I love cruising! I think readers of this blog understand that. But cruising can be a tiring vacation. With all the onboard activities and off-ship excursions, I have actually returned home wishing for a few extra days off to recuperate from the cruise. Every cruise we say that we won't exert ourselves with a shore excursion in every port, but somehow we end up scheduling something in every port.

Our third port stop is actually the third new port we will be visiting: St. Lucia. And yes, we have scheduled a shore excursion for this stop, but this time, very relaxing one. We have chosen the Catamaran Cruise to the Pitons.
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The catamaran cruise begins from the cruise port of Castries and travels down the western coast of the island...
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We will see the beautiful lush vegetation of the coastline with the small, picturesque, fishing villages of Anse la Raye...
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and Canaries...
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The cruise continues south to Soufriere Bay where we will sail past the Petit and Gros Pitons, those famed mountain spires which rise 2,438 feet and 2,530 feet, respectively.  
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The excursion will finish in gorgeous Marigot Bay, the scene of many battles between British and French for nearly two centuries between the 1600s and 1800s.
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I am really looking forward to just relaxing on a catamaran, enjoying the spectacular views of sea, sand and green vegetation, perhaps taking a quick dip in the blue Caribbean to cool off. When we arrive back at the cruise port around 2:15, we will head back to the ship. For this first visit to St. Lucia, we will have seen enough.

Thank you for visiting,

A Great Europe Trip Planner

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