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Old August 21st, 2010, 02:22 AM
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I ask this because I hate the Bahamas truth is I rather stay on the ship. But alas I always go off and regret it. Please understand that I love cruising and visiting different ports, for me the Bahamas is like a bad stop I live in South Florida and to me it feels like a slum back home. I find the vendors extreamly pushy and most of the items are fake and their aren't any good deals to be had on other items. Like jewelery and watches and I have given the Bahamas multiple chances. So do you have a Port of Call that you don't like and why is it?
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Cartagena Columbia is the place I never want to visit again. D/W and I did not feel safe there one bit. If we are ever on another cruise that includes that port then we will definitely stay on the ship.

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This one is easy for me. If you cruise out of California avoid Enseneda Mexico. No good beaches, dirty, pushy vendors, and begging children. It's depressing. I would stay on the ship if we go there again.
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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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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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I love St.Maarten ,its one of my alltime favorites .Several of my friends have time shares and vacation there every year.

The way you see St.Maarten,I see St.Thomas
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Hate: Montego Bay and Nassau. These are bonus "sea" days to me.
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I agree with Montego Bay, we were hounded by the vendors and guys wanting to take us on tours so we quickly hightailed it back to the ship to relax.
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A lot of Caribbean islands have lesser standards than maybe some are used to.
Some ports are more gateway's to other places of interest & have little going for them. Vigo in Spain is such a place, but if you visit a few times it grows on you & there are trips to go on. Bari in Italy seems to have little merit.
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I have to agree with Jamaica and Bahamas - two of the worst in my opinion. But, that being said, I LUV Cabo and Costa Maya . Great ports to walk around and shop and taste local flavors.
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The only port I hate is the one where the ship drops you there when everything is closed. I HATE this.

Say you sail to the beautiful island of Corsica. Wonderful. You get on a shuttle to the only town, a beautiful village on a high cliff overlooking the sea.

But as soon you start walking aorund (with three or four hours to kill) you realize every single store is shuttered tight. All you see is a few coffee shops and if you are lucky a crappy souvenir store.

I do not know why some ships go to ports in Italy or France with arrivals at noon and departures at 5:00 - you are going to see NOTHING. What a waste of time and trouble to get to a nice port of call.
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ST Thomas was one of my least favorites.
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Nassau, back in the early 70's it was okay but has since gotten dirty and I have to agree no bargains of any kind.
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I suppose to be fair most actual ports don't have much going for them, our home port, Southampton, has nothing of interest nearby really, but if you want there is the New forest, Beaulieu, Portsmouth historic dockyard, Marwell Zoo....
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We never really felt safe at Montego Bay. It's one of those places we will stay with a carnival tour next time and avoid the immediate surroundings.

Progresso is one I'd call a "least favorite". It's a good place to see an impressive 4 mile long pier and a local market. Then head back to the ship for ice cream and burgers.

Of course, the one I really hate is the same one I loved on the first day. The one were they let you off the ship, but don't let you back on.
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Are you sure the pier in Progresso is 4 miles long? Dayum, that sounds outrageous!!! I was there once, years back....but I just don't recall the pier.
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Yes it is, we were just there that week. Everyone on the bus was saying the same thing- imagine if you missed the last bus back to the ship! :-D
You have a considerable walk even from the ship to the Pier bus stop, I can't imagine having to walk any further in that humidity, we were all very glad to get on board the bus..
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I am fairly sure that I couldn't walk four miles, even more sure that I couldn't in that heat & bloody definate I wouldn't want too!!
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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..
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I don't think they allow pedestrian traffic on the Progreso causeway. You have to take either a bus or a taxi.
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I have to agree with Trip--------Jamaica is the only port of our 23 cruises where we felt unsafe, surrounded by 20 persistent vendors (in a threatining manner) we hopped in a nearby cab to go the 4 blocks to the ship---when we looked at the floor of the cab we could see the street rushing by through the large (8") hole in the floor! I was also asked 3 times in the 4 block walk to purchase drugs---which bugged me since the other 3 cruisers with me were not asked once!!

I also agree with John, that it's very disappointing to visit a port that's "closed down". On our transatlantic cruise aboard the Dream we arrived in Genoa (I think it was Genoa) on November 1-----everything was closed for All Saint's Day.
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Witt Monday,a floating holiday in the Bahamas, and Easter Monday in Guadaloupe,and some other islands is a beach holiday, so expect most shops to be closed My Mass. license late is, shop*r...guess who was sad.
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I don't care at all for Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. Don't care at all for St. Thomas. Someone mentiond they didn't like St. Martin--odd how we view things differently--St. Martin is one of my favorite places!
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I understand what people are saying about Jamaica but I still found many things I loved about Jamaica like eating at Bebies that hung over a cliff and we could see all the people that booked the catamaran and beach party combo excursion. So I like Jamaica just not everything about Jamaica. But their is not one thing that I find I like in Nassau. You get all the pushy senviors vendors and all types of fake crap to buy (NOT a DEAL) and you their is almost nothing to do other than walk around and wonder how fast you can get back to the ship
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I have to agree with the majority. MoBay and Nassau are least favorites. I can have fun especially MoBay, but not my fav's.

Thanks Dave for correctly spelling Progreso.
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Are you sure the pier in Progresso is 4 miles long? Dayum, that sounds outrageous!!! I was there once, years back....but I just don't recall the pier.
We were told it was 6 miles! It is a very long pier. I'm fairly sure it is LONGER than 4 miles.
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I was on a cruise post surgery, took one look at that loooooong pier and knew I needed to stay on board.....ond funny or not so funny thing, while we were docked there..the ship was inundated with flies!
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Totally disagree with you on Saint Maarten as this is one of the best shopping ports in the Caribbean and the area right by the pier great swimming and very reasonable refreshments and food along with very inexpensive cabanas and lounge chairs.
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Nassau and anywhere in Jamaica. Don't feel safe in either place.
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Yes I am sure the pier at Progreso is longer than 4 miles too.
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