light - Answered a Question by saunders (23 Jun 08 14:37)

We went on Ocean Village 2 Transatlantic cruise this year including 2 weeks in the caribbean.We did all the island trips independantly for at least 1/3 to 1/2 of the price of the ships organised trips without any problems whatsoever.Plaenty of mini buses and taxis offering trips at all the Ports.

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Harper - Answered a Question by saunders (24 Oct 08 21:34)

OV, along with ALL other cruise lines are expensive with their trips... do it yourself, the caribbean is very safe. When you get off the ship talk to other passengers see if anyone is interested in sharing a cab, or better still if there are enough of you to fill a minibus it will be cheaper again.... Couple of tips; DON'T accept first price offered -- haggle... DO tell driver where YOU want to go, not HIM telling you where he goes.. AND any good guy will only take your fare when he returns you to the ship..Example trip.... Tortola Tour per person (OV - £35) Quayside ($15 or £8), Antigua Tour (OV - £48 with lunch) Quayside ($20 or £11 --- we bought our own lunch...!!!) Feb 2008 drinks prices..... £2.60 Stella, £2.20 Bitter, £2.10 per shot Bacardi and Brandy..... Tip, buy a Large can of Coke, only 20p dearer than small cans, twice as much coke...... Hope this helps..........happy cruising......... we've done 3, 2 week caribbean cruises with OV .

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Pennington - replied to Harper (26 Oct 08 18:25)

Hi Harper. I've just booked a Central Caribbean cruise April 2009 for me and my mother - neither of us have been on a cruise before. I found your report really interesting as I have been reading various reports on the cruise trips versus 'do your own thing', but being a 'virgin cruiser' am a little hesitant to sort out trips ourselves but, am also keen to save money. If you ask the taxi driver for a tour of the island , ie Tortola, do they take you on a tour or just nip here and there? Do the taxi drivers point out places of interest or is it just a case of riding around the island? Would you know if the dolphin trip is worth the £90 charge, or is it possible to sort that out on your own? Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Julie.

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Harper - replied to Pennington (27 Oct 08 12:08)

Hi folks, I have to say we too were hesitant to do our own thing at first, but soon got the "bug" to go it alone... (not literally), we would always try to look for a minibus rather than a taxi (more of you), and very often found that we would meet up with the SAME people each day to share with at each of the ports. Don't forget, YOU are paying them, they should take you where you want to go, but most drivers offer trips identical to the ship's tours, so generally you see ALL the same places.. The drivers seem very passionate and proud of their islands, even stopping on the roadside to point out plants trees and animals. DOLPHINS -- we've never done a trip to see them but have heard that if you know where you want to see them, book it on the internet from home, a lot cheaper and often getting more time with the dolphins than cruise passengers do. All caribbean islands take $US so there is no need to change money each time you go ashore, the caribbean is safe,but as with everywhere these days only carry enough cash that you will need for the day..... Beaches to die for-- Cane garden bay on Tortola, Dickenson bay on Antigua..... Could go on for hours about the ship, but you will soon see for yourself.. will mention the staff though, ALWAYS smiling, work their butts off , nothing too much trouble....... Hope this helps Ray.

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