DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Caribbean Islands in General

It amazed me that so many people did not expect the heat and humidity on many of the islands while other islands have cool ocean breezes that made 80 degrees feel quite comfortable.  Do your research.  Be sure to check if your tour bus or excursion is air conditioned if it is a problem for you.

The unhappy cruisers were the ones who did not dress adequately for each port accordingly and were especially unprepared for the frequent rain that lasts about 3 minutes.  Poor choice of shoes was the biggest mistake most people made.  Cheap rubber flip flops do not work well on the many uneven concrete or cobble stone paths.  "Hiking boots" are way too hot for island walking.  Leave the frilly dress sandals on the ship.  

Hats that tie under the chin or baseball caps are about the only type that stay on.  It is generally very windy when you disembark especially if another ship is in port and you are walking between ships on the dock.

Gotta love the ones that say I never burn and don't use sunscreen who return to the ship with the sunburn of a lifetime!

And last but not least - the islanders.  So many people express fear and feel "unsafe" when there is really no valid reason in that particular port to feel that way.  They equate poverty with crime and confuse island life as threatening for some reason.  Tourists are the livelihood for many islands and increased security near ports is common.   Don't stray off the tourist routes and you will do just fine.

Tags: Caribbean - Southern

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noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

From the comments that are shared in reviews here... I'm surprised that you are surprised by what people say, Debbie ~LOL~  Just consider the reviews we read here. The people you overheard on the cruise are the same people who right the reviews. 

Seriously, the lack of preparation that those comments demonstrate is mind-boggling. 

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I agree - the lack of preparation is mind-boggling and the lack of understanding geographically where things are is too.  Heard one guy tell his wife that she was sailing in the PACIFIC ocean and they argued at length over it ...hello????

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

The quote of a lifetime, and the "quote and reply" button isn't workingBig Smile

I cannot agree more about falsely equating poverty with crime in the islands. Many are just not prepared for the culture shock.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I wondered what happened to quote and reply ... I listened to one woman talk about how "afraid" she was at dinner after being on Grenada and when asked what she was afraid of - she had no answer.  Nothing had happened, no close encounter, no potential robbery ... nothing.  There was a mixed crowd at the table and a black woman spit her food out when I said, "so black people who are barefoot and look poor scare the hell out of you right?  

I do not play well with others at dinner table conversation that reveals stupidity ....

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I think that the shocked people are the ones that do not travel much and the Caribbean Islands are the only place out of the USA that they have gone.   They think that everybody is as lucky to live the life style that we live here in the USA.

 

Seasoned travelers will do a bit of research as what to pack and for weather.   We will have that old cheap water proof windbreaker rolled up in our back pack with some SPF 30.   We will also be the ones to travel with a small pack of over the counter meds. 

 

It hit me when I was in grade school,  the family was in San Diego and we crossed the boarder into Tijuana (back then it was safe to walk around with kids down there).  Crossing over the bridge used to be an encampment of cardboard shanties...... this hit me even then how lucky we are here in the US.  That has stayed with me and I'm not shocked when I travel and see poverty.   Just because a area is in poverty does not mean that it is unsafe and that the people are dangerous,  they can be the nicest, hardest working, most honest and happiest people you can meet.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I'm sure they didn't read the Q&As on their cruise lines' Web sites.

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