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Our Beautiful Breeze cruise (with pics) - 8/15/15

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Day 5 – St. Kitts 7am to 5pm



We awoke around 6:30am, and looking out our cabin window we could see the sun rising over the island of St. Kitts……



We are approaching the port town of Basseterre……



We made our way up to the Lido Marketplace to grab a quick breakfast, and then took a few photos as we docked. This is the port town of Basseterre…..



This is Patti and Ryan’s first visit here, and only my second. I still have never seen the top of that mountain, as it always seems to be cloud covered…..



This is the Cruise Terminal building……



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
I've spent the past hour catching up on your review. I'm certainly not disappointed by any means, as usual your reviews are captivating. I feel as if I'm on vacation with you. Thank you for sharing with us.
Thank you Connie!! Glad to have you along for the ride. Much more to come!
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
This is the casino, located just after you exit the pier…..



Here are a couple more views of St. Kitts……





These are the shore excursions that we will be doing today. Ryan and I will be doing the St. Kitts by Rail & Sail, and Patti will be doing the St. Kitts by Rail & Scenic Drive.

St. Kitts by Rail and Sail

EXCURSION DETAILS

$129.99 / Adult
$79.99 / Child
Infants (< 4) don’t require tickets

Duration:4 Hours

May include relaxing or walking short distances over relatively level terrain. Comfortable shoes may be recommended.

No Minimum Age

Board the St. Kitts Railway for a memorable journey around this beautiful island, followed by a relaxing catamaran sail back along the south western coastline of St Kitts. After a short transfer to your train, travel along the northeastern coastline where fields of sugarcane stretch from the shoreline up to the mountains. Wind through small villages and farms, seeing the entire island from the comfort of double-deck railcars .The upper level is an open-air observation deck while the lower level has air-conditioned comfort and expansive windows. Feel the island ambiance as you enjoy complimentary specialty drinks, island music and colorful narrative history of the Caribbean. Disembark the train and be transferred to your catamaran. Enjoy light refreshments and snacks as you sail for 90 minutes along the southwestern coastline, enjoying excellent vistas of Brimstone Hill Fortress and sailing around “Bloody Point”.

NOTES:
May operate in reverse. Train ride is approximately 2 hours.

St. Kitts by Rail and Scenic Drive

EXCURSION DETAILS

Board the St. Kitts Scenic Railway for a memorable journey around this beautiful island.

$90.99 / Adult
$59.99 / Child
Infants (< 4) don’t require tickets

Duration:3 Hours

May include relaxing or walking short distances over relatively level terrain. Comfortable shoes may be recommended.

On this excursion you will:

• Board a bus at the pier and travel 10 minutes to the Train Station.

• Travel along the Northeastern coastline where fields of sugarcane stretch from the shoreline up to the mountains.

• Roll across tall steel bridges and wind through small villages and farms.

• See the entire island from the comfort of double-deck railcars where all guests have a seat on both levels of the railcar.

• Enjoy the upper level’s spacious open-air observation deck with panoramic views.
• Ride in air-conditioned comfort in the lower level as you gaze through the expansive vaulted windows.

• Feel the island ambiance with comfortable rattan furniture, complimentary specialty drinks and snacks, island music and a colorful narrative history of the Caribbean.

• Your experience is complimented by a scenic drive aboard the Scenic Railway’s sightseeing buses along the Southwestern coast.

• Enjoy the excellent vistas and take photos as you drive past Brimstone Hill Fortress, the British “Gibraltar of the West Indies", the tombstone in Middle Island where Thomas Jefferson’s great-grandfather is buried and Egrets nesting in the trees that looks like flowers on trees.

• On your scenic drive you can also enjoy the views of the neighboring island of Nevis, birthplace of American statesman Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

• Disembark the train and travel back through the islands small villages for approximately 40 minutes back to the ship.

Both of our tours will be meeting in the Ovation Theater at 8:15am. Once there, we will be led off the ship and taken to our buses for our short ride to the train station. Here we are leaving the ship. There are two pictures because since we are technically on two different tours, we were led off the ship at different times…..





Here is the Carnival Breeze docked at Basseterre, St. Kitts…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
We are approaching the Cruise Terminal building…..



These are the Scenic Railway tour buses…..



We have reached the station and have boarded our train car. We were reunited with Patti for the rail portion of our excursions. Here is a full view of one of the tour buses…..



Though this one is not being used this trip, here is a full view of the railcars that make up the train. The bottom portion is air conditioned, and the top portion is open air, and gives a better view for taking pictures. When the train is moving it was quite comfortable on top…..



Here is Patti on the upper level of our train car…….



We are underway, and Ryan and I have received our first rum punches which were pretty strong. Patti had a pina colada, but she said that they were too strong for her taste…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Now for a little info about the train we are riding on. We are riding on a narrow gauge rail line that once was used in the sugar cane trade, which at one time was the major industry on St. Kitts. A dozen years or so ago, it was deemed that the production of sugar cane was not profitable enough, so the production of sugar cane was completely halted. To this day, the government continues to methodically burn sugar cane fields to rid the island of it’s two biggest pests, the mongoose and rats.

The railcars we are riding on were built in Seattle, specifically for the Scenic Railway. This is not a smooth, quiet ride like the speedy bullet trains in Japan or France, but rather a noisy, wobbly, bumpy, hang onto your seat, slow, type of ride. It takes about two hours to make the 18 mile journey to the other side of the island, where we will rejoin the buses to take us to the next part of our tour.

So, if you’re up to it, grab yourself a drink, and come along for the ride. Patti was in her glory, snapping a couple of hundred photos during our tour, and here is our first view from the train…..



We are passing a rock quarry…..



This was one of the nicest houses I saw on the island, perched up on a hill…..



A view of the cloud covered hills…..



For the most part, we will be travelling along the coastline…..



These are remnants of the sugar cane days…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Ryan and I are enjoying the ride…..





The Scenic Railway train chugs along at a speedy 5 to 15 mph…..





St. Kitts is a very hilly island…..





To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
We are now crossing one of the five high trestles along the route…..







Looking back at the trestle that we had just crossed…..



Here are a couple of coastline views…..





To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Ryan and I look happy. I think we were on rum punch number three!!



Here we are approaching another trestle…..



Here are the remnants of a windmill and oven, which were used in the refining of the sugar cane…..





It appears that Ryan is starting to get bored. To tell you the truth, I felt the train ride portion of the tour was a little long at two hours. An hour would have been enough, but believe me, you wouldn’t want this train to go any faster. The rum punches definitely helped! Lol.



We are passing a brick church in one of the many little towns we passed along the way…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Approaching another trestle…..



Here a couple more coastline views…..





Our waitress is passing out sugar cake…..





The cake was good, but VERY sweet…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Our Scenic Railway train continues to wind its way around the island…..





Here are some more coastal views…..









To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
We are now passing a graveyard…..





This trio went from train car to train car singing island songs…..





We saw loads of donkeys and goats…..





To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
I think it’s time for another rum punch Ryan!!



We pass a seaside church…..



The coastline is to our right…..



The hills are to our left…..



Here is another decaying windmill and oven…..



Here’s a view of a little coastal town…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Our little train chugs on…..



We are passing this fairly large coastal town…..





That’s St. Eustatius off in the distance…..







To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
We roll through the town…..









We’re getting near to the end of the line…..



The trio pays us another visit…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
If you stood up, you would have to hang on for dear life!!



We are passing the St. Kitts Eco-Park…..







The next tour group is waiting for us to arrive……



We have finally arrived. Now we will debark the train and board our buses for the rest of our tours…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
At this point, Patti will board a different bus from Ryan and I, as she is doing the Scenic Ride tour. We will come back to her a little later in this segment, but for now, Ryan and I have boarded our bus, and we are leaving the Scenic Railway behind…..







Ryan and I are seated in the very rear of the bus. Here is our view looking out the front window…..



Even though we are riding through the middle of a town, there were a lot of wild goats right on the side of the road…..



We are passing a very old stone church…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
On our right, we are passing an overgrown old cemetery……



To our left and up is the Brimstone Hill Fortress…..



There is the catamaran that we will be sailing on coming to pick us up…..



We have boarded the catamaran……



After the safety briefing and introduction, we set sail, and soon the rum punch and beer was flowing freely…….



They also gave us a bag lunch which contained a chicken sandwich, chips, and banana bread. It wasn’t bad at all. Ryan seems to be slowing down. I wonder how late he stayed out last night. Lol…..



To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
We are sailing along the coast of St. Kitts.....



Captain Cracker has everything under control…..



Ryan has decided to take a nap. He can sleep anywhere!!!



Here are some of the views along the coastline as we sail back to Basseterre…..







To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
We continue to make our way back to the ship…..



Ryan’s still napping, and I’m still enjoying a few beers!!



A bunch of antennas on top of that high hill…..



I spy a whale tail off in the distance…..



Those sitting up front have great views…..





To be continued…..
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
Here are a few views of the Carnival Breeze docked in Basseterre, St. Kitts…..







That’s the island of Nevis off in the distance…..



We are now pulling into the port of Basseterre…..





To be continued…….