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Old March 1st, 2002, 01:13 PM
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Default How are these Southern Ports?

Sun, Sep 1, 2002 San Juan 10:00 pm
2 Mon, Sep 2, 2002 St. Thomas 7:00 am 5:00 pm
3 Tue, Sep 3, 2002 Martinique 11:00 am 6:00 pm
4 Wed, Sep 4, 2002 Barbados 7:00 am 10:00 pm
5 Thu, Sep 5, 2002 At Sea
6 Fri, Sep 6, 2002 Aruba 8:00 am 11:00 pm
7 Sat, Sep 7, 2002 At Sea
8 Sun, Sep 8, 2002 San Juan

This is on the Destiny. Any recommendations???
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Old March 1st, 2002, 07:38 PM
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In St. Thomas we had two great excursions by just trusting the taxi drivers. As soon as we got off the ship, we had a driver take us to catch the ferry for St. John which is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. Upon arrival a taxi driver took us on a one hour tour of all the beautiful bays and then dropped us off at a beach where we snorkled and enjoyed a few hours of sun. There were taxis to take us back to the ferry and upon arrival again in St. Thomas, we had some time so the taxi driver gave us a 45 minute tour.

In Aruba, we rented ATV's at a place about a mile from the dock and spent the day racing through the desert. It was the most fun of any excursion we've ever done. In the evening we walked through the town which is where the ship docks. Many nice open air restaurants and casinos. Carlos and Charlies is practically on the dock. If you don't go there, make sure you get a spot on the ship around 10:45 to watch all the people running out of C & C to make the 11:00 PM deadline. Many are staggering but they sure seemed to have fun.

We did all of this on our own by doing our research and reading these boards. We did what we wanted, when we wanted and for the most part, it was cheaper than the ship's excursions. Enjoy!
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Can you tell me if you went to Caneel Bay (Rosewood) Resort when you went to St.John and if so, how long of a taxi ride was it? My sister highly recommends the beach there and we would really love to see it and use their beach for a few hours.
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Can you tell me if you went to Caneel Bay (Rosewood) Resort when you went to St.John and if so, how long of a taxi ride was it? My sister highly recommends the beach there and we would really love to see it and use their beach for a few hours.
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Sun, Sep 1, 2002 San Juan 10:00 pm - be sure to get off the ship and take a walking tour of Old San Juan. You can take a free trolley up to the El Morro fortress and walk down hill from there.

2 Mon, Sep 2, 2002 St. Thomas 7:00 am 5:00 pm - as mentioned St. John's is worth the ferry & taxi tour if you have never been there. Or, if you must do a lot of shopping, just take a taxi tour to Drakes Seat and Mountain Top for a fabulous overview of this lush island. Have the driver drop you off in Charlotte Amalie for your shopping. Stores at Havensight are good too.

3 Tue, Sep 3, 2002 Martinique 11:00 am 6:00 pm - this island receives very negative reviews. Either plan a tour or take a ferry to Pointe DuBuc. find the beach near the old Meridian Hotel.

4 Wed, Sep 4, 2002 Barbados 7:00 am 10:00 pm - either take a ship's tour or private taxi tour to include Harrison's Caves and the Orchid world.
5 Thu, Sep 5, 2002 At Sea
6 Fri, Sep 6, 2002 Aruba 8:00 am 11:00 pm - take the city bus $2 RT to Palm beach for a great morning on a beautiful stretch of beach or get a half day tour of the island to the Lighthouse, baby beach, the Natural bridge, caves and ruins. Do experience some beach time at this beautiful friendly island.

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Old March 4th, 2002, 07:13 PM
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Default Re: How are these Southern Ports?

We just returned from 3 of these ports. and they were the three best we visited.

St Thomas we did the same as others were ssaying... taxi to the ferry ($8 each) , the ferry to Cruz Bay, St John ($4 each) and a taxi to Trunk Bay ($8 each) Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay just past Trunk Bay are the most beautiful beaches you will see. Trunk Bay had Rental snorkle equipment available and a snack hut. Snorkling was awesome and there is an underwater trail to follow.
Shopping was good right at the port in St Thomas.

Martinique we took a cab to the ferry again ($3 each) and the ferry to Point Debouk ($12 round trip each) there is a few hotels a short walk from the ferry stop that had beach chairs for rent $5 each per day. Know that there may be topless women there if traveling with kids but it was a real taste of another culture and everyone we dealt with definitely didnt deserve the rude label Martinique often gets.. just try one or two French phrases and you will be OK.

Barbados we were in port the same time you will be... a great place to spend a long day. We did the Sea Turtle/ Kayak tour and loved it... Shopped at the mall right at the terminal went back for lunch on the ship and then went to an awesome Beach bar " the Boatyard " the had happy hour from 5-6 and really great drinks and food.... reasonibley priced. The cabbies tried to talk us out of it because they charge $10 at the door but you get $7 in tokens for food and drinks and use of the beach chairs. There was Water trampolines and a floating rock climbing wall. An awesome sunset can be seen from the beach and then there was a bonfire on the beach at dark that was an experience we will always remember. After several Banks beers and Mount gay rums we returned to the ship around 9:30 and had a great day.

I was to Aruba about five years ago and really enjoyed renting a jeep and touring at our pace... There was alot of place we went off road in the sand dunes and had a blast... also away from town we stopped and bought beer and the locals made a "disposable cooler" for us for about $4 a six pack. The natural Bridge is something to see if you have the time. Maybe go there first and work your way back to the ship.

Hopefully this helps
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Old March 4th, 2002, 07:15 PM
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what ship is this on it sounds like a great itenerary for a 7 day cruise?
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Hi Rob, thanks for all the info. This itinerary is on the Destiny.
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