Basseterre

Nice churches and Georgian houses
Old sugar plantation and botanical garden
The Nelson Museum

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Basseterre

Among elegant fabrics and green, rolling hills

In spite of its small size, holiday goers disembarking from an MSC cruise ship will not find Basseterre short of things to see.

The city’s two cathedrals, St. George’s Anglican Church and the Catholic Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in East Square Street, are at the top of the list. 


On South Square Street, one can visit the Georgian House, one of the better-preserved examples of local 18th century architecture


Other intriguing destinations to visit during your holiday in St. Kitts are all outside the city. On the way to Old Road, you will come across Romney Manor, the home of the Caribbean Batik, where you can witness the birth of these hand-painted fabrics.


No cruise to the Caribbean with MSC could be complete without a visit to the old sugar plantation of Wingfield Estate, where you will be able to admire ruins and study the complex aqueduct constructed to bring water from the Wingfield River to the plantation, a one of a kind construction on St. Kitts. The 18th century Great House and its Botanical Garden are soothing to all of the senses. Admire the perfectly restored structures, the separate kitchen building made with lava rocks, the dining room that seats 16 and overlooks the ocean, and the bathing room with volcanic rocks for heating.


The even smaller Charlestown, is the capital of Basseterre’s sister island Nevis. Here, the churches of St. Paul and St. Thomas are a must-see. Both date back to the 17th century, as does the old Jewish cemetery in the city centre. Once here, don’t miss out on a visit to the Nelson Museum, from which you can continue to Saint John’s Fig Tree Church. Surrounded by gravestones, it holds the certificate of the marriage of Admiral Horacio Nelson to the Navisian Fanny Nisbet. The excursion concludes at the Great House of the Montpellier Plantation, where the two fell in love.

Must see places in Basseterre

  • Frigate Bay

    Frigate Bay

  • Fairview Great House

    Fairview Great House

  • Frigate beach

    Frigate beach

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  • 4X4 ISLAND SAFARI & BEACH

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STT20

    Experience a touch of tropical rainforest and off roading pleasure in the heart of St. Kitts, as well as a refreshing swim in the magical Caribbean Sea. Board your vehicle at the pier and head inland traveling through villages and then up into cool mountain rainforests. As you travel off road into the interior of St. Kitts in specially modified 4x4 Land Rovers, you will explore the lush rain forest where it is possible to see shy, green Monkeys and other exotic tropical flora and fauna. At a private mountain top property, 1000 feet above sea level, enjoy panoramic views over the island’s rainforest and quilted coastline, inclusive of the capital city of Basseterre and our sister island, Nevis. Here you will be served a local fresh fruit juice. Be sure to bring your camera for exquisite photo opportunities. Your journey then continues through the mountains to the opposite side of the island where you discover quaint villages and the country life of St. Kitts. Going through the village of Cayon, the historical St. Mary’s Church will be pointed out to you as well as traditional village homes and farmers’ gardens. Drive along the windswept Atlantic coastline as you head towards the beach for a refreshing swim in the Caribbean Sea. Relax and unwind, swim off the golden sand beach or just beach comb before returning to port. Please Note: The Land Rovers travel on bumpy unpaved roads. Pregnant women and guests with back/neck injuries or respiratory ailments are not permitted on this excursion.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • SKY SAFARI ZIP LINE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STT09

    Experience the excitement as you effortlessly sit back and fly along the lines up to 1,400 feet in length, 25 stories above the ground! This is a spectacular 5 line zipline journey based at the Historic Wingfield Estate. After a short orientation, training session and riding the first (trainer) line, you will hop into one of our 4X4 vehicles for a trek up the famous Valley of the Giants where you may encounter monkeys frolicking among the wild fruit trees and you will enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Brimstone Hill National Fortress, Old Road Village, former sugar estates, the Caribbean Sea and Mount Liamuiga, with its volcano crater ridge being the highest point in St. Kitts. With a mile of ziplines to experience soar at speeds up to 60km/h on our North American Engineered Cable System utilizing a cutting edge four point paragliding harness, hands free braking and our patented Skyline Trolley and Catch-Block System, all certified to North American Amusement Park Standards. Fly out through trees, across valleys, over a stream, through tunnels of vegetation to your landing point. During your tour you will also be given an opportunity to walk around the Wingfield Estate Ruins which has a history as a tobacco plantation before it became a sugar plantation in the 17th Century. View the first British masonry in the entire New World as well as the remnants of the different methods of processing sugar which are all on site. Please Note: Must be over 30 kilos and under 113 kilos. Guests will not be permitted to partake if pregnant, have a heart condition, or had any previous neck or back injuries.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$99.00Price per person

    • Children$72.00Price per person

  • ST. KITTS SNORKEL ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STT22

    Spectacular colour combinations, daring pattern blends and eye-popping designs go to describe not the latest home makeover show, but the enchanting underwater destination on this entertaining tour. You’ll set off directly from Basseterre’s Port Zante Marina on board a specially prepared snorkel boat, cruising along the coastline of St. Kitts’ unspoiled southeast peninsula. Savour the views and watch out for green vervet monkeys, simian immigrants that were originally introduced to the island either by the Spanish or by West African slaves in the 1600s. The monkeys have done well on the island and now, in part, outnumber the human population. And with some having acquired a taste for alcohol, these truly cheeky chappies have even been known to help themselves to cocktails served for human consumption. You’ll be heading for Shitten and Ballast Bays, your two snorkelling stops. Gear up, slip into the water and look forward to exploring the reef with its soft corals and sponges, but also other creatures like turtles, eagle and stingrays, chub, snapper, angel, parrot fish, squirrel fish and sand sharks. On board, you can enjoy complimentary refreshments of local, non-alcoholic drinks and water as you then return to Basseterre and your ship. Please note: guests will be required to wear a provided life jacket (mandatory). Use of all necessary snorkel gear is included in the price of the tour. Guests must be at least 5 years of age to take part. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult throughout the tour and be under their supervision at all times.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • DISCOVER ST. KITTS

    CITY TOUR

    STT15

    Your excursion gets off to a start with a driving tour of Basseterre. Basseterre, founded in 1625, later became the capital of St. Kitts in 1727. Historical Basseterre was first ruled by the French from the mid 1600’s to the early 1700’s when the English took over the reins of ownership. Efforts have been made to maintain aspects of Caribbean architecture that was greatly inspired by both the European and African heritage of the island. Stop at the Roman Catholic Co-Cathedral on your way to the next stop, Romney Manor, home of the world famous Caribelle Batik. Visit the demonstration room, where the acclaimed artists illustrate the wax and dye process of batik making. The Romney Manor Estate encompasses eight acres of historical ruins, ancient Carib Indian Rock drawings and a beautiful botanical garden. Then you will be transported back to your awaiting ship.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        2 h

      • Adults$52.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person

    • ESSENTIAL ST. KITTS

      CITY TOUR

      STT21

      A golden opportunity to see the best of St. Kitts awaits you on this half-day tour, with a first stop at Romney Manor in Basseterre. Dating back to the 17th-century, this former sugar estate boasts nearly 5 hectares/12 acres of landscaped gardens and is also home to Caribelle Batik. The complex and highly artistic dyeing process that goes to produce beautiful batiks is carried out entirely by hand here – to stunning effect. Moving on, you’ll head out of town up to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 17th-/18th-century Brimstone Hill Fortress that oversees the surrounding area. The extremely well preserved site affords fabulous views of five neighbour isles, St. Kitts’ beautiful landscape and of the coastline – perfect for a photo or two. The history theme continues with a visit to the Fairview Great House, a card-carrying reminder of St. Kitts’ colonial era. Feast your eyes on stupendous vistas of the Caribbean Sea, the southeast peninsula and Nevis, St. Kitts’ sister isle, from the veranda, then explore the wide variety of flowering plants, fruit trees, palms and shrubs found in the well-established botanical gardens, whose oldest sections date back to the 1700s. As the tour winds down with a drive around Basseterre, watch out for its colonial architecture, old churches, cottages and even the site of a former slave market before you return to your ship. Please note: guests are recommended to wear light comfortable clothing and shoes, high-factor sunscreen and to bring a camera. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests using a wheelchair.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$42.00Price per person

    • ST. KITTS SCENERY & ARTISTRY

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      STT28

      Get a real feel for the many facets of St. Kitts on an entertaining half-day outing of scenic beauty and local handicrafts. To start with, you’ll be taken around the historical capital of Basseterre, then past the fine hotels, luxury homes and golf course at the Frigate Bay Resort area en route to your first stop: the Local Creations Gift Shop. A wide variety of locally hand-crafted items are on sale here, a great spot to look for a possible souvenir. Moving on, you’ll be heading for Timothy Hill, from where you’ll be able to snap fabulous photos of both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. A scenic drive through Calypso Bay and rural villages on St. Kitts’ western half will take you to the 17th-century Romney Manor. Located in its landscaped grounds, you’ll also find Caribelle Batik, where brightly coloured batiks and clothing are made in an intricate manual process. Next up are the manicured grounds of the Palm Court Gardens, also home to Shell Works St. Kitts. After first observing the resident artisans create pieces with nimble fingers, you’ll have an opportunity to have a go yourself. Using locally sourced materials such as driftwood, sugarcane, mother of pearl, local sand or tree roots from the surrounding rainforest, you’ll create your very own memento to take home. Lunch and time to relax beside the infinity pool then follow, after which you’ll return to your ship. Please note: guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes.
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        00 m

      • Adults$76.00Price per person

      • Children$53.00Price per person

    • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER

      NATURAL WONDERS

      STT26

      Suitable for people of (almost) all ages and a real eye-opener, this entertaining Dolphin Encounter tour will see you interact with lovable bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment, the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Once you arrive at the Dolphin Discovery centre, you’ll be met by a certified – and knowledgeable – dolphin trainer who will share facts about these highly sociable creatures with you. Then you’ll take to the water and begin your encounter, benefiting from the dolphins’ naturally playful nature. After enjoying a hug, a flipper shake, a song, a dance, a kiss and numerous tricks that the dolphins will perform for you, you’ll have a chance to purchase professional photos taken of your time in the water – a great way to take home memories for your friends to see. The tour then wraps up with your return transport to Basseterre and your ship. Please note: the tour is open to women who are less than 5 months pregnant provided they are accompanied by another paying guest. Women who are more than 5 months pregnant are not allowed to participate in this tour. Guests must be at least 1 year of age and 61 cm/2 ft. in height to take part. Children younger than 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult throughout the tour and be under their supervision at all times. Guests must be capable of navigating stairs to access the Dolphinarium. Cameras are prohibited during the interaction, but photos of your interaction will be available for purchase afterwards. Guests are required to wear a life jacket (mandatory). Lockers, showers and dressing rooms are available at no additional cost. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with asthma. Guests are advised to leave jewellery and other valuables on board the ship. Guests are recommended to wear swimwear under comfortable clothing, biodegradable sunscreen (for the sake of the environment) and to bring a towel and cash/credit card for additional purchases.
      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adults$139.00Price per person

      • Children$99.00Price per person

    • DOLPHIN PUSH, PULL & SWIM

      NATURAL WONDERS

      STT25

      Intelligent, inquisitive, interactive and nice by nature, dolphins are some of the world’s most lovable marine mammals and this tour gives you a chance to play with them in their natural habitat. After your transfer to the Dolphin Discovery centre, you’ll take to the water in the company of a certified trainer, who will also share dolphin facts with you. Shake a flipper, give “your” dolphin a hug, even plant a kiss on its upturned nose. Then hold on to its fins and prepare to be pulled through the water as it swims backwards during the so-called “Belly Ride”, a sure highlight of the encounter. Following your interactive experience, you can purchase photos taken while you were in the water before you re-board your transport for the return trip to your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 8 years of age and a minimum of 107 cm/42 in. in height to take part. Children younger than 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult throughout the tour and be under their supervision at all times. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with asthma, back/neck injuries or cardiac disease. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate in this tour. Guests must be capable of navigating stairs to access the Dolphinarium. Guests are required to wear a provided life jacket (mandatory). Cameras are prohibited during the interaction, but photos of your interaction will be available for purchase afterwards. Guests are advised to leave jewellery and other valuables on board the ship. Lockers, showers and dressing rooms are available at no additional cost. Guests are recommended to wear swimwear under comfortable clothing, biodegradable sunscreen (for the sake of the environment) and to bring a towel and cash/credit card for additional purchases.
      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adults$175.00Price per person

      • Children$122.00Price per person

    • SCENIC RAILWAY RIDE & COASTAL CRUISE

      SCENIC ROUTE

      STT23

      See the scenic sights of St. Kitts in the most leisurely way possible, first on board a narrow-gauge train –the “Last Railway in the West Indies” – and then on a catamaran. The St. Kitts’ Scenic Railway has been showing visitors the island since 2003, but before that enjoyed an almost 100-year career as the means by which sugarcane was transported from the fields to the sugar mill in Basseterre. But this is no ordinary narrow-gauge train, since it features a second open-sided observation deck from which you’ll be enjoying breezy island views all along the route. Unlimited complimentary beverages are served during the ride and your guide will provide information on the former sugar estates, abandoned windmills and chimneys you’ll pass on the way. Further points of interest included on the ride are the first British and French settlements in the Caribbean, places where native tribes once lived and the 17th-/18th-century Brimstone Hill Fortress, along with numerous others. At the end of your train ride, you’ll be transferred to the marina to board the catamaran for your coastal cruise. You’ll be sailing along the storied western coast of the island, with gorgeous views and a complimentary open bar to entertain you as you go. Your tour comes to an end with your return to the ship. Please note: the order in which the tour is run may be reversed. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes.
      • Drink included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$155.00Price per person

      • Children$109.00Price per person

    • SCENIC RAILWAY RIDE & ISLAND DRIVE

      SCENIC ROUTE

      STT24

      Touted to be the “Last Railway in the West Indies”, the St. Kitts scenic railway train has been acquainting visitors with the beauty of the island since 2003. Before that though, the line was used to transport sugarcane from the fields to the sugar mill in Basseterre, something the trains reliably did from 1912 onwards. The route will take you up along the gorgeous north-eastern coastline, with you relaxing and enjoying unlimited complimentary drinks on board. Best of all, the ride comes with an unusual feature that promises to deliver both spectacular views and built-in air-conditioning: a second, open-sided deck. Superb views of the water, cliffs, lush vegetation, villages, canyons, sugarcane fields, rainforest and Mount Liamuiga looming in the distance unfold before your eyes as you travel on the double-decker train. Your on-board guide will alert you to and provide information on key points of interest, such as former sugar estates, abandoned windmills, chimneys, the first settlements of British and French colonialists, the places where native tribes once lived, the 17th-/18th-century Brimstone Hill Fortress and numerous other places of historical importance. The train ride will be followed by a coach ride along the island’s equally interesting and beautiful eastern seaboard before you return to the ship. Please note: the order in which the tour is run may be reversed. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes.
      • Drink included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults$95.00Price per person

      • Children$69.00Price per person

    • BEACH EXTRAVAGANZA

      SEA & SUN

      STT01

      On leaving the port you will travel through Basseterre to the tourist and residential resort area of Frigate Bay. This is the scenic area, where the land narrows making it possible to view the cresting foams of the Atlantic coast and the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea separated only by part of the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course and a few resort accommodations. You will drive up Timothy Hill, the entrance to the Southeast Peninsula. You will enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful drive over the rolling hills, each gentle turn providing a different spectacular view – the sea on either side; the land interrupted by salt ponds of differing size. 11 kilometers of natural landscape and environment! You finally arrive at the bar and restaurant on the beach with beautiful vistas of Nevis. A warm smiling Caribbean welcome awaits you. Walk out to the oversized wooden decks decorated with upscale Caribbean themes and then onto the beach with the beautiful sea and the whispers of lapping waves. There is a gift shop, outdoor grill and bar and some water sports available. Spend time walking the beach, swimming or sun-bathing. A beach chair and refreshing drink have been reserved for you at the beachfront restaurant. Relax and enjoy! Please Note: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$52.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person

    • DISCOVER NEVIS & BEACH

      SEA & SUN

      STT27

      Board your boat and be sure to bring along your camera as you sail along the pristine coastline making your way to St. Kitts’ sister island of Nevis. Upon arrival in Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, a short drive through the tranquil town provides you with a glimpse of a simpler Caribbean lifestyle and some examples of Caribbean style architecture. You will also have the opportunity to see the birth place of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. You will have a short stop at the Nevis Bath Springs, a natural hot spring, before continuing your tour around the quaint island of Nevis and heading to the Beach where you can enjoy some leisure time swimming. Feel the gently breaking waves caress your skin under the rejuvenating Caribbean sun. Take in breathtaking views of the Caribbean with St. Kitts and the famous Nevis Peak in the background. Please note: Participating children must be accompanied by a paying adult and under their constant supervision throughout the tour. A beach chair and umbrella are included in the cost of the tour. Guests are recommended to bring a towel, their swimsuit worn under comfortable clothing, sun protection and cash for any additional purchases.
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$109.00Price per person

      • Children$75.00Price per person

    • CARIBBEAN COOKS

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      STT19

      A Unique Culinary Experience! A little History! A little Food, Fun and Folklore! You may have previously enjoyed the wonderful flavours of West Indian cooking, but do you know the actual ingredients of the dishes or their history? Regardless of whether you are a seasoned cook or just a lover of tasty cuisine, this demonstration will appeal to you. After a short drive you will arrive at Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden. Tantalize your taste buds as you enjoy regional dishes prepared before your eyes. As ingredients are added, the historian cook will recount tales about the history of our regional foods, share old and new recipes, talk about the wonderful development of dishes that use Old and New World foods with African, European and Indian cooking methods. Then enjoy sampling the dishes along with a homemade refreshment. After the demonstration browse locally made handcrafts available for sale or browse the Great House. The main floor of the Great House is furnished in authentic colonial style. Upstairs you will find the master bedroom with a large veranda offering a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, South-East Peninsula and St. Kitts’ sister island of Nevis. You may also choose to enjoy wandering through the different areas of the beautifully landscaped 2.5 acre botanical garden at your leisure. Take home with you complimentary copies of the recipes of the dishes that were prepared during your tour.
      • Drink included

      • Lunch or dinner included

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$89.00Price per person

      • Children$62.00Price per person

    The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
    Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

     

    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Saint Kitts and Nevis

    A former favourite location for the aristocracy
    A former favourite location for the aristocracy

    A cruise to St Kitts and Nevis will introduce you to two islands of the Caribbean which have been frequented by elite tourists for at least two hundred years; they were the destination for European nobility between the 19th and 20th century.

    In St Kitts the beaches of the north-eastern coast are black volcanic sand while at Dieppe Bay, you can swim in calm waters that are protected by a great barrier reef, and if you want to experience the emotions of the Atlantic waves, warmed by the reef, you need to head for Half Moon Bay.

    From the village of Sandy Point, on the north west coast, climbing the slopes of an ancient volcano, you reach Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. From this UNESCO protected site you can enjoy wonderful views which go as far as St Maarten and St Barthélemy.
    At the same time you can admire the work and the tenacity of the English who built this polygonal fortress between the 18th and 19th century, known in its heyday as one of the Gibraltars of the West Indies (the other was the fort in Les Saints, Guadalupe).

    On Nevis, try an excursion to the Nisbet Plantation, a historic manor now a hotel with a splendid beach and dwarf palms. Or treat yourself to a bath at the Bath House Hotel, the remains of the majestic thermal baths that served the nobility of the old continent in the 17th century.

     
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