Stayed on-board this trip because we had been there several times before on other cruises. The full island tour that we remember flew us through the Dutch side and stopped several times on the French side to try to sell us goods. We found nothing of real interest to see. Salt flats are not stimulating!
We did not take an excursion this time. We have been here many times. The tours are informative, enjoyable and the people are generally friendly.
I enjoyed a lunch break several times at a little deli run by a wonderful Islamic woman who really treated customers very well! Her young son ran the cash register! I did enjoy the falafal sandwich very much and have had it on each visit to the island. The Black Coral shop near the Princess pier really had some great items on display. We had purchased several at their shop in Alaska while on a cruise there.
Lots of fun to tour and shop. The Pirate Museum is excellent and well worth the fee to enter it. The general island tour is very informative, fun and quite educational.
I was glad that I decided not to visit the aquarium at Atlantis because the rains hit very hard in the afternoon. The kids did enjoy the beach and swimming at each of the ports we visited. They also took no excursions