The tour we choice was to meet on the pier at 11:45 and leave at 12 noon.
We were on the pier and the tour left without us. The tour director said they told her everyone was there. The tour left 10 minutes early. They sent a taxi to take us to meet up with the tour at the botanical gardens but the buses were not where they told the taxi they would be so we waited 20 minutes and finally the taxi driver got a call saying they were on the other side of the gardens we missed that tour. They did not have enough regular seats on the 2 buses so we had to sit on the pull out seats in the aisles which when you are driving on mountainous roads is very uncomfortable. Again Royal Caribbean and the tours should have known how many people they sold tickets to and the tour should not have left early. The guide on the bus I must say was very knowledgable about the part of the tour we got to take and very apologetic about our situation. Nobody wanted to take the blame for leaving without us.
We took the Taste of Local Antiqua and it was a big rip off. $59 per person (description if tour booklet and on line sounded wonderful) what we saw was terrible. Cotton shop was a piece of ply wood on top of two wooded horses on the beach. The pottery shop with crafts making handed down from generation to generation was one man's garage. Not generations of pottery making. He had very little to sell and what he had no one would purchase, the Herb Garden was a lady's backyard and the talk on herbs and their uses was her trying to sell her products. Do not take this tour.
Pros: The staff, crew and everyone who worked on the Explorer were friendly, polite and professional making our stay on the explorer a delight
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