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barbadosbeachbum's Port Reviews of St. Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau
Carnival Valor cruise in October 2012
Member Name: barbadosbeachbum
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: barbadosbeachbum's Carnival Valor Review
St. Thomas
Jet Boat Ride Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The best time ever! The guys running this were fun, made sure we left soaking wet and screaming (in a good way!). This was the best excursion ever. Our biggest complaint is that we wished it had been longer. We would have happily paid a little more for a longer ride.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We did the ATV adventure and had a really great time. The guides were super nice and unfortunately, I was the one slowing everyone down, but was told more than once that we weren't in a race. I found them really professional and of course, incredibly patient. The ride lasted a couple of hours and was well worth doing. They took us through so many trails and then to this incredible water reserve. We were offered bottled water and they took pictures of us. Really enjoyed it towards the end once I got the hang of it.
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Port Rating: Not Rated
We did the land and sea excursion which was really cool. We started out in a catamaran and went to many different surrounding islands where we were told some of the history behind some of them. The guys were really entertaining and funny. We stopped for the Captain's "happy half hour" for some rum punch. We then made our way to Pusser's landing where we had half an hour before we were met by our driver to take us on the land part of our excursion. There were tons of opportunities to stop and take pictures and he gave us the ins and outs of what we were seeing. Getting to the top of the island was not for the faint of heart and whenever we heard him honk his horn, we knew we were in for a sharp turn and a steep climb. Tons of fun just the same. The view from the top of the island was absolutely breathtaking and we were able to see both the Caribbean sea and Atlantic ocean and all the islands that are a part of the British Virgin Islands. We had a slight mishap when the bus broke down, but were picked up within about 10 minutes. Just gave us 10 more minutes to enjoy the incredible view!

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Ardastra Gardens Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Ardastra Gardens was a small zoo (exactly what we expected) and it was interesting to see the different kinds of animals. This part of the tour would definitely be great for a family with kids because of the flamingo parade. We also fed the lorikeets and that was just an amazing experience. I think they should lose the city tour (these two were a combined excursion) and just offer Ardastra Gardens. Maybe offer a bit of beach time in there instead.

City Tour Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
We found the city tour really dull. The guide seemed to have more to say about the things he personally loved the best and it felt like he was taking us through areas where he hangs out and was slowing down to wave to all his buddies.

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