smith - Answered a Question by (11 Nov 08 12:56)

We are off to the Caribbean for the new year, we go every year we can we travel with Princess , this year we are on the Sea Princess as we were last year. We had a fantastic time hope this year is as good. We like Aruba, St, Marteen, Antigua and St. Lucia not so keen on Jamaica and Grenada. But love the weather at that time of year.

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Cox - Answered a Question by (11 Nov 08 12:59)

I went on a Caribbean cruise for my honeymoon with P&O. 11 different islands in 14 days - sheer bliss. It was just like you see in pictures, or even better. White sands, turquoise seas etc.. Antigua was by far our favourite. I hope people are put off by the shooting in the news earlier this year. It really is a beautiful island and the locals will do anything for you. We did our own thing on most of the islands. There are always plenty of taxis at every port waiting to take you anywhere for a good price. The drivers are always so knowledgeable too. It's like getting your own personal tour guide.

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Cox - replied to Cox (11 Nov 08 13:00)

Meant to say 'I hope people AREN'T put off' Antigua. Oops!

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D & B - replied to Cox (11 Nov 08 14:48)

Hello, we have visited the Med on numerous occasions and enjoyed every sailing but as yet we have not ventured into the Caribbean, we hope to make it there in late 2009 early 2010. In your report above you mention that you visited 11 different Islands. If you do not mind and to help us sort out our Itinerary I would be very interested to hear which Islands you visited and what you thought of them. Many thanks .

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D & B - replied to D & B (11 Nov 08 15:00)

Hello, in fact I would be interested and grateful to hear from anyone who has visited the islands of the Caribbean and which Islands they liked and the Islands they would not recommend. Thank you .

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Cox - replied to D & B (11 Nov 08 16:22)

Hello. Sure I don't mind. It was a couple of years ago though so forgive me for not putting them in order! Tortola - beautiful island - quite rustic. We had a tropical storm when we were there - very exciting. Mayreau - this is a private island. Just sea and sand really - we used the opportunity to go snorkelling - it was fantastic - so many tropical fish. I wish we'd bought an underwater camera. Barbados - great just to do your own thing here - just have a wander around and look at the shops and culture. You'll pick up a few bargains if you don't go to the touristy shops. Don't go off the beaten track though, we did and felt quite vulnerable at one point. St Lucia - we did a catamarran trip to the Pitons and botanical gardens - I recommend it. Margarita - we swam with the dolphins which we was good but it all felt a bit of a rip off as we drove for miles, then swam with them for 20 mins in a swimming pool. Not quite what we expected for £80 each. Grenada - just walked off and did our own thing, great markets, and beach but beware of being hassled here by sellers they can be quite aggressive. St Kitts - very unspoilt, spent the day on one of the beaches. St Maarten - again great beaches. Good duty free too - picked up a nice watch there. The taxi drivers are very trustworthy too! I left my camera in the back of a taxi and he'd found it and passed it onto his boss in case we came back. I can't remember much else! It's a beautiful place & perfect for cruising. You'll love it.

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Freemantle - Answered a Question by (11 Nov 08 14:57)

Our first cruise was to the Caribbean with Fred Olsen's Braemar to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary in 2003, since then we have been to the Caribbean a total of 4 times. It's magic! It's everything you dream it will be. Our favourite places are: Antigua, Tortola, Bonaire and St. Maarten. We are not going next year as we have chosen to do a Eastern Med cruise instead but I know we will miss it come February. We have booked to go through the Panama Canal in 2010 and will end up in Barbados. Since our first cruise - which we thoroughly enjoyed - we have travelled with P&O. We like their cruise ships and style of cruising. So far we have been on Oceana, Arcadia, Oriana and also Adonia when she was with them (now Sea Princess). Next year we go on Artemis and I'm sure we will enjoy her too!

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Dinnage - replied to Freemantle (15 Nov 08 10:20)

Hi,are you doing the march 21st cruise if you are see you there.

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Freemantle - replied to Dinnage (16 Nov 08 10:26)

No, we are on the Eastern Med cruise that leaves at the beginning of May. Do post a review and let us know how it was.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by (11 Nov 08 20:10)

Off on Explorer in March to SanJuan, St Thomas, St Maarten, Dominica, Barbados and Antigua. Tortola has just been dropped - we were only there for 4 hrs so no big deal. Busy researching on the internet, and friends on the Meet&mingle already teaming up to share shore excursions.Never ever book the ships tours. RCI are currently selling our suite for £1000pp more than we paid so very happy with the pricing!

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