One of the Caribbean’s true gems, St. Barts is where Riviera chic meets Caribbean cool. Day-trippers come from nearby islands for the duty-free shopping, excellent dining and to lounge on the soft, white sands in a secluded palm-fringed cove. Tour Fort Gustav and Fort Carl, historic reminders of Sweden’s short-lived Caribbean possession. Excursions abound, inviting guests to snorkel, sail over the clear blue waters on a catamaran, or horseback ride through shaded jungle trails.

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  • St. Barts Island Overview

    Explore the historic sites and scenic beauty of St. Barts during this brief, but picturesque orientation drive through the island.

    Depart the pier for the drive through St. Barts. Your first stop will be at Le Col de la Tourmente, which overlooks St. Jean Beach, the island's most popular beach, and the airport. From here, you will continue on to Salines. At one time, St. Barts exported salt throughout the Caribbean from this industrial area. You will then drive through Petite Salines, the only place on the island where the ocean is not visible, before proceeding to Grand Fonds. From here, you will take in breathtaking views and photo opportunities overlooking the green valley and raging ocean breaking on the shoreline. It is very windy here, and the landscape is vastly different from the rest of the island. Only a few years ago, Grand Fond was the cattle center of St. Barts, and home to numerous cows, goats and sheep.

    Next, you will drive along the coast and pass by the oceanfront house that once belonged to the famous Russian dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. You will then Pass Petit-Cul de Sac, the small salt pond, and Grand Cul de Sac. This scenic locale features a large lagoon, many hotels and resorts, and hosts the 24-hour windsurfing regatta held in August each year. Your drive will continue to Marigot, famous for its wine shop, La Cave, which stocks more than 300,000 bottles of wine. From here, you will pass the flower-filled cemeteries of L'Orient, La Vigie and Coupe Gorge en route to St. Jean. You will then take the road to Corossol, and climb one last hill before returning to Gustavia.

    Depending on traffic conditions, your taxi will either stop in the parking lot next to the pier, or in town at the main taxi station.

    Please note: This is not a guided tour; it is an orientation drive of the island. The mini-bus taxi drivers speak varying degrees of English with a heavy French-West Indian accent.

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  • Semi-Submersible Exploration

    Explore the diverse marine life and coastal beauty of St. Barts during this scenic voyage aboard a semi-submersible vessel.

    After embarking the semi-submersible vessel at the pier, you can stay outside on the upper-deck, or walk down to the tunnel-like hull in front of the underwater windows.

    You will then cruise to the entrance of the harbor, where you should be able to see some of the many green turtles that live here. After a brief stop, the vessel will pass over the wreck of the Marignan, a 50-foot island freighter that sunk during Hurricane Luis in 1995. En route, gentle music can be heard inside the vessel's tunnel-like hull.

    En route to your next stop, the vessel will cross the southeastern edge of the Saint Barth Marine Park. Here, you will see marine life pass right in front of you. The sea bottom in this area is filled with colorful coral reefs, and schools of sergeant major fish.

    Your semi-submersible vessel will then cruise on for the highlight of your tour, a brief visit to a group of three tiny rock islands known as The Saints. The crew will feed the surrounding fish, and you may even see a shark or two during the frenetic feeding frenzy. After the feeding, your semi-submersible vessel with travel the same route, in reverse order, back to the pier. Upon arrival, you may return to the ship, or opt to remain on the upper-deck to take in spectacular views of the beautiful anchored yachts and shores of Saint Barts.

    Please note: Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. The boat may not be exclusive to RSSC guests. The itinerary may change depending upon weather conditions, general safety or other reasons as determined by the captain.

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  • Rent-a-Car in St Barts

    Explore St. Barts at your own pace during a rent-a-car tour of this beautiful island paradise.

    Depart the pier with your car rental representative for the brief transfer to the airport. Upon arrival, you will complete your registration formalities and receive driving instructions, then pick up your rental car and commence your tour. Along the way, you can explore the beautiful beaches and do some shopping in Gustavia, St. Jean or at the stylish La Villa Créole. If you get hungry, you may stop in at a restaurant offering fine French Caribbean cuisine accompanied by fresh baguettes.

    Following your tour, you will return your car to the car-rental parking lot at the airport and be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: Extra care is required while driving in St. Barts; the roads are narrow and winding, the terrain is hilly and there are many steep inclines. It is illegal to sound your horn in St. Barts, except in the event of an emergency. Most cars have automatic transmissions, and air-conditioning is available in European-style cars. Models of cars available include the Samurai, Vitara, Feroza, Terio and Jimny. The price of a car rental is per-car. All cars must be returned to the rental agency no later than 6:00 p.m., even if the ship stays later in port. Each driver must present a driver's license and a credit card when registering for their car; a credit card imprint for the deductible will be held by the agency, and the driver must sign a contract and control sheet prior to departing. In some cases, cars may be ready at the pier; a copy of the contract will be sent via onboard e-mail so guests may register in advance to expedite the process of picking up their car.

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  • Executive Collection Full 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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  • 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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  • St. Barts Island Overview

    Explore the historic sites and scenic beauty of St. Barts during this brief, but picturesque orientation drive through the island.

    Depart the pier for the drive through St. Barts. Your first stop will be at Le Col de la Tourmente, which overlooks St. Jean Beach, the island's most popular beach, and the airport. From here, you will continue on to Salines. At one time, St. Barts exported salt throughout the Caribbean from this industrial area. You will then drive through Petite Salines, the only place on the island where the ocean is not visible, before proceeding to Grand Fonds. From here, you will take in breathtaking views and photo opportunities overlooking the green valley and raging ocean breaking on the shoreline. It is very windy here, and the landscape is vastly different from the rest of the island. Only a few years ago, Grand Fond was the cattle center of St. Barts, and home to numerous cows, goats and sheep.

    Next, you will drive along the coast and pass by the oceanfront house that once belonged to the famous Russian dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. You will then pass Petit-Cul de Sac, the small salt pond, and Grand Cul de Sac. This scenic locale features a large lagoon, many hotels and resorts, and hosts the 24-hour windsurfing regatta held in August each year. Your drive will continue to Marigot, famous for its wine shop, La Cave, which stocks more than 300,000 bottles of wine. From here, you will pass the flower-filled cemeteries of L'Orient, La Vigie and Coupe Gorge en route to St. Jean. You will then take the road to Corossol, and climb one last hill before returning to Gustavia.

    Depending on traffic conditions, your taxi will either stop in the parking lot next to the pier, or in town at the main taxi station.

    Please note: This excursion is an orientation drive of the island operated by a driver only and does not include a separate guide. The mini-bus taxi drivers speak varying degrees of English with a heavy French-West Indian accent. Restrooms are available at the pier and not during the tour.

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  • Semi-Submersible Exploration

    Explore the diverse marine life and coastal beauty of St. Barts during this scenic voyage aboard a semi-submersible vessel.

    After embarking the semi-submersible vessel at the pier, you can stay outside on the upper-deck, or walk down to the tunnel-like hull in front of the underwater windows.

    You will then cruise to the entrance of the harbor, where you should be able to see some of the many green turtles that live here. After a brief stop, the vessel will pass over the wreck of the Marignan, a 50-foot island freighter that sunk during Hurricane Luis in 1995. En route, gentle music can be heard inside the vessel's tunnel-like hull.

    En route to your next stop, the vessel will cross the southeastern edge of the Saint Barth Marine Park. Here, you will see marine life pass right in front of you. The sea bottom in this area is filled with colorful coral reefs, and schools of sergeant major fish.

    Your semi-submersible vessel will then cruise on for the highlight of your tour, a brief visit to a group of three tiny rock islands known as The Saints. The crew will feed the surrounding fish, and you may even see a shark or two during the frenetic feeding frenzy. After the feeding, your semi-submersible vessel with travel the same route, in reverse order, back to the pier. Upon arrival, you may return to the ship, or opt to remain on the upper-deck to take in spectacular views of the beautiful anchored yachts and shores of Saint Barts.

    Please note: Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. The boat may not be exclusive to RSSC guests. The itinerary may change depending upon weather conditions, general safety or other reasons as determined by the captain.

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  • Sailing the Leeward Coast

    Explore St. Bart's pristine natural beauty from a unique perspective during this scenic catamaran cruise along the leeward coast of the island.

    Depart the pier aboard your catamaran for the cruise to the Bay of Colombier. Upon arrival, you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and explore the beach. Your captain and hostess will also inform you about the local marine life.

    While anchored, the Captain and attentive crew will be serving refreshments. Following close to an hour at anchor, the boat will then begin the return trip to Gustavia.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of activity and requires access to and from the water to the catamaran via a diving ladder. Participants should be good swimmers and in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns and may not be suitable for those with back or neck problems. Swimwear, cover-up, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a towel is suggested. Footwear must be removed when boarding the catamaran and will be returned when you disembark. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages will be served only after water activities are completed. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The Catamaran is a sailing vessel and guests are allowed to swim while anchoring. The vessel and crew are not dive or snorkel certified. Guest participating in any water activities do so at their own risk & responsibility, and may be required to sign liability waiver.

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  • Odyssey Snorkeling Experience

    Explore the undersea beauty of the Caribbean during this snorkeling adventure in the crystal-clear waters of St. Barts.

    Depart the pier aboard your catamaran for the ride to Les Petits Saints, a small rock southwest of Gustavia. En route, you will be outfitted with your snorkeling equipment.

    Upon arrival, the captain and crew will provide you with your safety instructions, show you the snorkeling area and point out the restricted area you will not be permitted to enter. Afterward, you will enter the crystal-clear blue waters for approximately 1 hour of snorkeling. Your guides will provide you with assistance in the water, and throughout the tour.

    During your tour, you will be served sweets and snacks that include peanuts, chips, French sausage and swiss cheese. Soda, beer and homemade rum punch will also be served.

    Following your snorkeling session, you will be returned to the pier in Gustavia. Upon arrival, opt to return to the ship, or do some shopping and island exploration.

    Please note: This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages will be served only after water activities are completed. Snorkeling equipment will be provided. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • ATV Adventure in St. Barts

    This thoroughly fun adventure will afford you the most complete tour of St. Barts, going to both the windward and leeward sides of the island while driving your own ATV. Donning your helmet, you'll leave the harbor of Gustavia and head toward the northern-leeward region of the island where you'll begin your journey. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to view all aspects of St. Barts, including the industrial area, small hillside villages, the seaside resort town of St. Jean and breathtaking vistas of the mountains and the sea from several superb viewpoints. Your tour will also take you to the hill of Morne Tourterelle which overlooks the salines. While there, your guide will give you a history of these salt ponds and the salt industry, which until the mid 1950s, was the only industry on the island. Your tour of St. Barts will then conclude with a leisurely drive back to Gustavia Harbor.

    Please note: This tour is priced per vehicle and the ATVs carry 2 guests; therefore, when booking a party of 2, please only add for one guest. The ATV's are all automatic and quad-bike style and may carry one driver and one guest. The minimum age requirement for drivers with a valid drivers' license on this tour is 18 years of age, and the minimum for guests is 12 years of age. The maximum weight allowance per each ATV is 330 lbs.

    While this ride is not difficult, guests must be physically fit. Persons with leg, knee, back or neck injuries will not be permitted to participate. The tour operator reserves the right to deny participation to anyone deemed not fit to operate the ATV. Shoes or sneakers must be worn as no beach type sandals or flip-flops will be allowed. It is recommended that light, comfortable clothing be worn and those wishing to swim at the end of the tour are encouraged to bring a swimsuit and towel.

    Each ATV is equipped with a small trunk to store your personal effects. Should damage occur to the ATV during the course of the tour and it is determined that the guest is at fault for the damage, the guest will be held liable for the damage to the ATV up to a maximum of 2000.00 Euros. Guests will be required to present a valid credit card to the operator for this purpose before being allowed to participate on the tour. Guests are required to walk back to the tender pier (not more than 10 minutes) and it is a nice walk around the harbour. After the cancellation deadline has passed, share option is no longer available.

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