My wife and I sometimes go to local luxury hotels for the day rather than going to overcrowded public beaches. They offer nice amenities and are usually not nearly as crowded. While they sometimes charge a fee for using them, it is generally a nice inexpensive alternative to the excursions offered on board.
Here I go coupling another car to the CM love train.
A question I saw posted on this site led to the very best day of my February cruise.
Someone posted a question about the historic relica La Nina. I followed a link
and made a reservation. The sail was not offered through the cruiseline. And there was a little bit of sweat trying to get back for the last tender to the ship. But the tour was worth the subsequent nerves. I still count it as a "happy place," as the buzz word goes.
I hope I'll have at least an hour like that on my next cruise.
The best "secret excursion" I've had was to go in with 2 other couples and rent a power boat and captain from nautinymph in St. Thomas. We had a glorious day touring the islands for about $75/person.
The second best was renting a car on Guadeloupe to tour Mt. Soufriere (volcano), the country side, and the waterfalls. It was a VERY busy day, and just about missed the ship :-), but what fun!
I really don't know if there are many "secrets" left on the Carib. Anything that has market appeal probably has an excursion to it. Those that don't don't have wide appeal, are dangerous, illegal, or there's not enough time to complete it.
jaonalec, the tour was at Grand Cayman Yacht Club. However, she is a sea going replica which has a cruise schedule she follows. Right now, I believe she's on the west coast of the U.S. But she wintered in Grand Cayman and will Winter again in Grand Cayman in 2004.
The question with the link was posted in Destinations Forum under the Caribbean thread last January. If you scroll back, you'll see it. Look for the word La Nina in the topic.