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mew1's Port Reviews of San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Samana and Cayo Levantado
Norwegian Gem cruise in November 2013
Member Name: mew1
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: mew1's Norwegian Gem Review
San Juan
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Took a carriage tour which is located on the main st. to the left of the ship, it was amazing, Kelly gave us an excellent tour in open air carriage. Kelly was very knowledeable and very friendly.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Took the See and Sea tour from the ship, it was fair, the tour was ok around the island, the sea part was in the bottom of a boat, there were not very many colors, the fish most stripped and bland colors of the coral.

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St. Thomas
Island Tour Rating: 2.0 out of 5+

Not very easy to hear our guide. It was a fair tour of the island, lots of shopping everywhere we went.

Magen Bay Beach Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Megan beach was amazing and beautiful and we enjoyed swimming and the facilities were very nice. Great few hours.

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Samana and Cayo Levantado
Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+

If I could put more stars I would. It was amazing, we got a real cultural experience, We were greeted with music and dancing as we left our tender boats. Signs lead us to the open air tour bus. We went our our journey with our tour guide Richard. He was amazing, he exposed us the real Samana, we went through the rain forest and yes we did see poverty, but the people were warm and friendly, Waving at us NOT begging us, Our first stop was the Culture center where we went into the plantation and they showed us the trees and what grows on them. We then went in the building and were educated about Samana and got to try all the fruits and even wine. After we had time to but some unique pieces of hand carved wood and jewelery. Off on the bus and we arrive at the spot where we were escorted with our own guide to the falls, the guides really knew the path and helped you every step of the way. The walk was worth the view the falls were beautiful. The guides helped us back up and we were greeted by our guide Richard with a ice cold bottled water, it was so needed and enjoyed. He then continued on the most beautiful beach. After an hour on the beach we got back on the bus and then on to a tour of the town. It is being built up with a lot of new buildings to get ready to enter the SHOPPING scene for all the cruise guest who like to shop. I loved the tour, it was not about shopping but of an amazing cultural experience. It was the best tour I have ever done before. ++

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