I'm not a fan of "personal" dining which in my opinion turns out to be the opposite. I've seen a dramatic dropoff in service quality in every facet of the cruise since the tipping has become automatic. Many things that were once standard are now "extra cost" options. All in all the cruise experience has moved from being a "special" experience to a "commodity" experience. Cruise ship commodities are following the airlines example - charge more, give less.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Only went shopping and it was OK. We've been to St. Thomas at least 6 times and nothing every gets any better. Just the traffic gets worse.
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality - We were able to get to the beach very easily and enjoy it.
St. George's, Grenada - Not enough time to do any self-guided tour of the island and I do not like to group grope type of tours
Oranjestad, Aruba - I've been to Aruba for a weeks vacation in the past so there was no real need to do anything else on the island because there is so little to do.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Did not really have enough time while in port to do get around the island.
JimP8 added Apr 12, 2008 cruise on Crown Princess to their profile.
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