Enjoyed a great week's vacation on Princess Dawn at the end of February 2002. We prebooked our excursions (which also gave us four free photos on board PLUS the comfort of knowing we didn't have to worry about not getting an excursion or having to line up to purchase one on the ship).
Barbados: We took the Atlantic Submarine tour. My mother had done this in Aruba and she felt it was better in Aruba. But it was a lovely journey under the sea. The tour just ahead of us saw a sea turtle. We saw tons of fish and a shipwreck too. It was a fun experience. Then we rented a taxi ($50 for four of us) and toured the island on our own. Visited Mullens Bay, Speightown, Moletown, Cherry Hill, Bathsheba. Then did some shopping at the dock. Shopping tip: Buy the RUM Cake here....its delicious and its priced cheapest than any other island.
St. Lucia: Took the Land and Sea Tour and could rave about it for days! It was EXCELLENT. Toured the winding roads of this jungle like beautiful island, stopped for shopping with local vendors, saw the volcano, toured a plantation and ate lunch (plantation was a lot more fun than i expected) then we took a catamaran and had a swimming stop, visited Marigot Bay and returned to port. Absolutely highly recommend this tour!!
St. Kitts: We booked the snorkelling excursion which was very nice and the catamaran was a lot of fun. Snorkelling was pretty good, but having been to Cozumel and Ixtapa Island, and also because it was cloudy that day, it felt a little disappointing. Well worth the money though for the views alone!! (not to mention the rum haha)
St. Maarten: Took an island tour here and it was very interesting.Visited both sides of the island with two times to shop on the French side (not enough time to shop on this island!!)
Views were spectacular. Opted to do more shopping after the tour on the Dutch side and spent a lovely afternoon picking up good deals on clothes, jewellery and beach towels.
St. Thomas we made our own way to Trunk Bay on St. John. Didn't want to do it in the afternoon. So we hired a cab to the ferry, then caught another ferry to Trunk Bay. Spent a few hours snorkelling then returned to St. Thomas where did a little more shopping.
Karen, thanks so much for the review! Those are the same ports I'm visiting on the Millennium in May. We were considering the Land and Sea tour in St. Lucia and, after your glowing review, I'm definitely going to book it now!