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bribrilynn's Port Reviews of Half Moon Cay, San Juan, Grand Turk
Carnival Liberty cruise in November 2012
Member Name: bribrilynn
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: bribrilynn's Carnival Liberty Review
Half Moon Cay
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
An absolutely gorgeous beach! Clean, turquoise, and white sand! Perfect place for a day lounging at the beach. It is a Carnival-owned port, so don't expect much in the way of local flavor, culture, or art. Perfect port to skip the excursions and just relax.

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San Juan
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Loved Old San Juan. The ship lets you off in walking distance to all of the shopping, restaurants, and historic sites of this district. The area is charming and feels so much like a little European village. We had dinner the first night at the Old Harbor Brewery, which I would highly recommend; only micro brewery on the island. Good food and drinks. Other highlights were Cafe el Punto, a restaurant recommendation from a local woman. Very unassuming dive, locals galore. Also, the Poet's Passage was a super cute place to get drinks, listen to live poetry, and pick up some interesting art and souvenirs.

We did the Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour and wouldn't recommend it. You basically pay to get two tiny rum drinks and a tour of a museum. At no point are you touring an actual distillery. Definitely take a pass on this one.

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Grand Turk
Kayaking Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The ship lets you off at a beautiful beach lined with palm trees. We snapped a few pics and headed off to our eco hike and kayak tour. The open air truck ride there was about 30-minutes through the inland areas. Very interesting to see the "real" side of Grand Turk and how the locals lived. Once we arrived at the mangrove, we met our guide, Andre, who was very nice and entertaining. The actual kayaking was pretty fun, but anti-climatic. We pulled ashore to see some birds, visited an abandoned ship, and then took a very short walk uphill to get a good view of the beach. Andre had pulled up some ocean-life to show us that we got to hold and try some conch. The glass-bottom on the kayaks was pretty pointless.

Once back at the main area of port, we visited the disappointing shopping area. It was like pulling teeth to find a remotely interesting souvenir. Grand Turk needs to get some little booths with local art to sell...not a bunch of overpriced trinkets made in China.

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