According to the St Kitts Tourism Authority, the number of cruise passengers visiting the island in the first quarter has risen to 19% versus the same period last year.
230,314 cruise passengers visited St Kitts from 146 cruise ship calls this year compared to 234,417 passengers from 144 ships calls in the same period last year.
For the first three months of 2012, Carnival Cruise Lines accounted for 52,265 passengers; Celebrity Cruises, 56,251 passengers; and Royal Caribbean International, 65,310 passengers.
Port Zante cruise port can handle even the largest cruise ships, and the terminal has restaurants, shops and cafes, and it's about a 15-minute walk into the downtown area. The capital Basseterre is surrounded by lush green hills, and pretty white colonial houses with tiny latticed balconies dot the streets.
One of the best photo opps can be found at Brimstone Hill Fortress - nicknamed "Gibraltar of the West Indies" - Here you'll have stunning views of Montserrat, Nevis, Saba, St. Martin and St. Barts. The fort has been restored and was designated a national park in 1985.
Best Buys: Leather goatskin items, sea island cotton/batik clothing, and the hand blown glass vases, bowls, plates in interesting shapes and colors found specifically at Glass Island in the capital.
Cruise Shore Excursions:
- Panoramic Tour with Optional Brimstone Hill Fortress Visit
- Pelican Cove Snorkel Tour
- Kayak and Snorkel Adventure
- Discover St Kitts Tour
- Half-Day Rainforest Tour
If your planning a cruise visit to St Kitts, check out pricing on shore excursions here versus pricing offered by the cruise lines