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HACKT's Port Reviews of CocoCay, San Juan, St. Maarten
Freedom of the Seas cruise in December 2013
Member Name: HACKT
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Port Canaveral
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: HACKT's Freedom of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Our first stop was Coco Cay which used tenders. Due to prior bad weather, we were the first ship to stop at Coco in 6 days. Unfortunately the weather started getting bad, wind picking up and rain moving in, so they recalled all the passengers at noon. This didn’t work very well as we sat and watched a long line of people trying to get on the tenders for the next 2 hours. We boarded our tender at 2PM to get back on the ship. We were able to scuba dive at Coca Cay in the morning but it was not a great dive due to cold water and poor visibility. I suspect Coco would be a great stop if the weather was nicer.

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San Juan
Hiking Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Sailing into San Juan harbor was cool – very scenic with old forts and such. We booked the Rain Forest Hike which was fortunate for us as we planned to take our ponchos and umbrellas there. As it turned out, a thunderstorm hit San Juan so it was pouring rain as we got off at the pier. They cancelled several of the tours including the Old Town walking tour but ours went on as “rain” in a Rain Forest isn’t really an issue. It was a good excursion, very scenic and a good chance to see part of Puerto Rico if you haven’t been there.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We opted to walk around the port, Phillipsburg, rather than take an excursion. Docked at the pier – there was a small shopping area there but best was in the town about halfway down the bay. We took the water taxi from the pier to town - $7 all day or $5 one way. You can also take a taxi or walk. Downtown was nice, with standard cruise shops plus good restaurants. Also plenty of beaches if you just want to rent a lounger and swim. The wives went shopping while the guys went to Hard Rock and sat on their balcony café drinking and eating. Definitely the best stop!

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