2015 Quantum of the Seas Day 9
Monday April 20, 2015
Our ship stopped at the last island on this 12-day journey when it pulled into Basseterre, St Kitts at around 11:00 AM. The port area was full of souvenir sellers, cruisers looking for tours, shore excursion operators, and taxi and van drivers loudly advertising their businesses.
Loc completed the negotiations with a van driver who would take us around the island for a tour then drop off us at a beach and return later to pick us up. The cost was $10 per person which was way less than what Royal Caribbean would have charged us.
Inside the resort
Loc and his family arriving in St Kitts
All 16 of us piled into a 15-passenger van for the bumpy scenic tour that took about 90 minutes. We saw a lush island with remnants of sugar cane plantations, new beachside housing developments, a US-style medical school, big hotels and golf courses, and blue waters as far as the eye could see. On the way to the beach, the van traversed steep and narrow mountain passes that made almost all of us cringe.
Since the first beach we stopped at was not that attractive, the driver drove on to the next beach where the Carambola Resort stood. The resort consist of a nice restaurant and bar, a long and wide beach, lounge chairs, beautiful lime-color umbrellas, and day beds. We rented chairs and umbrellas, ordered drinks, swam, and just relaxed.
Returning to the ship
Lee just loves beaches
The beach area
The Carambola Resort in St Kitts
Love those lime color umbrellas
Plenty of place to relax
Hard to find a happier group
St Kitts cruise port
Back on ship. Watching a computer generated show called Vistarama in Two-70
.... into a dense forest
In the evening, our group gathered again at the Grande Restaurant for dinner and to celebrate Tri's birthday. Our sumptuous dinner was followed by a presentation of birthday cake with candles. We raised our glasses and wished Tri a happy birthday, Kay presented him a birthday card that was signed by all of us, and everyone including the wait staff and other diners congratulated Tri with a loud happy birthday song. That was fun!
Not done for the evening yet, the group staggered to the Cafe Promenade for more snacking, drinking, and conversations. We did not have to worry about getting to bed too early tonight because tomorrow is an at-sea day.
Trang and Chien
An and Anna
Our friends and neighbors, Kay and Steve
Bao Anh and Loc
The water at this beach was clear, calm, and warm. It had a concrete pier from which people could dive into the deeper part of the water. On this sunny and clear day, we determined to enjoy our last island visit and therefore, swam in the water for a long time.
At around 4:30 PM, the van came back to pick us up and take us back to our ship. Everyone agreed the island tour and beach visit was money and time well spent.
Bo and Lee playing in the water
Vistarama transforming ...
Our birthday boy and his wife
Too much sun ... but what a great day!