(Closed) Favorite (or least!!) Southern Caribbean ports

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Most cruiselines consider the ABC islands(Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao)  to be Southern Caribbean. Everything from the DR to Tobago is Eastern.

 

What islands are you considering? Let us know so we can help out better.

 

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Dominica and St Lucia are by far my favorite – and there never ever seems to be cruise that goes to both!

If it were up to me I would choose cruise #1 but that’s just my personal preference. The reasons why…

I have been to Barbados and have no desire to get back there anytime soon, it wasn’t bad by any means but it just didn’t ‘wow’ me.

I have been St. Maarten at least three times (aka every cruise lines stops there/it isn’t super unique), if you want duty free shopping its the place to be. The French side of the island is cool but VERY expensive.

I think the first trip is more special/not the typical cruise. Be sure to book a tour in Dominica that gets you into the rainforest. The port is pretty dingy but the interior of the island is a treasure. Check cruise critic ports of call boards for awesome suggestions to do on the islands, sticking with the ships tours isn’t always the best option.

I am assuming you are looking at the Summit out of San Juan based on the itineraries and the fact that you mentioned Celebrity. I was just on this ship in May and I LOVED it. One of my best cruise experiences to date!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We actually had an inside cabin as it was my mom and I travelling together on a cheap getaway. We spent very little time in the cabin since there were so many beautfiul and uncrowded spaces around the ship and only two sea days in an 8 day trip.The trips you are looking at have only one sea day, it might be worthwhile to skimp on the cabin since you will be in port so frequently and just sleeping, showering, and doing other things Wink in the room.

If I was traveling with my fiance we would get a balcony for sure since he isn’t a cruiser like me just so he would definitely need a little private outdoor space – I spend a lot of time hanging by the pool. I’ve heard the new Aqua Class cabins are nice, if only for the private Blu dining room. Lots of people book those cabins just for the special dining privledges. We never had too hard of a time getting a table for two in the Main Dining Room when we wanted one, but with Blu you could have a table for two without a problem which I think is super important for the honeymoon. I love cruising and sitting with other folks at dinner but on my honeymoon that wouldn’t be ideal.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I am an avid cruiser. Here are my thoughts on the islands:

 

Cruise 1

St Croix, U.S.V.I — Never been but I love the US Virgin Islands..especially St John!

Basseterre, St Kitts — Loved this island. It reminds me of Oahu (where I am from.)

Roseau, Dominica — Beautiful!! Worth seeing. I had a lot of fun here.

St Georges, Grenada — Never been.

OR Cruise 2

Bridgetown, Barbados — HANDS DOWN FAVORITE but it could be because the activity I selected. If you select this one please select Calabazza Sail! SO AMAZING. best day EVER.

Castries, St Lucia — DId not like St Lucia at all but it was VERY green and pretty. I went ziplining here.. and immediately got back on the ship because the downtown area is very questionable. I wish I would’ve been to the beach by the Pitons. Many people love St Lucia so keep that in mind.

St JOhns, Antigua — Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my favorites!

Phillipsburg, St Maarteen — I love. My fiance and I have been here twice and we like to go to the nude beach/Orient Beach.  Maybe it’s cause we’re on vacay and feeling wild but we love to go here and strip down! lol. Always a fun time. Not as pretty as other islands but still a fun place.

 

Southern Carib. is the best to cruise. Try to avoid Western Carib. (Mexico, Belize, etc.) if you can.
Also, you are going to run into a huge spring break crowd…. Not as bad if you were on Carnival or something cheaper but cruising is very popular on spring break so keep that in mind!!

Have fun!!! If it was me, I’d be happy with either one ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I actually lived in Dominica for a year and a half, so I can help out a little. I strongly recommend going to Screws Spas and Trafagler Falls. Screws Spas are natural sulfur springs that the locals built into an amazing spa experience. There are multiple sulfur baths with varying temperatures, and the staff serve fresh fruit for your pleasure as well. Trafagler Falls is a beautiful site, right next to Screws Spas. If you have any questions, feel free to message me.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I actually lived in Dominica for a year and a half, so I can help out a little. I strongly recommend going to Screws Spas and Trafagler Falls. Screws Spas are natural sulfur springs that the locals built into an amazing spa experience. There are multiple sulfur baths with varying temperatures, and the staff serve fresh fruit for your pleasure as well. Trafagler Falls is a beautiful site, right next to Screws Spas. If you have any questions, feel free to message me.

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