I'll be sailing on the Emerald Princess to Southern Caribbean.
The following ports are:
*Princess Cays, Bahamas- Tender
*St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands- Probably docking at Crown bay & there's not much shopping close by but it's easy to get trans to any beach or even walk if you want.
*Aruba - Very easy to catch a local bus to the beach.
Which of these ports can passengers just get off the ship and enjoy immediately the surrounding area?
I imagine Princess Cays is a resort area that is located right off the ship (well after the ride on the tender)?Right.
Princess Cays is the cruiselines private island - its a beach party day, you can just plunk yourself down on a beach lounge and do nothing or you can partake of lots of the activites going on.
St. Thomas - beach/shopping day, you can grab a cab to any of the many beaches on St.Thomas proper, but if you want to do some snorkeling i would suggest getting the ferry over to St. John Island - St.John is breathtaking.
Grenada - has one of the most beautiful beaches ever, or you can do a ships tour to the spice plantations, very interesting.
Grande Anse Beach in Grenada, has won the best beach award for years. It's really pretty,and St. George's harbor is just so quaint..I loved it! Be careful when you cross the street, as they drive on the "wrong" side". The policemen there will be on your case, to make sure you don't get run over. Here is a utube view of coming into the harbor..
I will say that the most agressive cab drivers I have ever seen are right there..they will walk along side of you to try and get your business.I almost turned around and went back on the ship. I am so glad I didn't go.
We took an island tour, went up to see the nutmeg factory, Grand Anse,and, just traveled around. If the market is open in town, check it our..on our day there, sadly it was closed. I had seen it on tv many times,and I wished I could have seen the scene
Trip, with her book & tea!
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