Want All-Inclusive Luxury? Silver Explorer Includes Shore Excursions. Ours Today: Dominica

Welcome To Dominica: Our driver for the day, Stanley

You don’t need to give a lot of thought to shore excursions on Silver Explorer. That’s because they’re all offered to guests on a complimentary basis. You need not sign up for shore excursions either; just show up and you’re on your way. Of course, the inclusive excursions also equate to substantial savings over cruises where you’d pay for the excursions.

It’s difficult to put a figure on what the average cost of Silver Explorer’s excursions would be, but I’d have expected to have paid between $89 to $149 per person for today’s six-hour outing on the island of Dominica.

We were transported in a comfortable, air-conditioned van with driver and guide (our van carried eight guests, two expedition leaders, drive and local guide) up and across the island to visit a Carib village. Silver Explorer also offered a shorter shore excursion for those who wanted to kayak and snorkel.

Along the way, we stopped at the Emerald Pool, trekking for 15 minutes through tropical rainforest to a beautiful cascading water plunging into, well, an emerald pool. Back in the van, we crossed over the high ridge and began our descent to the Atlantic side of Dominica, a ruggedly beautiful coastline.

We stopped at in Salybia village, where we sat in a historical church to hear about the Carib way of life. Next, we drove to the Carib Indian Village, a model park of sorts where we saw how Caribs lived and watched them perform their traditional dances (Dominica still has a few hundred native Caribs.)

Our first stop, the Emerald Pool
A picture-perfect snapshot at the Emerald Pool.
Next stop, Salybia Church

Learning about the Carib people
Next stop, Kalinago Barana Aute, Carib Village by the Sea
Carib dance ceremony
Meet the band at the Carib dance ceremony
One of the dancers

Taking a break in one of Dominica's 365 rivers and streams.
Trekking onward.
Schoolkids on a field trip.
Back home on Silver Explorer

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