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mikesms's Port Reviews of Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Barts
Riviera cruise in February 2013
Member Name: mikesms
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: mikesms's Riviera Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
In Tortola, we took the ferry from the adjacent terminal to Virgin Gorda and spent the day at The Baths -- which are very impressive if you haven't experienced them before. The "Top of the Bath's" restaurant overlooks the bay and surrounding islands and has a free wifi connection if you want to reconnect while away. It was uncrowded and a very relaxing day. The ferry terminal is within walking distance of the dock, and the ferry ride cost about $25 US --- 'Speedy' provides a taxi service to the Baths park as part of the ferry price.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
In Antigua, we booked an excursion with WCT Tours -- a 4-hr hour snorkel and sightseeing trip on our own 2-man, 12-ft motorboat. It was the highlight of the trip and one of the most breathtaking things (from a scenic as well as exhilaration standpoint) that we've ever done. You can reach the owner (Shari Potts) at and the tour costs $65 US per person.
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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We rented a car in Barbados -- which I would probably not do again. Driving on the left with the steering wheel on the right is a challenge, the many 'roundabouts' on the island are more of a challenge, and the virtually unmarked roads top it off. We did use a 'Garmin GPS-compatible' map that can be downloaded for free (BajanNav) that was very helpful -- but our car did not have a functioning cigarette lighter and when the GPS battery died, we had to head back to port. We rented the car from Stoutes ( - which had an office right at the port terminal. A full day car rental was $99 US

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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
In St Lucia we booked a tour with Spencer Ambrose and spent that day at the Sugar Beach Resort (on Jalousie Beach) -- literally between the two 2000 ft tall pitons. It was spectacular. St Lucia is a very hilly island and travel by car can be brutal. What would have taken nearly 2 hours by car, Spencer got us there by boat in 20 mins -- we avoided the crowds and had roughly 5 -6 hours to enjoy the amazing scenery -- with lunch and refreshments provided. I would highly recommend Spencer's 'Jalousie Beach Break' tour to anyone. The tour cost $85 US per person.

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St. Barts
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
St Barts was the only island we dropped anchor and tendered in. The port was busy, crowded and chaotic, but taxis were abundant and it was easy to get to a beach -- albeit expensive. St Barts is a very expensive island but we found St Jean's beach (Tom's Beach Resort) to be accommodating and the beach side restaurant was relatively affordable. A note of warning -- the beach is 'clothing optional' and as is the case at most of those beaches: "...some do that probably shouldn't......" Cab fare to the beach from the pier was about $30 US - but you could easily walk it in about 30 mins. Beach chair rental for the day was $20 US each.

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