St Kitts and Nevis cruises can be enjoyed as part of vacations that stay on one or the other of the islands. There are several operators who charter boats of all descriptions, from St Kitts catamarans to elegant Nevis sailing yachts. These are excellent for diving and snorkeling excursions as well sunset cocktail cruises.
These kinds of St Kitts and Nevis cruises can be booked for full- or half-day excursions and can include a gourmet lunch. It's also possible to bring your own snacks or lunch. If you're utilizing vacation rentals, you can prepare your own favorite treats. Many of the hotels will happily prepare a picnic for you; generally they only ask that you make the request the evening before your excursion, and the charge will be put on your bill.
These two islands are also on the itinerary of numerous international lines that sail the waters of the Caribbean. They generally make their stops at the St Kitts cruise port—called Port Zante—where they dock for one or two nights before heading on to nearby islands like Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe and Dominica, Martinique, and Puerto Rico. This port in Basseterre is a destination in itself. It is first and foremost an important deep water harbor capable of berthing the world's largest cruise ships.
This is where thousands of passengers disembark to enjoy a variety of Nevis and St Kitts cruise excursions that include everything from the three-hour ride on the historic St Kitts Railway to challenging hikes to the summit of Mount Liamuiga.
The St Kitts cruise port is also the ferry terminal for transportation to Charlestown, the principal city of Nevis Island. There are a number of scheduled departures to Charlestown as well as less frequent ferry service to Oranjestad Aruba, Statia, and St Maarten. Those passengers who do not book St Kitts cruise excursions can spend an entire day shopping at the many galleries, boutiques, and shops in Pelican Mall, and dining at numerous restaurants.
The St Kitts cruise port also has a full-service marina where you can find operators for boat charters or dock your own boat. Because of the proximity of so many other islands, many people who are sailing through this part of the Caribbean often put in here for a few days to store up provisions and spend some time enjoying tours and sights on the island. There are customs and immigration facilities for those sailing in from other islands.
St Kitts and Nevis cruises also give you easy access to the historic city of Basseterre, the oldest city in the eastern Caribbean. It is a very small town, and you can walk just about everywhere. If you are on foot, you should not miss the two central squares—The Circus with the most shops and restaurants, and Independence Square with its traditional cathedral and the majority of the oldest buildings. Another of the popular St Kitts cruise excursions include visits to the Brimstone Hill Fortress, and UNESCO World Heritage Site that for many years was the "Gibraltar of St Kitts." This is a fair distance away, and if you are doing it on your own, you can find taxis quite easily at the port.