Reviewer: Richard Boden
We had an excellent, knowledgeable guide on this excursion that was significantly smaller and lower in cost than the group excursion provided by the ship. Highly recommended.
I am a travel consultant who has taken countless shore excursions over the past 30 years, but I have to say that I would rate this tour right at the top. Everything was extremely well organized, from the booking process right through to the tour guide and his wealth of knowledge on his Island and tour stops. The bus was clean and the windows were crystal clear for viewing the amazing sights along the route. I was very pleased with all aspects and would book future cruise excursions with Shore Excursions group without hesitation
Reviewer: Joanne Montgomery
Our guide was excellent, he knew anything and everything you asked. Was interesting to see how the spices are processed.
Reviewer: Murray & Cecile Zlotnik
Our Guide on the Grenada Spice Route excursion was extremely knowledgeable. As he drove our bus on very bumpy and narrow roads, he kept up an informative and interesting narrative on many subjects regarding his country. The tour was definitely off the beaten path and well worth it!
Reviewer: Page Flournoy
Our guide on the Spice Tour was wonderful. We had almost a private tour ( 2 of the 4 other people who booked joined us) and we watched the two or three other buses filled up with the tour offered by the cruise herd everyone through some of the same stops. We were able to see much more, go more places and learn more by booking directly. Our guide Stanroy(?) even stopped at a local shop and bought us fig bananas, which were so delicious!
This is one of the best shore excursions that I have every been on. There were only four of us so it was like having your own private tour. Our guide, was older and an expert on the island and the spices that it produces. The information and knowledge that he had made the tour so wonderful. He even bought us small bananas which were delicious! There was no hurry to get the tour finished and he even went over the time by 30 minutes. I would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Marcia Holsinger
The tour was excellent and the tour guide was very well versed in the whole island giving us very interesting facts. Would definitely recommend this tour guide.
Reviewer: Aileen Redeker
It was a very thorough bus trip of the island going to the spice factory as it was called. It claimed to be a working spice factory; however, it was a Sunday and we could not prove it was not. It did not appear to have been worked for quite some time. It was very interesting and showed how spices had been collected and treated by slaves in the past.
very nice tour, interesting an informative!
Reviewer: Judith Reese
Our guide as excellent. So much knowledge about the island and area. The island is lush and spectacular. We went to a crater lake and while there our guide called a couple of wild monkeys out of the brush and feed them bananas. This was the highlight of the day. The guide had the bananas left over from buying them for everyone on the bus. So good. Not what we get at home.
Reviewer: Rod Edwards
The van was brand new, the driver was friendly and super knowledgable and the island was a delight. There were no monkeys in the National park so we had to eat the bananas the driver bought for them!
Reviewer: Susan Anderson
Of all the shore tours in which we participated, this tour was the first shore tour to be on time. We were seated in the by 8.30 which was departure time. The tour displayed the highlights of Grenada and the spices for which it is famous. We particularly enjoyed the demonstration of spice preparation in the old sugar mill.
Reviewer: Marilyn Henrie
We saw a lot of the island in the time we had. We were able to see the "raw" spices and see some beautiful scenery on this volcanic island as well as learn a lot about the history of the island. Our guide was informative, but seemed scripted more than personal.
Reviewer: Gordon Evans
This was our favorite tour and Island. Amazing service and tour was great. Spice tour was awesome. Would definitely do again and highly recommend. Gorgeous Islander.
Reviewer: Brenda Samuel
Our guide on this excursion was very informative and funny. He had a story to tell about the spices and all Grenada. The spices all smell and taste wonderful. I purchased spices and I don't cook. It was an entertaining and fun adventure.
Reviewer: Kari J Tanaka
Our driver was very informative and really loves his island and sharing with others all the best that Grenada has to offer. Lots of driving but in doing so I think we covered most of the island. The Crater Lakes was wonderful but we got hit with some rain, would love to go back and see it without rain, just not sure if that is possible. I would highly recommend the tour. We ran into many other friends from our cruise ship who had booked elsewhere and we learned later we paid the lowest.
A superb tour. The guide Mandoo's was extremely attentive, professional, knowledgeable about the cultural, geo-political and environmental aspects of the island and spices. It was obvious that he knew much about the environment and the importance of sustainability. The trip around the island involved stops in the mountainous regions, small towns, growers, and finally the downtown region. Mandoo was perhaps the best tour guide I've ever encountered.
Interesting experience. Guide was very informative. Good value for the cost of the tour.
This tour was a great opportunity to see this island and how the spices are produced. Beautiful countryside and was able to get off the bus enough to make it more comfortable and interesting, yet not too strenuous.
Reviewer: Mimi sews
The day tour of Grenada was amazing. Our guide, Montoo, shared his love of the island and included ecological, educational emphasis. He provided extra opportunities throughout the day, including treating the tour group to fresh bananas, and introducing us to a monkey that he had befriended through the years. After a day with this wonderful guide, I felt that I had glimpsed not only the beauty of this amazing island, but also the culture and ""heart"" of the people.
We would use these services again. The price is right and we always get nice tour guides that know all about the tours we select. They are very nice people.
Wonderful excursion with a knowledgeable guide who knew the island it's culture and politics well.
Reviewer: Ark traveler
A very informative tour of the island and the spice business. Three tour vehicles made every venue somewhat crowded but we enjoyed. And the rain messed up one stop. Mother Nature to blame.
This was one of the best excursions I have ever been on. Our guide was so knowledgeable about Grenada and so passionate about what he does. He went above and beyond with explaining the sites and answering any questions that we had. The island was amazing and he made sure to show us as much of it as he could. I will take this tour again if we come back.
The guide was very knowledgable about his island.
Reviewer: Linda the teacher
This was an excellent tour. The guide knew so much and was gracious about imparting it to us. He offered opportunities to purchase top-quality spices in multiple places, explained the process of harvesting cocoa, nutmeg and other spices, bought bananas to feed us as well as to lure mona monkeys so we could observe them. He really went the extra mile to find the monkeys. He was fabulous!
like this tour saw allot of Gernada. Guide made sure we had time at stops to take pictures and explained all aspects of the island.
Our guide Mandoo was awesome. He had so much knowledge about the island, the people, plants, farming and history. I'm sure glad he was driving and not me on the skinny road, especially when there was no room to pass a vehicle so someone had to back up. He went above and beyond to make it enjoyable for us and answer our questions. He bought us fresh bananas to eat and got some for the mona monkeys. He called and called to get the monkeys to come out so we could see them and get pictures of them. The monkeys were very entertaining to watch and very comfortable with humans. I have been enjoying the cinnamon, and chocolate we purchased very reasonably at the plantation.
Our guide was great! He told us so much about spices and the culture of Grenada. We knew he loved this island, but was realistic about its problems. It was an entertaining tour that I would recommend to any one wanting to explore this beautiful island!
Got to see a good deal of the island and how th people live.
We really enjoyed this trip as it was very informative and got to see a lot of the island.
Reviewer: Missionary Gma
Enjoyed the guide and the island - especially the info on how spices are grown and processed. Waterfall was beautiful and excellent island history from the guide who was friendly and patient.
Very lush island, lots of spices and great volcanic lake
Reviewer: I don't remember the guides name.
This excursion was very educational and our guide was very knowledgeable about the island.
Loved the variety of things we were able to do and do them at a slow and thought out manner. We've done many adventures and one this would be a slower paced option. The guide was a wealth of information. It was great.
Mr Mando is an outstanding guide. He is highly articulate, keeps his vehicle in impeccable order and is helpful and courteous.
I would use this tour as a great way to see the island
Realize that the products we get here are a result of a lot of history and labor.
Driver/guide was very informative on the island culture. The Spice Plantation was exceptional. Guide explained various aspects concerning the growing, harvesting and processing of the spices. Hands on examination of the the product which brought out the wonderful aromas. Liked this tour and are enjoying the spice we bought. At another stop, driver called a Mona monkey into the open so we could take pictures.
Loved touring the Spice Factory. Really interesting and educational. I loved learning about the island. Beautiful place! Very scenic!!
Very professional - outstanding!!
Reviewer: Cindi Loo Hoo
My first time with this excursion company...found the service to be excellent and each of the trips enjoyable. Loved the information that was shared and the immersion into the process of the spices.
There was some confusion in the terminal because similar names of the Royal Caribbean and the On Line Vacation excursions. Our group was met by our tour representative, Mandoo Seales. We boarded a small bus guided by Cosmos Seales, the first of nineteen children, and Mandoo was a younger brother. As we drove toward the fishing town of Gouyave, we passed by the Nutmeg Processing Station, the largest in Grenada and the factory where most of the island's spices are processed for export. En-route, Cosmos told us he had lived in the United Kingdom; served in the merchant marine; and lived in the United States but has returned to his homeland, Grenada. The Dougladston Estate is just outside Gouyave and here we visited a building (boucan) with huge drying trays on rails, so that the trays can be pushed under the building if it rains. Depending on the time of the year, the drying trays may contain mace, cocoa, cinnamon, pimento (allspice), or cloves. Once inside Mandoo briefed our tour groups. We were invited to 'scratch 'n sniff' the leaves of twigs and failed to identify a few. Then we were shown where cocoa beans (not a spice) used to be processed using steam technology. Some of the spices were in Calabash shells, used to make bowls. We saw trees with loofah 'sponges' but they are not sponges, they are the fibrous interior of a cucumber. One could buy spices here and Liz found some representative samples to take home. Cosmos continued on into the mountains to the Belvedere Plantation. We stopped and Mandoo obtained fresh Grenadian bananas for each of us to try. Then our two bus convoy continued on steep switchbacks, including a 180¬∞ turn, to the Grand √âtang National Park. At the lake we had twenty minutes to tour an exhibition center, buy souvenirs, take photos with native Indians wearing colorful costumes with fruit basket hats. It seemed like too brief a time but we had almost twice the promised time as others refused to rejoin the bus on time. That cut our time to finish our tour with a photo stop at the Annandale waterfall. Located in a luscious grotto, the 30 foot high falls pour into a shallow pool that seemed chest high on five or six people splashing about. Local divers, ala Acapulco, earn a living by collecting tips after diving in the pool. It was impressive but crazy. Our drive back completed our loop around the island.
Reviewer: Bryan the boater
Great tour. The guide (""Captain"" because he wears all white) was fantastic. Educational and informative. Highly recommend it as an alternative to a beach excursion.
Reviewer: Joy the Vegan
For my first foray into this type of excursion, it was exciting. I enjoyed learning about the varieties of spices, how and where they are grown, harvested and processed. Because of the large group, I was unable to view and/or hear some of the guide's commentary. The purchasing process was unwieldy and somewhat disorganized. The guide was very knowledgeable, sharing information in an easily understood manner.
We had Mandoo as our guide/driver for our Grenada Spice Route Tour. We loved it! Our favorite of the 3 tours we took. Everything was on time. Mandoo was wonderful. He was knowledgeable and friendly and fun.Loved the explanations on the flora, fauna. Loved the spice(s) hands on experience. It's hard to believe how much you can see and learn in a half day tour. Grenada itself was lovely; so lush and tropical. Fabulous landscape.
Tour guide was great, answered all questions about Grenada. Took time to show examples of flora, fauna, and countryside.
Great introduction to Grenada Learned about spice production Tour Guide knowledgeable
Everything exceeded expectations. Will definitely use you again and recommend you to friends
Excellent variety and great value for money
Reviewer: Two Savvy Seniors
Enjoyed Spice Farm Tour. DUe to time constraints and the need to accomodate participants from another ship, the tour could not go to the Falls which was listed as a ""highlight"" so that was disappointing, but the Spice farm was informative to one who cooks.
Reviewer: Mrs firedragon
This was a fantastic, varried, interesting, educational and fun excursion! We saw the whole island, including waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and ocean views and a lake that had been a volcanic crater! We visited a working spice business, small towns, and saw wild monkeys up close! Our guide was exceptional and we learned SO much about Grenada, both it's history and present day. Thank you so much.
Reviewer: Mrs. B
Great guide, well grounded in local information. Made sure we all had chance to view points of interest along the way. Spice 'scratch 'n sniff' entertaining and educational. Couldn't entice monkeys with bananas or calls, but guide certainly tried.
We were well educated about Grenada on the vehicle on the way to buy spices and guided by her as to where was the best place on our tour to buy some to take home. She was a sparkly woman who related well to all of us.
The guide was knowledgable and passionate about his country. We really got a good feel for the Island. The visuals, the sounds, and oh the wonderful spice smells were lovely to experience. We had a special thrill as we watched or guide call and feed the wild monkeys up at the crater lake.Super experience.
We may have not gone if you didn't offer it. We had a great time loved all of it.
Reviewer: C and R
The tour gave us a good feel for the island, and we enjoyed learning about the many spices grown there. The tour guide was knowledgeable and we would definitely do this again.