Rogerg1

Rogerg1
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Hometown: Boston, MA
Joined: 07/11/2012
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St. George's, Grenada - Here they love Americans. Buy spices. Skip the rum distilleries as the rum is better for a foot rub than for drinking.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Always fun. A lot has been done to improve the notoriously tough traffic. Best small jewelry shops are in Drake's Passage downtown.
Roseau, Dominica - Barely ok. Formerly French and it shows. Not very friendly to Americans. Small buses and tight seating. A lot of tour restrictions.
Celebrity Summit Celebrity Summit - Breakfast upstairs is not too crowded and well presented. See "Juan Valdez" for coffee. He makes his own blend. Lunch is best near the pool at the burger bar. Nice think patties and excellent hot dogs. At dinner some menu items were not what was expected, but largely the result of trying too hard. The chef has to learn limits when serving hundreds at a time. Chicken Kiev was dry as it was made "gluten free". Chicken Saltambucca and Veal Cordon Blue were similarly flawed. The lamb, and there was a lot, was absolutely wonderful especially the lamb shanks braised in red wine. Loved the heated salt water pool with massage benches and waterfall spigots.
King's Wharf, Bermuda - The little mall across from the mooring is fine for little things and souveniers, but take the ferry across for a wider shopping selection. The public bus was recommended for an overview of the island. Don't. It travels at breakneck speed and you can't really see much. Take an island tour, it's worth the price.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Beaches are the feature here. If you can, try some water sports. Outstanding snorkeling and scuba. Skip anything that features the "natural bridge". It fell down 2 years ago. WARNING: There is considerable construction in Oranjestad. As a result, the old 100 yard walk to the downtown is now close to 1/2 mile. There are virtually no taxis as the port is not accessable to them due to post 9/11 security.
Xiamen, China - 2 more temples in, again, a modern city with no charm located a long way from the port.
Nha Trang, Vietnam - More temples. The beggars and trinket sellers remind me of Jamaica. Everything can be had for "one dolla" if you bargain hard enough.
Sanya, Hainan Island, China - A created city showing what China can be. Modern, clean, friendly and utterly without charm. Buy your tea here as it's the best quality you will find on the trip.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - San Juan is bustling, crowed and can be a lot of fun. But, it can get very boring after more than a couple trips. Excellent shopping in the old city, and the forts are great for scenic views.
Curacao - A wonderful slice of Holland in the Caribbean. Walk about the Punda side of the city. The locals are very nice and friendly. If you can, visit the Curacao factory. More samples to try. The older part of the city is featured, and with good reason.
Sihanoukville, Cambodia - A deperately poor fishing village with no redeeming qualities. There was no reason to stop here. Stay on the ship and enjoy the pool.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Shopping is the best in the Caribbean. Jewelry, liquor, electronics, and of course souveniers and T shirts. Take the time to walk through the stores. The staff are very friendly, offering drinks and even lunch to the weary. Don't forget the alleys like Drake's Passage and Hibiscus Alley. Negotiate, haggle and smile. Except for a couple very large stores, and on alchohol, everything is negotiable. There is a free internet cafe on the second floor of a sore named for a mid european country. The cable car ride is a great way to view the island.
Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand - Bankok is a bustling metropolis. Unfortunately far from the ship, but worth the bus ride. Friendly locals who speak English are helpful. Exceptionally bad traffic with drivers worse than in Rome or even Boston. Local food was outstanding.
Vung Tau (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Another long bus ride, but this city is rapidly regaining its stature as the Paris of the East. Wide roads filled with scooters and traffic laws are at best advisory.
Hong Kong - Very busy metropolis. Take out the temples and you have New York. Stanley Market for shopping. Yes, you can bargain, and should.
Xiamen, China - 2 more temples in, again, a modern city with no charm located a long way from the port.
Vung Tau (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Another long bus ride, but this city is rapidly regaining its stature as the Paris of the East. Wide roads filled with scooters and traffic laws are at best advisory.
Sihanoukville, Cambodia - A deperately poor fishing village with no redeeming qualities. There was no reason to stop here. Stay on the ship and enjoy the pool.
Nha Trang, Vietnam - More temples. The beggars and trinket sellers remind me of Jamaica. Everything can be had for "one dolla" if you bargain hard enough.
Sanya, Hainan Island, China - A created city showing what China can be. Modern, clean, friendly and utterly without charm. Buy your tea here as it's the best quality you will find on the trip.
Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand - Bankok is a bustling metropolis. Unfortunately far from the ship, but worth the bus ride. Friendly locals who speak English are helpful. Exceptionally bad traffic with drivers worse than in Rome or even Boston. Local food was outstanding.
Hong Kong - Very busy metropolis. Take out the temples and you have New York. Stanley Market for shopping. Yes, you can bargain, and should.
Curacao - A wonderful slice of Holland in the Caribbean. Walk about the Punda side of the city. The locals are very nice and friendly. If you can, visit the Curacao factory. More samples to try. The older part of the city is featured, and with good reason.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Shopping is the best in the Caribbean. Jewelry, liquor, electronics, and of course souveniers and T shirts. Take the time to walk through the stores. The staff are very friendly, offering drinks and even lunch to the weary. Don't forget the alleys like Drake's Passage and Hibiscus Alley. Negotiate, haggle and smile. Except for a couple very large stores, and on alchohol, everything is negotiable. There is a free internet cafe on the second floor of a sore named for a mid european country. The cable car ride is a great way to view the island.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Beaches are the feature here. If you can, try some water sports. Outstanding snorkeling and scuba. Skip anything that features the "natural bridge". It fell down 2 years ago. WARNING: There is considerable construction in Oranjestad. As a result, the old 100 yard walk to the downtown is now close to 1/2 mile. There are virtually no taxis as the port is not accessable to them due to post 9/11 security.
King's Wharf, Bermuda - The little mall across from the mooring is fine for little things and souveniers, but take the ferry across for a wider shopping selection. The public bus was recommended for an overview of the island. Don't. It travels at breakneck speed and you can't really see much. Take an island tour, it's worth the price.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - San Juan is bustling, crowed and can be a lot of fun. But, it can get very boring after more than a couple trips. Excellent shopping in the old city, and the forts are great for scenic views.

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