Eastern Caribbean Journals

Eastern Caribbean. Mariner Of The Seas

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A February 2006 trip to Eastern Caribbean by hagnel2

 Another View from Patio Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands More Photos
Quote: A quick getaway on this mega ship was just what the doctor ordered. Three days at sea, and non-stop activity made for a memorable family vacation. My grandson loved the Basketball, Rock climbing and Ping Pong tournaments. We visited St Maarten, Coco cay and St Thomas.

Econo Lodge Orlando

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Econo Lodge Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Let me start by saying if I had the choice between this hotel and "Bates Motel" I would choose "Bates" anytime never mind that I would even share with his Mother!My daughter booked through Travelocity by for one night pre-cruise. T he fact the hotel offered free shuttle, continental breakfast, proximity to airport and priced at $79 sounded fine. - We were wrong. Seventy-nine dollars was seventy-eight dollars too much. Despite telling us the shuttle would be fifteen minutes it took an hour. By the time we arrived at the lodge it was close to midnight and unseasonably cold but instead of warming up in a welcoming lobby we were forced to wait outside while a teenage desk clerk checked in a gue...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 20, 2006

Econo Lodge Orlando
3835 MCCOY RD BLDG B
Orlando, Florida 32819
407-581-1394

Coki Beach

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 Another View from Patio Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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St Thomas is one of the three main US Virgin Islands. They were discovered by Columbus in 1493 and named for the religious legend of the 11,000 virgin followers of St Ursula. The US bought the islands from Denmark in 1917 paying 25 million dollars and judging by the gold and precious gems in its myriad of shops, somebody's investment paid off.Today this former pirate sanctuary is a haven for duty free shopping, beautiful beaches and historic attractions. We docked around 9am at Havensight dock approximately one and a half miles from downtown St Thomas and decided to go to Coki beach because it is the only beach on the island that offers all water sports as well as snorkeling.Taxi cost was $9 pp one-w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Impressions Of Charlotte

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Steep Streets Of Charlotte Amalie Photo,
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The chief port and capital Charlotte Amalie has been a haven for seafarers from all over the globe since 1600. The harbour is beautiful and especially so at night as lights twinkle across the island. It was reportedly the homeport of pirates, Captain Kidd and Blackbeard being the most notable, from this lair Sir Francis Drake launched his attacks on Spanish Galleons on their way to Spain. Today Thousands of cruise ship guests and other visitors descend on this island daily and the old warehouses that once stored the pirate’s booty contain many of the town’s boutiques and shopping arcades. The best way to explore the town is on foot, we had spent five hours at Coki beach and on our way back ...Read More

A Quick Tour of Two Countries.

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 Heavenly View over Marigot Bay Photo,
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Columbus is said to have discovered the island on Saint Martin’s day in 1493 and claimed it for Spain. No Spanish settlers were sent but French and Dutch settlers arrived in early 1630. The Northern part of the island was settled by the French and the southern section the Dutch, however you can travel between the two without restriction. There are a wide variety of ships tours offered at this port, prices range from $450 for Harley in Paradise {6hrs} to St Maarten Island tour at $23.{3hrs} We have visited many times always by ship and have never taken a ships tour. Beaches and shopping are easily accessible. Because our daughter had not visited this island before we opted to ...Read More

Fantasy Island. CocoCay Beach Day

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Playground Of Pirates Photo,
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Royal Caribbean’s private island was a highlight of this cruise, white sand beaches amidst a Windex blue ocean. The island is approximately 1 mile long and half a mile wide, and was surprisingly relaxing. I say that because by noon over a thousand passengers took up loungers, flocked to the water and land sports and yet we didn’t feel hemmed in at all.  Formerly known as Little Stirrup Cay and located within the Berry Island chain on the eastern edge of the Grand Bahamas Banks the island lives up to the brochure hype of a beach getaway. The splendid beaches form a golden arc and while the ersatz castaway island lacks soul {as opposed to islands inhabited by locals} it is certainly a pl...Read More