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ckb63's Port Reviews of Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Crown Princess cruise in January 2014
Member Name: ckb63
Cruise Date: January 2014
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: ckb63's Crown Princess Review
Princess Cays
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Typical beach day. BBQ lunch was provided and was good. We opted for a cabana rental here (not the Sanctuary Cabanas), and I must say that IMHO it was not worth the money. The "beach" in front of the cabanas is solid rock with the same in the water. There are plenty of beach chairs closer to the groomed area of beach. Also, the literature says that the cabanas are for 4 people with an available up-charge for 2 additional people. This is pretty big stretch. If the A/C is actually needed (ours wasn't), 6 people could not fit inside...except standing. If I were to do it all again, I would probably opt for just a locker rental.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Did the CL excursion of a lagoon cruise and scenic drive. Beautiful scenery, quick opportunity for shopping, and informative. Typical of what you would expect.

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St. Thomas
Beach Break Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

The cruise part basically consisted of picking up passengers from other ships. There was live music and cold drinks were available. The beach break was at Honeymoon beach for about 1.5 hours. The water and beach was very nice and not too crowded. Chairs were available to rent, and food carts were present for burgers etc.

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Grand Turk
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

This is a very beautiful beach area with beach right beside the pier. Not a whole lot to do in port. The common opinion of most people we spoke to was that this was mostly a "beach day" port.

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Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Everglades Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Made embark fairly quick and easy, and filled the time before the flight out. It included transfer to FLL on a full sized tour bus with luggage stowed underneath. Delivery was to the airline of your choosing, and all luggage was handled for you.

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