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Old 09-26-2008, 05:34 PM
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What is there to do in these ports and are they good ports?
San Juan
Catalina Island
St Thomas
Grand Turk
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:00 AM
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It depends on what you like to do, but here are my suggestions:
San Juan-Bacardi Factory, Old San Juan.
Catalina Island-Catamaran sail/snorkel.
St. Thomas-take a ferry to St. Johns and a cab to Trunk Bay. Trunk Bay is absolutely awesome. All the ammenities you will need, self-guided snorkel trail about 50 yards off shore, and the most beautiful beaches and water you'll ever see. If you'd rather stay on St. Thomas-Magen's Bay, Coki Beach, or Sapphire Beach are nice. Magen's and Coki have all the ammenities, Sapphire is more for snorkeling (if the wind isn't blowing too strong). Sapphire does have ammenities, but not as much as the other 2 beaches. There's also the tram, Blackbeard's Castle, and shopping.
Grand Turk-they're due to re-open shortly. We did some great snorkels there. I'm sure there was a lot of damage to the reefs from the hurricane, but the water and sea life is great. There's a nice beach area right by the pier and some shops there too. (At least there were before the hurricane). You've got a great itinerary and a great ship. Best wishes!
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Old 09-29-2008, 05:06 PM
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It's me again and like Penny says in San Juan the rum factory and old San Juan are great. We didn't have alot of time on the Costa cruise there and since we'd been there at least 4 times before we just walked around until it got dark then hit the casino right across from the dock. I came out of there a winner. On Catalina Is. just enjoy the beach day there. Costa serves a great lunch and you can buy drinks with you Costa card. We had a great time there. Just soaked up the rays! Can't help you with Grand Turk didn't go there. Now for St. Thomas...My favorite place. We always just get off the ship, hire a taxi driver to take us to the top of the mountain for one of the best banana daquiris you'll ever have. You can see Megan's Bay from there along with some of the most beautiful scenery. In the past we did the Megan's Bay, and Bluebeard Castle with a taxi driver so now we hit the shops. I buy all my jewelry in St. Thomas. I found a little shop in town about 20 yrs ago and always go in and drop some $$$. I've never gotten ripped off on anything I've purchased from them. Of course I have to pick up some souviners for the grandkids and daughter before going back to the ship. There are several shops right at the pier if you want to shop there. The Tram is not far from the pier either but we have never done that. You will also have the option of a tour to St. John's Island. We did that a few years ago and it was nice. The 3 beaches that Penny mentioned are all great if you just want to relax and swim. You do have a good itinerary and if you need any other info let me know.

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Old 09-29-2008, 05:28 PM
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It's me again and like Penny says in San Juan the rum factory and old San Juan are great. We didn't have alot of time on the Costa cruise there and since we'd been there at least 4 times before we just walked around until it got dark then hit the casino right across from the dock. I came out of there a winner. On Catalina Is. just enjoy the beach day there. Costa serves a great lunch and you can buy drinks with you Costa card. We had a great time there. Just soaked up the rays! Can't help you with Grand Turk didn't go there. Now for St. Thomas...My favorite place. We always just get off the ship, hire a taxi driver to take us to the top of the mountain for one of the best banana daquiris you'll ever have. You can see Megan's Bay from there along with some of the most beautiful scenery. In the past we did the Megan's Bay, and Bluebeard Castle with a taxi driver so now we hit the shops. I buy all my jewelry in St. Thomas. I found a little shop in town about 20 yrs ago and always go in and drop some $$$. I've never gotten ripped off on anything I've purchased from them. Of course I have to pick up some souviners for the grandkids and daughter before going back to the ship. There are several shops right at the pier if you want to shop there. The Tram is not far from the pier either but we have never done that. You will also have the option of a tour to St. John's Island. We did that a few years ago and it was nice. The 3 beaches that Penny mentioned are all great if you just want to relax and swim. You do have a good itinerary and if you need any other info let me know.

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Old 09-29-2008, 05:35 PM
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Travel Gal,
It's our first time to all these ports, so thanks for the info.
How many cruises have you been on and what's your favorite?
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:21 AM
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007, I been on 20 cruises and as for a favorite...all of them. To me there is nothing better than being on a cruise. I like cruises that sail a Southern Caribbean route and those usually sail from San Juan. We like to stop in St. Thomas and if we can get one that goes to Aruba we are even happier. I just love cruises.
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Travel Gal,
Wow 20 cruises!!! I have only been on 3, but plan on cruising more. I aggree with you--there's nothing like being on a cruise. Do you plan to cruise on Oasis of the Sea? That is one big ship and with so much to do on it. I want to cruise on Oasis, but we will have to wait til 2010 because the price is a little high right now. Hope fully the price will come down the second year.
Good hearing from you, Agent 007
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