My husband and I joined the cruise late because of bad weather, so we joined at the the first port of call, St Thomas. The embarkation was great, very quick and very personal once we contacted a member of the crew (the Cruise Director, who was great - very efficient and helpful).
Boat very good - pleasant cabin, attractive public areas, clean and nicely decorated for Christmas. Lots of places to lie in the sunshine although those in the shade were at a premium!! Staff excellent - helpful and very friendly everywhere. Customer Relations were particularly good - never had to wait to speak to someone and issues resolved quickly and efficiently.
Itinerary good - we enjoyed every stop. We took ship's tours in 3 ports and they were good -reasonably priced, well organised, and covered what was promised in tour description.
Pleasant enough, plenty of storage, decent shower although shower curtain wanted to join you!! One oddity - when we joined, there were clean clothes in the closet, not ours!!!! They were removed promptly but no reason given for their presence.
Beautiful island - lovely views from high points over Charlotte Amalie and Magens Bay. I would recommend taking a trip to St John which is absolutely spectacular and not developed - the most lovely beaches I have seen in the Caribbean!
Nelson's Dockyard is the highlight - lovely building in a beautiful setting. Fabulous classic view from Shirley Heights. St John, the capital, is good for shopping - be warned, the Cathedral is closed for renovation.
For me, not very interesting compared to many islands, and expensive. Bathsheba and the East Coast is spectacular to see but swimming is not possible because it is so stormy. We visited Orchid World and Tyrol Cot - quite pleasant but not spectacular
Lovely island with masses to see. Recommendations are:- Soufriere - the view of the Pitons is fantastic, probably the most spectacular view in the Caribbean. Interesting bubbling pools and volcanic area, cocoa plantation and tropical gardens nearby Marigot Bay - enchanting little bay and a wonderful sandy beach under palm trees to take a swim. Pigeon Point - fabulous Atlantic breakers crashing onto a beach on one side and, 100 yards away, gentle waves and lovely swimming beach Great views from Morne Fortune and Caribelle Batik
Magnificent island with wonderful views and tropical rainforest. Recommendations are the trips to Fort Frederick ( fabulous views), Dougaldston Estate (interesting presentation of fruits and spices), and St George itself (beautiful town with lovely views on both sides of the harbour - make sure you walk through the tunnel to the Carenage). Out tour was great - the very knowledgeable driver stopped in the countryside to show us all of the spices and fruits growing in the fields
Interesting island and quite different from most others because it is a desert ecology, with cacti and dry climate plants. Pretty countryside and lots of interesting rock formations. Beautifully maintained, clean, and tidy island with nice beaches - it would be a good location for a beach holiday as it has excellent snorkelling. Also, very reasonably priced compared to many islands.
Willemstad is beautiful with lovely pastel coloured buildings and excellent shopping. Very interesting waterfront with a moving bridge which opens and closes and is replaced by a ferry when closed. Make sure you walk into the fort - very pretty. Also, keep an eye open for the beatiful coloured birds in the trees.