Eastern Caribbean Journals

Escaping Winter on Norwegian Dawn

A January 2003 trip to Eastern Caribbean by JulieHolm

Days Inn Civic Center Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: We sailed with another couple on the brand-new Norwegian Dawn. Freestyle cruising gave us great flexibility, as we visited four great eastern Caribbean and Bahamian ports. Two sea days let us explore this brand-new ship (christened December 16, 2002).
Day's Inn Civic Center Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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We stayed at the Days Inn Civic center. It is very inexpensive and not too far from the port or the Miami airport. It is very much a motel, and has typical motel rooms. The biggest problem here is that the hotel fronts the highway (836) that goes to the airport; a highway with all-night truck traffic. If you are a cheapskate and book here, I recommend that you request a room away from the highway. Other than that--and the fact that someone had accidentally turned the heat on, therefore the room was warm, humid, and musty when we arrived--it was fine. We aired out the room and used earplugs and were okay, but next time we will spend more and book a better hotel. The hotel has a small gift...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

The Baths

Attraction | "The Baths, Virgin Gorda"

The Baths Photo, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
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The Baths in Virgin Gorda is one of the most beautiful and weird places I have ever been. The beach is strewn with huge, house- and bigger-sized boulders, through which you can hike, snorkel, swim, etc. Look at the pictures. The sand is pristine and white, the water transparent and Caribbean turquoise, and the sun warm and inviting as you make your way. The unusual terrain continues under the water, and as you snorkel along, you see many beautiful fish darting in and out of these monster boulders. You float over deep crevasses and high rocks, where you can almost touch the coral (but don't!!). Visibility in the water here is amazing. After totally wearing yourself out, you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

The Baths

Virgin Gorda, Virgin Gorda

Old San Juan

Attraction

Old San Juan Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Old San Juan is a historic distric at the west end of the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is very walkable. Among the notable sights are two of the oldest structures in the Americas, the forts of El Morro and San Cristobol. In addition, many colonial-era buildings can be found, as well as narrow cobbled streets lined by old Spanish-style town houses. Various shopping and dining are available in Old San Juan also, including many crafts stores. Arte y Mascaras, a bit west of the main cruise-ship dock, sells artwork, including Ponce Carnival masks, while Haitian gallery, on Calle Forteleza near the Plaza Colon, sells many fascinating pieces of Haitian art. Just walking around Old San Ju...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

Old San Juan
Old San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Great Stirrip Cay Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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This is the private island stop for Norwegian Cruise Lines. There is a lot to do here, or you can just relax in the sun and the sand. All activities can be reserved from the ship, including parasailing, jet skis, snorkeling, banana-boat rides, and catamarans to rent, as well as live music to dance to, massages on the beach, and shopping.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

St. John, USVI

Attraction

Trunk Bay Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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Trunk Bay is considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, and beautiful it certainly is. A slim crescent of white sand meets turquoise water and blue sky with golden sun. There is a large rock/island not far off the beach where a snorkel trail leads, and this is an excellent place to learn to snorkel, with many, many beautiful fish. Indeed, we saw a small (6 foot or so) shark while we were there, as well as many tropical fish.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2003