Barbados the island is very beautiful with wonderful beaches, however the inhabitants are very poor and are on you the second you get off the ship. We ended up walking to the Boat Yard (as did most other passengers) which is a beach pub with public beach frontage. Cover was $12 which included a free drink, beach chair, umbrella, and use of water toys/rope swing. Shopping was the typical duty free port-side fare.
I'll give a 4 only because I got sun-burnt on Barbados, so after crashing and napping most of the port day in St. Lucia away, I only got to see the port-side shopping area. The island itself looked beautiful and we'll go back for a longer stay.
I loved Antigua (for the beaches). It has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen with white sand and turquoise water. We went on the "Taste of Antigua" tour so we could see more of the island after missing out on St. Lucia. The tour itself was so-so. The first stop was someone's house in a slum area where the citizen made woven cotton trinkets from island sourced cotton. The second stop was to a citizen's house in a rural setting where medicinal herb gardening was demonstrated. The owner was funny and the herbs and fruits were pretty good. The third stop was to a government black pineapple farm where the local workers had no interest in the tourists whatsoever, so the tour guides had to explain what was going on. The last stop was to a beach spot where demonstrations of pottery and tastes of local cuisine was shared. Spending some time on the beach swimming was the best part of the tour.
This was our second time to St. Maarten. We spent the day shopping, eating, and drinking. St. Maarten has a wealthier, European feel and is always a pleasure to visit. Unlike last time, we avoided Orient Beach and were happier for it.
This was our second time to St. Thomas and like before we spent the day at Magen's Bay swimming and then stopping downtown to shop. The people are always friendly on St. Thomas and the feel is of a poorer American city. A lot of construction going on this time around too that made it a little difficult to get around, but we'll always like going back to St. Thomas.