When cruise line list their itineraries, they sometimes list the city/port, sometimes list the country. This has been confusing. Can someone here clarify this? Or how can I find more specific info? Examples are St. John's is in Antigua; Bridgetown is in Barbados; Castries is in in St. Lucia. How about St. Maarteen (sp?), Martinique, etc.? Also, I saw a lot of cruisers going to St. John's when they dock at St. Thomas. So although their cruise ship did not dock at St. John's, they actually went to visit Antigua? Thanks for the info.
Many names are used over and over again in different places in the Caribbean. St. John's is one such name. It is one of the three American Virgin Islands, located near St. Thomas along the upper part of the Caribbean. The island of St. John is mostly occupied by a U.S. National Park with hiking trails, beautiful white sand beaches and snorkeling areas. Cruise ships that port in St. Thomas will have many passengers take excursons over to St. Johns for the day. Occassionally, the cruise ship may anchor off St. Johns to off-load people directly to the island and continue on to St. Thomas. The off-loaded passengers will then find their way back to St. Thomas by a ferry or other tour boat to re-join the ship at the end of the day.
Cruise ships dropping off passengers at St. Johns will contiue on to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas where they will dock for the day.
St. John is also the name of the Capital of Antigua (pronounced Antiga). Antigua is the British island down the Caribean island chain about a days sail.
The port for the island of Sint. Maarten, (Dutch Spelling) is Phillipsburg. The island is half Dutch and half French. The French spell it (Saint Martin). The ships port on the Dutch side but shore excursions will also go to the French side where some fabulous beaches are located. There is good shopping here, not cheap, but good quality items.
Fort-de-France is the capital of the French island of Martinique. This is a nice island. The banana plantation and St. James Rum distillary tour to the Atlantic side of the island is an nice 4 Hr. bus excursion tour.
I hope this cleared up some of your confusion. Enjoy your Caribbean cruising.