St. Kitts (Port Zante) Scenic Railway Excursion Reviews

Board a narrow train, built between 1913 and 1926 for transporting sugar cane, for a scenic 3-mile circle of the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Kitts.
Sailing was nice but it would be nice to hear the ocean & not loud music the entire excursion.
Sail Date: March 2018
Sailing was nice but it would be nice to hear the ocean & not loud music the entire excursion. I don't need to be entertained by a lively crew. I want to hear a bit about interesting sites & listen to the ocean. It's not ... Read More
Sailing was nice but it would be nice to hear the ocean & not loud music the entire excursion. I don't need to be entertained by a lively crew. I want to hear a bit about interesting sites & listen to the ocean. It's not every day I experience the ocean. The ocean is the experience for me. Would have been nice to include a swim. It's a long tours with the railway. Drinks were available on the sail boat & train. However, a lunch should have been included or available with time to purchase & enjoy. Drinking alcohol all day without more than a bag of chips - not a good plan. Excursion left before lunch. By the time we returned to the ship near 5 pm, we were starving. The train ride was lovely. Glad to see much of the island this way. Best to sit a few cars back from the front so not swallowing fumes the entire time! Again, a cookie offered along with lot's a drinks but no meaningful food options. Tour guide was excellent - a wealth of info. However, she talked for 2 hours non-stop. Some quiet moments are welcomed! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Fantastic!
Sail Date: February 2018
Fantastic! A definite "don't miss" experience. Great flavor of the islands with great drinks and island singers.
Fantastic! A definite "don't miss" experience. Great flavor of the islands with great drinks and island singers. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very scenic island, free drinks on the train, even had a small choir to entertain while the guide ...
Sail Date: February 2018
Very scenic island, free drinks on the train, even had a small choir to entertain while the guide took a breather.
Very scenic island, free drinks on the train, even had a small choir to entertain while the guide took a breather. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Star Clippers
Three hours was to long not allot to see don't recommend it
Sail Date: February 2018
Three hours was to long not allot to see don't recommend it
Three hours was to long not allot to see don't recommend it Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
It was a well organized tour from boarding the vans to the train.
Sail Date: February 2018
It was a well organized tour from boarding the vans to the train. It was informative and entertaining. The train was double decker with closed cars on the bottom and upper open air covered with awning. The upper level is where the narrator ... Read More
It was a well organized tour from boarding the vans to the train. It was informative and entertaining. The train was double decker with closed cars on the bottom and upper open air covered with awning. The upper level is where the narrator speaks so it’s best to sit in the upper level. Complimentary drinks are served. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Pleasant way to see the island.
Sail Date: February 2018
Pleasant way to see the island. We had to stop for a few minutes due to brush fires near the train line.
Pleasant way to see the island. We had to stop for a few minutes due to brush fires near the train line. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
A definite five star rating.
Sail Date: February 2018
A definite five star rating. We had a 0945 shore excursion to circle St Kitts. We had the bus portion first. It was a small minibus that held maybe 20 people. Slightly cramped but doable. Guide was excellent and kept up a constant ... Read More
A definite five star rating. We had a 0945 shore excursion to circle St Kitts. We had the bus portion first. It was a small minibus that held maybe 20 people. Slightly cramped but doable. Guide was excellent and kept up a constant dialog over the hour or so. Learned a lot of basic facts about the island and culture. Roads leave a lot to be desired and are very bumpy though. Arrived at the train station and our whole minibus was assigned to one car along with several others. Plenty of room down below in A/C or above in the open air. Great views from the top. Sound system was excellent and we heard all of the tour guides talk. Again very nice. Scenery was worth the price of the tickets alone. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were included as part of the ticket price. Ride ended at another station where we boarded the same minibus for a return to the pier. Maybe a five minute ride. Note they do the same trip in reverse. That is, after we got off, new people got on and the train started off on another tour. You could have the tour start at either end. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took the old train around the island and were entertained by a group of singers who were ...
Sail Date: February 2018
We took the old train around the island and were entertained by a group of singers who were adorable, made more so by the rum drinks that were included. Not much to see really but a fun couple of hours.
We took the old train around the island and were entertained by a group of singers who were adorable, made more so by the rum drinks that were included. Not much to see really but a fun couple of hours. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
I enjoyed the ride but I think it was not worth the price I had to pay.
Sail Date: February 2018
I enjoyed the ride but I think it was not worth the price I had to pay.
I enjoyed the ride but I think it was not worth the price I had to pay. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Would not recommend.
Sail Date: February 2018
Would not recommend. It was expensive. What they don't tell you is you have an hour bus ride to the train. The train ride itself is 45 minutes long and you hardly see anything except grasses along side of the train. You catch ... Read More
Would not recommend. It was expensive. What they don't tell you is you have an hour bus ride to the train. The train ride itself is 45 minutes long and you hardly see anything except grasses along side of the train. You catch brief glimpses of the ocean, but there is really nothing to see. The intercom system is horrible so you can barely hear the person speaking. They do serve you drinks - soda or alcohol and a sugar cookie. When it is over, you have a 15 to 20 minutes ride back to the ship. Would not do again and would not recommend this tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
A great way to see the island, half by 30" gauge train (with alcoholic drinks!) and half by coach.
Sail Date: January 2018
A great way to see the island, half by 30" gauge train (with alcoholic drinks!) and half by coach. An excursion with a nice difference
A great way to see the island, half by 30" gauge train (with alcoholic drinks!) and half by coach. An excursion with a nice difference Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Enjoyable way to see the scenery of St.
Sail Date: January 2018
Enjoyable way to see the scenery of St. Kitts and learn about the history. We felt the price was a bit high for what we received.
Enjoyable way to see the scenery of St. Kitts and learn about the history. We felt the price was a bit high for what we received. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Lovely way to see the island whilst getting plied with rum!
Sail Date: January 2018
Lovely way to see the island whilst getting plied with rum!
Lovely way to see the island whilst getting plied with rum! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
An interesting and 'different' way to see some of the island.
Sail Date: January 2018
An interesting and 'different' way to see some of the island. As usual, the excursion is far too expensive but enjoyable.
An interesting and 'different' way to see some of the island. As usual, the excursion is far too expensive but enjoyable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
We opted to do the KT39 Caribbean Scenic Rail & Sail Tour.
Sail Date: January 2018
We opted to do the KT39 Caribbean Scenic Rail & Sail Tour. When we got to the cruise terminal, there was a huge crowd of guests not only from our ship but from the recently-arrived Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship as well. Many ... Read More
We opted to do the KT39 Caribbean Scenic Rail & Sail Tour. When we got to the cruise terminal, there was a huge crowd of guests not only from our ship but from the recently-arrived Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship as well. Many cruisers were on the rail only portion of the tour and the tour operators did not do a very good job to get everyone separated; some Celebrity guests ended up on our tour by mistake. We were escorted to a nearby pier and boarded a large catamaran boat, equipped for both sail as well as power. One of the more awkward moments was a mandatory requirement to remove socks and shoes before boarding; this was very difficult for a largely senior crowd (including ourselves) as there was no where to sit to do this and we were hopping around on a narrow pier, close to the water. After placing our footwear into buckets, we boarded the boat, were briefed on the vessel’s facilities, safety procedures and, for many, the best part: the bar and snacks available (complimentary). We headed out of the harbour and around the west side of the island. Our Captain narrated our journey’s sightseeing as well as a history of St. Kitts and Nevis. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the crew were fantastic, and so very helpful to us, most of which were seniors. After 90 minutes, we pulled into a small harbour near the northwest tip of the island, and proceeded to put our footwear back on, this time on a very narrow pier, with people pushing past and the every-present danger of being knocked into the water – a very bad arrangement. We boarded waiting mini-buses and were driven to a railhead about ten miles from the harbour stop. After a few minutes, we boarded a double-decker coach, part of a four-coach narrow gauge railroad train, for a tour around the north and eastern parts of the island. We started off at a very slow rate of speed (about 10 miles per hour). We saw some spectacular scenery, gorges, beaches, other islands (Saba, for example) in the distance, as well as scenes of abandoned sugar cane plantations, and devastated areas, due to neglect as well as hurricane damage. The journey was quite repetitive in what we saw and after one hour, we had had enough. Unfortunately, at 10 miles per hour, it was going to last another hour, and it did. The coaches are nicely equipped, staff are willing to serve as much punch, 150-proof rum and soft drinks as one wanted, they are restroom-equipped but the ride itself was noisy, squeaking wheels and constant rocking; it did not add to what we had seen advertised on the RCI website and the shorex presentations we had seen. There was a narrator giving the history of what we were supposed to see but the noise from the rickety coaches was so loud we could not hear her. We finally arrived back at the pier, shopped a bit, and then returned to the ship for lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The scenic railway is a very pleasant way to see the island with a drink in your hand - although it ...
Sail Date: January 2018
The scenic railway is a very pleasant way to see the island with a drink in your hand - although it includes the scenic scrapyard etc!. For the less abled, the view from downstairs was disappointing as the trees block most of their view. ... Read More
The scenic railway is a very pleasant way to see the island with a drink in your hand - although it includes the scenic scrapyard etc!. For the less abled, the view from downstairs was disappointing as the trees block most of their view. The port itself has a range of shops, mostly aimed at a price point waaaaay over what we were intending to spend. The town itself has little to offer the tourist Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
sat down in the "air conditioned" car which didn't seem cool at all then the rail car was so loud ...
Sail Date: January 2018
sat down in the "air conditioned" car which didn't seem cool at all then the rail car was so loud you were unable to hear the narrator speak.
sat down in the "air conditioned" car which didn't seem cool at all then the rail car was so loud you were unable to hear the narrator speak. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Did in conjunction with a catamaran sail - which was the best bit.
Sail Date: January 2018
Did in conjunction with a catamaran sail - which was the best bit. Railway a bit boring. The viewing deck has long benches down each side and you are packed in. Very hard to turn and view. The guide and singers were fun.
Did in conjunction with a catamaran sail - which was the best bit. Railway a bit boring. The viewing deck has long benches down each side and you are packed in. Very hard to turn and view. The guide and singers were fun. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Beautiful, clean island, nice people.
Sail Date: January 2018
Beautiful, clean island, nice people.
Beautiful, clean island, nice people. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
18 miles on a loop train, saw plantation ruins, a 1618 church.
Sail Date: January 2018
18 miles on a loop train, saw plantation ruins, a 1618 church. We were regaled by singing girls on the train and crossed 3 bridges that the locals are very proud of. Complementary rum drinks or soft drinks. A bathroom on the train.
18 miles on a loop train, saw plantation ruins, a 1618 church. We were regaled by singing girls on the train and crossed 3 bridges that the locals are very proud of. Complementary rum drinks or soft drinks. A bathroom on the train. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Two decks.
Sail Date: January 2018
Two decks. One below has tables and chairs and air conditioned. But if you can climb the narrow spiral staircase to the upper level. It is covered and offers a better view. Drinks like water, pop, pina colada and run punch (with ... Read More
Two decks. One below has tables and chairs and air conditioned. But if you can climb the narrow spiral staircase to the upper level. It is covered and offers a better view. Drinks like water, pop, pina colada and run punch (with alcohol or virgin) are served and coconut cookies. Trio of ladies came and sang, lovely. Only comment, the train is old and squeaky so sometimes hard to hear the narrative. But would still highly recommend it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We loved the railway with lots of singing and the rum was flowing, it was amazing.
Sail Date: January 2018
We loved the railway with lots of singing and the rum was flowing, it was amazing.
We loved the railway with lots of singing and the rum was flowing, it was amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
loved this tour - would do it again.
Sail Date: January 2018
loved this tour - would do it again. the rail staff was so nice. we had it all expecially pina coladas ! loved seeing the country side and cane fields.
loved this tour - would do it again. the rail staff was so nice. we had it all expecially pina coladas ! loved seeing the country side and cane fields. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
we did scenic rail and catamaran tour...
Sail Date: January 2018
we did scenic rail and catamaran tour... it was awesome!! loved st kitts a lot! would like to go there and stay for awhile... they gave us all the drinks we wanted on the train ride and on the sailing ... it was so nice!! highly ... Read More
we did scenic rail and catamaran tour... it was awesome!! loved st kitts a lot! would like to go there and stay for awhile... they gave us all the drinks we wanted on the train ride and on the sailing ... it was so nice!! highly recommend it ! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
very cute, great narrator, drinks were good.
Sail Date: January 2018
very cute, great narrator, drinks were good. very nice
very cute, great narrator, drinks were good. very nice Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line