Saint Lucia is one of the most visited Caribbean destinations. With its jutting mountain tops (the Pitons), crystal clear waters, and exciting culture, it’s hardly difficult to see why.
Because the Caribbean is a group of islands, there are few ways better to explore it than an ocean cruise. And what better cruise is there than one where you can enjoy the sunset?
The best all-around sunset cruise in St Lucia is a full-day private charter. You can enjoy a whole day of exploring and end the day staring at a gorgeous sunset with a drink in your hand.
To help you decide which cruise is best suited to you, we’ve dug out a few options:
🥇 The Best Overall St Lucia Sunset Cruise
- Unlimited beer, water, and soft drinks
- Local guide
- Pickup and drop-off at Castries cruise ship port
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only with docks)
- Use of Snorkeling equipment
The full-day private charter to Soufriere is the best cruise you can take in St Lucia. Island King Water Taxi Private Tours operates the cruise. And because it’s a full-day trip, you’ll also get your sunset in.
The cruise starts at Rodney Bay marina, close to the Northern tip of St Lucia. Once you leave the marina, the cruise heads on a roughly 20-mile journey South toward Soufriere. Along the way, you pass iconic fishing villages and the Pitons World Heritage site.
This cruise is so special because you get to see a massive chunk of the island and have fun along the way. The cruise includes two snorkeling stops, one at Anse Reef and the other at Anse Cochon. You will also spend some time in Marigot Bay, renowned for its beauty.
If you want to splurge, you can even throw in a land tour at the Sulfur Springs, which will also take you to the Piton waterfall.
After you’ve had your fill of excitement, you head back and enjoy the sunset on your journey home to Rodney.
Tickets will cost you ~$230, excluding a $30 fuel surcharge, so it isn’t exactly the cheapest option. But for that money, you spend an entire day at sea and get unlimited drinks. And those drinks will help you forget that you’ve spent so much money.
💰 The Best St Lucia Sunset Cruise On A Budget
Maybe just getting to St Lucia has taken a decent bite out of your budget. Well, fortunately, there are sunset cruise options that’ll cost you less than a Benjamin.
Sea Spray Cruises offers a two-hour sunset cruise for only $75. For that, you get unlimited drinks (there is a trend forming here), some light snacks, a glass of champagne, and fantastic ocean views.
The cruise also starts and ends at Rodney Bay, but you head up North passing Pigeon Island this time. Unlike the full-day cruise, the idea here isn’t to stop at various locations and enjoy a sunset over the Northwestern part of St Lucia.
For the price, there aren’t a lot of negative things that can be said about this cruise. They even go so far as to include hotel pickup and drop-off services.
One of the biggest drawbacks to keep in mind is that the cruise can accommodate up to 50 people. This means that you’re not getting away from the hustle of the land.
🌄 The Best Luxury Sunset Cruise In St Lucia
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Unlimited drinks (open bar)
- Private tour
- Professional guide
- Alcoholic Beverages
Granted, the super-rich of this world can probably just bring their own Yachts for a cruise. But if you want to spoil yourself realistically, then why not book the whole boat for a private sunset? Sea Spray Cruises also offer a 3-hour sunset sail that sets off from Soufriere.
Once you leave Soufriere on their beautiful catamaran, you sail North toward the Pitons. Anyone who has seen them will tell you that they are at their most beautiful sunset, seen from the sea.
As with most St Lucia cruises, you can enjoy unlimited drinks, and this time you get your own attentive tour guide. However, this cruise, unfortunately, doesn’t include hotel pickups or drop-offs.
The cost is $1 510 per group, which probably seems quite expensive. But remember that this private tour can accommodate up to 15 people. So, if you want to pay a little less, take a bigger group of friends.
Or you can have the luxury experience of having the whole boat all to yourself and enjoy the quietness.
If you like the idea of this sunset sail but don’t want to travel down to Soufriere, you can take a similar cruise from Rodney Bay. Sea Spray Cruises offer a nearly identical option for Rodney Bay, but it’s slightly cheaper at $1 285.
Unfortunately, with the Rodney Bay option, you don’t get a tour guide, but they play some music on board.
👪 The Best St Lucia Sunset Cruise For Families
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Unlimited drinks (Rum Punch, Fruit Punch, Soft Drinks, Water, Rum Mixes)
- Authentic creole buffet lunch
- Use of snorkeling equipment
It’s always tricky to offer advice on the best family sunset cruise. It’s largely going to depend on your family dynamics.
For example, suppose you have a family with little toddlers. In that case, any form of a cruise is going to have you at least partially focused on keeping them alive. Likewise, if you and your family aren’t quite as adventurous, you probably won’t want to do the snorkeling.
That being said, for the average family with a teenager or three, I propose the Sea Spray full-day catamaran cruise.
This cruise option also sets sail from Rodney Bay and heads South toward Soufriere. Along the way, you will stop and swim at the Toraille Waterfall and then enjoy a buffet lunch at Morne Coubaril Park. At the park, you even have the option to go on a zipline tour.
Leaving the park, you head for a guided tour at the Sulfur Springs and then onto a snorkel session at Anse Cochon. Finally, you sail through Marigot Bay before heading back North.
It’s actually quite astonishing how much stuff is packed into this cruise. And after the eight-hour journey, you and your family will have many memories and need some sleep.
In fact, the only reason this cruise isn’t on top of this list is that it is too packed with activities. This can make it feel a little rushed for some people. But for a family excursion, it’s absolutely perfect.
At $125, it’s also a bargain for bigger families. One downside is that the included drinks on board are all some variation of rum.
🐝 The Best Sunset Cruise For Honeymoon Couples
- Local guide
- Local taxes included
- Hotel Pickup/Dropoff - only for hotels with docks
- Beer, Water, Sodas, Local Rum, Wine
Sunset cruises are a great addition to the perfect honeymoon. But, the thing about a honeymoon cruise is that, ideally, you want to avoid a massive group of people crammed on a boat.
That means that it should be a private cruise. Well, if you have money to throw at it, you can go for the luxury option on this list and have an entire catamaran, except for the crew.
Alternatively, you can opt for a smaller, comfy, power boat cruise. For example, Captain Cliff Adventure Tours offers a 2.5-hour cruise between Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay to the South.
They even play pan music in the background, making it the perfect romantic cruise for newlyweds. At $235, it comes in at a comparatively quite affordable as well, considering that you get the boat to yourself. The only additional cost is a $40 fuel surcharge, thanks to it not being a sailing vessel.
A well-stocked bar and hotel pickups for hotels with docks are included in the price.
But if you’re anything like me and have a skipper’s license, there’s always the option to rent your boat for the cruise. Granted, it’s a lot more effort and probably more expensive, but it’s sure to be an exciting adventure.
➕ Bonus: A St Lucia Pirate Sunset Cruise
Did you know that in St Lucia, you have the opportunity for a wildly unique sunset cruise? If you can even call it a cruise. Cox and Company offer the chance to set sail on a replica of an 18th-century Spanish Galleon.
The cruise sets sail from Rodney Bay and last around two hours. You can have your fill of rum punch (obviously) while watching the sunset and shouting “aargh” to your friends and family.
This is an excellent option for Jack Sparrow fans and maritime enthusiasts alike. In fact, if you aren’t too keen on a whole-day family trip, this a great alternative.
Your kids will be just entertained as you. I know that if I got to spend two hours on a pirate ship, I would never stop talking about it.
🗣️ Final Words
The best St Lucia Sunset cruise is the full-day cruise from Rodney Bay to Soufriere and back.
While on this cruise, you can stop at several locations, enjoy scenic views, and snorkel in the exotic waters.
An excellent alternative to this is a similar cruise offered by Sea Spray on their sailing catamaran.
If you are curious about other adventures, then be sure to check out more Caribbean tours and sailing trips here at Sailing Savvy.