Eastern Caribbean Journals

Cruising Toward The Sun

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A February 2003 trip to Eastern Caribbean by Irishdancer

PICTURESQUE FOUNTAIN Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Why would anyone want to escape to the Southern Caribbean in February? If you wintered in the great Northeast this winter, it's a mute question...over 120 inches of snow and still counting. Survival was uppermost in our minds and SUN the main attraction.
AN EAGLE IN ICE Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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TIZ A PUZZLEMENT: Explore Barbados or spend the day aboard ship? Per usual, the 6 of us met on deck for an early breakfast and to plan DAY 6. Our companions chose an excursion to Sandy Beach followed by shopping and my husband and I decided to take a "day off" from port excursions. It promised to be an extremely hot and humid day and we were "shopped out"! Why not spend a whole day aboard ship being LAZY? Isn't that part of all the hype cruise lines lure us with - the promise of total relaxation, fabulous food, and enjoying every amenity imaginable? SUGGESTIONS FOR ON-BOARD ACTIVITIES: - Enjoy extra cups of coffee after breakfast on Deck 11 poolside...Read More

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN

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ORIENT BEACH Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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Well, Day 4 has finally arrived. We're docking at 7am at the port we've all been waiting for - St. Maarten/St. Martin.This island is miniscule in size. It's only 37 square miles. Would you believe this tiny island has two capitals:Philipsburg on the Dutch side and Marigot on the French side. Don't worry. There are no border crossings or noticeable changes between the 2 sides.BEST TIME TO VISIT:Mid-December to Mid-April. Keep in mind, however, if you're not travelling with children and don't want to play traffic cop aboard your ship, choose a non-school vacation week.CURRENCY:French side - Euro dollars; Dutch side - Netherlands Antilles guilder. NO...Read More

BEGIN AND END IN OLD SAN JUAN

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PICTURESQUE FOUNTAIN Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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If you're taking a Southern Caribbean Cruise, fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico the afternoon or night before your cruise begins and schedule your departure flight anytime after 4pm. These travel arrangements will ensure lots of time to truly savor all that is Old San Juan! TIPS:Taxi transportation to and from airport is $17 each way and regulated by their Public Service Commission. Tip at your own discretion. Check out your Guest Vacation Documents booklet which Royal Caribbean sends you a few weeks prior to your cruise. Under the heading, "San Juan, Puerto Rico", they list four tours they can arrange for you. Prices vary from $19/person for the "Bacardi Rum Distille...Read More

ST. THOMAS

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MAGEN'S BAY Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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St. Thomas is the epitome of what cruising and ports-of-call are all about! If your pleasure centers around photography, this Caribbean island just beckons to be photographed. "Shopaholics" will find their many treasures in any of the 400+ shops on Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, the capital of St. Thomas. If you love jewelry and good deals, try Tanzanite International(they have two locations in St. Thomas). Or, if you prefer beaching it, take your choice of Sapphire, on the eastern shore; Morning Star, just east of Havensight, or our favorite, Magens Bay, on the north shore.RECOMMENDATIONS: PLAN AHEA...Read More