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Gigi12860's Port Reviews of San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas
Celebrity Reflection cruise in April 2013
Member Name: Gigi12860
Cruise Date: April 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: Gigi12860's Celebrity Reflection Review
San Juan
Bacardi Rum Distillery Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
I like San Juan and have been there several times. The city is not so great, but the old town is nice to browse in. This time we went to the rum distillery. I'd never been there before. We were their last tour of the day and they were closing the gift shop and drink tasting pavillion as we were finishing up our tour, but maybe that meant it was not as crowded. It felt like they were rushing to get off work but the staff made sure we all had time to browse through the shop and get a drink with our free drink chips... Taste some of the specialty or flavored varieties, it's an interesting change from the original stuff that we use to make a cuba libre.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: Not Rated
We were booked to take a catamaran ride around the island to Phillipsburg for shopping. After a brief shower on the pier, the catamaran staff told us that they couldnt' get their engines to run so they'd offer either a refund and no tour, or a partial refund and a bus trip to the other side of the island. We took the bus trip. It was nice to get to shop in the stalls for handicrafts on the french side, and to eat at one of the little restaurants on the French side of the island, but the bus tour was not what we had planned. A nice boat trip turned into a bus. It was good that they gave a partial refund.
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St. Thomas
Port Rating: Not Rated
I remember this fondly from 20 years ago and it's a different experience this time around. Not as much dancing, liquor is not included (and that's probably a good thing, some of the people who were drinking on this tour had a few too many). The staff did not seem as enthusiastic as they were, and the boat was just not as popular this time around. On previous cruises, this tour was booked solid, and there was only enough room to sit. This time, the entire roof seating was vacant, and about half the seats in the main deck were unoccupied. It's nice to go to a private cove and swim a bit, but there was no snorkel equipment here, and the cove was not exactly as isolated as the one they'd taken us to before. And we got a lecture on the fact that all the great fish to see when one is snorkeling around the islands have been eaten by a non-indigenous fish that was introduced a few years ago. There was definitely the feeling that this was a much better experience years ago.

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