Known as the "City of Arches" because of the many volcanic stone archways throughout the downtown area, Kingstown was first settled by the French. In the following decades, the island was ceded to the British. Stroll along Bay Street and duck into one of its many shops, but for truly authentic island goods, visit the outdoor waterfront market and the large produce market.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Panoramic St. Vincent

    There's no easier or more relaxing way to see St. Vincent than on this driving excursion through the bustling capital of Kingstown and the surrounding countryside.

    Depart from the pier and begin with a drive through Kingstown, during which you'll learn about its tumultuous history. Known as the "City of Arches" because of the many volcanic stone archways throughout the downtown, Kingstown was first settled by the French. In the following decades, the island was ceded to the British, who built Fort Charlotte on a high bluff to protect Kingstown primarily from land attacks by the French and Caribs.

    Many of the most prominent landmarks in town are churches, and you'll enjoy an exterior view of three of the most impressive ones, all of which were built in the first half of the 19th century. St. George's Anglican Church is known for its lovely stained-glass windows, one of which Queen Victoria donated. St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption was built in stages and its eclectic architecture reflects the many additions and renovations. Freed slaves help build the nearby Kingstown Methodist Church, an inviting, pastel-colored brick building.

    Leaving Kingstown behind, you'll next drive along the island's windward side, admiring the dramatic scenery, which includes black-sand beaches, rocky bluffs and windswept coastal villages. Before returning to the pier, you'll stop briefly for a sip of refreshing coconut water and to taste the coconut meat or "jelly," which many of the islanders eat daily.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking and is mostly panoramic in nature. Wheelchair guests who can make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them may participate in the tour; however, there is no room for wheelchairs on the coach and they must remain at the terminal until the tour's return. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Best of St. Vincent

    An excellent introduction to St. Vincent, this excursion traces the island's history at Fort Charlotte and presents its natural beauty at the botanical gardens and in a fertile valley.

    Depart from the pier and begin driving through Kingstown, the volcanic island's energetic capital. Before long, you'll arrive at Fort Charlotte, which the British started constructing in 1763. Named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III who was the reigning monarch of the time, the fort stands on a ridge 600 feet above sea level, offering an unobstructed view of Kingstown and beyond.

    Interestingly, the cannons point inland over the moat, as the fort was built to protect the English from the indigenous Indians and their allies, the French, who were more inclined to attack from land rather than the sea. The Fort houses a collection of paintings which depicts the history of the Black Caribs and a tour of Fort Charlotte provides a unique glimpse into the tumultuous founding of St. Vincent.

    Another short drive brings you to the Botanical Gardens, which are among the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, having been established in 1765. An oasis of serenity, the gardens contain countless exotic species and rare items such as a breadfruit tree that's the third generation of one donated by the infamous Captain Bligh of the HMS Bounty.

    Continuing on, you'll venture through the Mesopotamia Valley, where much of St. Vincent's fruits, vegetables and spices are grown. As scenic as it is fertile, the emerald-green valley is crisscrossed by streams and dotted with farms. After departing the picturesque valley, you'll stop at a beach bar for a cool drink and then return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking and there will be some slopes to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Due to a weight restriction on the draw bridge at Fort Charlotte, you will travel there by minibus. Following this stop, you will travel by motor coach for the remainder of the tour.

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  • Gardens of St. Vincent

    Meander down the lushly landscaped paths of two vastly different gardens: Kingstown's nearly 250-year-old Botanical Gardens and the more mountainous Montreal Gardens.

    Depart from the pier and begin driving through Kingstown, the volcanic island's energetic capital. In the center of town, you'll pass the somber War Memorial, which was erected in 1925 to honor the dozens of Vincentians who fought and died in World War I.

    Then, it's on to the city's Botanical Gardens, which are among the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, having been established in 1765. An oasis of serenity, the gardens contain countless exotic species and rare items such as a breadfruit tree that's the third generation of one donated by the infamous Captain Bligh of the HMS Bounty. You might also see colorful torch lilies, brain fruit palms, towering mahoganies and flowering Soufrieres, the national tree of St. Vincent, which isn't found anywhere else but on the island.

    A different sort of garden awaits you in the mountains above the fertile Mesopotamia Valley. A former plantation, Montreal Gardens is blessed with rich volcanic soil and a lovely terraced terrain. It's here that Welsh-born landscape designer Timothy Vaughn renovated 7.5 acres of land and turned it into a spectacular collection of gardens, each with its own design and personality. There's a formal garden, a color garden accented with splashes of brilliant flowers, and a rainforest garden whose serenity is enhanced by a mountain stream. Following your guided tour, there will be some time for refreshments before re-boarding your coach and transferring back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking and there will be some hills to negotiate which some could find strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Vermont Nature Trail Hike

    Hike through a protected rainforest with a guide who'll point out the most exotic flora and fauna that may include the endangered St. Vincent Parrot, a species endemic to the island.

    Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive north along St. Vincent's leeward coast, gazing out over the beautiful bays and rocky bluffs. Turning inland, you'll pass through several villages that candidly reveal country life in the tropics.

    Upon reaching the sprawling 10,870-acre St. Vincent Parrot Reserve, you'll hike the Vermont Nature Trail, which winds through the lush rainforest. The scenery is spectacular throughout the journey, but the real draw is the chance to perhaps see the rare St. Vincent Parrot, a species only found on the island. Endangered because of loss of habitat and the illegal pet trade, this large parrot with multi-colored plumage is a favorite of birdwatchers.

    Fortunately, through conservation measures, the St. Vincent Parrot population has increased over the past decade or so and may now number more than 800. There's a good chance of seeing one or at least hearing its call. Similarly, the Whistling Warbler is another bird endemic to St. Vincent and often observed in the reserve. The boldly patterned, black-and-white warbler is usually seen happily flitting about the undergrowth. It too has a distinctive call that rises steadily in volume before ending emphatically.

    After approximately two hours hiking through the picturesque reserve, you'll stop for refreshments and then drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes hiking for approximately 3/4 of a mile that is mostly uphill and over natural terrain. There are footholds, but they are inconsistent in height and width. The trail may be slippery in some areas when wet. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. As they valley is cool and can be a bit chilly if there is rain, layered clothing is recommended along with sun cap; sunglasses, sunscreen; insect repellent; and appropriate closed-toe walking/hiking shoes. Guests may also wish to bring an umbrella in the event there is rain. While wildlife sightings are common, they are not guaranteed.

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  • Kayak & Snorkel Adventure

    This wonderful water adventure includes kayaking and snorkeling along the picturesque leeward coast, eventually stopping at one of the locations for "Pirates of the Caribbean."

    Depart from the pier for a short but spectacularly scenic drive up the leeward coast of St. Vincent to beautiful Buccament Bay. Here, you'll hop in a single or double kayak and begin paddling out into the crystal-clear waters.

    Being on the wind-sheltered side of the island, the seas are typically calm and easy to navigate, so your attention can be focused on the sights. They are considerable and include a backdrop of verdant mountains, serene coves and gorgeous beaches. If you gaze out toward the horizon, there's a possibility that you may see humpback, pilot or sperm whales, or even pods of frolicking dolphins, all of which frequent these waters year-round.

    In time, you'll paddle past the Bat Cave, an opening in the volcanic shoreline that's inhabited by thousands of bats, and then arrive at Byahaut Cove. It's one of the best snorkeling spots on the island and typically not crowded as it can only be reached by sea. You may recognize the cove from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean," some of which was filmed right here.

    The sights are just as extraordinary below the surface. The reef is teeming with colorful tropical fish, strange-looking coral and other Caribbean marine life that is sure to capture your attention. After more than an hour of snorkeling, you'll paddle back to Buccament Beach and then drive on to the pier in Kingstown.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate to strenuous activity. Total paddling time is close to 90-minutes. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition. Swim wear; a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes that can get wet or aqua socks are recommended. Safety vests are required while kayaking and provided by the tour operator. Caps or hats should be securely fastened to the head and valuables should be packed in a watertight container. There are no restroom facilities available on this tour. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean & Snorkel

    Enjoy the scenic splendor of St. Vincent by sea, sailing along the coastline, stopping to snorkel, and then visiting one of the sets where "Pirates of the Caribbean" was filmed.

    Board your boat right at the pier and begin cruising along the picturesque leeward coast of St. Vincent. Along the way, you'll see British-built Fort Charlotte perched on a ridge 600 feet above sea level and the Bat Cave, an opening in the volcanic shoreline that's inhabited by thousands of bats. The black-sand beaches are further evidence of St. Vincent's volcanic past and quite the sight, as lush vegetation and sheer cliffs typically provide the backdrop.

    Depending on the condition and clarity of the water, the captain will anchor off one of the island's most beautiful beaches. Here, if you choose, you can enjoy approximately an hour and a half snorkeling through the turquoise waters, which are teeming with colorful, tropical fish. You're also free to comb the beach, sunbathe or simply relax in the shade. If you gaze out toward the horizon, there's a possibility that you may see humpback, pilot or sperm whales, or even pods of frolicking dolphins, all of which frequent these waters year-round.

    Later, you'll stop at Wallilabou Bay, which served as the fictional location of Port Royal in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" and its sequels. Many of the original sets still remain, and you may well recognize them. Afterwards, you'll sail back down St. Vincent's spectacular leeward coast and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate activity, mainly at the guests' discretion. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Swim wear; a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Fins are not provided but guests are welcome to bring their own. Dependent upon prevailing weather and sea conditions, guests may not be able to disembark at Wallilabou Bay. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Bequia By Sailing Catamaran

    Sail to the neighboring island of Bequia and enjoy free time in Port Elizabeth before re-boarding your catamaran to snorkel and pass a few leisurely hours on a pristine beach.

    Board the catamaran right at the pier and sail due south toward the yachting paradise of Bequia (pronounced "Bek-way"), an island measuring just seven square miles. During the hour or so it takes to sail there, you'll enjoy the captain's hospitality and stunning views in all directions. After pulling into Admiralty Bay, you'll have some free time to explore Port Elizabeth. Most of the boutiques and restaurants are along Front Street, so you won't have far to walk.

    Sailing on, you'll soon arrive at Moonhole, a cluster of quirky stone homes built under a large natural arch in a coastal cliff. Few of the homes have windows or doors, some are partially constructed with whalebones and hardwoods, and all of them use solar energy and rainwater collected in cisterns. You'll anchor just offshore, leaving plenty of time for you to admire this highly unusual private compound and snorkel, if you choose.

    Afterwards, you'll enjoy lunch aboard, and then it's on to Princess Margaret Beach, a beautiful ribbon of golden sand named for England's Princess Margaret, who once swam there. You too can swim, meander down the beach or sunbathe over the next two hours. Afterwards, you'll sail back to Kingstown, during which time you may spot humpback, pilot or sperm whales, or even pods of frolicking dolphins, all of which frequent these waters year-round.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate activity and is mainly at the guests' discretion. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns who may find embarking the catamaran challenging. Swim wear; a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes that can get wet or aqua socks are recommended. Restroom facilities are available on board the catamaran. The lunch is "castaway style" using disposable ware and utensils. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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