Old March 27th, 2006, 12:51 PM
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Default What to do at each port? Help!

We are going on a cruise that stops at the following ports:

Charleston, South Carolina
Grand Bahama Island
Nassau, Bahamas
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
San Juan, Puerto Rico

For the past couple of weeks, we have been researching things to do at each, but so far we haven't found anything too interesting. Does anyone have any tips or recommendations for these ports that we should not miss? Any help would be appreciated!
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Old March 27th, 2006, 01:15 PM
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our frist time in st thomas we did the atlantis adventure its submerine ride if you won't info on this go to atlantiis adventuries when we go back
to st thomas in fall we will be going to the st thomas sky ride if you want info on this go to stthomasskyride
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Old March 27th, 2006, 03:49 PM
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tell us what interests you, that way we can narrow our suggestions down.
couple of suggestions to start you off:
Nassau - tour the Dig at Atlantis Resort - amazing aquarium, its just a short taxi ride(water or land) from the pier
St. Thomas - hit the beaches - so many to choose from go to www.vinow.com for some great information. Do some shopping, hire a taxi for a couple of hours to tour island - beach & shopping
St. Maarten - beautiful beaches and really good shopping. Golden Eagle Catamaran sail was a favorite excursion we went on.
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In Nassau there is always Paradise Island and visiting Atlantis to see the aquaruim and the dig. We really enjoyed it.

In St. Maarten, there is orient beach for water activities and the America's Cup Regatta, which is great. This one does book quickly, so if interested, don't hessitate too long, truly thrilling and a good learning expierence.

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Old March 28th, 2006, 03:25 AM
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Default Re: What to do at each port? Help!

Originally Posted by skconst
We are going on a cruise that stops at the following ports:

Nassau, Bahamas
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Does anyone have any tips or recommendations for these ports that we should not miss? Any help would be appreciated!
We got back yesterday on a cruise (first time) that included these ports. If you are interested in dolphins, Nassau has Dolphin Encounter. Primarily rescued animals that can't be released to the wild so you can tell yourself it isn't exploitation. Get a hug and a kiss then they'll splash water and make somewhat inappropriate noises with their blow hole. You'll be in the water with them and wet suit rental is free of charge. The crew will have as much fun as you. It's very imformative. They are amazing creatures.

Philipsburg we did a simple beach trip. Very relaxing. Free Rum Punch.

Charlotte Amalie we shopped at multiple stores located near the pier and returned to the ship early to enjoy the lack of passengers on-board.

San Juan, Puerto Rico we did the walking tour of Old San Juan. A lot of History there. If you go to the Fort, go down the stairs and make a left to find the tunnel that leads to the cistern. There's a shell that's still imbedded in the wall from the Spanish-American War (circa 1898) though the fort's construction dates back hundreds of years prior to that event.
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Old March 31st, 2006, 11:40 AM
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I live in SC and visit Charleston often. Its a great place. There is so much to do for everyone. For history buffs, you can head over to Patriots Point to tour some old WWII ships including an aircraft carrier. You can take a ferry from there out to Fort Sumter. Im not sure they have any tours open now for the Hunley (Civil War sub). Theres the Charleston Aquarium also (not top on a list since theres so much to do). Many people like to shop and walk around the old slave market. Be sure to walk around the Battery and check out the famous homes there. You can find tours to old plantations too. There are also numerous wonderful restaurants around town too, depending on your budget and taste. Take note of our new awesome bridge too spanning the Cooper River. It just opened last year. You may still be able to see the old one alongside too.

In Nassau, if youve never seen Atlantis its pretty awesome, though the prices and service are not. Weve hired a cab, discussing price first, to tour the island and fort too. St Thomas is our shopping stop, and if time permits, head to a beach. St Maarten-Maho Beach is interesting. Its at the end of the runway. Hang out at Sunset Beach Bar, eat great burgers, and watch the planes come right over your head. For photos, check out the bar's website. Its unreal-people are stupid enough to hang on the fencs and get blown into the water as the planes take off (like in the movie Pushing Tin).

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