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writer100's Port Reviews of Grand Turk, Guadeloupe, Barbados, Antigua
Seabourn Odyssey cruise in December 2009
Member Name: writer100
Cruise Date: December 2009
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: writer100's Seabourn Odyssey Review
Grand Turk
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
The only reason to be here is that Seabourn's owners built this dockside extravaganza. There is nothing real or normal or natural about anything you can see, feel or do within this site. Grand Turk was devastated by the last hurricane and has not yet recovered. What you can do--if you must jump shop here--is to rent a golf cart. Find another couple and split the $80 cost as you toodle about the island. Traffic is no problem. Of course, if you are a diver you might really jump ship because GT has some of the best diving in the world.



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Guadeloupe
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Deshai is a sweet and sleepy little town on Guadeloupe. The shore excursion we took was to Grand Anse, a very nice half-moon of sand with the forest behind, and a welcoming restaurant with quite extraordinary coconut ice cream and other things to sample. Nice to lie in the sun, walk the beach, and exchange pleasantries with other passengers.


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Barbados
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
A pleasant enough dockside terminal with some pleasantly run shops. The widely advertised "duty free" isn't--at least not when compared to St. Thomas or other bastions of shopping. We took a 4x4 safari. It was in a Range Rover adapted to seat 10 people on facing benches in the open rear. The "safari' part was over badly rutted trails cut through sugar cane plantations. Throughout, the driver kept up a non-stop patter about this and that, using an amplification system that distorted his voice and at decibel levels that would make a dj cringe. We did stop at Bathsheba, a beach on the Atlantic side where the surf pounded away at the boulder strewn sands. The tour did nothing to encourage me to return to Barbados.



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Antigua
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Alas, the port where you land is like a narrow doorway to a depressing movie set.You are greeted by buildings desperate for repair, and no less desperate salesmen for island tours. The interior of the island is much prettier, as we know from previous visits. This time, we opted for a snorkel tour on a giant catamaran. There were 40 of us. Far too many for the kind of experience snorkeling should provide. This commercial snorkeling experience, pitted with bad jokes by the helmsman, was bad, It wasn't helped by a reef in decline, a chilly wind, a bit of an ocean chop,and occasional rain squalls.



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