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We4lv2trvl's Port Reviews of Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Barts
Riviera cruise in January 2013
Member Name: We4lv2trvl
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: We4lv2trvl's Riviera Review
Tortola
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
I dove the Rhone wreck. My wife enjoyed a tour of the island. There's a nice spice store within walking distance of the port.

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Antigua
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Last time we were in Antigua we did a Segway tour which we really enjoyed. Unfortunately, the only Segway tour available was a duplicate of what we had already done and we couldn't arrange to do something different. We just walked around town, which was pretty quiet on Sunday. We visited St. John's cathedral on the hill. We found it closed for renovation and we were very disappointed to see it in such disrepair.
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Barbados
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We were planning a private tour with Glory Tours, but were advised the day before we arrived that they could not accommodate us. So we rented a car with friends we met at the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet and braved driving the island on the left side of the road. We saw the Earth Works pottery factory and batik studio, Welchman Hall outlook, Harrison Cave, Morgan Lewis Mill, and St. Nicholas Abbey. It was a great day.

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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took the Land and Sea to Soufriere shore excursion. It was a bus tour to the area near the Pitons and a catamaran ride back to the ship. The bus segment was a standard shore excursion tour with a stop at a fishing village (with lots of shopping stalls) and a botanical garden before we arrived at the Morne Coubaril Estate for lunch. We were supposed to go to the sulfur springs, but that part of the tour was cancelled because of road construction. I was really looking forward to the catamaran part, but it was disappointing. There was not much shade on the catamaran and the drink offerings were minimal. We stopped to swim in a cove that was crowded with other tourist boats and lots of locals trying to sell trinkets. TIP: Take your own snorkeling equipment if you want to snorkel during that stop. Since we were just motoring and never put the sails up, it was not as relaxing as I had hoped it would be.

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St. Barts
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our only tender port. We walked into town and visited Shell Beach. The town has a definite European feel, but everything is very expensive. Looking at the megayachts in port was fun. TIP: There are brand name rental car options at the tender dock and I will rent a car next time we go.

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