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ilovelenox's Port Reviews of CocoCay, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
Celebrity Silhouette cruise in December 2012
Member Name: ilovelenox
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: ilovelenox's Celebrity Silhouette Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The water park and giant slide aren't worth the money. The beaches are lovely and swimmable, though, and the ship provided a nice barbeque lunch.

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St. Thomas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Shopping, shopping and more shopping. We arranged our own tour, which was fine, but you can probably get one thru Shore Excusions. The beaches looked nice.
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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We spent the morning at the beach, having seen all the same shops in Charlotte Amalie, and did a Shore Excursions bus tour in the afternoon. It was a good value. The driver took us shopping in Marigot and we found some good bargains at a place he recommended. He was quite personable and told us a lot about the island.

Dawn Beach is where we swam -- we went to the cab stand off the pier and asked a driver what beach he recommended. Since we had a child, I think, he recommended a beach on the Dutch side where people are less likely to engage in "clothing optional" sunbathing (common on the French side, but illegal on the Dutch side). (We actually had prepared our daughter for the possibility not all swimmers would be fully suited up, and we're not prudish, but we appreciate his thoughtfulness nonetheless.) Dawn Beach is hard to reach in a bus because the streets are so narrow, so a lot of ship people don't go there. It's lovely and quiet, though there was food available and chairs and umbrellas were for rent at a reasonable rate.

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