Absolutely Fabulous Cruise
Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We have travelled on Seabourn before in the Caribbean but this cruise lived up to our expectations and more. The service was impeccable all the staff were helpful friendly and always with a smile. We always had our meals on the
" Veranda restaurant" the staff always had our table saved for us in our favorite spot. The Wine waiter always had a supply of the only wine I drank and made sure the was plenty for the 2 weeks. The meals were interesting,very tasty and beautifully presented.
We loved the swimming pool as it was private and most of the time we had it to ourselves.
The nice thing about Seabourn is the alcohol is all inclusive so you can drink what and when you liked and the barman made your drinks either strong or weak depending on your preference.
The suite cabin service was excellent and very generous with the food. The suites were very comfortable maybe not as plush as the 3 bigger ships in the fleet but very pleasant.
The atmosphere on More
the ship was very friendly and relaxed. The entertainment at night was good a couple of floor shows and plenty of dancing for those who wanted to.
The reason we travel with Seabourn is because the service is good, staff friendly, very relaxing, great dining,and you go to interesting islands nearly everyday which I enjoy as I like island hopping. The islands we went to were: Porto Rico, St Johns, St Croix, Antigua, St Marrten, St Kitts, St Barts, St Thomas, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke
You can be as formal or smart casual in dress as you wish.
I give them 11/10 for the experience we had with them.
Would travel with them again. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
San Juan has two amazing forts which are National Historic Sites. We used the local Trollys(buses) to get around San Juan and inexpensive. The buildings are very colourful and old. They speak Spanish and English. Do not wear expensive jewelery when you go ashore as they are very poor.
This port is very French lots of lovely shops and restaurants. This is the play ground of the Rich and Famous so you need very deep pockets. A very pretty clean town. Unfortunately we arrived in the afternoon and everywhere was closed for a long lunch very French.
If you are interested in the history of the Caribbean Frederiksted is fascinating but there are no tourist shops or restaurants you have to go to Christiansted which is more colourful with restaurants and shops. The Cruzan Rum distillery is a bit of a disappoint rather like going around a chemical plant.
This is one of my favourite Islands in the Caribean. The beaches are beautiful lovely clear warm water to swim in. The shops are intersting with a lot of locally made goods from clothes, jewelry, paintings and pirate treasure. Do hire a jeep to get around the island you will not get lost as it is well sign posted so you have the freedom to explore the island and beaches it cost us $83.00 US$. Take your picnic from the ship and just explore.
We have been to St Kitts before and took the Sugar Train which is great.
This time we took a local taxi around the Island which was average. Unfortunately There were two large cruise ships in the same time as us and it rather swamped the little town. The new shopping complex near the terminals
sells Jewelry or goods made in China or India which you can buy anywhere in the world, cheap T shirts and "Tad" nothing unique.
We arrived on the French side of the island and on a Sunday so all the shops were closed but the market near the waterfront was fun with an amazing stalls and a stall selling all sorts of spices.
We took the local bus to the Dutch side of the island, Shops,Restaurants, were open and the place was alive. Never go to a French port on a Sunday as it is closed.
This is a great port full of shops and restaurants and historic places to explore something for everyone. "Gladys restaurant" is an experience in it self food is great, Rum punch is to die for and the ambiance is out of this world go with a few friends and have a great time. The shops are pretty good if you buy jewelry such as rings make sure you buy one that fits as you will not be able to have them sized when you get home as they are mass produced and the gold part of the ring can be hollow as I found out.
If you like history or the stories of pirates then a trip to Blackbeard's Castle is a must. They have amazing statues of the pirates of the caribbean.
You can swim in one of 3 pools and they have a restaurant and bar as well as other interesting things. The view of St Thomas is wonderful.
This is were the Baths are a must do tour as you end up at the most fablous beaches after a walk down a hill.