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GeneTree's Port Reviews of Nassau, Tortola, St. Barts, Barbados, Bonaire, Aruba
Statendam cruise in April 2010
Member Name: GeneTree
Cruise Date: April 2010
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: GeneTree's Statendam Review
Nassau
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
I hate to give a 3 rating because we were not in port long enough to really form an honest opinion. I do believe we would have had a better experience if we had arrived on time and tours had not been canceled.



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Tortola
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The area adjacent to the ships mooring point was rough and needs vast improvement. Shops closed early and people from the ship were not able to do much to improve the local economy. Tours and taxis were plentiful. Some very nice beaches, but this island seemed skippable.


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St. Barts
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Tender Port: Ship provided good tender service; frequent and well handled. Island has some beautiful beaches and good Internet hot spots. Many of the shopkeepers were very helpful, but some did not seem to want ships passengers or be willing to answer simple questions about their goods. At first we thought it was because we did not speak French, but even French speaking passengers had this problem.



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Barbados
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
A hidden gem of a vacation island. Great beaches and food. A real local find is Cockspur Rum. This is a locally made rum that does not seem to be exported either at all or if it is, in very limited quantities. Even if you do not usually drink rum, try this one, it will surprise.



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Bonaire
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This is an island that needs to be visited and revisited. There are big economic and political changes occurring in the Netherlands Antilles and this island is one of the places that will reap the benefits of staying with the Queen. People here are very proud of their country and encourage visitors to enjoy themselves and encourage return visits. Flamingo flocks fun. Great island tours and beaches. Visit more than once.



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Aruba
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Took a 4 wheel - off road adventure, known locally as a "Shake and Bake" because of the bouncing of the jeeps and the heat while touring. Make sure you have lots of sunscreen on the arms that are next to or hanging out of the windows. Trip ends a a very beautiful beach. Lots of shopping near the port or reasonable taxi rides into town for more.



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