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aoverallrn's Port Reviews of San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Samana and Cayo Levantado
Norwegian Gem cruise in March 2014
Member Name: aoverallrn
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: aoverallrn's Norwegian Gem Review
San Juan
Canopy Zipline Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Pricey, but a great experience. Experienced, knowledgeable staff. I felt safe and had a great time on their 7 ziplines.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Mirabella catamaran sail & snorkel was a GREAT excursion. One of our funnest days! Free lunch and open bar. Great staff. One snorkel stop and one beach stop near airport beach. WELL worth the money.

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St. Thomas
Coral World Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Coral World was fun for about an hour. Shark exhibit, stingrays, a little aquarium, and undersea observatory, and a tropical bird exhibit- they land on you if you feed them nectar :)

Coki Beach next to Coral World is pretty, but we left shortly after we went because the vendors are a little intimidating, we were offered to smoke weed, and I did not feel comfortable leaving my bag on my towel unguarded when I wanted to swim. We left and went to Magen's Bay which was gorgeous and much more spacious.

Magen Bay Beach Rating: Not Rated

Gorgeous! Nice and spacious so you don't feel super crowded even though there's a lot of people there.

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Samana and Cayo Levantado
Beach Escape Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We loved Cayo Levantado. It is gorgeous. But thankfully we got there early - 9am- by about 10-11am, it was so crowded and people had trouble finding chairs whereas we got one right on the edge in front of the ocean. There's a great little tiki hut there with reasonably priced drinks and you can get a Coco Lobo in a coconut with natural coconut water and all for only $5, or a pina colada in a pineapple! There are vendors, but we didn't feel they were overly pushy. They offer massages on the beach and other trinkets. There is also opportunity to snorkel.... **BEWARE** I don't know that they thoroughly sanitize their snorkeling equipment.. 3 days after this excursion, my husband gets his first cold sore breakout ever. There's no other way he could have gotten oral herpes- he doesn't share drinks or food with anyone ever (not even me!). Bring your own snorkel equipment or take your chances that they may not clean it properly.

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