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attyCarol's Port Reviews of San Juan, St. Thomas, Dominica, St. Maarten
Norwegian Gem cruise in January 2013
Member Name: attyCarol
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: attyCarol's Norwegian Gem Review
San Juan
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Not a lot of time spent here, just enough for shopping. The food offered in the vicinity bars costs ridiculously expensive. It is good to know there are taxi services outside that offer private trips, but it would be better if there was a dispatcher that controls the crowd of drivers.

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St. Thomas
Parasailing Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

The captain was experienced but certainly not the US Coast Guard claimed by the website. I also think the price is too high for a 4-5 minutes rise above the sea. I also noted that it was operated by the same Caribbean Water Sports company which had a fatal fall, accident in 2011, but they are still not providing other safety measures such as the use of helmet. It seems that they are relying only on their legal disclaimers and unenforceable waivers, which they ask clients to sign. The experience itself was good, just the concern of taking unnecessary risk by not having enough safety equipments. The asst. captain also offered photo opportunity which we didn't mind, it was just that the sd card used was not properly formatted, and requires more tech knowledge on the part of users.

Snorkeling Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

This was part of the cat sail and snorkeling activity.

Turtle Swim Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

My teens were amazed with the experience of snorkeling and swimming with the turtles. I just think it is a bit pricey for the price we paid. Also, my daughter had to bring her own snorkel instead of using the same mouth piece used by everybody else, unfortunately, she left it and nobody from their crew returned it, unlike at St. Maarten, where the scuba instructor gave me back the snorkel left by one of the girls.

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ATV Safari Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Terry really knew his stuff. The best excursion ever, in a place that doesn't offer much, at Samana DR. The rest of my comments are already described in the above review.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Love. Love this place, its rich historical background, the people and the differences of the island divided between the French and the Dutch. More reviews described above.

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