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Old October 4th, 2008, 12:52 PM
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A few years ago Carnival used to make stops in St Croix quite regularly. They then dropped it in favor of St Maarten which I like better anyway. Does anyone know why St Croix was bypassed? I wonder if any cruise lines still go there. Anybody have an answer?
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I have been to St. Croix on previous cruises and have enjoyed it. There was a tour of the Cruzan Rum Factory that was very interesting. I have heard the reason that cruise lines no longer stop there is because of safety issues. Some cruise ships stop there for a couple of hours in the evening to fuel up because the prices are cheaper and passengers are allowed to venture into a fenced in area to shop. Bob
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I heard the same thing as Bob did, safety issues became quite a problem for the crew and passengers.
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It's too bad that crime has driven away the cruise ships, although I believe Disney and a few other lines will begin calling in '09. I used to live there and it really is a beautiful island with lovely people. It's a shame that a few bad apples ruin things for the many. Some of the best shore diving I've ever done was from Cane Bay. And it also used to be fun to dive the pier in Fredriksted after the cruise ships sailed. You'd be surprised what people drop over the side while in port.
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It's too bad that crime has driven away the cruise ships, although I believe Disney and a few other lines will begin calling in '09. I used to live there and it really is a beautiful island with lovely people. It's a shame that a few bad apples ruin things for the many. Some of the best shore diving I've ever done was from Cane Bay. And it also used to be fun to dive the pier in Fredriksted after the cruise ships sailed. You'd be surprised what people drop over the side while in port.
I'm curious about the most interesting things you have found while diving the pier after the ships are gone
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I guess the most interesting thing are the usual suspects. Money-always fun to find! I guess lots of people like to throw change to watch is sparkle in the blue water on the way down. Also lots of sun glasses. Usually inexpensive variety but I once found a pair of Ray-ban Wayfarers. Brand new--there was still a sticky spot on the bow where the price tag had been! Suweeet! Glassware from the ship, plates those kinds of things. I do miss it.
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Plates and glassware overboard? Oh my! Bob
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Is it really that nice? Should I try to find a cruise that goes there?
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It really is that nice.....but not a shopping Mecca ala St. Thomas or St. Maarten. Sure there are a few of the usuals Diamonds Int. and Columbian Emeralds in Christiansted, and I've heard they're re-vamping Frederiksted (where the cruis ships dock) as well. F'sted does have a charm all it's own, and some pretty decent wrecks if diving is your thing, but in my opinion the C'sted end of the island (east) has more to offer. As I stated earlier Cane Bay has some wonderful diving. No wrecks, but LOTS of anchors and a coral wall easily within reach of a shore dive. There's a dive shop and tiki bar/restaurant right acrosss the road. Just search engine it and I'm sure you'll come up with plenty of info.
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