evans - Answered a Question by hawker (18 Jan 09 22:23)

You will have some time to have a quick walk about and you can leave the ship once you got ur boarding card its a fab holiday enjoy it.

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hawker - replied to evans (19 Jan 09 19:33)

Thank you for your reply, please can you clarify, did you go ashore after the lifeboat drill and were you on an ocean village caribbean cruise? thanks.

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evans - replied to hawker (20 Jan 09 11:58)

We had a quick walk around before lifeboat drill but that was only to the duty free terminal please check sail away times because they can differ we have been on ocean villiage cruises many times and have had wonderful holidays we found we had more time to browse around at bridgetown on the day we where going home .

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James - Answered a Question by hawker (18 Jan 09 17:25)

Hi, I have not been on an OV cruise myself, however, I have sailed from Barbados and used the same cruise terminal. It is short walk into some parts of Bridgetown from the port, or taxi's are freely available to take you a little further afield. If there are shoppers in your party there are shops in the port. Providing your embarkation is not delayed there should be time to see Barbados, however, hopefully someone will provide information specifically relating to the boarding times for your OV cruise from Barbados .

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BARNETT - Answered a Question by hawker (18 Jan 09 18:27)

You will probably not have enough time to leave the ship for some shopping on your way out, because you normally have the lifeboat drill before the ship set sails, but on your return to barbados you will have plenty of time for shopping before leaving the ship for the airport - but the shopping on all of the other islands you are visiting are very good for shopping.

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neal - Answered a Question by hawker (20 Jan 09 13:30)

I'm surprised that some replies tell you that you'll have time. Flights get in late afternoon (if on time, which invariably they're not). Although the transfer to the ship is exceptional - no formalities, straight off the aircraft onto a bus parked no more than 50 yards away, the drive to the dock is 30 mins at best, over an hour if your arrival co-incides with rush-hour (4.30 to 6pm). Possibly a long queue at registration dockside, though it moves remarkably quickly. You're unlikely to be in your cabin before 6pm, your luggage mebbe an hour later. You'll be whacked, you may be a little dis-orientated, you wont have a change of clothes & you'll be in serious need of a drink and, if flying Thos Cook, some proper food! Lifeboat drill is usually after you've left the port, but last boarding is always half-hour before the advertised sailing time, so for 8pm read 7.30 - even if a delayed aircraft holds the ship up deep into the evening. So suggest you forget Barbados on your way out. But your return flight times give you a very full morning in Barbados - you'll need to be on the ship ready to return between 2pm & 4pm, or OV organise some tours/activities which end at the airport. We had a great holiday, sure you will too. Chris.

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