C. H. Park jr.
Age: 36 to 45
Number of Cruises: First Cruise
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Dawn Princess
Sailing Date: n/a
Itinerary: S. Caribbean
This past February, my wife and I, along with two other couples, took a cruise on the Princess Cruise Line ship the Dawn Princess. Having never been on a cruise before, we scheduled some Shore Excursions through Princess. In time, we found that we could organize our own tours at less than half the cost of those scheduled excursions.
The day we landed at St. George's Harbor in Grenada, all six of us had some type of Princess tour scheduled for the afternoon, but nothing scheduled for the morning. We hired a Taxi Van for the morning and toured all of the usual tourist spots, as well as some little spice stands up in the hills away from the more populated area. We bought spices at the spice stands for less than a quarter of the price the same spices sold for in downtown St. George. At the time, I didn't think to get a phone number for our Taxi Tour Guide, but we later found that he was fairly well known throughout all of Grenada. His name is John Wayne. That's right, just like the famous American actor from the western movies. If you go to St. George, Grenada, just ask for John Wayne at the taxi stand.
The following day, we landed at Roseau, Dominica. We didn't have any Princess tours scheduled, so we hired a taxi van for the whole day. In the morning, we visited all of the usual tourist spots. Our Taxi Tour Guide, Nicholson Ryley Rolle (Ryley), did double duty as a Field Tour Guide as well, leading us on an expedition through the rain forest and up a nearly vertical field of boulders to Trafalgar Falls. We spent the rest of the day traveling to more of the natural marvels of this beautiful island, as well as stopping at some of Ryley's personal favorite spots. Out of all of the tours we took during that entire week, the time we spent with Ryley was the most enjoyable. If you plan a trip to Dominica, you can contact Ryley through Linton's Taxi Service at 767-448-2558, or call him at home in the evening at 767-448-5516. Ryley’s e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our ship's Cruise Director warned us that there are some unscrupulous free-lance taxi drivers on these islands that will demand payment up front, and then not deliver. Make sure that whoever you hire for a taxi tour is a member of that islands Tourism Board. Both John Wayne and Ryley are members of their islands Tourism Boards. Both of these gentlemen went way above and beyond the call of duty for us, and we showed our appreciation by tipping them generously.