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czarria55's Port Reviews of St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada
Celebrity Millennium cruise in November 2010
Member Name: czarria55
Cruise Date: November 2010
Embarkation: San Juan
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: czarria55's Celebrity Millennium Review
St. Croix
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
In St. Croix, we rented a van with a group of fellow passengers who all met on the CC message boards. We drove to Cane Bay for the morning, then into Christiansted to have lunch and shop, then stopped at the Whim Plantation on our way back to the ship. Cane Bay was beautiful and there are a couple of small beach front bars/restaurants there to get drinks, food, etc. The beach is full of wonderful coral, sponges, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Christiansted was interesting - they were in the middle of a big election the day we were there (Tuesday), so traffic was a bear, but we ate lunch at Angry Nates on the wharf and had the BEST lobster roll I've ever had anywhere! They were literally catching the lobster and cooking it as we watched. The Whim Plantation is a nice stop - the self guided tour is interesting and you get a good feel of what it was really like on a sugar cane plantation in the 1800's.



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St. Kitts
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
In St. Kitts, we again rented a van with a small group of fellow passengers and this time, we started out at Romney Manor/Caribelle Batik - a stop I highly recommend. The demos are great and the shopping is decent, plus the grounds are gorgeous. A must-see. We then went on to the Brimstone Fort. We could have spent a lot more time there, but it was very hot that day. It is an amazing site, though - another we highly recommend. There's a self-guided tour you can take there as well for a mere $8. We then drove to the other side of the island and had lunch at a wonderful beachfront restaurant called Spice Mill - the food seemed a little pricey, but it was abundant, fresh and the atmosphere is completely island - you really "feel" like you're living the island life there. We then negotiated some beach chairs with the restaurant owner and had a wonderful time splashing around and lounging before heading back to the ship. The only minor annoyance were the number of women on the beach who tried (very aggressively) to talk us into beach "massages" - they almost wouldn't take "no" for an answer. But aside from that, it was a lovely place.


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Dominica
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Dominica was BY FAR our favorite stop of the whole cruise. This port alone redeemed the cruise for us. We had booked a tour with Levi Barron of Bumpiing Tours online after a recommendation from another CC board member - we HIGHLY recommend Levi!! We had a scenic hike up to Middleham Falls, then swam Titou Gorge (made famous in the Pirates of the Caribbean II movie), then hiked up to Trafalgar Falls and hot springs, then finished up our day snorkeling at Champagne Reef. It was a totally amazing and exhilarating day. For those who are not up to the rigors of all-day hiking/swimming, Levi offers a less strenuous itinerary. One of our table mates took that tour and had a similar very positive experience. Dominica is ranked the 4th most unspoiled island in the world and it truly is one of the most exotic and pristine places we've ever seen. The people are very friendly and laid back and this stop alone was again the redemption day for this whole cruise as far as we were concerned. We would definitely go back to Dominica in a heartbeat.



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Martinique
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Our 4th stop on this cruise was supposed to have been St. Lucia, but thanks to Tomas, we got re-routed to Martinique. By the way, our heartfelt prayers are with the folks in St. Lucia, who apparently did get hit pretty hard by that hurricane. So, Martinique was less than enchanting for us. We found the people there (French) to be rude and unfriendly for the most part and while we had money to spend, they often refused to take the dollar, insisting that we use euros instead. That said, there was a wonderful fruit & vegetable market that we did locate, thanks to a nice young lady at the dock when we exited (so there are a few friendly folks in Martinique!). It's definitely worth seeing and the prices are great - lots of wonderful fresh spices, sauces, etc. The only thing is most vendors only accept euros, so be prepared. We also did a bit of shopping and found some deals (knock offs) in the shops nearby, so the day was not a total loss.



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Barbados
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
This was our one & only ship tour - we took the "Taste of Barbados" tour as a 2nd choice after our 1st choice (the Aerial Trek ziplining) was cancelled. This tour stopped at the Reggie Medford mahogany factory (decent), the Sunbury Plantation (interesting) and the Four Square rum distillery (ho hum). Our tour guide was fairly sour-faced most of the day. The Medford stop was probably the best, and the plantation was nice to see - they had an awesome rum punch, the recipe for which they were happy to share. At the distillery, the tour was very quick - their main goal was to get you into the store to buy liquor. We did buy a bottle, then found it $2 cheaper in a duty-free store at the dock, so be forewarned about that. The liquor stores in Barbados at the ship terminal had the best liquor prices we saw anywhere, FYI, if you're into buying liquor. All in all, it was a so-so day. I wish we'd been able to zipline instead.



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Grenada
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
In this port, we book what was supposed to be a half-day tour through Mandoo tours (online). We were pleasantly surprised to find that the tour was actually nearly 6 hours and well worth the $45 we paid in advance. Mr. Mandoo is extremely well spoken and well versed on his island, which is beautiful and aptly named "the spice island." This was definitely our second favorite stop of the cruise and we'd definitely visit Grenada again and in fact, we hope to do so in order to explore what we were not able to see this time. We highly recommend Viv's Station - a restored nutmeg processing station which has been converted into a textile factory and gift shop - they had wonderful gifts and the prices were not bad. The ladies who were there were knowledgeable and extremely gracious and friendly. We then saw the Douglaston spice estate, which is still in operation today and processing spices and cocoa the way they did it nearly 200 years ago - extremely informative and interesting. We made a quick stop at Grande Etang - the most interesting thing there was the monkeys and the reggae band, plus the "spice ladies" selling their wares - for CHEAP prices! Finally, we made a stop at Annandale Falls, a beautiful stop, although we did get hit on to see the "jumpers," young men who hawk for money for you to watch them jump from the cliff into the waters - I found the families who were swimming & bathing in the river below more interesting, frankly. All in all, Grenada and their people are lovely and we'd definitely do this port again - and we highly recommend Mandoo!



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Curacao
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We had been to Curacao last fall on a HAL cruise (the Westerdam) and fell in love with Willemsted, the beautiful architecture & color, the people, the shopping, just the overall ambiance of the city and island itself. We were not disappointed in coming back. We repeated our walking tour of last fall, starting out by taking the ferry across the channel to the floating market, then visiting the indoor craft market at the end of that, then making our way through the Punda area, finding many treasurers and bargains. We loved this port last year and we loved it again this year. Our only complaint is that the day went too quickly - we'd go again in a heartbeat.

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Aruba
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Unfortunately, our much-awaited tour on the Mi Dushi was cancelled at the last minute, so we were stuck trying to entertain ourselves in Oranjested for the day. Since our 2nd choice in Barbados had been less than thrilling, we opted to just walk off ship and see what we could find on our own in town. We were sadly underwhelmed. There is some pretty architecture and interesting sites near the ship terminal and actually, the best shopping we found was immediately inside the terminal stores with those vendors, although when we returned to the ship later in the day, we did come across a small group of vendors who had set up just outside the gate and did locate a few small treasures there at very good prices. In general, the people were polite and friendly in the city, but there just did not seem to be much for mid-range shopping folks like us. There is a big high-end mall near the ship terminal if you're into Gucci, Lauren, etc. and are willing to pay those prices. They did have a Starbucks in there so I FINALLY got a decent cup of coffee!! We did hear from table companions at dinner that the beaches in Aruba were stunning, so next time (if we were to go again), we'd probably opt for a beach day, rather than shopping.

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