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January 2018 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Empress of the Seas
First(and very likely only) small ship cruise...
May 2012 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas
Family Cruise(First Time too!)
Allure of the Seas
Avoid interior rooms if you are a daylight based waker...
This was our 2nd visit here...just walked around port, and visited the free beach. No desire to return
Try the Champagne Cat Snorkling excursion to St John!
Oasis of the Seas
Visit the Schooner Bar or the Champagne Lounge for low wait times!
Favorite port to sail from!
2nd Favorite port so far, after Key West! Many places to sit and relax, or grab a beverage!
Oasis of the Seas
Go to the cafe in Central park for lunch!
Take the champagne cruise and snorkle! Crew is very entertaining and knowledgable
Not a huge fan of this port
Allure of the Seas
If you have a forward facing room, make sure either your lights are off, or your curtains are closed at night, or else you will get a call from the Navigation Bridge asking you to close the curtains
Favorite port, aside from Key West, in the Caribbean!
When departing from Terminal J, there are no signs indicating where your ship is sailing from. We also attempted to call RCCL to determine where our cruise was departing from, and we were told the incorrect departure terminal.
Absolutely loved this port. Visit the Cork and Stogie on Duval st!!
Typical commercialized cruise port, full of mostly mass produced items. We also took the Off-roading jeep excursion, which was a lot of fun.
Empress of the Seas
Be prepared with Dramamine, or another anti-seasickness/nausea medication before embarking, and be sure to have enough to cover the entire length of your voyage
Favorite stop on our last cruise. Lots of things to do, but my suggested course of action: Walk all the way down Duvall St to get to the “southernmost point”, then on your way back: The Cork and Stogie - for a Drink and a Cigar, or get a draft beer “To-go” style, and continue on 60+ Craft beers(according to their signage) Pinchers - some say this is the original, but I’m not 100% on that. Good drink prices, but not much in the way of Craft or Draft. Margaritaville - this IS the original. Decent drink prices. Also available to go. Other suggested stops: the Key Lime Shop on Duvall - best Key Lime pie on the island Sloppy Joes - Great food menu Irish Kevin’s - best Car Bomb on the island.
We have ported in Phillipsburg, St Maarten on 3 different occasions. It is a perfect spot to get all manner of things one might wish to bring home. Fantastic deals on Canon “L” series lenses, GoPro cameras and accessories, cigars, linens, jewelry, cigarettes, and alcohol. Not to mention $1 Heineken and Presidente everywhere you turn. The price at the Duty Free near Hard Rock Cafe for Johnie Walker Blue is about $100/750ml. In comparison, an Identical bottle in Buffalo, NY is about $225. My absolute favorite port to bum around on shore, and drink.
We have ported in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 3 times. 2x we took the St John, honeymoon beach snorkel and Champagne cruise excursion. The crew aboard the Champagne Cat is fantastically entertaining, and very professional. On the 3rd Time in port we took the excursion to Megan’s bay overlook, and Blackbeard’s castle. Do not waste your money or time. If you have the opportunity to stop in “Drake’s Alley” and have a drink at the bar, do it!!!
We have ported in Nassau 3 times, and have been consistently less than impressed. Of the 5 ports we have cruised to, it is our least favorite. First cruise we did the Atlantis Shallow water dolphin encounter and aquarium tour. The facilities at Atlantis are top notch, and the Dolphin trainers were fantastic. Our 2nd cruise, we walked around port, and attempted some shopping. The straw market was less than impressive, with a lot of the vendors having identical mass produced merchandise. Our third cruise we did another Dolphin encounter, at an off shore location. Facility was not as nice, and 2 rounds of beer for 4 people cost me $90, before tip.
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