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Prinsendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 77

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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Prinsendam

10 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: December 02, 2006

Ship: Prinsendam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Review Summary

Overall, I was very happy with the cruise. I wasn't sure how it would be to cruise on such a small ship, but the experience was a positive one.

Ports Of Call

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
There are many wonderful things to see on the island: the world's only drive-through volcano, the Pitons (two towering mountains), and a lush botanical gardens with waterfall.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
This island is paradise. The clear waters, smooth sand, and pretty surroundings make it difficult to leave. We got a clamshell, which is great to get away from the sun for a bit. A definite highlight of the trip.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5
We didn't stay in St. Thomas, instead taking the ferry to St. John. By now we were a little burned out of beaches, so while the island is very pretty, it looked like all the other islands by this time. :) We did enjoy the ferry ride to St. John.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
This was a great port--lively and vibrant atmosphere. The tour of the Bacardi Rum distillery was excellent, and the visit to the fort provided great views of the city.

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
This port was disappointing. It's a fairly new port, and it shows. There is a small shopping area right off the dock, and a very nice beach, but beyond that, absolutely nothing. There were excursions offered but we didn't do those. Perhaps those got people out to see more of the island.

Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

5 out of 5
Very beautiful, expensive island. Excursions here will probably be very pricey. We simply hired a taxi to give us a 1-hour drive around the island. Splitting an 8-seater mini van with other people, it only ended up being US$12 per person, a great deal.

Charlestown, Nevis

3 out of 5
Unfortunately, not many passengers were impressed with this port because of the poor facilities off the dock. The best thing to do here is take an excursion away from the dock area. I took a hike up Mount Nevis to Herbert Heights, and it was one of the highlights of the cruise. The hike was medium difficulty, and the sights were beautiful. The family that hosts the hike are very friendly and welcoming and serve delicious native foods. If your cruise ship offers this excursion, take it! It's a great opportunity to learn about life and culture on the island from one of the families, a true immersion experience.

Charlestown, Nevis

3 out of 5
Unfortunately, not many passengers were impressed with this port because of the poor facilities off the dock. The best thing to do here is take an excursion away from the dock area. I took a hike up Mount Nevis to Herbert Heights, and it was one of the highlights of the cruise. The hike was medium difficulty, and the sights were beautiful. The family that hosts the hike are very friendly and welcoming and serve delicious native foods. If your cruise ship offers this excursion, take it! It's a great opportunity to learn about life and culture on the island from one of the families, a true immersion experience.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5
We didn't stay in St. Thomas, instead taking the ferry to St. John. By now we were a little burned out of beaches, so while the island is very pretty, it looked like all the other islands by this time. :) We did enjoy the ferry ride to St. John.

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
This port was disappointing. It's a fairly new port, and it shows. There is a small shopping area right off the dock, and a very nice beach, but beyond that, absolutely nothing. There were excursions offered but we didn't do those. Perhaps those got people out to see more of the island.

Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

5 out of 5
Very beautiful, expensive island. Excursions here will probably be very pricey. We simply hired a taxi to give us a 1-hour drive around the island. Splitting an 8-seater mini van with other people, it only ended up being US$12 per person, a great deal.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
This was a great port--lively and vibrant atmosphere. The tour of the Bacardi Rum distillery was excellent, and the visit to the fort provided great views of the city.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
This island is paradise. The clear waters, smooth sand, and pretty surroundings make it difficult to leave. We got a clamshell, which is great to get away from the sun for a bit. A definite highlight of the trip.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
There are many wonderful things to see on the island: the world's only drive-through volcano, the Pitons (two towering mountains), and a lush botanical gardens with waterfall.

Pros: Service of crew, food, small size of the ship

Cons: port-intensive schedule

Recommends Prinsendam? Yes!

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