Neal - Answered a Question by brettwood (07 Feb 09 10:41)

Hi, word is that La Guaira (for Caracas) has been replaced by Martinique, but if not then definately book a ship's excursion as La Guaira is a dump and independent transport to Caracas is uncertain. Go back to the Answers page & dial "caracas" as keyword in the blue "find a question" box and you'll see what I mean.Choice of several coach trips or landrover, all include the "must-do" cablecar. And dont leave it too late, some folk ended up stuck on board cos the excursions were sold-out. Yes, coach trips sold out! Everywhere else (and Margarita if applic) land tours are much better & cheaper done independently by taxi/minibus rather than OV2's "Best of......" Have a good one. Chris.

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birkett - Answered a Question by brettwood (07 Feb 09 09:28)

Without knowing where this trip is going I can only offer the general comment that it is almost always easy and much cheaper to do your own thing Most Islands are relatively small so you generally do not have to travel far to a beach etc I have always found local drivers friendly and reliable Most places are pretty safe although whenever I have visited Jamaica I have gone on an organised trip.

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oakes - Answered a Question by brettwood (07 Feb 09 09:31)

We have been to the caribbean a couple of times, and the only trip that stands out is "Cosol" in St Lucia.....the best value for money trip I can remember. We were on OV2 and a few of us had got to know each other on facebook OV group...we all booked the trip (well about 8 of us) and had a fantastic day. Last year it was 50 us, which then was only £25 to us, we had a full day with as much food and drink as you could take. Google Cosol, and you will get all the details.

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Bradley - Answered a Question by brettwood (07 Feb 09 11:34)

In Grenada use the local transport which is minibuses (even the organised tours use these). When leaving the cruise terminal they will find you, believe me! They usually get about 6 in a bus so you will have to share or pay more to have it to yourself, but you can haggle and they are definitely cheaper than the ships tours. Prices are in US Dollars. They will do the same route as the organised tours but you have the advantage of stopping at other interesting places en route for photos etc. If you want a beach then Grand Anse is close by and the locals have small boats at the cruise terminal to take you straight there (about 15 mins). You get your feet wet at the other end as they just run up onto the beach.

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Neal - Answered a Question by brettwood (08 Feb 09 10:28)

Hi, Heather - Mebbe snow in the computer or something, but your other question, re cabin, won't accept a posting so I'll answer it here. Cabins are a decent size, twin beds that can go together, most have 2 pull-down bunks but those with only one are same size/layout, you wont be too cramped. Well-equipped, well-planned, plenty of storage, fridge, free diy tea/coffee, free safe. very limited tv channels. I think you have obscured view, and windows don't open, but the natural daylight is important. Dont know if you chose 8132 with seasickness in mind, but good choice. Mid-ships & on the lowest cabin deck with outside access (small deck at stern, ideal for late-nite solitude or a crafty smoke). Fairly big ship, so pretty stable. Given decent weather, on the nights to & from Barbados (Atlantic) you'll notice a little movement, otherwise steady as a rock. Loads of suggestions re seasickness if you go to the "Cruise Answers" page and in the blue "find a question" box scroll to seasickness as a topic. Have a great cruise. Chris .

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