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SomethingBlue's Port Reviews of Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe
Royal Clipper cruise in January 2011
Member Name: SomethingBlue
Cruise Date: January 2011
Embarkation: Barbados
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: SomethingBlue's Royal Clipper Review
Barbados
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Very very busy port. On the Royal Clipper Windward Islands itinerary, you only go to 2 actual ports, so it was a culture shock. Shops everywhere. Barbados is fantastic, but don't go there on a cruise... stay a while!



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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
On the Royal Clipper, they don't go to a port, but actually anchor offshore and take you in on a tender boat. St. Lucia was the busiest beach we visited, and my least favorite.


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Dominica
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We LOVED Dominica, and were glad we visited this less popular island. However, we recommend that you not take an excursion and instead go into town. The locals here are not as influenced by European culture, so it is a good chance to try truly unique foods and meet locals who aren't as accustomed to tourists.



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Antigua
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
AaaahMazing marina!!! The only place where our ship was lost in the crowd of other spectacular yachts. We did a snorkeling tour with stingrays at Stingray City and it was very cool!



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St. Kitts
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The Royal Clipper anchors off a remote shore that is full of shells! So remote, in fact, that I found a conch shell just lying on the beach. Snorkeling here is fantastic, with a 15 foot drop-off about 50 yards off shore. The beach is made even more spectacular by the Royal Clipper anchored so close to shore.



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Guadeloupe
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The town itself is so quaint and beautiful, but the people (even the vendors) seem disinterested at best and rude at worst.

We wished that we would have instead taken the tender to the beach, which was completely secluded and (I heard) the best snorkeling of the trip.

P.S. For whatever reason, the ship didn't call this Guadeloupe, but Iles de Saintes.



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Martinique
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
For being the last stop, this port was very industrial and left us with a bad taste in our mouths. I guess shopping was supposed to be alright, but you have to take a $40 cab ride just to get there.

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