Cruise “Vacation Worthy” Ports; Eastern Caribbean Ports

Cruising soon to the Eastern Caribbean? Want to know more about the ports you will be visiting before you get there? Well read on as I will give you general informative details about the eastern Caribbean cruise ports 😀

Cruise Line Private Islands (Caribbean): Great Stirrup Cay

Great Stirrup Cay is NCL’s (Norwegian Cruise Line) private island but any of the cruise lines “private” islands are usually always nice and kept well. You have the option of relaxing in hammocks or on the beach, beach sports and parasailing, and you also get to enjoy a beach side barbecue! It is really just plain fun!

U.S Virgin Islands: St.Thomas

There is a wonderful shopping center (big) and it is full of old fashion culture and handcrafted items as well as regular retail shops, and it is probably a mile and a half or 2 miles from the cruise ship dock. The beaches here are beautiful! You can book a shore excursion or venture out by yourself to relax on the beach! You can also take a ferry over to St. John, which has nice shopping and breath taking beaches! It is worth it!!

Dominican Republic: Samana

I did not like this port at all! Very very sketchy, people bothering you for money and following you around very closely. You can take a private ride to another part of the island where again the beaches are beautiful, but as my sister in law describes “they were afraid for their lives” when they did this. To play it safe, book a shore excursion so you will have something to do here because there isn’t really anything to do within 5-10 miles of the dock. You can apparently see whales in January-March, however I was there in the beginning of February and did not see any? Just my luck 😉

British Virgin Islands: Tortola

Beautiful beaches, some small shops with in walking distance of the pier, but they actually closed early, I think when the sun went down. Otherwise you need to book a shore excursion to see anything else. You can take a scenic bus tour around the 24 square mile island which offers spectacular photographing opportunities! If there is one thing you will get to do here it is to take amazing photos of the water and lush green mountains meeting the Atlantic ocean…picture perfect. You can also take a boat tour to Virgin Gorda also known as “The Baths” of the Caribbean which boast crystal clear 80+ degree water perfect for snorkeling.

St. Kitts & Nevins: St. Kitts

Surprisingly similar to Bermuda in culture, as it was once a French settlement but is now overwhelmingly British. You can get great handmade crafts here and enjoy the culture and talk to the locals, as they are very friendly. Like Bermuda, you will also enjoy the pink sanded beaches, YES they really are pink, not every beach is, so ask a local where you can find the pink sanded beaches! Snorkeling is also enjoyable here 😀 as you can find many exotic colored fish!

Here were some of my opinons of the cruise ship ports I have been to. Everyone is different in the sence of what they find fun, entertaining, and enjoyable. Some island I definitely liked better than others but I have been to these places to say so 😀 I love to travel and I more than LOVE to cruise, and in turn I will be posting about southern Caribbean ports in the up coming days. Have a happy, warm, Caribbean day 😎

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