Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Member Reviews
Home > Member Reviews > 4774Papa's Port Reviews of Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua

4774Papa's Port Reviews of Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua
Celebrity Constellation cruise in March 2012
Member Name: 4774Papa
Cruise Date: March 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: 4774Papa's Celebrity Constellation Review
Island Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The tour was not expensive and we saw quite a lot of the island, including the beautiful North shore where we saw the Alta Vista Chapel. The arid terrain has its own beauty, not unlike Arizona without the Saguaro. We saw the famous California lighthouse (not inside, it was closed) and saw many hotels and casinos. My sense is that Aruba is a great place for beautiful beach vacations with casinos and plenty of restaurants, but there is not much history to see on the island.

More Aruba Reviews Aruba Port Profile Aruba Forum   
Dolphin Swim Rating: 5+ out of 5+

More Curacao Reviews Curacao Port Profile Curacao Forum   
Port Rating: Not Rated
The spice plant and plantation were interesting. We were allowed to sniff them all. After a while, I wondered if we would have to go into rehab. The Concord falls was beautiful, even though the more massive falls were upstream and would have required an hour long hike with a guide. The tour allowed us to see several villages and much lush terrain. There were several "sleeping policemen" on the roads also known as speed bumps. We were shown where the Marines landed during the intervention of the 80s. A regime supported by Cuba had taken over government and assassinated the PM Maurice Bishop and several others including children. After the excursion, we walked up the hill to the castle overlooking the city (I think that is where Clint Eastwood and the Marines were) and the guide showed us the bullet holes in the flagpole and wall where the people were lined up and shot.

More Grenada Reviews Grenada Port Profile Grenada Forum   
Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
At Tyrol Cot, we learned about the first PM of Barbados, Errol Barrow, who owned the house. Barrow was the early distinguished leader of the country. The house was interesting as well as the "village" on site that was a collection of historical homes from slavery until today. Barbados is something of a key country in the Eastern Caribbean. The Concorde once flew there from Europe. I know that many Barbadians provided valuable labor for the building of the Panama Canal. It was interesting to see that the heir to the throne of the Byzantine Empire was buried at St. John's Church on the island. That is a connection with history.

The Orchid World proved to be another highlight to our cruise. We saw hundreds of astounding beautiful orchids. I strongly recommend a visit there by anyone porting in Barbados.

More Barbados Reviews Barbados Port Profile Barbados Forum   
St. Lucia
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Beautiful plant life is apparent at every turn. St. Lucia is high on our list of islands. The tour was excellent, one of the best of our cruise.

More St. Lucia Reviews St. Lucia Port Profile St. Lucia Forum   
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Nelson's Dockyard was the high point on the tour, but we enjoyed the beautiful vistas from the top of Shirley Heights. The island is more arid than Grenada, Barbados and St. Lucia, but does some a mix of flat and somewhat mountainous terrain. It is worth a visit as the people are friendly there. The tour was good.

More Antigua Reviews Antigua Port Profile Antigua Forum   
St. Maarten
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Our tour was ok and not expensive, we did get to see the island, but more than half the time on the tour was devoted to shopping.

More St. Maarten Reviews St. Maarten Port Profile St. Maarten Forum   
St. Thomas
Historic Site Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The visit to the St. Peter Great House at the top of the island included great vistas and a nice garden. Blackbeard's Castle was well worth the trip despite the commercialism involved in walking down from the castle to the city. The walk was a part of the tour and we enjoyed the walk, but it seemed we were constantly going through a shop for rum or jewelry or something to buy. Still, it was a good tour and I recommend it for others. Once you reach the bottom of the walk, at street level, you are 2.5 miles from the ship, which we didn't have a problem. Some people did not want to walk, but taxis were not expensive.

More St. Thomas Reviews St. Thomas Port Profile St. Thomas Forum   
You may also like to:

Read more Southern Caribbean Ports Reviews

Find Southern Caribbean Cruise Deals

Find Southern Caribbean Cruises

Talk with other members in the Southern Caribbean Forum
Write a cruise review!
About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.