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Atlgator's Port Reviews of San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas
Carnival Freedom cruise in December 2012
Member Name: Atlgator
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: Atlgator's Carnival Freedom Review
San Juan
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
San Juan was our first stop and we docked right at the pier. We walked to the Fort El Morro. You walk along a pretty walk along the water up to the Fort. It is a pretty good walk, so not for the couch potatoes. The Fort had a small fee to enter and was nice to walk around. There is a second Fort that you can also tour, that we decided to skip on this trip. There is a free shuttle run by the Park Service that will travels between the 2 Forts and the Port. We took this shuttle back to the Port and met the rest of our group for lunch at Senor Frogs. What a mistake!! Very over priced, service was awful, and food was so-so. $45.00 for lunch for 2 for simple lunch entrees and 2 beers. The beer cost as much as onboard the ship! This is all about name and nothing else. I much rather have authentic hispanic food than what they served! After lunch we walked across the street and took a ferry (.50 cent ride) to Catano. There are taxis available as when you get off the ferry to take you to the Bacardi Factory for $3.00/pp. The tour at the Bacardi Factory is free and you receive 2 drink tickets to sample different rum drinks. The tour was informative and the drinks were strong. They have a large gift shop with very good prices on bottles of bacardi and various merchandise.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Next stop was St. Maarten. We had scheduled group tour with Bernard's Tours at $35.00/pp. They took us in air conditioned buses around the entire island with various stops that included Orient Beach and Mayo Beach. Of course Mayo Beach is the famous beach see on You Tube of the airplanes landing right over the top of the beach. This was a great tour but the island was way too crowded due to the fact that there were 5 Cruise Ships in port on the same day.
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St. Thomas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Last Stop was St. Thomas. This was best port stop that we had on this trip. The island is beautiful and clean and very upscale. We got off the ship and took an open air taxi to Meghan Bay. There is a $4.00/pp fee to get into Meghan Bay because it is a State Park. The sand was clean and sugar white. The water was very clear. You could be chest deep in the water and still see the bottom. We rented a couple beach chairs and sat between the restaurant/bar and the bath house. The bath house was clean. The restaurant had good food at a very reasonable rate. The bar had good strong drinks at good prices. The bar tenders were Americans and joked with the bar crowd. We wish we could have stayed here several more days! We then took the taxi back to the port to catch the tram up to Paradise Point. We had read how beautiful the view was from this location. We had bought our tickets onboard the ship at a cost of $20.00/pp. What a WASTE of time and money! The view was nothing more than we had seen earlier on the taxi ride back to the port. If maybe the tram was $5.00/pp, it might have been ok, but $40.00 for two people is ridiculous. I discourage people from wasting their money on this excursion. I would gladly return to St. Thomas anytime!

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