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HBulman's Port Reviews of Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Ocho Rios, St. Maarten
Ventura cruise in December 2011
Member Name: HBulman
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: Barbados
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: HBulman's Ventura Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Having been to Barbados on previous cruises we just grabbed a taxi to the beach and got a deal for a drink, sunbed etc and taxi back for $24.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Got a local taxi driver to take us to Salt mines/slave huts/flamingos and a stop off at the Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary where we met a lovely lady who has rescued 400 donkeys and depends entirely on donations to feed and care for them.

Bonaire not a very scenic island but the diving is supposed to be the best in the caribbean,

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
In Curacao we just had a wander, went to the museum about the slave trade - very moving to read about their stories, went to the Casino and won $10 which paid for a couple of drinks. Loads of shops to look at both local and tourist type.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
In Dominca we went whale watching in the afternoon and in the morning we went to the Botanical gardens - a short walk from the port, wnet on "Jacks" walk whcih was more of a hike up a trail to a lovely viewpoint. The town itslef a bit on the scruffy side but the people all friendly on passing us by. A local market was set up on the port side.

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Ocho Rios
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Jamaica was a surprise. Very pretty island - again we got a taxi and had a tour of the local area including Firefly where Noel Coward lived and died - what a view from there! went to a beach for a bit of a paddle and tried jamaican Jerk chicken. Had a look at Dunns River falls as they went into the sea but not brave enought to do the climb!! Lots of shops in Ocho Rios.

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St. Maarten
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
St Maarten a very pretty island and a bustling port with loads going on and a really nice atmosphere. Also definetley the cheapest place for duty free on our itinery. We did the rib excursion but still had plenty of free time also as hsip sailed later than planned.

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St. Lucia
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Gorgeous island. Having done a tour of the south area previously we just headed off to the beach at Rodney Bay $7 in a taxi and lazed in the sun and swam in the lovely warm sea.

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