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Old April 23rd, 2006, 11:17 AM
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We will be cruising in October to the Southern Carribean to the following ports: St Thomas, Barbados, Aruba and Dominica. Any suggestions for shore excursions? There are just so many to choose from and would like to hear what others may have done. We are open to anything from beach time to adventurous sports.
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We're doing that same itinerary in September. So far we've decided on the River Tubing in Dominca (a friend went there on a land vacation and said it was a blast) and a Catamaran/snorkel trip in Barbados. I think St. Thomas and Aruba will be beach days.
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We went on the Jolly Pirates (snorkle, lunch, swim) in Aruba. It was absolutely fantastic. The crew was so much fun.
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Me and my family were thinking of doing the pirate thing. Is it ok for kids? I saw someones pictures when they had gone and it looked more adult themed. It looked like a lot of fun though.
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There were a couple of kids on my ship, more on the other ship. It's not for toddlers. The kids on my ship were around 10-12. We spent a lot of time in the water snorkling so if they love that then its all good and they REALLY loved swinging off the side of the ship on a rope and jumping in the water. Our captain, Julio was fantastic doing flips. It was very entertaining. The food for lunch was good as well.

http://www.jollypirates.com/
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They should have a great time then if they like snorkling and being in the water.
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Thanks dina, I looked at the web site you gave. Looks like fun
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Can anyone tell who they use for the tours?
Are you booking them on the ship or using a local vendor?
I will be taking the Destiny in Aug and I am not sure who/how to book the shore tours
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Mitch, When are you going in Aug? Me and my family are going the 6th. I usually book my tours through the ship.
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I didn't book Jolly Pirates from the ship. I caught a cab there and bought tickets. It was nice since I was able to be on the smaller less crowded ship. The trip ended around 2 pm so plenty of time to get back to the ship to clean up and wander around town.

If you get a chance, Cafe Bahia was wonderful. It's next door to Carlos and Charlies.
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Hello All,
We are going to be on the Destiny on Aug 27.
I was feeling a little uneasy about booking tours thru street vendors.
But, it seems that is the best and cheapest way to go.
I really do not want to pay the prices that the ship offers.
I guess we will go and try and pre-book them thewm thru private vendors or just wait till we get to port.
Has anybody been on the Destiny yet.
This is my second cruise, first was on the Sensation back in 2001. We are going with an another family who are first time cruisers.
Any suggestions, tips etc.
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Hi takevtr1,

I was on Destiny in February of this year. I only booked one tour through the ship and that was because I couldn't find any other way to do. I also didn't book tours through other operators. I got cabs at the docks and told them where I wanted to go. Most times I was there before any onboard tours ever left and it was cheaper. I also could leave whenever I wanted so that I could do multiple things in one day instead of just one. It was easy and all the cabbies I met where very friendly and accomodating.
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Can anyone tell who they use for the tours?
Are you booking them on the ship or using a local vendor?
I will be taking the Destiny in Aug and I am not sure who/how to book the shore tours
Thanks,
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Booking tours through the ship seems overly priced to me, although it suits some people just fine. Here are some recommendations for private tour operators;

Barbados: Glory Tours - tours@glorytours.org

Dominica: Fredos Tours - fredos40@hotmail.com

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Mitch:

It looks like you're going the week before me!! I've done some online research and it looks like we're going to book something through Wacky Rollers in Dominica and through Shore Trips in Barbados. I think we're just going to the beach in St. Thomas and Aruba. I've booked through Shore Trips before and never had a problem. While they're not as expensive as the ship and maybe not as inexpensive as booking on the pier, every trip I've done with them involved a reputable company providing the service.

Hope this helps.

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In Barbados we sailed on the Silvermoon. It was the best excursion of our cruise! There were only 10 people on this pristene catamaran and we had such a good time. We snorkeled with sea turtles, over a couple of sunken ships and a reef, and then went and anchored off the shore where we had a wonderful lunch and had fun jumping off the boat and swimming around. The sailing back to the harbor was just like in a movie!

Here are some pictures from that excursion: http://community.webshots.com/album/549755740TqkvWU
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I was trying to book the jolly roger pirate ship in barbados through carnival and i could only book for me and my husband. They had under the listing noone under 21. Is it different from the one in aruba? Maybe i should just grab a cab and do it in aruba instead of barbados.[img][/img]
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Years ago, DH and I did the jungle safari in Barbados and it was amazing. Saw parts of the island that aren't accessible any other way.
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