Eastern Caribbean Journals

Eastern Carribean with Princess

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A May 2002 trip to Eastern Caribbean by melissa_bel

Magens Bay, St-Thomas, USVI Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: A short summary of my Cruise through the beautiful Eastern Caribbean.

Magens Bay

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Magens Bay, St-Thomas, USVI Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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Magens Bay is a park, but it’ll only take you three dollars to get in. The view is stunning. Imagine a crescent shape beach of powdery sand, a sea of intense blue, further away, an inhabited islet, coconut and palm trees, flamboyant and mountains surrounding the beach. It would be hard to find a beach that can fulfill one’s Caribbean fantasy. Magens Bay is being protected from harsh current and is very safe to swim. But Justin and me like waves! The water is warm and the fishes are swimming all around. It’s a dream. Justin and I have chitchat with the lifeguard on duty and I go for a little walk around at the end of the beach to have another perspective. We swim some more and as I ge...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2004

Orient Beach

Attraction | "Orient Beach, St-Martin"

Orient Beach Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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That's it, I found my dream beach (until proof of otherwise)... this place is a dream. As I stepped out of the car, I could see glances of turquoise through the manicured trees or the villas surrounding the area. And wham! This crescent-shaped beach is...stunning! The sand is white and so soft my ankles are disappearing in seconds, the water of such an intense blue it glows, the waves are crashing (I love a decent amount of waves), beach bars all around to provide shelter, food, drinks and fun... Of course, you have the occasional naked person from Club Orient (the nudist part) strolling by. I don't mind, as a European, but the reaction of my American fellow passengers is funny (between a gasp of horr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2004

Orient Beach
Orient Bay
St. Maarten, St. Maarten/St. Martin

Day One

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Lido Deck, Grand Princess Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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Six months before taking this cruise, my husband (Justin) and I (28 at the time; Justin is 35 and it was our first cruise) were in Fort Lauderdale for the weekend. Our hotel was not far away from Port Everglades, Princess’s port of call. As we mentioned it, the concierge told us that a lot of ships were leaving on Sundays and it was well worth a glimpse. We took his words. It happened that we were thinking of sailing on the Grand and, surprise, there it was! I have never seen a ship this huge. My jaw dropped at its sight. Not only was it massive, but also elegant with the nightclub hanging over the water like a whale‘s tail. Other people were there to enjoy the show. And what a show! Once the anchor w...Read More
Explorer's Lounge, Grand Princess Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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The decks… Plaza Deck (5): The Plaza deck is the first thing you see when entering the ship. The atrium is three decks high and topped with a beautiful stained glass. A piano player is entertaining the guests at cocktail times and you can find many cozy chairs. There is also a lobby bar. You'll also find one of two Purser's desk. Just on the right of the purser's desk, you can find a nicely (although small) furbished library. I recommend going as early as possible if you don't have a clue of what to see on your trip, because the travel books are leaving fast. Just beside, you have Players, the card room that features also games like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit), for those afternoons at sea, in ...Read More

Days 2 and 3: At Sea

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The Caribbean Sea Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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The days at sea are REALLY relaxing. And there is so much to do, you hardly have the time to get bored. Everyday, the Princess Patter (the ship’s newsletter delivered in your room the day before) keeps you updated on: the events organized on the ship, the ship’s maneuvers, the staff, some technology information about how the ship works… First thing’s first: breakfast. You can either go in the main dining room or at the Horizon court for a buffet-style breakfast. Then, it’s off to the pool. You’re not supposed to hog a lounger (if a lounger is unattended for more than 30 minutes, the staff can free it but I’ve never seen anyone doing it). In the middle of the morning, it’s quite diffi...Read More
Magens Bay, St-Thomas, USVI Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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Finally, our first port of call. We arrive early at St-Thomas. The first thing I do (right after taking my shower), is going down on the Promenade deck and admire the view. It is beautiful indeed. There is a feeling of joy in men when they see land after some time at sea. I could feel it. Everything was very quiet, the harbour filled with boats like little patches of white on the blue sea. On the opposite side of the bay, a vision of white and red: Charlotte Amalie, the island’s capital. As soon as breakfast is eaten, we go ashore. The first stop is the tourist info but I already know where we should be going: Magens Bay, supposed to be one of the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean. Taxis are waiti...Read More

Day 5: St-Maarten/St-Martin

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St-Maarten/St-Martin Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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This tiny island is the smallest land mass to be shared by two nations: France and the Netherlands. Does it show? Yes. While St-Maarten offers lively casinos, pubs and is oriented towards mass tourism and fun, St-Martin wants to show itself like a tiny St-Tropez or a more democratic version of St-Barthélémy (the stars-studded island of the French West-Indies) with its upscale boutique and fine dining. When I wake up, we are just approaching the island. The scenery is not as dramatic. The island is drier than St-Thomas and a little more flat. Just by the sea lies Philipsburg, St-Maarten’s capital. But the sea has such a beautiful hue and I cannot wait. This time, Justin and I will rent a car. This will...Read More
Grand Princess at Princess Cays Photo, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean
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After a relaxing day at sea (stops two days in a row can surprisingly be tiring) and another formal night dinner (the gala dinner with the champagne glasses fountains which gave us the occasion to talk a little with Cpt. Romano who is Italian and in charge of this ship), we dropped anchor at Princess Cay, the company’s private island for a day of sun, fun and farniente. Princess Cay is a coralline little cay linked to Eleuthera, one of the Bahamas islands. Tender was required so, we will have a chance to use the lifeboat, which is part of the fun. It’s of course rockier than the Grand but, I love a good adrenaline rush and it seems like the pilot was hitting the waves a certain angle on purpose. The b...Read More
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Princess ask you clear your room by 9am but it leaves plenty of time to get ready to dismbark. The Leonardo dining room is open and so is the buffer so you can pig out one last time before going back home. Disembarkation is done with little color tags. And top decks go first. For us, mere passengers, it takes a little longer. But Princess provides you with coffee, tea and water. Funnily enough, it was pouring rain, like a revenche from the sky because we were leaving. If you want to beat the disembarkation blues, I recommend you spand a day at Fort Lauderdale or Miami before going home, that helps smoothing the transition to normal life *;o)*. After the cruise: The least you ...Read More