First, thanks to everyone who helped clarify my concern about the locals onboard the AOS, San Juancruise. It really helped me put things in perspective.
Secondly, I don't want to spend money on excursions at every port, but need some advice on which ones are best to explore on my own and which ones in which excursions are best. Aruba, Curcao, Dominica, St Thomas? I have young kids and we like beaches and shopping. How reliable are the taxis and/or buses? Thanks everyone..........