Originally Posted by johnryan3427
Left Friday 4pm; arrived San Juan Monday 4pm - 11pm; Tuesday 8am St Thomas till 4pm (ish); 8am Wed Samana Domincan Republic till 4pm or so; then Thursday 8am Labadee.
All the ports were nice, although I question why the ship stops in Samana, but that is just my opinion.
This was a 9 day cruise so we left labadee Thurday around 4:30 and were back in NJ 7am Sunday morning.
Nice itinerary, but like you, we were mildly interested in the ports of call, and mostly just wanted the 9 day cruise, more than half of which was out to sea.
We went on this same cruise last March. We had different hours in San Juan but otherwise it was the same itinerary.
We booked because of the length of the cruise too, however we absolutely loved Samana. We went on an all day excursion to Cayo Levantado beach, a small island right off the mainland, visible from the ship. This has been our number one favorite destination from all of our cruises. The beach was incredibly beautiful, as was the water, with starfish and beautiful shells the kids collected while snorkeling. We didn't go to the mainland part of the DR but this beach was worth the stop.
Glad you had a great time. Hopefully the departure port in New Jersey will get some much needed attention.