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Old October 28th, 2000, 07:41 PM
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Labadee, Hispaniola
San Juan, Puerto Rico
St. Thomas, USVI
Nassau, Bahamas

Any ideas on what there is to do?
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Old October 29th, 2000, 10:46 AM
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For me, in order:
snorkle,
dive,
dive,
and lastly,
dive

If you are not certified ;-( then you can take a resort course which takes only about 4 hours, then you get a guided dive in the open water, much fun
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Old October 29th, 2000, 02:07 PM
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Hi Tanya,
By chance are you going on Explorer? Looks like the ports she visits. We too will be going next April. Definately plan on getting over to St. Johns from St.
Thomas. You can easily get a cab to Red Hook ferry and take it over to St. Johns, simply a beautiful spot and not to be missed. Labadee is simply a nice beach day, from what I've heard, can't wait to see it. Hear you can rent some water equipment or just hand out on the beach and relax. In Nassau you can
take the water taxi or just a regular taxi over to Atlantis on Paradise Island. I've heard you can buy a pass for $25 and see the sea aquarium there. There is also a dolphin encounter in Nassau that sounds neat to do too. In San Juan you can walk around Old San Juan and visit the shops and there are 2 old forts that are worth seeing. If you want an all day tour, there is also the rain forest.

Hope this gives you a few ideas :-) Have fun cruising.

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Old October 29th, 2000, 05:27 PM
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Tanya,
Labadee, is RCI's 'island' where you basically just chill out on the beach and in the hammocks. Very pretty beach and snorkeling is okay if the water is clear. Go to the point and watch the waves crash ashore and also go to the 'strawmarket' for some neat island goods.
San Juan, wander around the old city, visit Ft Morro, tour the Barcidi factory or go to the rain forest.
Sr Thomas, shop until you drop! Also wander up to Blackbeards Castle via the '99 steps' for a great view, or go to Coki beach for snorkeling.
Nassau, Strawmarket and then wander over to the 'Queens Staircase" and the fort for a spectacular sight.
Jim

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Old October 29th, 2000, 11:14 PM
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Thanks Donna!

Yeah, we will be going on the Explorer ..... in December 2000. I don't know how much time we will have to spend in St. Thomas ... we will be married on Magen's Bay Beach that morning. We hope to get back to the boat .. change .. and head out may be to try out the submarine dive. We are both very excited as this is our first cruise. Do you know how expensive it will be to do water sports on RCI's island?
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Hi Tanya,
Wow, how exciting to be getting married in St. Thomas. I've seen pics of Meagans bay and it looks absolutely beautiful. You'll have to let us all know how the wedding/honeymoon was. Enjoy it, hear the ship is something else. As for the cost of the watersports at Labadee, not really sure, but usually those things do come with a hefty price, but are worth it, at least my kids always love them.
Hey, its your honeymoon, have fun :-)

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Old November 1st, 2000, 09:56 AM
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Labadee, Hispaniola -- The water is pretty murky(sp??) so snorkeling is out. They do rent jet skis, mats, paddle boats, etc. Beautiful scenery, we're going to relax on the beach and maybe rent jet skis.

San Juan, Puerto Rico -- Last time we were in San Juan it was at night so the casino shows were the main excursions. We did find gold here much cheaper than some of the other islands. Time permitting, I would take the Rain Forest excursion. Absolutely breathtaking, waterfalls, parrots, etc. I believe they also stop at one of the beaches as well.

St. Thomas, USVI --Magens Bay is a must. You don't need to purchase an excursion, just hop in a taxi and arrange for the driver to pick you up at a certain time (at least 1-1/2 hours before the ship sails!) There are other beaches but we fell in love with this Magens. We took some awesome photos at lookout point (where the skyride is located). This time we are taking the ferry to St. Johns and taking a taxi to Trunk Bay.

Nassau, Bahamas -- There are some beautiful beaches in Nassau. If you want to go to the Atlantis and look around there is $25 p/p admittance fee. This does not include the use of their beach. Mainy just an excorted tour of the facilities. The Straw Market is a hoot! Remember to barter! You can also purchase a "day pass" at Sandals. It's about $50 p/p for the day and you have full use of the facilities, i.e. restaurants, pools, beach, boating and all drinks are included. I think this is what we will do in January as we've thought about booking our fall vacation here.

There is a lot to do -- just pick what you want to do and remember, you don't have to purchase the excursion, it actually more fun if you set out on your own.

Have a great trip,

Trudy Littleton
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Thanks everyone for your input ... we are even more excited about our first cruise.
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