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just curious..there are enough cruise options that you can avoid the port of call that you dislike (hate is too strong a word)...i understand that the other ports on the itin will more then make up for that one bad port, but if you can avoid it entirely and still stop on your other calls, why does one select a cruise where you know you do not want to go ? (by the way, I agree about Jamaica..if the ship goes there, i count it as a sea day..usually my cabinmate wants to go there so it make a nice day of adventure apart)
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The western, which we are going on, on the Epic this time does not include Jamaica. The most popular western itin, has Cozumel, Grand Cayman,and Jamaica..So, for a 1st timer, it's an unlknown, for someone who may want to repeat the other 2 ports, they so enjoyed, Jamaica is in the mix.

For a first time cruiser, most get off in every port, rightly so I think, to see the lay of the land, and get a taste of the vibes of the port. The next time they may say..ok, been there done that, and, enjoy the ship time.

I do think Jamaica has the best tourism ads on tv...the music alone sends you into a cruise mode. One love.. ya know
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Jamaica pushy vendors unsafe feeling, I also did not like the Dominican Republic due to extreme poverty, people looked desperate it was scary and depressing.
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Jamaica. Flew in for a wedding a while back, spent a few days at a resort.
Never felt comfortable outside the fence.
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Not yet. I've only been to the Caribbean but I can't find enough wrong with ANY island to "hate" it. Tropical weather, island surrounded by beautiful ocean, ahhhhhh.....I can tolerate just about anything in this setting.

I find it strange that so many people dislike Jamaica. Although I stayed at a Sandal's when I was there & have never been there as a port of call, I don't understand why if the vendors are so bothersome you don't just find something to do that takes you out of that setting?? Private beach? Private resort? Snorkeling? I think it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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In Jamica you hAVE to go thru the vendors to do anything. The main street at Ochios Rios is about a mile long.Lined with vendors and taxi drivers who charge you about $20USD to go to a small aboit a 10 min walk.:razz:
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That's amazing - I wonder how I missed it last time?

Thanks for mentioning the flies Trip - I hate hate hate bugs and will now be bringing my bug stuff.
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I really hate Dubuque.
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In Jamica you hAVE to go thru the vendors to do anything. The main street at Ochios Rios is about a mile long.Lined with vendors and taxi drivers who charge you about $20USD to go to a small aboit a 10 min walk.:razz:
Then wouldn't booking an excursion through Carnival elminate this problem??
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In all my years of moderating here, when this question comes up, Jamaica, always comes out on top....Ocho Rios is a bit better to tolerate, but Montego Bay, is just not a port I will get off to tour, if by chance we sail there again.

A dirty strip mall,and a dirtier Margarittaville, [Jimmy, shame on you] is not my idea of an excursion...Maybe when Cuba opens up, Jamaica, will fall off the itineraries...one can only hope...It's a shame really, because, it is a beautiful island, lush and green..
Trip, in the 80's we went to Montego Bay for a week. We stayed at the Holiday Inn - Rose Hall. We were very careful not to buy tours from vendors that were not within the gates of our hotel. We had a great tour guide who took us everywhere. He even chose off the beaten path things for us to see. He was great and we had a great week there. Even though the place was full of pushy vendors and the crime rate was high he was careful to take us to places that were safe for us. I do know that I would probably not like it as a cruise stop. Ocho Rios is on my upcoming cruise. I plan to stay on the ship that day.

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The only port I hate to see is the final Debarkation port.

I have always found something I enjoyed or appreciated at every port I visited. There are some like Cozumel or Grand Cayman that I have visited several times and would prefer to be stopping someplace else, but none that I just don’t like the port at all.

Belize would probably be my least favorite since we like to get off the ship and explore until something looks interesting. Belize city isn’t very explorer friendly. We walked Ocho Rios and had no problem with it, but leaving the fenced in port in Belize was uncomfortable. It’s a stop again on our next cruise so I think we will book a tour through Carnival. I understand that once outside of the city Belize is a beautiful country.
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I really hate Dubuque.
Would that be on a Mississippi River cruise?

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Leaving on my 10Th cruise in April to Bermuda. I have been to the Eastern and Western Caribbean and Canada plus Bermuda. I haven't found a port that I dislike to the point that I don't ever want to go there Again. Nassua and Freeport are my least favorite, but like I said I WOULD GO THERE AGAIN AND GET OFF OF THE SHIP.

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Have been to St Thomas 2x. Only did Havensight Mall on St Thomas. The diamond ear-rings you know! Traded up 2nd trip.

Would this be a good port to get a ferry to Virgin Gorda to The Baths? We're seeing prices of $60 round-trip from various ports for the ferry only--that sounds outrageous to me. Know The Baths is very inexpensive.

I did tour of USVI National Park from St Thomas on a ship tour. Think the ferry was something like $6--maybe a bit more round-trip. I could be remembering wrong.

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Saint Maarten, The town was dirty. Beer cans and debris on the sides of the roads. Downton the sidewalks were uneven and hard to walk without tripping. In some places you had to climb stair to get to the sidewalks. Once back in the 90's we took a tour to Pinel Island and that was nice. Quiet and clean.

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How can you not like this port as this has the best prices and shopping in the Caribbean?The beach next to the city dock very nice with inexpensive drinks, food and cabanas all at great prices.
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SigLo, I honestly have not heard of going to the Baths, from St Thomas...Tortola is usally the port where you take an excursion to the Baths, so the cost is much less...
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How can you not like this port as this has the best prices and shopping in the Caribbean?The beach next to the city dock very nice with inexpensive drinks, food and cabanas all at great prices.
As I said the area was filthy with beer cans and debris just dumped by the side of the roads. The downtown area could stand a lot of improvement to make it safe for anyone to walk without breaking a leg. We took a boring island tour. Saw lots of poverty it was just depressing. The only thing I enjoyed were the views of the ocean from the high points. That Pinel Island tour I took many years ago was great, a nice quiet beach and not crowded except for our tour. I have heard lately that all that has changed. Pinel island is now built up and there are vendors there. The quiet serenity is gone.

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When it comes to cruising the Caribbean, I have been there so many times that now I book the ship, not the itinery. I have never sailed on the same ship twice, but I would if the price was right. Since many ships sail to the same locations, I have no problem staying on board and relaxing rather than going ashore.
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The last 2 times I have been to Grand Cayman, I stayed onboard, once due to illness,and once because of torrential rains. I do like this port, but sometimes the crowds can keep people away...On our CM Century cruise, the time I was ill, there were I think 7 ships in...those crowds probably would not have kept me away though...my cold did;(

In a tiny shopping area,like this that is shoulder to shoulder cruisers.

One time in ST Thomas, it was similar. The Governor has the ability to close traffic in the shopping district..I wonder if they do that the day the Oasis is in town?

Season cruisers, who want to avoid the mega crowds,stay on board and enjoy the alone time
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Have been to St Thomas 2x. Only did Havensight Mall on St Thomas. The diamond ear-rings you know! Traded up 2nd trip.

Would this be a good port to get a ferry to Virgin Gorda to The Baths? We're seeing prices of $60 round-trip from various ports for the ferry only--that sounds outrageous to me. Know The Baths is very inexpensive.

I did tour of USVI National Park from St Thomas on a ship tour. Think the ferry was something like $6--maybe a bit more round-trip. I could be remembering wrong.

Ideas anyone?
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From St Thomas over to Tortola by ferry takes an hour or more each way. I think I would wait until I went to Tortola to go to the baths, too many possibilities for you to be late back to the ship doing it from St Thomas...
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The last 2 times I have been to Grand Cayman, I stayed onboard, once due to illness,and once because of torrential rains. I do like this port, but sometimes the crowds can keep people away...On our CM Century cruise, the time I was ill, there were I think 7 ships in...those crowds probably would not have kept me away though...my cold did;(

In a tiny shopping area,like this that is shoulder to shoulder cruisers.

One time in ST Thomas, it was similar. The Governor has the ability to close traffic in the shopping district..I wonder if they do that the day the Oasis is in town?

Season cruisers, who want to avoid the mega crowds,stay on board and enjoy the alone time
Yes, the pressure to get off the ship and 'get out there' and the feeling you might be missing something if you don't ,stopped me from spending a day on board in port, until I cruised solo and only had myself to please. Spent a great day in a nearly empty pool, played trivia, read my book and napped and generally had a relaxing time. Now I do it whenever we go to a port I am half hearted about...
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How can you not like this port as this has the best prices and shopping in the Caribbean?The beach next to the city dock very nice with inexpensive drinks, food and cabanas all at great prices.
I agree with you, big apple! St. Martin is beautiful, and I love it!
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I would say that Diego Garcia was the worst! Not much to do, and it is "very exclusive" - only open to certain members. The membership contract wasn't quite worth the destination.
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Out of all the ports we have tried so far, the ONLY one we will NEVER do again is Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Or anywhere else in Jamaica)

Many people complain about Nassau, but we absolutely LOVE Nassau. (going back twice in the next 90 days)

Everybodywho complains, invariably, after reading their post, usually never strays very far from the pier or just to the Straw Market or Bay Street where the shopping is....
Those are the worst, most overcrowded places when the cruise ships are docked... (mostly from lazy people who do not go out an explore)

The only other thing that we have not enjoyed in Nassau, other than the shopping areas at the pier, is Atlantis.
It is a ridiculously overpriced ($13 for a tiny bowl of Mac and Cheese) fake place like Vegas. If I wanted to see big, fake hotels/casinos, I'd go to Vegas, where I have many to choose from.

We have done the Frommer's walking tour twice and loved the walk both times.
We have done a daypass at the British Colonial Hilton twice and loved the pool, beach and grounds. (and the 15 minute walk from our poolside lounger to the ship)
WE have gone to Ardastra Zoo and had a blast seeing the animals up close and personal, versus the large US zoos.
We have done the Blue Lagoon Dolphin and their Sea Lion encounters.
(gorgeous beach area for free afterwards also)
We have gone to the Graycliff Hotel/Restaurant/Cigar factory and toured the "factory" and grounds. (gorgeous 1930's Hollywood style hotel)

Our stop in Nassau in 3 weeks, we are going to Cable beach and try a daypass at the Sheraton hotel....

We will then try something new on our stop in November....

I pity people who don't get out and experience all that the real Nassau has to offer. (for the people smart enough to venture beyond Bay Street.)

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Jamaica, not because of violence but I don't have a desire to go there again.
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Amen! With the exception that my husband does like to golf there.
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We had two places that were dirty, and the people were pushy and rude and that was St. Lucia and Cartagena. They made you feel unsafe and unwanted.
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We went on a 4 day Bahamas cruise last November and I wasn't real crazy about Freeport. I thought it was bogus. Not much to do and kind of a waste of time. I also didn't really like Belize. I know alot of people love it but we just didn't. I have also not been to Jamaica on a cruise but I've been there on an AI vacation, and I can't stand Jamaica at all. It's dirty, dangerous and annoying with people trying to sell you everything and drugs. My favorites are St Thomas & Aruba. I also liked Costa Maya.

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