$6 blackjack on the afternoon in you are in Labadee. Tables open at 3pm. The casino was dead.
At Labadee lunch is from 11:30am to 1:30pm, go early. Food runs out, fellow passengers get a little irritated, and the workers deal with this everyday, so they are indifferent
Book a day at Palm Court Plantation & restaurant for $11 and swim there all day. There is a nice restaurant & it overlooks the water (you can see the cruise ship from there). I would definitely hang out there on my next visit to St. Kitts. Another cruiser said food was good. A paradise to relax.
Don't need to book a tour in San Juan just go to the "White" tram/trolley stop outside the pier for a free ride to Old San Juan and tour the forts, that will take all day, they are massive and for 5 bucks well worth it. US cell phone work and it's usually included in you plan.
For those of you that like to run or walk on the beautiful track around the top floor, best to use it before 9 a.m or up to about 2 p.m. on port days. Rest of time congested with people sitting in recliners that spill out into the track and people 2 or 3 wide slowly walking and talking on the track.
The only downside of the cruise was the stop in Labadee, Haiti. While the island is lovely, and we had fun jet skiing, I wanted to go to the main island, which is not an option.
If you want to go off the beaten path in Jamaica, expect to pay New York City taxi prices... $170 for 5 hours.
As mentioned we cancelled our excursions because my wife was not feeling well. As a result I leaned that there is no need to leave the ship. So my tip is, do not feel you need to take excursions to have a great time on this cruise. Our most enjoyable days were the excursion days, very quiet on deck.
This ship is beautiful the crew all were so polite and friendly there is always food, which was delicious no matter where you ate, great entertainment, great activities, overall great service. I had an awesome time.
For example: Book a day at Palm Court Plantation & restaurant for $11 and swim there all day. There is a nice restaurant & it overlooks the water (you can see the cruise ship from there). I would definitely hang out there on my next visit to St. Kitts. Another cruiser said food was good. A paradise to relax.
If you are traveling with a large group (over 4), it is sometimes difficult to find a table in the Windjammer during peak breakfast and lunch hours. The staff is great in assisting you finding a table, but if possible, you will find it much easier if you go a bit earlier or later.
If wanting to play trivia at the bar areas, get there early. However, they are usually running 2-for-1 drinks the hour before, so it's hard to get a seat if you're not drinking. In Labadee, hard to find water after buffet closes at 2. Take some off the boat if you get the water package.
Be sure to check out the Case de Habanos at the pier instead of the merchants lining the streets. As of December 2014, the ship had a cigar lounge next to the Alhambra, which was nice for a late night or after dinner cigar.
Grab a piece of fruit or something in the dining room the day before your port. If you want to get off the ship right when they arrive, you want have topi me for breakfast first..unless you're really an early bird.
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