August 15, 2012
A Pirate’s Life For Me!
We booked the Family Pirate Adventure through SeaSpray Cruises; roughly $100 for adults and $45 for kids. You can save 15% by booking with them directly – which we did. They still pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.
Due to an unfortunate sunburn incident for Mark (a rookie mistake) it was only Sydney and I. We departed at 8 am, drove to nearby Rodney Bay and were on the pirate ship, the Lianas Ransom at 8:30 am.
We sailed down the west coast to Soufriere. On the way the pirates (crew) entertained the kids with face painting, dressing up as a pirates and sword fighting. Once in Soufriere, we visited the volcano, botanical gardens and Diamond Waterfall. I really enjoyed the cool canopy of the rain forest in the botanical gardens after being out in the heat.
On the way back, we had lunch and stopped for a swim. There was also a hunt for treasure and water fight on-board. We docked back at about 4:30; tired, happy and thoroughly entertained. This is a great tour for families with kids for ages at 12 and under.
The Little Things:
This is what I have found to be the good, and the not so good about the Morgan Bay Beach Resort.
Not so good:
The pools need to be redone, which is being taken care of in September. It is the hotel policy not to stock the mini-bars. This is annoying. No bottles of water in the room. No juice for Sydney, no beer for the delightful balcony. The buffet (although good service) has hit and miss food. Wifi is only in the lobby and one of the bar areas. I prefer it in the room.
The a la carte food so far has been wonderful. The one bedroom suites are great and spacious and have an amazing view!
In general the service has been great. Tonight was exceptional. Due to a mix-up, (Mark’s fault of course) 🙂 we were an hour late for dinner at Bambou Asian restaurant. They seated us when we arrived without question. We realized our mistake once we were seated and apologized to them for our error. They were exceptionally gracious and you would never know we put them out. This was a highlight of the service received so far and goes to show how much the little things mean when it comes to providing great service to a client – this is true in any industry, I think!
Saskatoon to Toronto
Sheraton Gateway Toronto: Although it tends to be a little more expensive than the other airport area hotels, I was once again reminded that the convenience is worth it. It’s located in terminal 3 so if you are flying WestJet, it is right outside your terminal. We flew Air Canada into terminal 1, and they now have a free monorail that zips you between terminal 1 and 3 within a minute or two. No waiting for shuttles or paying for taxis. Five minutes after we picked up our luggage we were waiting in the hotel check in line – priceless when you have a short stopover and just need some sleep.
Toronto to St. Lucia
Rooms Two and Three:
When we originally made our reservation at Morgan Bay Beach resort in St Lucia we were booked into a deluxe garden view room. At the time upgrading to a one bedroom suite was $278 a night extra, which was more than I wanted to spend.
A week before our arrival I noticed they still had suites available. I called them again about the cost of the upgrade. They had a special deal, $50 dollars a night. Sold!
We arrived in St Lucia after a 5.5 hour flight from Toronto and a 1.5 hour transfer on curvy, windy roads from the airport. (We had a very good transfer driver that we booked privately through Janus at Saint Lucia Airport Transfers. His name was Danny and he had lots of good info on the island – he’s on my recommend list and was one of the cheaper transfers at $70 per car per direction.) Anyway, we were warmly greeted with rum punch and taken to our room….which turned out to be the deluxe room originally booked. A quick phone call and they promised to get our suite ready and come get us in about half hour. In the meantime I looked around the deluxe room and decided it was solid three star. Bedding was older and patio was small, but they had a new flat screen TV and the bathroom was clean and nice looking, which is always most important to me.
This resort was just taken over by Elite Island Resorts; they are doing a lot of renovations and are closing for a few weeks in September to complete major work (like the pools). They really need it; it will be nice when they are done.
When we arrived at our one bedroom suite it was a huge sigh of relief. Gorgeous, five star quality room. It is very clean, very bright, with a huge patio, Roman tub that I have a hard time getting Sydney out of…and the view is to die for.
I will mention a couple last points before I sign off. The staff is all very friendly and accommodating. There are tons of children at this resort which is good if you have kids, but not so good if you prefer adults only.