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lsymonskwak's Port Reviews of Cartagena (Colombia), Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Thomas
Norwegian Sun cruise in April 2014
Member Name: lsymonskwak
Cruise Date: April 2014
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: lsymonskwak's Norwegian Sun Review
Cartagena (Colombia)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+

Although a beautiful city, I wouldn't recommend stopping in Cartegena, Columbia. It was way too hot and since it wasn't a beach day kind of port, it could have been missed. If we do this one again, we stay on the ship for that day. My girls and husband enjoyed the walled shopping area but it was so hot that it made for a very short and expensive trip by taxi ride. We felt bombarded by the vendors and although we did buy things for what they asked for or a bit less, we felt bad for them as that is their way of life. I would have much more enjoyed a longer stay at the next port than Columbia. It was a great thing to show our daughters how other people live.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

The beaches are amazing! The shopping very reasonable! We LOVED this port. The bus ride to Eagle's Beach was VERY cheap...$1.25 one way/pp. The only downfall was that we got in late and only had about 5.5 hours in such a beautiful place. We arrived after 1:30 p.m. and had to be on the ship at 7:30 p.m. It was dark about 6 p.m. so the market was too dark to shop. We did get some great deal though and they had similar prices at the port shops, which was great because it was close to the ship and we felt very comfortable. The water at the beach was so warm and clear! My only complaint...not long enough. I wish we would have skipped Columbia and spent from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Aruba. LOVED IT and might go back for a holiday.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Loved this port as well and would recommend anyone to go if your ship is going this way. We walked around in the morning but the shopping wasn't as great nor cheap as Aruba or Columbia. We were kind of disappointed with the high prices. It was like shopping in Europe or North America. The best part was Mambo Beach. We had to pay to get in and pay for the chairs but WELL worth it! We got there kind of late so that was our fault. I recommend going early because this beach was sooooooo warm and the water was crystal clear. There was a cove that my two girls and I swam out to and this was amazing. The cove helped calm the water. Curacao has a walking bridge or a boat that takes you back and forth to the shopping. It was fun for us to walk over. LOVED this port!

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

One of my favourite ports! The shopping was great, the beach was beautiful! Our girls got their hair braided and swam in the water. The beach wasn't the best for calm waters and the sand wasn't like powder in Aruba, but it was HOT and sunny and the view was amazing with all the 6 cruise ships and the houses on the hills...breath taking. We had to rent the chairs but the place we rented from was $20 like everywhere else for 2 chairs but with ours at "Dan's Chocolate Factory" from New York, we got that as a credit toward lunch and we had to eat anyway so why not? Great day overall. It is close enough to walk to the beach. DON'T take the sea taxi as it is a rip off when you can walk in about 10 minutes. Very modern and cultural at the same time.

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St. Thomas
Beach Break Rating: Not Rated

Beautiful island! We are thinking of going for a holiday! We went on an excursion and then shopped. Wish we had more time here although, we know it was a long day. Beautiful view of the ships in the port owned by residents. So hot and sunny. Loved everything about it.

Snorkeling Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

This was our last and final! We went snorkeling with Virgin Breeze at Turtle Cove. We only saw a few small turtles but it was a fun experience. My husband cannot swim and he even tried to snorkel. The equipment was suffice and the life jackets were great! We only went for 1 hour so my only complaint is that it be longer. They took us to Honeymoon Bay, a secluded beach that is a little piece of paradise! We only got to stay for 1 hour and that was NOT long enough. They served free drinks on the way out and in. It was a great excursion. We were able to go back to the ship for a quick shower and lunch and then shopped around the ports and found some great deals. Overall, highly recommend this port! Beautiful!!!

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