Eastern Caribbean Sail Date: May 17, 2009 Ship: Freedom of the Seas Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
This cruise was incredible! This was our first cruise so we didn't have much to compare it to but we talked with a couple who had been on 40+ cruises with Royal Caribbean alone (they started out with Princess, Dolphin and Carnival and once they tried Royal Caribbean they never went back to any other cruise line...I can see why).
This island was nothing like I expected- lots of poor people who were trying to sell you something left and right (or give you a ride by taxi). Blackbeard's Castle was pretty neat with all of the pirate history and statues. We took "The Best of St. Thomas" tour and were glad we did, since it gave us something to do for the day and allowed us to see most of the island (as well as stop at a beach for a couple hours to swim). If we had just walked into town on our own, we would have been bored. The shops by the dock were beautiful and very rich, which was a stark comparison to the rest of the island.
Very beautiful but you can tell it is man-made. We were sorely disappointed that even though we brought our own snorkel equipment so we wouldn't have to waste money on rentals ($20+ to rent), the beach patrol whistled for us to get out of the water and go rent swim vests if we wanted to snorkel near the rocks- which they wanted $6 for! It should be at your own risk, thank you very much! They were just trying to get more money out of you. I suggest that you walk around the island to find a more secluded place to lounge- when you first get on the island it looks like the only places are right off the ship but the beautiful, more secluded areas of the beach are just a short walk away from the entrance area!
Don't Miss: Everyone loved the waterslide. It was $20 for the whole day so go early and use it as much as you want!
We took the Jeep & Aquaboat excursion and it was the best excursion we've ever been on (we've been on many others in Mexico, Cuba, etc.)!! Sure's it's $125 but it's worth every penny! By Jeep you get to drive around the entire island, seeing the Dutch and French sides, stop at one of the top 10 beaches in the world and view a variety of sites. In the middle of the jeep excursion you stop to board the aquaboats which were an absolute blast! Similar to driving a seadoo but shaped like a tin fishing boat. We drove the boat through the inlet, viewing at least 4 shipwrecks then driving around the edge of the island to a beautiful private beach where we tied the boats together so we could swim and snorkel for an hour (where we found a ton of cool treasures...conch shells and all!) All of the beaches on the Fench side of the island are clothing optional so beware if you are traveling with children or are uncomfortable with nudity (not many people were nude).
Don't Miss: The Jeep & Aquaboat Excursion!
Pros: Food, Service, Beds, Towel Animals on our Beds
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