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mdpooh's Port Reviews of St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, St. Thomas
Noordam cruise in March 2011
Member Name: mdpooh
Cruise Date: March 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: mdpooh's Noordam Review
St. Maarten
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Lots of shopping near port. Port area much improved since we were there 20 years ago.Since we had been there before we didn't take any tours. Took a local bus to Marigot, the French capital, and spent a pleasant afternoon visiting sir Roland Richardson's art gallery and had lunch at the harbor area.

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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful island but much poverty. Highly recommend "COSOL Tours." We saw much more than any of the ship's shore excursions did for a much lower cost.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Beautiful island. Great variety in scenery from West to East coasts. Booked a private tour with Emerson Clarke, a wonderful guide whose name appeared on many websites and reviews. He can be reached by email at Glory Tours also does a good job. The people of Barbados are well educated, proud of their island and have a high standard of living.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Unfortunately, we were in Martinique on a Sunday morning when everything was closed. We also sailed at 1, not giving us much time to explore. We did take a ship's land excursion and visited St. Pierre, the town destroyed by Mt. Pele in the early 1900's and went to the botanical garden. Very beautiful island.

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St. Thomas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
6 ships were docked the day we were there. Visited Megan's Bay Beach. Breathtakingly beautiful and not crowded, even though so many people were in port. Had wanted to snorkel at Sapphire Beach but it was very windy. Easy to take a cab to the beaches. Recommend "Sunny Liston Tours" if you want a general tour of the island and a beach and shopping stop. The main town, Charlotte Amalie, is crazy busy! Jewelry all over the place, as you'll fine in all ports.

Half Moon Cay, though not listed as a port, was a lovely beach and a pleasant stop.

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