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Old June 20th, 2006, 01:14 PM
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My Husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary on the Destiny sailing 12/31! We are so excited - but this is our first cruise.

Can anyone give us tips on the ports. We are big beach lovers, we love to collect beach glass and just be outside. We want to definetly do some snorkeling either in Dominica or Barbados...

Should we do early or late dining? We booked a cabin with a balcony is it worth it?

Sorry to have so many questions, I have been lurking on this web site for a long time and you all seem to have so many answers!
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The best "beach" ports are on the Eastern Carribean Cruise.

We like late dining. You aren't so rushed to get back to the ship after port days. Plus, there aren't as many kids in the dining room during late dining. Don't get me wrong - I love kids - I'm just saying if it is you and your hubby you may rather not have kids at your table or around your table. A two hour dinner can be a long time for little ones.

We've never booked a balcony. We'd rather spend our money on other things. I guess it depends on how much time you plan to spend in your room and what cruise you end up going on - if you do Alaska I've heard you should def. book a balcony. I think a balcony would be nice - I'm sure either way you'll be happy.
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Congratulations on booking your first cruise. You have plenty of time to do the research, so here goes. Go to the Carnival web site to the excursions. Get the list of things offered in your port. Pick out a few and then come back to us, and I guarantee that someone on here will know all about it. they will also know of other excursion operators who do these for a cheaper price.

You are going at a time, when motel prices are more expensive, and harder to find, so you need to look into that now as well. Decide where to stay, and go ahead and make reservations.

We are here for you, so lets get started on planning your cruise.

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Oh My Gosh...That is so nice. Thanks! I have been doing a lot of research and I will narrow it down for the shore excursions. We are leaning towards the late dining, since this will be a vacation without our kids and we tend to eat later anyway!
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Great itinerary! In Barbados, I recommend a visit to Boatyard Beach, wrapping up the evening at the beachside restaurant of Lobster Alive! Amazing food!

And, the Champagne snorkling in Dominica is fun!
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I was thinking of doing the champagne snorkeling in Dominica! Glad to know that it is a good one. My husband is a farmer so he really wants to go to a plantation so probably in Barbados.

Any suggestions on Aruba?
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I picked up some lovely sea glass on Malibu Beach in Barbados. I know you'll have a great time.
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OHHH Thanks for the tip! We live close to Lake Michigan and I have tons of glass from the beach there so I am excited to see what I can find in the Caribbean!
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I have the sea glass arranged with the small collection of very cool sea shells I found. Make sure you walk the beach in Puerto Rico as well. I picked up very interesting shells there.
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Dear jbixby,
You are going to love cruising Just wait until you feel the sea air
and see the blue Caribbean water. I have a few suggestions for you.
First: Book your dining time around your normal schedule at home.
If you eat early and go to bed before 11pm, then you will want to
have a early dining time, thus if you normally eat dinner around
8pm and stay up late at night, then you need the late dining time.
As another cruiser pointed out, the late time gives you more time
in port. However, you can't enjoy the evening shows if you are
falling asleep because you are usually in bed at that time.
I have always researched each port we will visit. Just do a web
search. Learn all you can about each island and what you want to
see. Then check out Carnivals shoretours. If you don't see what you
want then check out other cruiseline websites for shoretours. And
finally, look for independent shoretour operators at each island.
Keep in mind that some ports have a lot to offer right at the port and
and tour may not be necessary.
Also, go on line and research your ship and articles on cruising.
Cruisemates has a great 3 part article on what to expect. Also,
check out cruisecal.com, it will tell you what other cruiselines will
be in port the same day you will.
And finally, bring: a power strip (only 1/plug in per cabin), bungee
cord (for balcony door), and bring duct tape ( for minor repairs and
makes a great strapless bra). We always bring antibacterial wipes
for our hands and the room. We wash our hands frequently.
We cruised during one of the Norwalk virus outbreaks and did not
get sick.
Other ideas, take a water bottle (fill it in your cabin) to take to the
beach, take a back pack, sunscreen, and a small first aid kit.
You can get free sea sickness medication from the Pursers Deck
located in the atruim of the ship.
Have a wonderful vacation and if I can answer any questions
feel free to email me.
Happy Sailing........... 8) 8)
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We were on the Destiny in April and had a fantastic time. If you have a chance you should visit the rain forest in Dominica - it was spectacular! In Aruba we booked a snorkelling trip with Jolly Pirates which was alot of fun.
WE also went to the Boatyard in Barbados - the water was crystal clear.
Enjoy the whole experience - it is a wonderful cruise.
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Thanks so much...your advice has all been priceless. I am a planner and like to know what I am going to be doing everyday!

Here is what we are thinking we want to do so far...

St. Thomas the sky tram, shopping and go to a beach for a few hours -- what are the best beaches?

Barbados -- still undecided but I want to visit Malibu Beach and see the Malibu Rum factory it is my favorite.

Dominica - Champagne Snorkeling or the River Tubing ... but now maybe the Rain Forest

Aruba - My dh wants to do the Jeep tour other than that we have no plans.

Any suggestions or should we stay away from any of the above????
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We loved Barbados and did Harrison's Caves; that was fun. Sure would like to see a rain forest, maybe El Junque when we go to Puerto Rico. Have fun planning and dreaming, you will undoubtedly love cruising.

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In St Thomas I can highly recommend Godfrey tours who we booked on line. They will pick you up from the ship and drop you in the shopping area for your choice of 1, 2 or 3 hours. THey will then pick you up and take you on a very informative tour of the island with stops at several points to take photos. They will then drop you at one of 3 beaches of your choice (Sapphire, Coki or Magens Bay) for approx 2 hours. They pick you up and take you back to the ship in good time. We had a great day!
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