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passagemakers's Port Reviews of Virgin Gorda, St. Barts, St. John (U.S.V.I.), Dominica, St. Croix, St. Kitts
Azamara Journey cruise in March 2009
Member Name: passagemakers
Cruise Date: March 2009
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: passagemakers's Azamara Journey Review
Virgin Gorda
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We loved this port, as we knew it well from sailing in our sailboat around the BVI's, and it was our first Scuba Dive Destination. However we heard that not everybody liked it. The shore excursions were "boring" to some and frankly there isn't a lot to see here - except the Baths and the beaches of course. But great diving! This is a tendering port of call.



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St. Barts
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Loved this port. The French do such a different job with their Caribbean Islands. Very expensive which is why there were billions of dollars (literally) of gigantic private yachts in the anchorage of Gustavia, where we tendered. The Eden Rock hotel is world famous and the restaurant there, and the one next door at Nikki Beach, is excellent. High end shopping; great food; very French and very expensive!
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St. John (U.S.V.I.)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A delightful port of call steeped in history; rich in vegetation and wildlife and with a vibrant little shopping locale a few steps from the tiny port (tendering only). We toured the historic plantation ruins and met lots of locals who shared their stories and food with us.



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Dominica
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The ships docks at a jetty right at the foot of the National Park - so a walk up the hill will take to you to the fort (a spectacular view) and into the park and the pools. This is great place to hike and go tubing, but we chose to Scuba Dive on our own - terrific, undiscovered, some of the best in the Caribbean. This is a nature lovers and outdoors person port of call. No shopping though!!



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St. Croix
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Not our favorite place, but great diving which is what we did. Others loved it, but the ship docks at the other side of the island to where the "action is" - about a 40 minute drive. It was the only place where we had bad weather which didn't help, but we found it to be an aspiring "St Thomas" - a destination that is not amongst our favorites either. But there is lots to do here if you like beaches, sailing, snorkeling and shopping etc. We just dove and got very wet!



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St. Kitts
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Reputed to have the friendliest people in the Caribbean - but to be honest we didn't notice this. Perhaps it was because it was a sunday and everybody was inside watching the Cricket match from Guyana. We took a train ride around the island which was "cute", but not inspiring, but it is a very beautiful island where the main industry, sugar, only stopped operation about 4 years ago in 2004 when the sugar subsidies stopped. We found it bit run down, but a private car or taxi trip might be the thing to do here.



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