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Old 03-13-2003, 07:12 PM
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We are sailing on the Golden the last week in March and I wondered if I could get some feedback from someone that has done an excursion that made their trip. My husband and I are not big on sightseeing and would probably be content to stay on the ship unless someone has a "once in a lift time opportunity." I've heard that the diamond shopping is awesome! Would love to hear about that as well. Thanks!
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We are sailing on the Golden the last week in March and I wondered if I could get some feedback from someone that has done an excursion that made their trip. My husband and I are not big on sightseeing and would probably be content to stay on the ship unless someone has a "once in a lift time opportunity." I've heard that the diamond shopping is awesome! Would love to hear about that as well. Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2003, 05:55 AM
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This is from 1994, but hope none of it has changed! Snorkeling in St. John - so fun, and so beautiful! Now, that was our first time to snorkel, so we weren't very adventurous...something about breathing under water was a "mind-thing" for me So quiet and peaceful, and the island of St. John very pretty; we were there only to snorkel in bay, didn't see rest of island. St. Maarten is one of our favorite places! We were there a day, rented a car, and armed with our maps, off we went! Stopped to eat local crab cakes, visited a little bar, spent a couple of hours on beaches, looked around...just very relaxing, slow paced day. Only pressure was to keep looking at the watch to make sure we allowed enough time to return car, and get back to ship! You will love both of those islands...please get off the ship, but have a plan when you do, in my opinion.
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Hi, we were in both these ports in Sept. We did not do any shore excursion, we like to do our own thing. We got off ship at both places and just walked around the town, did some shopping, and sat in one little restuarant right at the beach. If you like to shop then this is the places to do it. The liquer limits to bring back are unreal. I believe you can bring a total of 6 liters back, but I cannot remember how much from which island. Make sure you go to the pre-port talk that the cruise director will do before you get off the ship, usually it is the day before they dock. Just have FUN!! (also if you are a smoker, [my son is, he wasnt with us], but I bought him a carton of Marlbor lights for 7.95/carton in St. Marteen I believe, and you were able to bring 2 cartons back.

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Old 03-14-2003, 08:19 AM
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Thank you so much for your replay. We snorkled on our honeymoon and I thought it was entirely too wet! Local crab cakes on the beach sounds perfect. Can you recommend a car rental place and do you remember the price to rent. If we take the beach trip it is $50/person but includes lunch and the guarantee that the ship will wait. I also want to shop esp. for jewelry for a great price. Any advice is welcome.
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Old 03-27-2003, 12:55 PM
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Go to TRUNK BAY on St. John's. You will NOT be disappointed. Try Snorkeling. The beach is NOT crowded and one of the best in the world.
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Get off the ship and go to Caribbean Duck Tours. You want something that isn't the typical tour type, you said snorkeling was too wet? Check it out; Live caribbean music, the excursion is on a 49 passenger amphibious vehicle, also set to music...and again live entertainment...DRIVE directly into the water...awesome photo spots... SXM DUCKS
 
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