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Old September 23rd, 2005, 03:26 PM
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Im going on a cruise in December 11-18 to San Juan, St. Thomas, Catalina island/Casa d Camp and Nassau. Will the islands be decked out for the hoildays? Any thing special going on in these ports then?
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Probably nothing in the ports or on the islands. The ship will be all decorated and some special "stuff" going on there. We sailed the week before Christmas last year, and are going again on December 10th this year. It's a great break from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays to just get away from the crowds for a week and chill out. You'll have a great time! (We're on the Legend of the Seas out of Tampa. Western, I think)
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 04:25 PM
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When we were on the Fantasy last December 12-16, the port in Nassau was slightly decorated. I don't recall anything else being decorated. The ship however was decorated.
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One year I saw Santa on the corner in shorts...I love to buy tropical Christmas ornaments & Christmas cards....The ship I was on, one new years eve, was still decorated from Christmas, and it was done so poorly, I was quite surprised.
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Have been on land vacations on St Maarten just before the holidays and there were decorations. More than I would have expected but not a lot. It seemed strange to see Christmas decorations when I was going to the beach.

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Im all for Christmas shopping on the islands, better then freezing in Chicago!
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Well, I'm going to the islands Dec. 3-10 this year, and plan to do all my Christmas shopping there! Sure beats driving around in the snow and ice and trying to find parking at the mall!

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We were on the Victory early Dec last year and sailed into San Juan early evening time so that we could spend the evening there. San Juan looked beautiful at night with the square all lit up with a huge Xmas tree and lots of decorations - very seasonal. The stop in San Juan turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip as with most cruises, you have to be back on the ship by 5/6pm and not enjoy the evening but at San Juan you had the opportunity to enjoy it.

Alot of people condemn San Juan but we found it a great evening - we had a lovely meal and drinks in the square with all the children enjoying the Xmas tree and lights adn ti felt very special so if you are travelling there during the evening, don't be put off and go and see and have a lovely time. It isn't a shopping port of call but one to relax and have a good meal and drink and totally relax in tranquil surroundings.

Our other 2 stops, St. Thomas and St. Maarten were both day stops so we did not have the chance to enjoy any Xmas ligths at night which is, of course, when they come into their own for effect. If and wehn we do another cruise, we will try to make sure tht San Juan (in the evening port of call of course) is on the list. Both St. Thomas and St. Maarten we have done four times each now so not so valid on our ports of call.

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