Reviewer: Ellen Gwynn
We enjoyed the content of the tour very much. Catamaran trip was especially fun as a pod of enthusiastic dolphins joined us. The horses were gentle and our guides were very nice. Trails were steep but that was more of a challenge for the horses rather than the riders. Only one negative comment: Our meeting instructions for POINT SERAPHIN were to be at the INFORMATION DESK by 8:30 AM. and find local representative, Carnival Sailing, staff in T-shirts with the Carnival Sailing logo on them, holding a Carnival Sailing sign. A representative did not show up until after 9 AM There were about 10 of us; all concerned about getting back to the ship on time. "Don't worry" was the response. Concern was that activities would be omitted. This did create a good beginning.
The descripstion for this excursion is dead-on. The horses were the most gentle animals I have ever been on (I've owned a few). The views of the estate and surrounding areas are fantastic. The tour of the manufacturing process was very interesting and informative. The only downside to the entire excursion was that the was a surcharge of $3.00 per person to enter the Toraille Waterfall area that was not previously disclosed. Aboslutely BEAUTIFUL catamaran with a very friendly crew !
Reviewer: Edward Diaz
Strongly recommend this excursion. We had a lot of fun.
Our horseback guide was wonderful! Matthew knew the horses, was flexible and patient, and it was clear our safety was a big priority for him. My friend and I were the only ones on the horse part of the tour, so it was great to have the specialized attention, as my friend was less experienced with horses and needed a little more instruction and guidance. Matthew also guided us through the cocoa plantation part of the tour where we eventually joined up with the rest of our catamaran group for a delicious local foods lunch. The catamaran was quite packed with people going off on other various land tours, but was still a great way to see the Pitons and enjoy a little snorkeling at the end of the tour. Onboard restrooms were decent and they had nice snacks in the morning. Good crew, as well. The waterfall part was ok, but quite quick and had a very ""tourist trap"" kind of feel to it, not a beautiful, natural, majestic waterfall like you might imagine. My only more serious gripe would be the wasted time in the morning. I know they warned us in the documents about being patient as they bring several groups (for us, the cruise ship and two local hotels) together in the morning, but of the first hour or more from the supposed start time, only 5 minutes was spent getting to the catamaran, the rest was spent waiting by the cruise pier or on the docked catamaran.