Ok So I am going on the Legend in July and need some feedback on the islands because I am not sure what tours to get. Heres My questions
1.In San Juan, At about what time is the the Legend In San Juan when coming from NYC. When you get off the ship there, Are there stores at walking distance but real stores like where they take credit and all?
2.Same for St Thomas. They say its the capital of the caribbean for shopping. Are there stores near the port like at walking distance?
3.And the same for Tortola. Are there stores near the port plus is there a beach there. I have seen some pictures but cant make it out.
PLUS are there shops at Paradise Point in St Thomas. And one more What tours do you recommed for these 3 islands.Anything will be great help. Never been to the eastern caribbean. Thanks HAPPY CRUISING
Did the exact same cruise last summer on the Legend. We arrived in San Juan around 1:30 pm. I would recommend exploring San Juan in daylight; we waited till dusk and it was pretty scary (beggars and pushy souvenir sellers in the street). I'm told there are nice restaurants and good shopping within walking distance, as well as an indoor mall right in port. Booze seemed to be the big seller!
St. Thomas had tons of stores right off the pier. If you're looking for jewellry, that's the place, I swear every 2nd store sold jewellry!
Tortola we took a catamaran excursion to The Baths in Virgin Gorda. Beautiful but not recommended unless you like being stung by jelyfish! Don't know about the shopping, but I'm sure you will find some!
Have a great time on the Legend!
We just returned yesterday from the Legend 8 night Eastern Carribean out of New York
It was a fantastic trip
We arrived in San Juan around 1:00 and were able to get off the ship around 2:00.What an amazing site coming into port as you pass the old fort. Have your camera ready.
Walk right up the hills at the end of the peir and you will be in the Old San Juan shopping district. Stores are everywhere and yes they take plastic.
We didn't do any planned excursions just kind of walked around for a few hours and looked at all the sites and the shops in the brightly colored buildings.We also visited El Cristobol (the fort at the top of the hill) which had some great views and we went to the plaza. Went back on the ship for dinner then back out for some nightlife at the Wyndham resort and casino right by the ship.Big disappointment!!! Other than that we just walked around and looked at the sites some more at night.
In St. Thomas we ended up having to tender in from the bay which was ok because there were 3 other ships in port that day.The tender dropped us off downtown right by main street which had rows and rows of stores. Also there were rows of tents right there with people selling things . My wife loved it there. All this was about a mile from the actual ship dock so it was easy to get too if you were actually at the dock. I was told that Havensight Mall was right off the dock and had lots of shopping there too.
As far as excursions go we rented a Jeep from Budget ($75.00 ) for the day and set out on our own. We went to Megans bay first...Absolutely beautiful.... and had our first experience with a couple drinks known as a Bushwacker ,which my wife loved, and a Painkiller, which should really be called a painstarter lol. After a couple hours we headed over to Coki Beach because we had heard about the snorkling and we weren't disappointed.It was every thing we hoped for and more. Just fantastic. Beautiful fish everywhere along the reef on the east end. Then after a couple hours, and a couple more Bushwackers and Painkillers, we headed back to town to drop off the rental Jeep, stopping along the way at the top of the mountains to enjoy the view and take some photos. They dropped us back off downtown to spend a few hours shopping before getting back on the ship. As I said before there were rows and rows of stores. We bought cigarettes for about $15.00 per carton.
In Tortola There wasn't much shopping other than a village of tents with locals selling stuff. We got some things there too. We joined a bunch of other people and rented a a safari taxi to go to Cane Garden Bay for the day. $12.00 per person round trip. The drive over the mountains to the bay was worth the price of admission itself. You would have to do it to see what I mean lol. The beach at Cane Garden was beautiful. I would highly recommend it. After that we just went back to the tents and shopped some more and bought a few more things
We prefer to get dropped of in NYC. Traffic can be bad depending on the number of ships going out that day. Best bet is to get dropped off on the uptown side of 12th across from the pier and walk across the street. Saves alot of time waiting in traffic on the downtown side.
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