Port and Shore Excursions
Two ships arrived at the same time in Grand Turk. We took our time getting off. As expected the beach was packed and chairs were at a premium. We spent a few minutes there before heading to the pool. There was no chairs to be had there either. That was alright because we put our stuff on the nearby grass and used the pool. The pool is large enough and has something for everyone. Easy to use and fun. After our time on Grand Turk we got back on ship and again enjoyed the ship's pool basically alone. Clearly this port would be better with only one ship there. Be advised that some areas of the beach are rocky.
Bermuda was great. We got off early, purchased bus tokens and headed to the bus stop. Crowds began forming quickly. We got on a bus for the 30-40 minute ride to Horseshoe Bay Beach. We exited bus and walked down to the beach. It was magnificent. Great sand, great water, beautiful. Slightly bigger waves than we anticipated but the kids loved trying to body surf. Two hours later we paid the $2 p/p for the ride up the hill to the bus stop. By then the beach was very crowded with more people pouring in. We would love to experience Bermuda in the future without three ships in port. Took the bus back to ship and got back on board. Headed to lido deck to enjoy pool in relative peace.
We have been to San Juan four times. This time we took a taxi to El Morro to explore the fort. It was fun and you can't beat the views . The price is cheap too, but it was really hot. We walked back towards the ship stopping to meet friends at Barrachina Restaurant (birthplace of the pina colada). We really enjoyed the great air conditioning there. Drinks weren't bad either. Headed back to ship and arrived just prior to thunder shower.
This was our first time docking at Crown Bay. I was happy to be there as there was two other ships across the harbor at Havensight. We got off ship and walked a short distance to the excursion piers. Five of us did the Sea Blaster excursion which was great. A scenic boat ride to a nice snorkeling sight where we saw tons of fish. We really enjoyed this. After the excursion we got back on ship. Later in the day other passengers had to wait in long lines for up to a half hour in the heat to re-board ship. Glad it wasn't us.