St. Maarten: The America's Cup Regatta is rated as one of the best excursions in the Caribbean, and deserves the rating! You get to crew one of the boats that was in the real Regatta. We loved this excursion.
St. Thomas has gorgeous beaches that are readily available by taxi. No need to take an excursion to go to one of them. St. John is a gorgeous island that is just a taxi and then ferry ride away if you want to be a little more adventurous.
Haven't been to the other island.
Have a great cruise!
Mariner of the Seas 3/30/08
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
We got a taxi in St. Martin and for 27.00 per couple we went to Marigot on the french side, spent several hours enjoying the town and went back to Phillipsburg and spent several hours enjoying that town.....Taxi driver told us that the cruise lines get half the cost of a ship excursion and that by waiting till you land and finding your own excursions you can save up to 50%.
Caribbean Princess 07
Carnival Valor Feb. 08
Carnival Holiday Dec 08
Carnival Triumph Feb 09
Island Princess coming in Nov. 2009
Grand Turk is very small. There are cabs outside the port shop area that will take you all around the island for a few bucks. Takes less than an hour to see everything there is to see. But, there is a gorgeous beach right next to where the ships dock and the only real shopping is a port terminal area so you don't have to go anywhere. It is primarily a scuba haven. Not much else.
In St. Thomas just grab a cab and head to the beach, since you don't snorkel i would suggest Meagans Bay Beach, do your beach thing in the morning and then go shopping in the afternoon, if you are docking at Havensight there is a nice mall right there at the pier, another fun thing to do after the beach is to head over to the Paradise Point Tramway which is a short walk from Havensight, the view from up top is beautiful.
St. Martin - we did the Golden Eagle Catamaran sail from the cruiseline, loved it, it was fun and relaxing, we did the excursion in the morning, got back to the ship, dropped off our beach stuff, changed clothes had a bite to eat on board and then grabbed the water taxi into town to do some shopping on the Dutch side. IF you just want to hit the beach then grab a cab to Orient Bay