by Jonathan Hermann


While it’s easy to get caught up in all the fantastic onboard experiences on a cruise ship — from the dazzling entertainment and gourmet restaurants to epic water slides and adults-only hangouts — the main point of cruising is to explore the destinations your ship visits. For those island-hopping across the Southern Caribbean, here are five shore excursions on St. Lucia that truly show off the island’s best.

Some believe that Saint Lucia is the perfect destination — an ideal place for romance, relaxation and adventure — and it’s hard to argue with them. The island’s palm-fringed beaches, thriving rainforest and dramatic Piton Mountains combine to woo everyone who visits. A popular cruise destination on Southern Caribbean voyages, St. Lucia is an island you can easily explore during a port visit, especially when you choose one of these unforgettable shore excursions.

See the Pitons on a catamaran cruise

Between the Pitons Catamaran Cruise

From Castries, St. Lucia’s capital, take off on a fun cruise along St. Lucia’s coastline to experience the breathtaking Pitons. Sit back and enjoy a relaxing ride on a catamaran as you leave Castries harbor and cruise along the island’s western coast, passing the picturesque peninsulas of Vigie and La Toc along the way. This will showcase the Pitons from multiple angles that land-locked visitors rarely see.

Horseback Beach Adventure

Ride along the picturesque beaches near Castries on a handsome steed. Experienced riders can canter off into the waves, while those new to riding can simply enjoy the trusted pace of their beautiful horse. Beginning and ending in the harbor near your cruise ship, you’ll have plenty of time to visit the area’s numerous duty-free shops before returning to your voyage.

Hike through the rainforest to Diamond Falls

La Soufriere Volcano & Diamond Falls

Drive through bustling Castries to visit Sulphur Springs and beautiful Maranatha Garden, a true nature sanctuary. Enjoy a scenic drive along the edge of a rainforest until you reach the town of Soufriere, where the dramatic Pitons tower overhead. Here, you’ll visit the historical Diamond Estate with its Botanical Gardens, waterfall and mineral baths.

Experience the jungle canopy from a rainforest tram

Rainforest Aerial Tram

Nature lovers will never forget this journey on the Rainforest Sky Ride in St. Lucia, which provides you with a bird's-eye view of a mature oceanic rainforest. Nurtured by warm, gentle rains and rich volcanic soils, St. Lucia's forests have achieved a state of ancient majesty. Your guide will describe the natural sights in detail, pointing out the island’s most inspiring views.

Marigot Bay - one of the most beautiful in the world

Rum Taster’s Thrill & Marigot Bay

Take a journey that encompasses the production of rum and the historical and cultural heritage of the island. From molasses vats holding the dark thick aromatic raw material to the pot and columns stills, you’ll engage all your senses and understand the art of making rum. Afterwards, take a scenic drive to the Marigot Bay viewpoint, one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean.


Norwegian Cruise Line offers all these shore excursions on its 7-Day Caribbean: Curacao, Aruba & Bonaire voyage on Norwegian Epic. Voted the Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line for 8 Years in a Row at the World Travel Awards, Norwegian showcases the very best of each island you visit during your tropical cruise escape.


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