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Has anyone ever cruised or been on the Tortola island in the Caribbean? If so, would you tell me what you think of it?

I seen an itinerary of the Princess cruise line going to that island. I am always wanting to check out new islands.

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i would also like to hear anything anyone can share. will be there shortly, as our cruise leaves on 6/12 and that's the last stop. we booked the Cane bay and shopping excursion.
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We just came back on May 6 from Tortola. We all loved the Island, we took the island tour but did not go to Cane Bay. It is one of the nicer of the British Virgin Islands that ships go to. Quite clean and the scenery is stunning. Enjoy your trip.
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we were on the Liberty and went to Tortola. We took the island tour and had a nice time. The island is very clean and the people are very friendly. the tour we took did stop at the airport for about 15 minutes or so. Not sure why, but hey they must be proud of it or at least wanted to make sure you could fly in next time. Have a nice trip.
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here is one map of the islands and tells about Tortola.

http://www.bvitourism.com/maps
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Tortola is very laid back and the citizenry are on the conservative side (similar to Bermuda). No loud clubs, casinos, etc. Stayed at Prospect Reef for a week. Cane Bay is a really nice beach. If your cruise ship is in port long enough you can go to Virgin Gorda and see the Baths, quite an amazing sight (and maybe a stop at Little Dix Bay). Other islands Jost Van Dyke and Anageda are a bit more exclusive and not tourist oriented.
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Anyone wishing to see great pics of this area should visit a site I like at http://www.getjealous.com/liward

These are folks who are retired Parrotheads and have been sailing the Carrib. They have lots of pics of VI/BVI and all around that area.

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To those of you who responded, and Bobby G., thank you so much for your input. I am really getting more excited now of visiting Tortola, instead of Aruba.

I had never heard of Tortola, until I was looking through the Princess cruise book, and was looking for itineraries of islands in the Caribbean that I had never been to, and found this one.

For a large ship, does anyone know other that RCCL Adventure of the Seas (I just cruised it this spring), and Crown Princess (have not cruised it), of any other ships that go that direction?

It doesn't have to be, but I like glitzy 8) ships, and found the Carnival Triumph to be this way. Unfortunately, Carnival doesn't have any ships going that direction that I know of except the Destiny, and my TA told me it was too old to travel on. (?)

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Boy, I just returned from a cruise and one of the stops was in Tortola. The island is beautiful as you approach it from the cruise ship but entirely different once you drive around. Two responses from people above described the island as "very clean" and "quite clean". We experienced a much different scenario....garbage just about everywhere (even in the trees), goats, sheep, and cattle roaming freely in the streets and yards, abandoned, rusty vehicles pushed into the bushes and down ravines, pot holed streets, rocks from landslides in the street that the buses had to carefully drive around, tawdry shacks and rotting boats on the beaches. The tour stopped at the airport because it was the only halfway decent restroom facility around and two of the stalls in the ladies room wouldn't flush, our tour guide pointed out at least a dozen or more gas stations, police stations, and schools (these must have been highlights of our bus tour). We also stopped at a ramshackle bar on the beach which was badly in need of repair and a fresh coat of paint, I didn't even want to go near the restroom in there. The small shopping area is quite a walk from the dock but there is a small strawmarket just outside the security fence. We were in Antigua the day prior to Tortola and I thought Antigua was dirty but Tortola was much worse. The tourism office needs to clean up the island and fix the streets. I guess the best excursions to take on Antigua and Tortola are ones you access by boat...that way you don't see the run down condition of the island and garbage everywhere.
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In response to brneyes, Carnival Miracle goes to Tortola. We leave on June 12th out of New York for an 8 day cruise that goes to San Juan, St. Thomas and Tortola.

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Boy, I just returned from a cruise and one of the stops was in Tortola. The island is beautiful as you approach it from the cruise ship but entirely different once you drive around. Two responses from people above described the island as "very clean" and "quite clean". We experienced a much different scenario....garbage just about everywhere (even in the trees), goats, sheep, and cattle roaming freely in the streets and yards, abandoned, rusty vehicles pushed into the bushes and down ravines, pot holed streets, rocks from landslides in the street that the buses had to carefully drive around, tawdry shacks and rotting boats on the beaches. The tour stopped at the airport because it was the only halfway decent restroom facility around and two of the stalls in the ladies room wouldn't flush, our tour guide pointed out at least a dozen or more gas stations, police stations, and schools (these must have been highlights of our bus tour). We also stopped at a ramshackle bar on the beach which was badly in need of repair and a fresh coat of paint, I didn't even want to go near the restroom in there. The small shopping area is quite a walk from the dock but there is a small strawmarket just outside the security fence. We were in Antigua the day prior to Tortola and I thought Antigua was dirty but Tortola was much worse. The tourism office needs to clean up the island and fix the streets. I guess the best excursions to take on Antigua and Tortola are ones you access by boat...that way you don't see the run down condition of the island and garbage everywhere.
Don't mean to be rude but what island were you on?? Everything you just said was the exact opposite of what I witnessed on Tortola when I visited last week.

There are no farm animals in the road because there are no farms on Tortola. The only animals I saw on the entire island were a couple of household pet dogs.

The people don't farm. They take their speed boats and visit the other nearby islands (P.R, USVI) to do their big grocery shopping. There are no fast food restaurants on the island and no large resorts or hotel chains. They do not need to sell out to global conglomerates and can control their tourist to fit their lifestyle. Our ship, the Carnival Liberty, was scheduled to leave the island at 3:30 pm. They don't need or want us to stay any longer.

They are the 2nd most prosperous island in the Caribbean behind Cayman Islands. They get their prosperity from offshore banking and boast an unemployment rate of 0%. Everyone seemed to drive a newer looking car, the homes were in good repair and the primary schools looked well cared for. As for the beach, I went into the restroom of one of the restaurants on the Garden something?? beach and it was close to spotless. The people are friendly and look like life is pretty good.

What you describe is what you see on the island of Antigua, definitely not Tortola.

No offense but you have to have Tortola confused with another island. Tortola is stunningly beautiful, lust, clean and welcomingly prosperous.

For the person who inquired, Carnival Liberty makes a monthly stop on Tortola. It is a wonderful island that I would love the revisit.
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Brneyes, you asked about other ships with similar itinerary. We are scheduled on Holland American Zuiderdam this December. The itinerary is Tortola, Turks and Caicos, Half Moon Cay, and St. Thomas. The only island I have visited prior is St. Thomas, so I'm really looking forward this cruise! I, too, have been wondering what I would do on Tortola.
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We cruised on the Carnival Liberty 8 days from Ft. Lauderdaleand departed on 4-28, we went to San Juan, Tortola, Antigua, St. Thomas,and Nassau. I say again Tortola is stunningly beautiful. Granted it has some places that aren't as glittzy as one would like. But, I ask aren't some places in Miami,Los Angeles, New York just as run down. You have to view the entire picture and form your own conclusions, I for one could live there in a heart beat.
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I did see some goats around near Road Town on Tortola, but the filth described in the above post was nowhere to be found when I was there. Cane Bay was spotless and enjoyable.
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Brneyes, you asked about other ships with similar itinerary. We are scheduled on Holland American Zuiderdam this December. The itinerary is Tortola, Turks and Caicos, Half Moon Cay, and St. Thomas. The only island I have visited prior is St. Thomas, so I'm really looking forward this cruise! I, too, have been wondering what I would do on Tortola.
Cane Garden Bay is the place to go. I paid a cab $20 to take me (along with about 10-12 others) on a 2 hours tour in one of those open air vans and then drop some of us off at this beach. It is a stunningly beautiful cove surrounded by lust green mountains, palm trees and beautiful sail boats and yachts. There are little or no waves and is like swiming in a giant bathtub. Water is crystal clear. There are several restaurants along the beach, a small vendor's market as well as men walking the beach selling drinks in coconut -- delicious!!!

It is a wonderful way to spend a day.

I too could easily see myself living on this island. Easy.
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Hello everyone, thank you for your "continued" response to Tortola.

As you can guess, the one response I just read really made me feel like I was making a mistake in even "thinking" of going to Tortola. Thankfully, the rest of you brought my hopes up.

To those of you who suggested the other cruise ships, thank you also. I will try to check into their itineraries.

I believe one of you were planning on traveling to Tortola later this year. Sorry, I forgot your name, but if you will, please give a report so I can see it.
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Hello everyone, thank you for your "continued" response to Tortola.

As you can guess, the one response I just read really made me feel like I was making a mistake in even "thinking" of going to Tortola. Thankfully, the rest of you brought my hopes up.

To those of you who suggested the other cruise ships, thank you also. I will try to check into their itineraries.

I believe one of you were planning on traveling to Tortola later this year. Sorry, I forgot your name, but if you will, please give a report so I can see it.
These are the open air shuttles you'd take to get to Cane Garden Bay.....a gorgeous beach and fascinating ride over the mountain with incredible views! We've been to Tortoal twice (on Carnival Legend) and we're going again in Sept on her sister ship, the Miracle...out of NY.
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Popsec, thank you for sharing the picture of the air shuttle. Now I know what to look 8) for, when I get to Tortola, that is "if" I get there.

You also mentioned about taking the Carnival Legend there? MyTA doesn't want us to take that ship, as she thinks it is too old. You also mentioned about taking the Carnival Miracle later this year? Were you still going to see Tortola again? The reason I ask, we were on the Carnival Triumph (1st time for Carnival ship) last year, and we would love to go the "Carnival" route again, that is, if it was going to Tortola.

If you do go to Tortola by Carnival, please do a report, as I am "anxious" to hear all about it.

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Popsec, thank you for sharing the picture of the air shuttle. Now I know what to look 8) for, when I get to Tortola, that is "if" I get there.

You also mentioned about taking the Carnival Legend there? MyTA doesn't want us to take that ship, as she thinks it is too old. You also mentioned about taking the Carnival Miracle later this year? Were you still going to see Tortola again? The reason I ask, we were on the Carnival Triumph (1st time for Carnival ship) last year, and we would love to go the "Carnival" route again, that is, if it was going to Tortola.

If you do go to Tortola by Carnival, please do a report, as I am "anxious" to hear all about it.

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Your TA is way off-base about the Legend...(we've been on the Legend 3 times so far)..it's a great ship and we'll be going on her sister ship, the Miracle, when we go back to San Juan, Tortola and St Thomas again. That run leaves out of NY from April til early Oct.
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Dawson21, I see where you are leaving in just a few day (June 12th) to visit as one of the islands, Tortola.

What ship are you going on?

When you get back, please give a little report of your ship, and Tortola.

It seems each day I am getting MORE anxious to get there, and it seems like "forever" now, but it will be here before I know it, and then, unfortunately........be over.

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Dawson21, I see where you are leaving in just a few day (June 12th) to visit as one of the islands, Tortola.

What ship are you going on?

When you get back, please give a little report of your ship, and Tortola.

It seems each day I am getting MORE anxious to get there, and it seems like "forever" now, but it will be here before I know it, and then, unfortunately........be over.

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Hi Brneyes, yes we are leaving on June 12th aboard the Miracle. Would be happy to report when we get back, just be forwarned, this is our first cruise so it might not be exactly what you are looking for.
We truly understand being anxious....and seeming like it takes forever to get here. Have been rushing around trying to get all the last minute things done. Everytime I think I'm close to having it all something else pops up. Oh well, doesn't matter will have plenty of time to rest, relax and have fun in just 4 short days. Can't wait.
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Dawson21, I just wanted to wish you a wonderful cruise. I truly believe it will be a good one. The reason I say this, you really don't know what to expect , even when people post their opinions of things that happen on the ship and elsewhere. I know when I went on my first one 17 years ago, we had no clue what to expect, and to us, it was GREAT

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I personally didn't care for the place, but I was sulking that I couldn' t get anyone to go with me to the Baths.

We went to Cane Garden Bay for the morning.

Also didn't like where we pulled in.

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Mr. PeteLI, what are the Baths? I just heard about them, and wondered if I "get there" , would it be worth seeing/doing?

I'm still trying to find a cruise line/ship that will go that direction from the states.

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IBCRUZIN, I just wanted to let you know.........I just got around to reading your "excellent" report on the Carnival Liberty.

I haven't checked out the latest reports on the Crown Princess, or the RCCL Jewel of the Seas.

Right now, I have narrowed down my list of ships to those three.

The only thing about the Carnival Liberty is it sounds so VAST. I know I would not have a problem with it, but my friend who is going with me wants a big ship, but I don't know if she is ready for one that big.

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My husband and I will be on the Carnival Liberty in September. One of the places we visit is Tortola. I've heard THE place to go is the Virgin Baths. But you better be in good shape to climb around on the rocks there. If you want to be convinced to go on the Carnival Liberty and go on this itinerary, visit http://www.gatorclaw.com/liberty
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There was a lady on my cruise on the Liberty who went to the Baths and slipped on the rocks. Broke her arm clean in two pieces. So bad that the bone was sticking out of her skin. Well, they had to put her and her poked out arm on a ferry and take her back to the ship. They set her arm on the ship. I ran into one of the doctors the next day and he said that the ship had better and more modern equipment than most of the island which is why, if at all possible, they try to bring the passengers back to the to be treated. He went on to say that he had set the lady's arm and it was no big deal. He said the only piece of modern equipment they didn't keep on the ship was a CT scan. He said they had just about anything else and a broken bone was easy.

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IBCRUZIN, I just wanted to let you know.........I just got around to reading your "excellent" report on the Carnival Liberty.

I haven't checked out the latest reports on the Crown Princess, or the RCCL Jewel of the Seas.

Right now, I have narrowed down my list of ships to those three.

The only thing about the Carnival Liberty is it sounds so VAST. I know I would not have a problem with it, but my friend who is going with me wants a big ship, but I don't know if she is ready for one that big.

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Thank you for your kind words.

These cruiseships are no longer ships. They are now floating moving resorts. In fact they are like small cities with neighborhoods and different activity climates. The party can be going strong and loud on Lido while it is possible to find complete silence and solitude outside the Lobby Deck. It is like being on two different ships at the same time.

With 4,100 plus people on board, the size and vastness is necessary to avoid feeling bunched up and crowded. Do you want to walk from one end to the other constantly? No. Can you walk from one end to the other in less than 2 or 3 minutes? Absolutely.

Like any other vacation destination, these cruiseships now just require a little pre-planning before you head to your destination. Don't walk to the aft pool only to discovery you have left the sunblock in your cabin in the front of the ship on the Riviera Deck. You will only do that once. :evil: The walk back and forth will cure you of forgetfulness.

However, with so much going on aboard the ship, it is hard to realize just how long the ship is. It is only when you look down one of the cabin decks that you realize just how long the hall is.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 03:27 PM
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IBCRUZIN & TWINSMOM:

Thanks for your input again.

Yes, with a large ship I find I DON'T have to go to the gym to workout. I can do it with all the stairs (I watch people take the elevator and "still" beat them), and walk from one end of the ship to the other. Even IF it takes more than "3" minutes. Good exercise

Twinsmom, I did want to make a suggestion if you have not already thought about it. Last year I made a copy of each floor deck (also the floor our cabin was on) that I thought I might be using. The decks that had the restaurant/s, beauty shop, minature golf, swimming pools, etc. This way when we were headed for a specific area, we knew "exactly" what deck to go to.

I also wanted to mention, I "am" a mother of twins too.
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