Nassau – not my favorite stop. You get there very early and have to be back on board by like 1pm. This is our 2nd or 3rd time in Nassau and usually we end up just walking around downtown and then making our way back to the ship usually with nothing in hand.
St. Maarten – this is our favorite Caribbean stop. After a short water taxi ride we were on the beach with 2 chairs and an umbrella. Heaven. Also we have found that St. Maarten is the best place anywhere to buy jewelry. We always by from Dazzling Gems on Front Street. Ask for Gary there. We have bought 4 pieces of jewelry there now and have always been extremely satisfied. All 4 pieces we have brought back home and had them appraised and all pieces appraised for more than twice what we paid for them. Don’t listen to the pitch on the ship of the places they want you to buy jewelry. Those places have to give RC a 20% cut of all sales and are overpriced. Dazzling Gems will definitely do you right.
St. Thomas – we broke from tradition and did a RC excursion. We did a ½ day champagne catamaran snorkel expedition. They take you to St. John to dock off a beach there to snorkel and it’s a great place with lots to see. One note though: although it is billed as a half day snorkel trip you only get to snorkel for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The trip involves a 40 minute open air bus ride and a 45 minute boat ride each way. The guys who drove the boat were a ton of fun but just be aware of the short snorkel time.