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JimInBuffalo's Port Reviews of St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, Dominica, St. Thomas
Noordam cruise in March 2013
Member Name: JimInBuffalo
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: JimInBuffalo's Noordam Review
St. Maarten
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We explored the city on our own

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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We did a tour with a local driver (small van) and took a tour of the island and went up to the top of the hills overlooking the bay. Upon leaving the port, the cruise included a detailed geographic narrative of the shoreline as we passed along. We cruised down to the Pitons and then anchored while picking up Excursion passengers who were tendered back to the ship. One of the highlights of the cruise.
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Barbados
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Our first time to this island. We took a Van excursion that we arranged ourselves at the pier. Paul was our driver and took us on a trip that included

<> Botanical Gardens

<> Local fruit grower and fruit sampling

<> Views of hot springs and Waterfalls in the mountains

<> Walk to hot sulfur springs

This was an excellent tour and is avialable from almost any of the vans or taxis in the area.

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Martinique
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We arrived on Sunday and all of the shops were closed. We took a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old city area and were given a great, informative tour by our driver. We saw many of the best know buildings, the cemetaries, the library and the Fort. After the tour we walked back to see some of the main buildings up close and then went to the cathedral and the fruit and vegetable market which is open every day. There is a McDonalds on the main drag that was open. We didn't eat there but they had free WiFi. We then went to the beach and I snorkeled for about an hour before heading back to the ship.

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Dominica
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took a private bus tour of the island

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St. Thomas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Nice island but too much commercial emphasis. We took a walk and did some shopping but headed back to the ship early.

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Half Moon Cay
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Absolutely the best of the private islands owned by the cruise lines that we have ever seen

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