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Hitcher13's Port Reviews of Barbados, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten
Carnival Victory cruise in January 2013
Member Name: Hitcher13
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: San Juan
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: Hitcher13's Carnival Victory Review
Barbados
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Barbados was to be our beach day and we were going to walk to the Boatyard! Half way there, we met up with a very unhappy local who decided to tell us exactly what he thought of tourists. We gave him absolutely no reason for this and kept walking on - unfortunately this was our introduction to Barbados! Soon though we met up with a very nice man who we negotiated a ride around to see some of the island before being dropped off at Brandon's Beach! Beautiful water, little beachside restaurant, bathroom facilities and a rental place for chairs etc. It is very close to the port which was great and our driver came back for us to drive us back to the ship! We never made it to the boatyard ,and were happy we met up with this gentlemen because we left the island with a better opinion of Barbados because of him.

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St. Thomas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
St. Thomas is beautiful! We made one mistake - we took the tram ride up for the view, but for $21.oo a person, this was way over priced. We ended up walking for there to check out the shopping. We then met up with a firefighter who also does tours from his open-air red truck (look for the fire emblem)- think his name was Raymond. His tour is $25 a person, but because we had our tram wristbands on, he offered us the tour for $20 saying he was sorry we wasted money on the tram. We took up his offer and enjoyed about 1 1/2 hour tour with great views and stops - ending with a drop off at a beautiful beach. The water was amazing - we swam for 2 hours! He picked us up and brought us back to the ship - such a great day! You really do not have to pay the price the cruise ships are asking for tours - you can arrange them on your own and save a lot of money! We would love to go back to St. Thomas.
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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
What a beautiful island - again, arranged for a tour when we arrived in Port! The 4 of us joined another couple in a comfortable van for a tour up to the Pitons! Along the way, we made many stops for pictures, a little shopping, to see the waterfall & gardens! Our driver was very good and took his time since my sister can get motion sickness - he was very understanding! The roads are very winding - the island, lush, green, tropical - just beautiful! This tour - $25 a person - well worth it!

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St. Kitts
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
St. Kitts was the only place where we pre-booked a tour with Greg's Safaris! We had the tour to ourselves - 4 of us plus our very knowledgeable tour guide! We went to a plantation where he was able to tell us about all of the trees & plants, on to some small villages, and then in to the forest - which was amazing and peaceful! We were so excited to be surrounded by monkeys flying through the trees - we then went on to sugarcane fields and to some old sugarcane processing plants - we learned so much about the island. Our last stop was at a little church and then on to our ship. We would highly recommend Greg's Safaris - great day!

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We took the ferry over to the shopping & beach area! We walked along the streets which are mostly filled with jewellery shops - that is one thing we were disappointed with in many ports was the amount of jewellery - we just wish there was more of a variety of shops like in San Juan - where we could find anything we wanted. We spent the afternoon on the beach in view of our ship. Rented a couple chairs, umbrella, had a bucket of beer thrown in - and we were happy to relax the afternoon away! We would like to see more of St Maarten and will save that for another cruise!

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