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Dan2k11's Port Reviews of St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Martin
Carnival Valor cruise in March 2013
Member Name: Dan2k11
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: San Juan
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: Dan2k11's Carnival Valor Review
St. Thomas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We visited this port before on a previous cruise and had visited Magen's Bay. Because my daughter's name is Megan, we had to take her to this beach. We caught a cab from the pier and spent the day playing in the gentle surf and catching some much needed sun. Magen's Bay is unbelievably beautiful, though it can be a bit crowded. It wasn't too bad on this day as there was only two ships in port. We were there in 2011 and the beach was much busier. After about four hours, we were all pretty tired so we packed up & caught a cab back to the ship. We wandered around the port area for a bit and did some shopping. I had wanted to buy a watch and picked one up from Little Switzerland. If you're looking for watches or jewelry, St. Thomas is a fantastic place to visit. We returned back to the ship around 3:00 and cleaned up for dinner.

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Barbados
Pirate Fun Cruise Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We found Black Pearl Party Cruises online and booked an 11-3 voyage aboard the Jolly Roger. We were supposed to have two snorkel stops, one with turtles and one over a sunken ship but because the water on the north side of the island was choppy, the turtle potion was not possible on that day. The trip included booze, soft drinks and lunch. We really enjoyed the ride and the opportunity to "walk the plank" and use the rope swing. The food was great and he drinks were stiff. Snorkeling over a real ship wreck was super cool and our kids really enjoyed that experience.


Shipwreck Snorkel Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We found Black Pearl Party Cruises online and booked an 11-3 voyage aboard the Jolly Roger. We were supposed to have two snorkel stops, one with turtles and one over a sunken ship but because the water on the north side of the island was choppy, the turtle potion was not possible on that day. The trip included booze, soft drinks and lunch. We really enjoyed the ride and the opportunity to "walk the plank" and use the rope swing. The food was great and he drinks were stiff. Snorkeling over a real ship wreck was super cool and our kids really enjoyed that experience.


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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We booked a 4x4 Adventure through the cruise line. It was really neat driving up the winding hilly roads of St. Lucia. Our tour guide, Chris, was a nice younger guy who was really knowledgable and seemed to enjoy his job. We spent about 90 minuted driving around and stopping for photo opportunities. Most of the driving was on regular roads but the last 15 minutes or so was off-road on some pretty unforgiving roads. We ended up on a beach for 90 minutes that was only accessible by these off road vehicles and as such, there was only about 10-15 people on the entire beach. It was really beautiful and unspoiled. Our kids spent their time collecting shells in the surf and we were able to bring many home with us as souvenirs. After the beach stop, we hopped back in the truck and made our way back to the port area. It was a really enjoyable day and the kids appreciated the chance to relax and sit back ad enjoy the ride.

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St. Kitts
Catamaran Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We booked a catamaran sail & snorkel through the cruise line. The vessel was great and thou initially I thought it would be crowded, it didn't feel that was as we made our way to the snorkel spot. We had about an hour of snorkel time and the kids enjoyed exploring the sea life and coral formations. There was also a sunken ship that we could explore. Upon returning to the ship, the crew offered a much appreciated freshwater shower and then an open bar as we returned to the port area. Overall a very enjoyable experience. After returning to the port, we caught a cab and went to Cockleshell beach. W had lunch at a restaurant on the beach and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying a beach chair and swimming in the warm water. A great day and we're looking forward to returning.


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St. Martin
Beach Break Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We caught a cab from the port area in the morning and went to Orient Bay beach. We spent the entire day at this beach and had lunch at one of the ocean side restaurants. It was really beautiful and our family really enjoyed it. We had told the kids we were planning on going to this beach and that in St. Martin, European-style (topless) bathing was common on this island. After a few minutes of staring by my kids, they forgot about it and just enjoyed the beach and water. It was a great day and we headed back to the ship at around 3:00 to get ready for dinner.


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