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anthillers's Port Reviews of Bonaire, Aruba, Grenada, Jost Van Dyke, Antigua, Grand Cayman
Sea Princess cruise in February 2011
Member Name: anthillers
Cruise Date: February 2011
Embarkation: Barbados
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: anthillers's Sea Princess Review
Bonaire
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Bonaire is very limited in terms of interesting tours . After your first visit your options are limited. I suggest that you make more of Klein Bonaire but beware of the lack of shade and facilities. The other beaches are ok but limited for swimming . Good bars to meet other people and shade from the sun. Local taxis are very good, safe and reasonable.



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Aruba
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Aruba is very well developed for resort hotels and beaches. The local bus station is just opposite the dock, costs a few dollars and will drop you off at the Beach resort hotels. The shops are worth a visit especially the "pink Palace " You can enjoy an interesting walk around the town and the local market stalls which are always around when the ship docks. An interesting port for first timers.


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Grenada
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Normally Grenada has great beach " Grand Anse " which you can get to via a taxi or water taxi ( which is an adventure in itself ) . The town is worth a walk around to get a good feel for the local atmosphere. The shops and stalls tend to be very much the same and the vendors are very pushy which can be a bit off putting. Be firm tell then you have been before and they generally leave you alone. First time to the island , then you should take a tour going into the interior and coastal regions. The local taxis will give you a very good value tour much cheaper than Princess. Good snorkeling at " Champagne reef " not far from the port ($20)



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Jost Van Dyke
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This is the place to go to get away from it all. The beaches are uncrowded , the local beach bars are so laid back and inexpensive for drinks and food. You will escape from the rest of the ship who go to "Cane garden Beach I would however recommend taking the Ship tour from Tortola, this way you are covered in case of the cataraman having a problem or being late back to the ship dock. More expensive but removes all worries about timing". One of the best trips . Stop in at " One Love" and "the Soggy dollar " bars



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Antigua
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Antigua is definitely one of the must see islands. It has something for everyone. First time take the big tour , visit the historic forts, Nelsons Dockyard, see the interior of the island. You are spoilt for choice for beaches , Dickenson Bay it the most popular easy trip via local taxi. After a few times on the island take the " around the island " sail . Full 6 hour sail on a big cataraman . You will see the other Antigua where the rich and famous live . Long Island of the West coast has the millionaire's houses . View the famous harbours and mega yachts from the sea. I suggest that you may want to take the ships tour as you are once more at sea for some time



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Grand Cayman
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Grand cayman has a reputation as a good shopping port ( for Americans ) . It is also the best place to swim with stingrays and dolphins . The turtle farm is also worth a visit alongside the trip to " Hell " ie the lava fields . It is almost always a tender port for most cruise lines so get to the front of the queue if you want to get off early. The bars at the port are very busy and very expensive



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Ocho Rios
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
There are several good tours on Ochos rios as long as you are prepared to get wet Dunns Falls, Martha Brae rafting . However the beaches are limited, there is a decent beach within walking distance of the ship ( 5 Mins ) Food and drink are on site but you have to pay for access and a lounger ( $10 ). If you want a very interesting experience then walk past this beach to the fishermen's boats and houses. Lobsterdave.com will cook you a fresh lobster for lunch. Beware however you may also be offered other alternative lifestyle habits especially if you are a smoker.

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