Monday, March 29, 2010
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We were planning to join fellow Celebrity travelers
for an excursion with Scuba St. Lucia. I had contacted them directly since they were highly
recommended on th CruiseCritic message boards, but they are under contract with Celebrity
when we're in port. Manager Bernd Rac had offered to bring along an instructor if we weren't
certified by then, but I didn't want to miss some of the amazing dives described on Scuba
St. Lucia's web site.
But it was not to be. A quick check of email revealed a canceled dive. Unfortunately the
minimum number of participants wasn't met. On a ship of this size, I'm not sure how that's
possible but that was the story. Instead, we booked the 10:30am Tree Top Canopy Adventure via
the Excursions Desk. Per Celebrity...
The zip lining was great, although not nearly as frightening as I expected. Being afraid of
heights, I had imagined myself struggling with some of the higher platforms and even the zips.
But I had no trouble at all. It was still a rush and it was a great way to see the beautiful
rain forest. At $92 per person, I thought it a bit on the expensive side. However, if you
consider that Hocking Hills Canopy Tours charges $85 per person for the same number of ziplines
over southeastern Ohio, it could be considered a steal (not to take anything away from my
beautiful hometown area).
Our transport had us back to the ship before 3pm, well in advance of the 6pm departure.
We had plenty of time to clean up and rest before our 8:30 dinner seating. We hung out on our
balcony for sailaway and took pictures of the beautiful full moon beaming over the ocean after
sunset. I'm sure there was a glass of wine involved and probably a book for Martha. I do recall
it being quite tranquil and relaxing.
Depart the port in air-conditioned transportation for the scenic drive through the capital
city Castries, past lush banana plantations, and along the north-east coast road to the
fishing village of Dennery, and then into the heart of the rainforest to Treetop Adventure
Park. Upon arrival at the Welcome Centre, guests receive a safety briefing and orientation,
while suiting up in the equipment provided.|
Experience the exhilaration of the most exciting tour in the Caribbean. Zipping through the
treetops in the middle of the tropical rainforest delivers a rush that would leave even
Tarzan breathless. Trained guides take you on the ride of your life. The zip line ride is a
system of integrated cables and rigging designed for maximum thrill and exposure to the
best views of the rainforest. Our canopy includes 10 elements consisting of 12 zip lines
including the island's longest and highest, extending up to 800 feet between platforms and
reaching heights up to 150 feet above the forest floor and two net bridges which travels up
to 60ft long. Between zips there is plenty of time to take in the unique panoramic views
and observe the magnificent flora and fauna indigenous to the forest. After the ride, relax
and enjoy complimentary local refreshments while surrounded by the beauty and serenity of
Web Sites (
St. Lucia Tourist Board,
St. Lucia Weather,
Lonely Planet Review,
Cruise Critic Review,
Scuba St. Lucia
Bernd Rac, Manager
For details and pictures from our previous trip to St. Lucia, see our
site. We were considering the following excursions when we did this cruise with Princess, but
we ended up going with
Serenity Vacations & Tours
We had a fantastic time! We shared the private tour (and spread the costs) with the Lloyds
and a couple that I met on the CruiseCritic message boards. Our ambassador Yola took great
care of us. Definitely check out the pics from our trip.
Cosol Tours ($50 for 6 hrs)
alt: A Day at Jungle Reef Estate ($99 for 7.5 hrs)
alt: Sea Kayaking to Pigeon Island ($69 or 3 hrs)
alt: New Waves Snorkeling ($54 for 3 hrs)
alt: Whale & Dolphin Watching ($79 for 3 hrs)
Some of the amazing dives described on Scuba St. Lucia's web site...
The boat dives should also not be missed - dramatic walls beneath the majestic Piton Mountains,
Superman's flight, a drift dive in the shadow of the Petit Piton, Coral Gardens and Jalousie
under the Gros Piton, Piton Wall, the wreck of the "Lesleen M", Anse La Raye and Anse Cochon.
Closer to home for the afternoon boat trips but no less spectacular sites, the diver can
explore Fairyland, Turtle Reef, Grand Caille, Trou Diable, the Pinnacles and much more.
After a quick shuttle from dockside to your dive boat, you will depart on your underwater
adventure. The dive locations will be dependent upon the weather in order to ensure maximum
visibility. The growing abundance of tropical fish and the natural beauty of the reefs make
diving in St. Lucia a memorable experience. This dive package includes two dives, a 3-course
buffet lunch at the Anse Chastanet Hotel and use of the beach lounge chairs. This is an
experience certified divers won't want to miss. Note: This tour will be enjoyed at the
multi-sport, family destination of Jungle Reef Adventures. Tank and weights are included for
all divers. Wetsuit is not included.