Comprising a main island, St Vincent, and a chain of smaller islands to the south, here you’ll discover rugged mountainous landscapes and have the chance to scale La Soufrière, an active 4,000-feet-high volcano, or enjoy a spot of scuba diving. This is a nation renowned for its white-sand beaches, yacht-filled harbours and an abundance of world-class sailing destinations, including the picturesque reef-lined Bequia Island off Admiralty Bay. Venture to the south and you’ll discover the truly wondrous Grenadine islands. Your cruise port of arrival will be the capital, Kingstown.
Popular Ports in St Vincent and the Grenadines
The island’s only cruise port is located in the capital of St Vincent, Kingstown, founded by French settlers just after 1722. A city surrounded by steep hills, you’ll be charmed by the 19th-century architecture, this busy and bustling centre is filled with narrow streets and friendly locals. Explore St Mary’s Cathedral and visit to Kingstown Market to check out the fresh local produce.
If you have time to explore further afield in Kingstown, there’s abundant natural beauty to appreciate and admire by taking a visit to The St Vincent and the Grenadines Botanic Gardens. It is known to be one of the oldest gardens in the western hemisphere.
Brought to the island in 1793 from Tahiti, the local delicacy, breadfruit, is seen as a symbol of St Vincent and the Grenadines. With a taste reminiscent of freshly baked bread, it’s definitely one to try. As for local tipples, you shouldn’t leave St Vincent & the Grenadines without sampling Sunset rum or Hairoun beer. Both are proudly produced in St Vincent and pack a punch!
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to the St Vincent and the Grenadines?
There are two Marella ships cruising to St Vincent and the Grenadines, both offering superb facilities. Here are the options to take you there.
New to the fleet for 2018, the Marella Explorer is a great choice for foodies and those seeking fun and entertainment. With 10 restaurants and 10 bars on board, including Tapas @ The Mediterranean, specialises in tapas dishes for dinner or pan-Asian cuisine at Kora La. Did we mention the swanky bar, club and casino onboard, too? There’s also an indoor cinema, a Sports & Family Deck and even a Champneys spa where you can book yourself a facial, body wraps or massage!
The small but cosy Marella Celebration offers cruisers a super-friendly stay. Having experienced an refresh in 2012, you’ll enjoy jazzed-up cabins and contemporary furnishings in all the public areas. A highlight of the Marella Celebration has to be the Broadway Show Lounge which hosts West-End-style productions – and special guest acts from the UK take to the stage twice a night; a great way to get your family holiday started! You’ll enjoy gourmet food onboard in the sophisticated à la carte restaurants, and if you’re in need of some pampering, kick of your shoes and unwind in the spa.
Shore excursion ideas
If you are looking to explore St Vincent and the Grenadine’s hidden treasures on your trip, here a few sightseeing tours that will make your trip one to remember.
St Vincent Island Highlights, St Vincent
Choose this tour if you want to see the St Vincent’s best bits. Your trip starts with a scenic uphill drive to Fort Charlotte – a former British garrison built in 1806. You’ll admire sweeping views of the Northern Grenadines and the capital of Kingstown. You’ll then browse around the Botanical Gardens which are home to the island’s delicacy, breadfruit trees, brought over from Tahiti. Next on the agenda is the leafy Mesopotamia Valley. Known as ‘the food basket’ because of its rich soil, you’ll find banana plantations, fruit trees and vegetable crops.
Caribbean Pirates Sailaway, St Vincent
Take a 3.5-hour cruise on a handmade schooner along the coast of St Vincent. This petite island’s volcanic beginnings mean that it’s blessed with rich, fertile soils and black-sand beaches. You’ll take a scenic trip on a traditional West Indian boat along the coast before dropping anchor. Here, you’ll have a chance to swim or relax on the beach. Next stop is a hideaway cove where the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed.
On this full day (7-hour) excursion you’ll catch a boat to the island of Mustique from Kingston and take in the picturesque isle of Mustique. With its 14 acres of green valleys surrounded by white-sand beaches, Mustique is believed to be a top spot for privacy-seeking celebrities. Your time on Mustique is free to spend at your own leisure. And it’ll be a pleasure to explore – shopping, sleeping on the beach or enjoying a hike. You’ll be served lunch at Basil’s Bar and Restaurant and savour the sea views as you eat overlooking pretty Brittania Bay.