Caribbean Cruise: Grenada
Port #4 of our Caribbean cruise was Grenada. Again, we lucked out: 4 for 4 on being the only cruise ship in port! Grenada reminded me a lot of Dominica–lush, green interior, but with perhaps nicer beaches.
First we woke up to a beautiful view of Grenada.
After exiting the ship we met our tour group and boarded our shuttle bus in St. George’s, the capital. Our Grenadian adventure was river tubing! We booked directly through Celebrity Cruises. Here’s the description for “Adventure River Tubing:”
Channel your inner adventurer as you explore Grenada’s rainforest on a river tube. A scenic drive through the hilly interior of the Grand Etang Rainforest Reserve brings you to the launch site at the Balthazar Estate. After a safety briefing, you’ll gear up to embark on your journey down the river. Spin and swirl in the currents as you gently glide down the tranquil waters. After, you’ll be treated to rum punch or fruit juice. Duration: 3 hrs.
The shuttle bus wound us up through the hills of Grenada and into the rainforest. After arriving at the river tubing site, we suited up with life jackets and helmets and got our inner tube. They recommend water shoes. If you don’t have them, you can rent them there. I wore my flips flops and was a-ok. I had wanted to bring my smartphone along on the journey, but it’s not recommended unless you have a way to keep it dry.
You’ll get plenty wet. In fact, we were soaked! But it was an absolute blast. The river tubing team did a great job of keeping us together as a group. There are a few couple feet drops here and there and some rocks to dodge, but otherwise it’s nothing too difficult. Just hold on to the inner tube and follow instructions!
The water was “refreshing” (read, cold) and there are no creep-crawlies in there that I was aware of!
At the end of the river course the shuttle bus was there to meet us. We made the way back to St. George’s while we got a little history and culture of the spice isle and got to see nutmeg, cinnamon, and more in its natural habitat.
After getting back into St. George’s, we went back on the ship to grab a quick lunch and then back out to do some more exploring.
When you exit the port terminal, turn right you will see the Sendall Tunnel. The steps to the right of it will take you up to Fort George where you can get some great views.
We thought Fort George was a “historic” fort, but it appears to still be in use despite its decayed look? There were some barracks with people, a gym, and a dining area presumably for military.
I like this shot…looks like Celebrity Summit is about to take a hit!
Here is picturesque St. George’s.
We did a little souvenir shopping and walked around town. Another great island adventure!
Here are a few pics from Grenada. For more, check out my Flickr album.