Castries is the capital, commercial center and main cruise port of St Lucia. Founded by the French in about 1768, it changed hands in the earlier 1800’s, when the British made the town a major naval port and built fortifications on Morne Fortune, overlooking the harbor. Today, the port offers something for everyone. Bargain hunters can head over to the duty-free shops at Pointe Seraphine; Castries Waterworks Forest Reserve allows visitors a rare glimpse of rain forest flora and fauna; and, for those looking for a fun day trip, a visit to the Grand Pitons or a hike up to Fort Charlotte on Morne Fortune offer beautiful vistas and historical perspective.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Travel through St. Lucia's countryside and the communities of Babonneau, Fond Assau and Chassin. Upon arrival at the Rain Forest Sky Rides Eco Park you'll gear up as your naturalist tour guide gives a safety introduction and then accompanies a group of no more than eight persons to the training cable for a trial run. After successfully completing the training cable, board the Aerial Tram which will transfer you through the wonders of the rainforest to the top station where you disembark. Continue on a trail descending through the thicket of the rainforest and after a hike of approximately 30 minutes you reach the first sky canopy platform.
The first zip cable is only the beginning of an exhilarating experience. In all, you'll glide along 10 zip cables. Fly among the high rainforest trees and enjoy great views of the north of the island, Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. After this exhilarating experience, board the aerial tram and relax in the comfort of your gondola while you enjoy fantastic views and the nature around you.
Note: Participants must be at least 12 years of age and weigh no more than 300 lbs
This tour is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the full beauty of St. Lucia at a leisurely pace with minimal walking. Leaving by coach from the pier, you'll first drive through the town of Castries where various points of interest will be pointed out by your local guide before making the winding drive up The Morne for a wonderful panoramic view of the city, the harbor and even as far away as the neighboring island of Martinique! Continuing upward, you'll travel to the Morne complex to view the Inniskilling Monument, which was erected in honor of the 27th Inniskilling Regiment who captured the Morne from the French for the British in 1796. This area is also home to one of St. Lucia's highest educational institutions, the OECS Secretariat, as well as the island's main television station.
A short drive away is Caribelle Batik, where a brief stop gives you the opportunity to see an artist creating distinctive works of art by using hot wax. Perhaps you'll want to shop for one of her special treasures before it's time to leave. Your tour next journeys along scenic secondary roads that run through the hills skirting the city, passing through colorful small communities and providing picturesque views of both the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts of the island.
Your next stop is at a view point within the community of La Guerre, where you will have a spectacular view of what was once the largest banana plantation on the island, the Marquis Estate. From here, it's onward through other quaint communities while making your way to Monchy, where a magnificent view of Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island greets you before entering Stony Hill, the private residence of Dr. Sony and his wife Cynthia. Your gracious hosts will happily chat with you and regal you with many fascinating stories of island life while opening their garden for your enjoyment. You are welcome to stroll around the grounds or simply sit and appreciate the peaceful tranquility from one of several seats scattered around the garden, or a comfortable lounge overlooking the inviting pool. Not to be missed is a tour of their lovely house where you can enjoy a cool refreshing drink and sweet savory treats before it's time to head back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking and steps; however the sites are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Enjoy the beauty of St. Lucia by going off the beaten path. Set off from the pier in a 4-wheel drive vehicle to explore the island's rugged landscape.
Your journey will take you through the capital city of Castries and up Morne Fortune. Your guide will entertain you along the way with ongoing commentary about the island's rich heritage and attractions. On your way to the beach, drive through the small quaint villages of Ti-Rocher, Balata and Destrameaux. From the rolling hills, your driver will take you along a rugged trail to one of the east coast's most spectacular beaches, where you will have the opportunity to swim and sunbathe.
After spending some time at the beach, re-board your 4 x 4 for the scenic ride back to the ship.
Please Note: This is not a self-driving tour and that a driver is provided. Beach chairs are not included in this tour, but are available for rental at the beach.
Explore the colorful, teeming marine life off Pigeon Island by learning to SNUBA, an exceptionally fun recreational watersport that's a cross between scuba and snorkeling.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive north to Pigeon Island, a national park that is connected to the St. Lucia mainland by a man-made causeway. At the beach, you'll receive a brief introduction to SNUBA, an easy-to-learn cross between scuba and snorkeling that gives you the freedom to dive to depths up to 20 feet. However, unlike traditional diving, in SNUBA the air supply floats on the water's surface, and you simply breathe through the long tube that connects it to you.
Upon entering the water, you're free to swim along at whatever depth is comfortable for you, observing the abundant marine life. The coral reefs here are teeming with flounder, blue tangs, parrotfish, spiny lobsters, arrow crabs and plenty more. Dependent upon the season, you might even see octopi, turtles and schools of sardines.
Following your twenty-five minute SNUBA experience, you'll have over ninety minutes of free time to swim at your leisure or explore other areas of the 40-acre island. In the 18th century, the British built Fort Rodney on one of Pigeon Island's twin peaks, and some of the buildings, defensive walls and cannons still remain. If it's a clear day, it's possible to see Martinique to the north. The park has a small restaurant on site where beverages and snacks are available for purchase. After your adventure on Pigeon Island, you'll rejoin your bus and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion. The surfaces at Pigeon Island are a combination of sand, dirt, grass and gravel. The water activity is considered moderate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Cool, comfortable clothing worn over swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat, rubber-soled sandals or aqua socks are recommended. Weight belt, mask, snorkel, fins and breathing apparatus are included. The minimum age to participate is 8 years old and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The sighting of marine life is not guaranteed.
The Rainforest Sky Ride in St. Lucia provides you with a bird's eye view of a truly mature oceanic rainforest. Nurtured by warm, gentle rains and rich volcanic soils, St. Lucia's forests have achieved a state of ancient majesty. Gondolas safely glide you through and over the tree tops, where knotted and twisting woody vines wind to the tops of old growth rainforest trees. Dense thickets of surreal vegetation merge with cascades of flowers. Lavender stars, orange bursts, yellow berries and white lace thrive on the branches of fragrant flowering trees.
Giant 'Chatannier,' magnolia, and gommier trees tower over the landscape and provide food and shelter for St. Lucia's endemic and endangered parrot. Experience St. Lucia's forest and witness this ancient celebration of color and life.
Note: Restaurant facilities and a snack bar are available for an additional charge at the premises for your convenience.
Don’t miss this colourful Trolley Train ride that will take you on a short but interesting tour of the Capital of St Lucia and an excellent beach-photo-stop.
We will start by traveling through the bustling streets of the capital. Enroute you will pass government buildings, a local craft market, colourful streets and alleys on the way to the Cathedral. We will make a short photo stop inside of this impressive church. Dated 1897, it is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean.
Back on the train the guide will keep you informed of points of interests as the train slowly makes its way through the main city highlights en route to the beach. At the beach enjoy a complimentary rum or fruit punch while enjoying a photo stop at this picture perfect white sand beach. Put your feet in the water while feeling the refreshing breeze of the Caribbean seas.
Sun chairs and umbrellas are not included at the beach. Duration of transfers may differ due to current traffic conditions. Decent clothing required for entry into the church (no bathing suits).
Driving away from your familiar surroundings, plunge into the fun that this tour offers. Leisurely driving through our capital city of Castries, bypass our local Market, Cathedral, Derek Walcott Square and Central Library, while learning the interesting facts about them all!
Your next stop is La Toc Battery, an authentic 19th century British fort built to defend the island against foreign invasion of the vital coaling stations of St. Lucia. La Toc offers a fabulous representation of the British military in the late 19th century. You will see dimly lit tunnels, a shell store, an original shell lift and old ventilation shafts.
Travelling on you will pass banana plantations set between undulating hills before stopping for a brief visit in the rustic village of Anse La Raye with tiny wooden houses - some 100 years old.
Enjoy the country scenery as you travel towards beautiful Marigot Bay. This tranquil blue lagoon is a paradise surrounded by green hills and a palm-ringed shoreline. Marigot Bay is an exceptionally beautiful natural yacht harbour and a haven for all. Three words capture its setting: "magical", "exotic" and "idyllic".
St. Marks is an old colonial style house, which is strategically placed high up in the hills and offers a panoramic view. Capture the magnificence of the Castries harbor amidst the deep blue sea with a green backdrop. On a clear day, view Martinique out in the distance along the northern coastline. Enjoy some typical Creole snacks and a tasty rum punch or fruit juice after your tour of this colonial home.
As the bus descends Morne Fortune, you are sure to return "home" with a smile.
Please note: Light, comfortable clothing recommended with comfortable shoes or sandals, preferably with rubber soles. There are steps at La Toc Battery as well as St. Mark's (25) from the ground floor to first floor. Menu items are subject to change and may vary.
Wearing no other equipment than a diving helmet, walk along the ocean floor for an up-close view of the teeming marine life darting about the coral reefs.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive north to Pigeon Island, a national park that is connected to the St. Lucia mainland by a man-made causeway. After a brief introduction to helmet diving, you'll be ready to explore the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island.
Helmet diving is easy to learn. Just slip the helmet comfortably over your head, so it rests on your shoulders. Air is supplied to the helmet through a tube connected to an air tank on the water's surface that follows wherever you walk. There's no air regulator or mouthpiece, so you can breathe just like you normally do. You can even wear prescription glasses or contact lenses because your head never gets wet throughout the entire helmet diving adventure.
The waters off Pigeon Island are teeming with colorful marine life such as flounder, blue tangs, parrotfish, spiny lobsters, arrow crabs and plenty more. Dependent upon the season, you might even see octopi, turtles and schools of sardinew as you effortlessly walk along the ocean floor.
Following your twenty-five minute Helmet diving experience, you'll have over ninety minutes of free time to swim at your leisure or explore other areas of the 40-acre island. In the 18th century, the British built Fort Rodney on one of Pigeon Island's twin peaks, and some of the buildings, defensive walls and cannons still remain. If it's a clear day, it's possible to see Martinique to the north. The park has a small restaurant on site where beverages and snacks are available for purchase. After your adventure on Pigeon Island, you'll rejoin your bus and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion. The surfaces at Pigeon Island are a combination of sand, dirt, grass and gravel. The water activity is considered moderate and swimming skills are not required. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Cool, comfortable clothing worn over swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat, rubber-soled sandals are recommended. A pair of Crocs and the diving helmet are included. The minimum age to participate is 8 years old and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The sighting of marine life is not guaranteed.
From the pier, drive through the capital city of Castries while enjoying views of the market, cathedral, Derek Walcott Square and the central library. Your first stop will be Morne Fortune. Here, you can enjoy panoramic views of Castries, the northwestern coast and the sea below.
Continue your journey through Cul de Sac and Roseau banana plantations toward the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye and Canaries, where you may see fishermen repairing nets and setting out to sea. Continue along the winding coastal road as you approach the city of Soufriere with its dramatic Pitons rising more than 2,500 feet from the sea.
Arriving in Soufriere, you'll first enjoy a guided tour at the Diamond Botanical Gardens. The Diamond Falls are consistently described as one of the natural wonders of St Lucia. This six acre, multi-award winning tourism site, is an attractive, alluring and peaceful retreat from the outside world. Relax and take in the beauty and sultry warmth of the tropics as you stroll through lush fertile vegetation and a diverse range of tropical flowers and plant life. The Gardens are also a haven for birds and insects, which provides for a true nature experience not to be duplicated anywhere within the Caribbean.
Next, you will make your way to Morne Coubaril Estate, a sprawling plateau farm in the highlands of Soufriere. Your guided tour of the Estate includes a small village of replica stick huts similar to those used two centuries ago by local villagers. The Estate's gardens offer close-up views of popular local flora. Your guide then leads you up the estate driveway to present the manioc house where you receive a close-up live demonstration of the process of de-husking a coconut and drying the copra in the oven. Afterwards, you'll be treated to a taste of coconut water and jelly.
A delicious buffet lunch will be served at a this beautiful estate, where you will dine on Caribbean delicacies in old plantation ambiance. Following lunch, you'll board a comfortable catamaran for a relaxing cruise back to Castries, stopping at a tranquil cove to swim in the crystal clear waters.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of moderate walking, at times over uneven, gravel and dirt surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as there is a significant amount of physical activity required. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, rubber soled shoes are recommended. Those who wish to swim should also bring a swim suit and towel. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Maximum weight suggestion is 250 lbs. The order of sites viewed or visited may vary. Menu items are subject to change and may vary.
This wonderful exploration of St. Lucia's beautiful underwater world begins with a cruise along the lush and impressive north-western coastline to Marine Park, where your trained snorkeling guide will introduce you to the island's diverse marine life. Cruise along the Island's West Coast to one of the Marine Park sites, this popular snorkeling area boasts a labyrinth of shallow reefs and coral heads that act as the habitat for schools of French Grunts, Goat Fish, Jacks and Snappers. Other species of fish that can be viewed here include Parrot, Trumpet, Peacock Flounders and Rock Fish.
In addition to an abundance of colorful tropical fish, you may encounter a variety of eels, such as black, moray, golden spotted and sharp nose. Tucked away in the rocks and crevices, sea urchins, star fish, sand divers, flying gurnard and an occasional octopus and lobster can be found as well. Some lucky snorkelers have even been fortunate enough to find turtles and Southern Sting Rays in the sandy bottom. If you should tire, there is always easy access to either your boat or the beach area for those wishing to take a rest.
After what is sure to be an enjoyable and exciting time spent discovering all these spectacular waters have to offer, you'll re-board your boat for the return to the port. As you make your way back, refreshments will be served on board.
Please note: Guests must be competent swimmers and sign a waiver in order to participate in the tour. Those taking part in any swimming activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Snorkeling equipment is available on board the boat, but guests should bring their own towels. Sun hat, sun glasses and sunscreen are strongly recommended. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability.
Enjoy the exhilarating excitement of traveling suspended over a canopy of lush greenery as you enjoy the beauty of St. Lucia's tropical eco-system from a truly unique vantage point. Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from the pier along St. Lucia's east coast to the Welcome Center at Errard Estate. Here, nestled in the heart of the rain forest is where your amazing zip line journey begins.
Upon arrival, you'll receive your safety briefing and be outfitted with safety gear that will include a harness system, helmet and gloves. Once you are ready to go, the fun begins! Your tour travels over at least 9 platforms, each with two experienced guides who will provide you with information on the different areas of the eco-system you are passing over, as well ensure your safety as you move from one platform to another. The views from high above the forest are simply breathtaking and the rush of adrenaline as you zip from platform-to-platform is indescribable.
Following this fun and thrilling experience, it's a short walk along a natural trail as you return to the Welcome Center where a cool and refreshing complimentary drink awaits you. All too soon, it's time to re-join your coach and travel back to the ship, filled with lingering memories of a truly unforgettable day.
Please note: This tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, heart problems, asthma, epilepsy, recent back or neck injuries, or pregnant women. No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs may participate. Comfortable, flat shoes with closed-toes, jeans or long pants, t-shirts with sleeves and hats are recommended, as well as sun protection. Guests may be asked to sign a release form before being allowed to take part in the tour. Maximum height is 6'2", maximum weight is 250lbs., maximum age is 70 years.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.