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hannaloulou's Port Reviews of St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan, Labadee
Independence of the Seas cruise in February 2014
Member Name: hannaloulou
Cruise Date: February 2014
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: hannaloulou's Independence of the Seas Review
St. Maarten
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

If you want to shop this is the place for it. Shops, shops and more shops! I actually just got burnt out of shopping, because it is almost the same thing over and over.
You really need to know what you are looking for first. We then headed to the beach front and stopped for beers and food.

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St. Kitts
Catamaran Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Booked in on-line and not on the boat.
It had seating for a lot more people than we actually had. There were full sized restrooms, a sunning deck on the roof and trampoline nets at the bow. They also have an open bar with beers, soda and liquor beverages.
After we were well away from shore they put the sails up and shut down the engines for a nice quiet cruise. We moored near the shoreline and they gave everyone time to swim or snorkel. They also served a light lunch consisting of some local dishes.

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San Juan
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

We just got off and walked... I just felt that I was missing something... The map that you get from the ship did not fully explain where all the "good" shopping was.
In the park near the pier we ate empanada's from a street food truck. Yum! But, you could not get a cold beer anywhere before noon. Except at Senior Frogs. Which was hopping.
BUT... They did not sell the San Juan "native" beer... Apparently, the company is in a disagreement with the government.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We were definitely not prepared for actually how big it was. We were a party of 10, thank god, one of us said, "Lets meet at Columbus Cove". Because if you get said, you would

meet "on the beach" you will never find ANYONE! It is that huge. Columbus Cove was very nice as compared to South side where the waves were rough.
The water slide was terrible... My nephews and niece went down it... Heard from someone... "That was the WORST slide ever!" There was no water pressure. If you must go one it.

try to "barter" with the guy if no one is around... Slip him some money instead of full price...

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