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stagetek23's Port Reviews of San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas
Norwegian Gem cruise in February 2013
Member Name: stagetek23
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: stagetek23's Norwegian Gem Review
San Juan
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Bacardi factory -puerto Rico closes at 430pm

From pier 2 you can take a water taxi/ferry (commuter) to the other side of the bay. This will cost $1 pp round trip per pay for the round trip. Then turn right walk about a block to a garage/bus station where shuttles are waiting to take you to Bacardi this will cost $3pp each way ( no pre pay). This is the most economical way to do it. Then when you arrive go right the the desk and get your tour color. You might have to wait for your tour. You get two drink tickets. Try the ones you have never had...also the staff always appreciate a tip $1 or so. The gift shop was the best place to buy the high end price I saw. The tour is about 45 minutes. There are mojitos available for purchase and also available in a souvenir glass for $10. The. After you are done to back to the shuttle station...find others to go back with you...the more the better...cheaper...less people more per person to get back to the ferry.

Punto de vista - Puerto Rico

This place was suggested by a friend of a friend. Small dive bar/restaurant right across from pier 4. It was out of this world. If you are in Puerto Rico and want to try some local food, this is the place. The prices were reasonable and two for one mojitos that evening. We would go out of our way to go back to this place if we were to return to Puerto Rico.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We did the America's Cup Racing through the ship. Wow so much fun!! My husband grew up sailing and I am very new to it. We both had a blast! All of us were given jobs based on how much we wanted to work. It was just over 2 hours and they would either bring you back to the ship or drop you in town. Well worth it.

Then it was on to these two places

Toloula Mangos- St. Maarten

This place was suggested by a friend who lives on the island. The prices are a bit high because it is right on the boardwalk. The food was good. We had big ribs and conch fritters. The drinks were made well and the view cannot be beat.

Green house St Maarten

We stopped in here as a recommendation from a friend who,lives on the island just for a drink. This is a place for a nice strong drink! Everyone was friendly.

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St. Thomas
St. John Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
What a great time! We were with one other couple on our tour. $25 each. W got a wonderful tour off the entire island. Seek out Joe he was wonderful and not pushy. We were so glad wee took this last minute tour. He is located right outside little Switzerland in downtown. He is a tall guy and had a red shirt on the day we saw him. Thumbs up!!

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