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Davey Wavey's Port Reviews of Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas, Grand Turk
Carnival Dream cruise in July 2013
Member Name: Davey Wavey
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Port Canaveral
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: Davey Wavey's Carnival Dream Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

There is small gateway with a few small booth shops upon exiting the ship, then the taxis and locals greet you with offers for tours and transportation upon exiting the building. Having been here before, we walked across the street to the straw market. It is full of the usual China made "handmade" carvings and islandy sun dresses typical of every port. If you look enough, there are a few local made things carved from coconut shells or seashells. The back of the market open onto the main street. Here you will find all the cruise line "recommended" shops like Diamonds Int., etc. There are lots of smaller stores lining all the side streets here. The huge Atlantis resort/casino is visible right across the harbor, but such a short time in port doesn't really give good value for buying a daypass to visit it.

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San Juan
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

The Bacardi factory is visible from the ship with a ferry that runs over to it from right next to the ship port. There is a Snr. Frogs directly across the street and a VERY small local market. We only went to the CVS for a few items and walked through the market. The El Morro fort was within walking distance, but we were tired and didn't do much in port this time.

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St. Thomas
Island Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We had a fun time with Sunny Liston Tours. He picked us up in port for an island tour with some shopping time. There was crazy driving and loud singing that everyone seemed to enjoy. We visited Coki, Sapphire, Magens beaches and all the other attractions (Mountaintop, Blackbeard/Bluebeard, views of the other islands, etc.) for just a quick sightseeing tour, then some shopping on the main street. There was the usual local market next to the Diamonds Int., etc., shops.

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Grand Turk
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

we walked down the beach for about 10 minutes past the big Margaritaville to find Jack's Shack. It has beach stuff for rent for low prices, great food, and a much quieter private beach. The jerk chicken and fresh conch were especially good, although I fed much of the conch to the 3 dogs that hang out on the beach. It was my first conch and even though it tasted great, I kept thinking about what I was eating and started tossing more and more to the dogs. I snorkeled and drove for seashells and sea glass. I pulled a 6 inch conch shell from the bottom maybe 7 feet from shore. This quiet beach doesn't get picked over so much. There was also boat and tram tours available nearby and rides on the inflatables towed behind a fast boat.

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