San Juan, Puerto Rico - We docked on Sunday and the street fair was still on (they have it on Saturday as well); it is mostly local vendors and I try to buy something that I need and help out the local economy also; (the country is in bad financial straits); I'm sure the local merchants appreciate it as well.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - I came in here to buy some camera lenses; unfortunately they didn't have the ones I was looking for. The store Royal Caribbean is always very nice and professional to deal with; even though they are no longer on the "recommended ship list." The store is not connected with the cruise line; but I have been dealing with them for years,either in person or via mail, and have had no problems. They obviously sell other things there as well for e.g. sunglasses and other electronic items.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island) - Labadee is pretty and once again I try to help out the locals. However they can be a bit pushy( Probably due to the abject poverty). Having said that there is a small building that is near the archway to local merchants. In that building there is no haggling over prices, but there is no one hassling you. You may not get as good a deal but you won't deal with the "pushiness" of the locals; and the money is still going into the local economy.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - St. Maarten is very pretty and the beach is a short ferry boat ride from the main dock. Shopping is also very convenient; right there on Front Street.
Grandeur of the Seas - My tip for eating was going to The Great Gatsby Dining Room for lunch and having the staff make a made to order salad. You just tell them what you want and they make it up for you and even chop it up for you. Very Good!!!
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