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BenjiRodney's Port Reviews of San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten
Carnival Victory cruise in November 2012
Member Name: BenjiRodney
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: San Juan
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: BenjiRodney's Carnival Victory Review
San Juan
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Nice to walk around, especially at night when the vendors set up and music starts to play around the city. Police presence is everywhere so I never felt unsafe. Enchantment of the Seas was docked next to us again this year. We walked around until about 530 and decided to get back on and try dinner and they wait for the dreaded safety drill. ( I forgot to mention that a fried for work and her mother joined us on this cruise.)

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St. Thomas
Island Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
I wanted our friends to get a taste of St Thomas so we arranged for an Island Tour from Air Force One and Papa Bear. We did this last year and loved it and knew that they would too. It was just the 4 of us and 2 others who would be going to the beach later. Several nice photo stops and a trip to "Mountain Top" were included. We had the option of going back to the ship afterwards or being dropped downtown. We also saw several large Iguanas walking around.

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Cave Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was out least favorite port from last year and really had no plans other than to visit the shops in the Cruise Terminal. We did decided to book Harrison's Caves Tour through Carnival, glad we did, but we did not go downtown this year, last year was enough. Cave tour was amazing, lasts about 40 minutes and that is after a 10 minute movie on how the island was formed. Very informative. The drive back showed us some of the countryside.

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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Nice port, I was determined that I wanted to see the Pitons. So we booked the Catamaran Cruise to the Pitons. There were maybe 25 of us on here, plenty of room and space on the Catamaran. Coke/Sprite/Water and fruit were free and available, sandwiches and Rum Punch would come after swimming. Upon leaving the harbour it began to rain and pour, but so what I'm on vacation. We cruised into Marigot Bay where the original Dr Doolittle was filmed. It was nice to see from the water, last year we saw it from land on an Island tour and way up. It rained for about 1/2 hour before clearing up and they pulled the Catamaran into a beach area to allow us us time to swim. We were able to walk right off the ladder into the water, about chest depth and enjoy the sand and water, you could even see some of the fishes swimming around your feet and ankles. There were locals in kayaks trying to sell you shells and other crafts they had made. After the swim it was time for cheese or tuna fish sandwiches and rum punch, beer was available for $3. I forgot sunscreen and got a little burned. We set sail for the Pitons, all I can say is WOW, they are amazing to see from the water. All in all this excursion took about 4 hours, leaving you plenty of time to do some shopping.

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St. Kitts
National Park Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We booked St Kitts Highlights with Brimstone Hill Fortress. Romney Mannor and Island Highlights were on this tour. We did this one again for the views from Brimstone and for Romeny Mannor. The van they put us in had little air conditioning. It got hot.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Nothing planned for St Maarten. We slept in before purchaing the water taxi wrist bands that take you from the pier to downtown. We walked around and ate before heading back to the ship for the final night of the cruise.

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