Go Back  Fodor's Forum > Travel Topics > Cruises
Reload this Page > cruise stops Caribbean islands-activities
Notices

cruise stops Caribbean islands-activities

Reply

Sep 22nd, 2010, 04:23 PM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 165
cruise stops Caribbean islands-activities

DH and I will be departing Oct 3 for two week cruise from San Juan. Any particular ideas on visits/ Islands on itinerary are Willemstad, Curacao, Aruba, Charlotte Amalie-St. Thomas; Bridgetown, Barbados;St. Lucia-Pitons?;Antigua; St Crois, USVI. We're doing a cooking school on Dominica; island tour-St Maarten.
Any Ideas appreciated.
fosterag is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 22nd, 2010, 04:43 PM
  #2
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 8,175
What kinds of things do you like to do? Some people love beach days, others want to hike, others to shop, others to learn about history, etc, etc.
abram is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 22nd, 2010, 04:44 PM
  #3
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 351
We did not particularly like Aruba, but it was fun to rent a little four wheel drive and drive on the roadless side of the island. On Barbados, we took a tour with cab and the walked around Bridgetown. Thought Barbados was very nice. On another trip we went to a rum factory and spent time on the beach. On Antigua we went to Nelson's Dock Yard. Very nice for those interested in History. Also bought some of the nicest rum I have had - Antigua Cavalier Rum. Most islands may only need a walk around.
Aristotle is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 22nd, 2010, 05:05 PM
  #4
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 165
What about St.Lucia? Want to see Pitons but not a beachy person plus cannot go to volcano as highly allergic to sulphur.
fosterag is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 23rd, 2010, 04:48 AM
  #5
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 8,175
In Aruba we took a snorkeling trip that included a stop at a coral reef, a stop at a shipwreck, and a narrated tour of the harbor.

In St. Thomas, we've done a self-guided historical walking tour, spent 1/2 day at Coral World, taken the ferry to St. John for an island tour by jitney. Many people like to shop in St. Thomas, especially for jewelry and linens.

In Barbados, we went to a botanical garden with multiple walking paths and to a histocial site, the name of which I can't remember.

We often do research to figure out what we want to see and then negotiate with a cab driver when we get off the ship to take us to those places.
abram is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 23rd, 2010, 05:13 AM
  #6
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 251
In St. Thomas our group of 6 did a private yacht sail. It was excellent! There was another group of 4 onboard as well so only 10 people! www.stjohndaysail.com.

Aruba we did the ship wreck snorkel trip through the cruise ship. The catamaran was very crowded and also several other ship excursions at the same place, same time. Much too crowded. ..would not do it again.
katybird is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 24th, 2010, 03:54 PM
  #7
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 866
the day-sail on st.johns looks great, but $250 plus tips is high for us. does anyone know of any 1/2 day-sails (less expensive) on ANY of the islands on this cruise? also, on these islands, can anyone tell us any hotels that we can stay at (for a fee) for most of a day?
bodhijack is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 26th, 2010, 06:06 AM
  #8
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 9,090
First of all I love this route. The so. Caribbean is wonderful in opinion. I can recommend excellent private tour operators on Antigua and St. Lucia. We used these guys and were very impressed. I am friends on facebood with Gordon in Antigua as is my son and was so impressed with spencer in St. Lucia that I made a draft in eastern Carib. dollars upon our return and sent him some xtra money. These guys will take care of you. You can prearrange and tailor a tour to your liking, they will pick you up on the dock and escort you in a nice van with a cooler full of local fruit, pop, H2O and beer and will be much less $$ than what the ship will charge.
http://www.spencerambrose.com/
http://www.tourguidegordon.com/
jacketwatch is offline  
Reply With Quote
Sep 28th, 2010, 07:14 PM
  #9
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 59
Some of the cruise ships depart San Juan late at night, so if you have a chance before the cruise to explore Old San Juan, I'd highly encourage it. There is a free trolley you can hop on, and many historical and cultural sights, restaurants, and shops all within walking distance from the port. Try to get to either of the 2 forts: El Morro or San Cristobal. And you can even get free samples of rum across from the port at Casa Don Q.
For St Thomas, we read through all the private tours offered and decided against them because we were not really interested in hours of shopping. This was one time when one of the ship's tours offered a much better itinerary for a really good price. We enjoyed the sightseeing, 2 hours at Magen's Bay (amazingly beautiful beach), and then on to Blackbeard's Castle. We loved the history, antiques, and gardens at restored colonial manor houses, and then we people watched and strolled along Main Street before catching the ferry to take us back to the ship. It was a very full day and ended up being one of the best of the cruise, so do look carefully at your tour options.
succeed is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 27th, 2013, 04:44 AM
  #10
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1
The island of St. Lucia is quite a remarkable place, and quite different from the other islands my husband and I have been to. Compared to one of our all time Favorite's Barbados it really is all encompassing and has an amazing assortment of excursions which can be appreciated when touring with local guides. On our last visit we used Real St. Lucia Tours http://realstluciatours.com/ who was referred to us by the travel agent we've been using for 6 years. We certainly were not disappointed in the number of things we were able to do in a few hours. My husband loves the beach and he had the opportunity to snorkel at the Jalousie "Now Sugar Beach" site. The volcano is also a treat as you get to cover yourself with the black mud, they say it's therapeutic , personally I think it's fun.

If you are having second thoughts about exploring this island don't, you will be glad you did.

Hope this helps..

Mary
marykula is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 27th, 2013, 05:06 AM
  #11
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 8,175
marykula, the OP's trip was 2 1/2 years ago.
abram is offline  
Reply With Quote
Feb 27th, 2013, 10:44 PM
  #12
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 784
St. Thomas -- Magen's Bay if you haven't been there, or snorkeling/beach day at Trunk Bay on St. John's.
St. Croix -- Buck Island snorkeling.
andrews98682 is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:37 PM.