We are going on our 2nd cruise Empress of the Seas on January 14th 2008 out of San Juan
We tested the waters last time on Enchantment for a 4 day cruise and thought it too short hence this one is 11 days with an extra day in San Juan.
Is it better to book excursions or travel around the various ports on our own?
Each port is on average about 9 to the longest Aruba (which we loved on a vacation not too long ago) 16 hours
We also would like to know of anyone from our area of New Jersey that might be going would like to meet up with us
Let us know
We did the same cruise on the Empress last winter. The ship is small but very nice, no complaints. Entertainment wasn't grand due to the small troup and stage. It is a good ship for such a port intensive itinerary, wouldn't be great if there were a lot of sea days. The only excursion we booked through the ship was one in Barbados, kayaking then snorkeling with the sea turtles--very good. In Antigua booked a great tour with 'Asa' just outside the terminal; modern, 13 pax AC van, excellent tour for $25 (2 1/2 hr promised stretched to almost 5 hr for the same money). You need a tour for this island as there are a lot of historic sites and beautiful beaches to see. In St Lucia, do look up COSOL tours, excellent tour with Cosol, who is really Francis Neureus. He did an amazing tour which included fresh from the oven St. Lucian bread, fresh fried fish, drinks, and lots more'treats' at various stops. Also included a short beach stop at Anse Pitons, the beach between the Piton mts. Margarita Is is hardly worth a tour, stick to the small beach literally right beside the ship. I would gladly do this tour again. We stayed an extra couple of days in San Juan and really enjoyed having the time there--most port stops in San Juan are pretty short.
Thank you so much for the info we will look both tours up
It's hard to decide where to go and what to see but we will certainly enjoy our trip
If anyone has been to San Juan and has some tips on things to do and see let me know can't wait to go cruising !!!!!