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Old November 30th, 2006, 05:03 PM
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Hello to all I just found this board thanks to customer service from celebrity when I asked about reviews on the internet. I am 27 years old traveling with 2 adults ages 30 and 54 and 2 children ages 4 and 11 a total of 5. I have a family cabin which I got as a second choice. I have cabin 8263 and I am worried that it may not be a good cabin if any one knows please advice me I tried to do 2 rooms but they where just too far apart and I figure this way we all have a window. I am traveling on Jan 2 07 from SJ I am visiting the Caribbean. I have a question about the shore excursions what is the best recommendation we are 5 and they add up on a 10 day cruise. Are any a must do? Can I grab a taxi from the port and use him as a travel guide and save a couple of dollars? This is the first cruise for all of us we want it to be magical. Any help would be great and any advice given would be appreciated.


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If you are a bit adventurous you can normally find private tour operators in port, or in advance.

If you want to list your itinerary I'm sure you'll get lots of good suggestions for the different ports.

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thank you my ports are :

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tortola, British Virgin Isl, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Castries, St. Lucia, Bridgetown, Barbados, St. George's, Grenada, At Sea, Willemstad, Curacao, Oranjestad, Aruba

and we are planing the atlantis submarine, the dolphin encounter and something 4x4 that all we have for now
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your cabin choice looks good-we like back ofthe ship and it looks as your room may be a bit larger--als no public rooms above -so noise should not be a problem--onl negative is longer walk to elevators or the front of ship
these ports--all great--probably arranging a tour once off ship would be most economical
San Juan, Puerto Rico--fort is major attraction-which can be one on your own easily
, Tortola, British Virgin Isl,
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
, Castries, St. Lucia,
Bridgetown, Barbados,
St. George's, Grenada,
At Sea, Willemstad, Curacao,
Oranjestad, Aruba
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thank you my ports are :

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tortola, British Virgin Isl, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Castries, St. Lucia, Bridgetown, Barbados, St. George's, Grenada, At Sea, Willemstad, Curacao, Oranjestad, Aruba

and we are planing the atlantis submarine, the dolphin encounter and something 4x4 that all we have for now
Okay, here goes...

>> In Oranjestad (Aruba), I highly reommend the excursion that includes sailing, snorkeling/swimming, and a barbecue lunch. On this excursion, the sail catamaran picks you up right at the cruise ship pier and goes north along the coast to a beach area, where they issue snorkel gear to those who want/need it and provide free lessons for those who don't know how to use it. After a half hour or so in the water, they get everybody back on the boat and go to another area where there's a wreck inhabited by a lot of colorful fish for another round of snorkeling. The next stop is at the the operator's pier, which has a hut where they serve a barbecue lunch. There's some free time after lunch, during which you can either take advantage of a gorgeous beach next to the tour operator' pier or wander to the shops across the street, before the catamatan takes you back to the cruise ship pier in Oranjestad. The crew of the catamaran also provides a live narration of points of interest and, of course, serves plenty of beverages along the way.

>> If anybody in your party likes to cook or bake, St. George's (Grenada) is THE place to stock up on spices. Spices also are great souvenirs for friends at home who like to cook. You'll find just about every imaginable spice there at bargain prices, and they are very fresh.

>> In Bridgetown (Barbados), I highly recommend a visit to Orchid World. They have more varieties of orchids than you can imagine growing in ways that you would not think possible. It's quite fascinating! Bridgetown also has a nice botanical garden, which many excursions visit, and the "Great House" of Sunbury Plantation is an interesting soujourn into the island's past.

>> From Willemstad (Curacao), try to visit one of the distilleries that makes the famous Curacao liqueurs -- you'll get to see the distilling plant and the process close up. Also, the walking tour of Willemstad takes in several significant points of interest and a lot of interesting architecture.

And, of course, just about any excursion that includes sailing is very worthwhile!

And if you don't want to do a tour, all of these islands have great beaches that are open to the public and, of course, shopping areas where many ladies like to spend money.

Have a great cruise!

Norm.
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I definitely recommend arranging your own tours off the ship. I would suggest you read the boards and find some recommendations for tour operators - that way you can even reserve ahead of time (and either way, don't forget to bargain for the price). But if not, these are all generally safe islands and you can be sure to find someone to suit you - make sure you check out the vehicle you are going to be riding in, and if you care, make sure it's air-conditioned.

I highly recommend renting a car in Aruba if you can find one big enough for your group. It's very easy to get around and the cars are as good as those in the US. I can't say the same for Barbados - we rented a car there and it had no brakes to speak of! We have been to the orchid farm that was mentioned, and that was nice - the cave was fun as well.

I haven't been to Grenada in years, but last I recall there is a water taxi right from the pier which is very reasonable which will take you to the beach.

I am going on this same itinerary, but a few weeks after you. I can't wait. Have been to most of the islands and really enjoyed them. Aruba remains my favorite - has everything - great shopping, beautiful clean beaches, nice scenery, and casinos.

St. Maaarten is alot of fun. You can walk (a long walk) to very nice shopping, or take a cab to the beach. The french side has nice beaches - be advised they are topless (and they even have one nude beach). The french side shopping is nothing compared to the Dutch side.

St. Lucia is very lush and beautiful. It does not have much in the way of shopping, has no casinos, but has very beautiful scenery and beaches.

We are not really into 'adventure-type' excursions, so I'll leave it to others to comment on that stuff.
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