St. Lucia- We wanted to see as much of St. Lucia as we could so we opted to do our own thing in the morning. We arrived at Marigot Bay at 7:30 am and were on the first tender to shore. We caught a private taxi and arranged a tour with him for the next four hours. We had thought about doing one of the ship’s tours, but they were all in the afternoon and would mean that we would miss the snorkeling trip. There wasn’t too much to do in Marigot and most of the attractions we wanted to visit were closer to Soufriere, where the ship was arriving at 1:30 pm, so we decided to make the most of our morning. St. Lucia is VERY mountainous and lush, and gorgeous views abound. We stopped for a nice view of the ship and Marigot. Then we stopped for another ship view and Rosseau Beach. We stopped for some fishing village views, a banana plantation and a couple of amazing Piton views. (I had wanted to get views of the Pitons from both the water and from the mountains. I’m so glad we got to see them from such different perspectives.) We visited a small waterfall and the volcano. Then we took the rough road to Anse Chastanet where I had hoped to do some snorkeling. The black sand beach here was beautiful. Unfortunately, the water was very churned up. We could see that there was plenty of coral and fish—we just couldn’t see it very well because the water was murky. We ended up just relaxing on the beach for a while then had lunch at the hotel. It was good, but a bit pricey. We then took a boat back to Soufriere (that is definitely preferred to taking the rough road!) and waited for the tender to arrive so we could get back on the ship for the snorkeling trip. We then boarded the tender with about 30 other passengers. We snorkeled at the base of a mountain and also had a great view of the Pitons from the water here. The water was calm and clear (unlike the water at Anse Chastanet!). There was quite a bit of coral and some other interesting things. We saw a centipede looking thing on a rock in the ocean—I had never seen anything like that before. Also saw lots of fish. We had about 45 minutes to snorkel which was ample. We made it back to the ship with just enough time to shower and be ready for the photo tender where I photographed the ship under sail. This was our favorite day of the cruise and I would love to come back to St. Lucia for a vacation.