I must admit I was apprehensive on three counts: 1) Cruise ships always throw out the concern that "you might miss the ship if you book your excursion through an outside tour company", 2) My mother and I were traveling alone and I was concerned about our "safety" and 3) Fabian Tours was not the highest rated excursion company in St. Lucia at the time I began sifting through reviews (Feb 2013).
St. Lucia was THE island of our 5 island cruise itinerary that I most wanted to see in depth, and I was extremely disappointed when Carnival canceled the all-day excursion we planned to book. Out of desperation I took a chance with Fabian Tours and I couldn't be more pleased with the way things turned out. Everything was perfect from start to finish. Booking the tour was easy and the communication was informative and responsive, and we were able to custom design our island tour. We were met at the cruise ship terminal at the appointed time and were introduced to Curtis, our guide for the day. For the next 7 hours Curtis pampered us like princesses as our island tour was conducted in a newish, air-conditioned van. We visited the banana plantation, Botanical Garden, Souiffere, the Pitons, mud baths, Marigot Bay, the beach, and a mahogany carving shop. We stopped anywhere and everywhere we wanted for photos, to put our feet in the water, to go to the bathroom. Then there was the FOOD, OMG THE FOOD! We ate our way through St. Lucia, from bananas to fresh fruit plates, Casava bread, creole bread, fish cakes, coconut candy, and coconuts! It was all delicious, and it was all included in the cost of the tour. Curtis is a native of the island and we learned much about its history and culture. He went above and beyond in every aspect of the tour he provided, and it was the highlight of our cruise vacation! DO NOT hesitate in booking through Fabian Tours; I have no doubt that they will soon be the highest rated tour company on the island!
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