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Old April 2nd, 2010, 08:13 PM
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I wish the cruise lines would bring back some ports they dropped...hopefully the issues that determined the port cancellations, have changed.

I loved Caracas,and Martinique, and really enjoyed my day in these ports, but I know they were not wildly popular, and Caracas had some security issues. I would enjoy cruising there again. Does Guadaloupe get many stops anymore? I enjoyed this port too, but would prefer it not to be on Easter Monday, as it was when we were there. Hardly anything was open, as it's a beach holiday there.

St Croix, used to be quite popular years ago..a hurricane damaged the port, and I think Carnival does port here, sporadicallyat a new/rebuilt pier?

For long time cruisers, do you remember any ports,that now get passed by? I think a German ship, it must be a small one,stopped at Anguilla..that would be a nice day...

Have any of you cruised to Cuba inthe 50's? I know there used to be cruises from NYC to Cuba, in the olden days
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Old April 2nd, 2010, 08:26 PM
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Trip, I haven't been to any of those ports, but I hope that someday soon we'll be able to cruise to Cuba ! Yes, Luci and Desi cruised to Cuba in the 1950's !

I'm not at all sure, but I think St. Croix was dropped after some "bad stuff" happened there? I'm sorry I can't remember what it was, but a friend of our's had gone there to play his music and I remember him coming back, less than happy !
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As a western Caribbean guy I know about these...

Very rarely does a cruise ship call on Cancun, they all go to Cozumel now. It's a tender port when used.

Same with Playa del Carman / Calica. Only Fantasy class or smaller can dock there. No one is interested in Vera Cruz either.
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I was at Anguilla this past year on S/V Caledonia. It was a great day and I hope to return someday.
No cruise ship docks but plenty of small craft.
Sometimes these less traveled islands offer some of the best vacations.
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Scurvy, there is a great book, called A Trip to The Beach, about a couple from Vermont, who moved to Anguilla, and opened a restaurant there, called Blanchards..a fabulous read.....In it, I could have sworn they said a small cruise ship, called there,but I guess I will just have to read it again !!
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If a cruiseline drops a port I'm sure it has to do with crime against tourists, local political unrest, etc ... they wouldn't want to risk the safety of their passengers.

If people want to go somewhere that is not a port, they can do so on their own by flying there, at their own risk.

I will trust this is the reason.
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Scurvy, there is a great book, called A Trip to The Beach, about a couple from Vermont, who moved to Anguilla, and opened a restaurant there, called Blanchards..a fabulous read.....In it, I could have sworn they said a small cruise ship, called there,but I guess I will just have to read it again to read it again....
That sounds like something I would love to read. (Bonus: our library has it in the stacks).
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Kim, let me know if you would like a list I have of books set on cruise ships..if so, I will post it again.
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Scurvy, there is a great book, called A Trip to The Beach, about a couple from Vermont, who moved to Anguilla, and opened a restaurant there, called Blanchards..a fabulous read.....In it, I could have sworn they said a small cruise ship, called there,but I guess I will just have to read it again to read it again....
Quite possible they do have a small ship call occasionally. I did not see any docks but possibly in another area of the island or perhaps they tendered in as we did.
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I once had a port call in St. Vincent's, it eas awful, no wonder they stopped that port...Sometimes there are reasons for no longer visiting ports, have no idea what the reason was for this stop to no longer be on an itinary..
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Kim, let me know if you would like a list I have of books set on cruise ships..if so, I will post it again.
I would love to see the list.

I wish they would go back to Martinque.
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Funny how we all see things differently. Donna apparently didn't like St. Vincent. We were there once and I have to consider it as one of the best ports we ever called on. It's not overly developed, It's lush and green and very beautiful. One of the few remaining Caribbean islands with a population of true Caribe Indians.
We had one of the best shore tours there we were ever on. We had a van with 4 other people, a driver and guide. A man from England was on the tour--he had a bottle of high octane white Rum. We had the driver stop and get some mixin's for the fixin's and proceeded to have a merry time. Even the guide got happy with us. We toured the island in style and I remember every other word from the tour guide was " Yep"--it was soccer season and she invited us all to her house and extended families picnic but of course we weren't able to go.
I'd love to go back there again!
Re/ St. Croix, If I understand it correctly, crime got to be a problem there and the ships quit calling because of that. Having been there, I wouldn't want to go back--maybe the next guy would.
But, that's what makes the world go round--different opinions and views.
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Kim, let me know if you would like a list I have of books set on cruise ships..if so, I will post it again.
I would love such a list! Thanks!
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We sailed to Martinique just a couple of years ago, and frankly, I didn't care if I ever went back. The people were really, really difficult to get along with. They demanded money for EVERYTHING, including information. Very snobbish, and standoffish. (If that's really a word.) Perhaps we just hit that port on a "bad day", but you can keep that one as far as I'm concerned.

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I've heard that a lot about Martinique, wonder if that has something to do with ships not stopping there anymore? ITs usually an economic thing, makes you wonder?
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Im glad that ships dont go to Martinique. I was there on RCCL Monarch of the Seas and it was the worst port ive ever been to. It was like pulling into the worst ghetto you could ever imagine. The people were nasty and rude.
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I guess I'm the oddball. I've been to Martinique several times and never had a problem. It's a beautiful island with lots of greenery, beaches, etc.
The main town is Fort de France and from where the ships dock it's only a short walk to town.Once we took a ferry from town across the bay to a beach area called Les Trois Ilets. There were nice hotels, restaurants, beaches, etc.The Ferry ride wasn't long and reasonably priced.
Another time there was an American Naval Warship on call there. We had lunch at a waterfront restaurant / bar in town and there were several sailors there. We talked with some of them. They were happy to see and talk to some fellow Americans.
To enjoy Martinique is like a lot of the other places--you have to get out and about to really see the place. It's full of history--Napoleon's wife Josephine was born there--St. Pierre, formerly called the Paris of the west was the main town until 1902 when Mt. Pele erupted and in a matter of minutes had killed almost 30,000 people. The only survivor was the town drunk who had been arrested the day before and was in an underground jail cell. It's an interesting place which still shows the damages, has a museum with many artifacts form the town that were damaged, including a partially melted church bell.


The Caribe Indians called it the " Isle of Flowers," which to me is pretty accurate.
Worst and funniest thing that ever happened to me on Martinique was this-- I was in a restaurant / bar and had to go to the bathroom. I asked the bartender where the bath was--he pointed to a door--I didn't know it was a bathroom for both sexes--I walked over, opened the door and a French lady was just raising up from the commode with her pants down about her shins---I got a full shot of everything she had !! She said something and I backed out and shut the door. In a minute she came out and gave me a mean look--I pointed to the lock on the door and told her (in my English ) she should have locked the door !!
She went back to her table and apparently told her hubby/boy friend or
whomever it was and he gave me a dirty look but I couldn't help it-- She should have locked the door. But, I got a minds eye photo of her with her pants down. I still remember exactly what she looked like. Maybe that's why I like Martinique !!

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