise.
Rainforest hike and Romney Gardens
Stretch your legs in stunning surroundings, beginning with a walk through the tropical gardens of Romney Manor. You’ll also get a chance to visit a fabulous studio where you can see batik crafts being made.
Continue down the trail to the rainforest where you’ll encounter luscious vegetation, twisted creepers and brightly-coloured flowers. As you go deeper into the forest you’ll find iridescent butterflies and lizards. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare African green monkey.
Safari island drive
Take an action-packed tour around beautiful St Kitts in an open-top jeep. After a whistle-stop tour of bustling Basseterre you’ll head to Romney Manor, the oldest plantation house on the island, complete with art studio and stunning tropical gardens.
Marvel at the majestic Brimstone Hill Fortress, and enjoy other cultural attractions such as Old Road Town and Middle Island among others. Your trip ends at Timothy Hill where you have fantastic views of the golden-sand curve of Frigate Bay.
St Kitts scenic railway
One of St Kitts’ most renowned attractions is the Scenic Railway, unique in the Caribbean. Built nearly a century ago to transport sugarcane, this double-decker train is now a way for tourists to experience the island’s beauty. You’ll travel past lime-green fields, volcanic hills and forests, while being serenaded by the Scenic Railway Choir.
After your train journey board a bus to discover the best of the south coast. Pass the iconic Brimstone Hill Fortress and the neighbouring island of Nevis, lying just across the water.
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