We (wife, 8 yr old son, 7 yr old daughter, & elderly parents) toured with Royston (www.roystontours.com) while in port in St. Kitts on 1/30/2011 and I would highly recommend him. Since getting my family in gear and off the ship proves challenging at every port, I had arranged a 9:30 meeting time and Royston was there as promised. We had no set itinerary and we just stopped at various points of interest along the way for as long or short as we wanted. The day was ours to do what we wanted with Royston providing history and comment all along the way while joyfully fielding any and all questions we had. Specifics others may find useful:
Cost: Since I wasn’t sure who in my family (8 of us were on the cruise) would be joining us when I first made my arrangements with Royston, he quoted a price of $40 each for the adults and $30 for the kids if it was just going to be my wife and two kids ($140 total) and $25 for adults and $20 for the kids if it was going to be the full eight ($190 total) for a 9:30-4:30 tour. It ended up being four adults and two children. While we never formally agreed to any price for 6 beforehand, I figured it fall between the quoted $140-$190. When the tour ended, Royston asked for $40 for each adult with the children being free ($160 total). Included in the price, Royston provides a full cooler of refreshments (water, soda, juices, and Carib beer). By days end, my wife and I did a good job of relieving Royston of all the Caribs! As it was Sunday, Royston did not provide his normal fare of roti. However, he did have some local banana bread, another “pudding”, and a few bags of chips for my kids. Not having the roti was not a big deal to us as I had told him beforehand we would like to hit a beach bar for lunch (which we did at the Reggae Beach Bar & Grill at Cockleshell Bay…and at which we asked a very hesitant Royston to join us as our treat!). Royston also takes care of the admission costs to the Brimstone Hill Fortress.
Van: Royston’s blue Toyota van (see a few pics on website), complete with cracked windshield, is not a thing of beauty and the leg room between some of the back rows of seats is rather tight. However, being semi-adventurous, it was actually a draw for me after reading some posts on how he removes all the windows. While my parents and wife were at first a bit apprehensive about having no A/C, it was never an issue as the island breezes provided a constant flow of air. We all felt completely safe and Royston did a great job of getting you to right up to the edge of off-road vistas, etc. in which we were to only tours to venture to. He also cut the engine on several occasions so that we could sneak up on some monkeys.
Contact: Royston normally responded to me within a day at his email@example.com email address. As he is out on tours most days, it may not be until later in the day that he is able to get back to you.
Royston provided us with a terrific day in St. Kitts! I would not hesitate to use him.
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