The Caribbean cruise spoilt us to the core. Talk of a relaxed vacation but still so much to do and one which makes you feel absolutely euphoric.
Generally I tend to write a comprehensive report about my vacations. But for this one I will try to keep it to the bare minimum and let the videos and pictures of the cruise do the talking.
San Juan Puerto Rico
Starting point of our Caribbean cruise and the beginnning of a lazy, laid back and yet a funky vacation!! We reached San Juan a couple of days before our cruise start date. Had pre booked a rental car from Ace car rental website . The advantage of taking a car from here is that it allows you to drop off the car very close to the cruise port. And from there they provide a free shuttle which takes you to the cruise port. So no hassle absolutely.
Book a beach resort or one close to a beach. The Embassy suites by Hilton a block away from the Isla Verde beach is a pretty chic one at a reasonable price. Breakfast, evening drinks and snacks, beach loungers and beach umbrellas were complimentary. The hotel has an excellent swimming pool, casino and video arcade for kids.
Old San Juan’s cobbled stone streets adorned with colourful houses is the place to be in Puerto Rico. The El Morro fort and Castillo San Cristobal are close by within walking distance from old San Juan Main Street. Plenty of souvenir shops and restaurants to choose from, with Puerto Rican folk song and dance performance in a few of them.
Was really looking forward to visit one of the bioluminescent bays but unfortunately the conditions were unfavourable for the activity. Check the bioluminescent calendars before you head out for one.
Isla Verde Beach, Old San Juan , San cristobel Fort
Cruise Port Stops
There were 5 port stops in our cruise excluding San Juan ( Puerto Rico ).
1.) Philipsburg St. Maarten
2.) St. Kitts
3.) St. John Antigua
4.) Castries St. Lucia
5.) Bridgetown Barbados
Well, all the caribbean islands look more or less the same, have similar kind of “things to do” like snorkeling, island tours, rain forests and but of course shopping. Speaking of shopping, ladies don’t forget to get a piece of Tanzanite jewelry for yourselves from the caribbeans.
We didn’t take any shore excursions offered by the cruise line, instead did islands tours and other sight seeing by ourselves by taxis. Comes out to be far cheaper. Once you step out of the ship and enter the port ther will be plenty of tour operators and taxis selling tours. Really loved the butterfly farm which is on the French side of St Maarten.
Butterfly Farm St.Maarten
La Soufriere in St. Lucia would be something new for anyone who has not been to the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, but then again Yellowstone is incomparable. But for us the Harrison’s cave in Barbados was the star as far as sightseeing is concerned.
Harrison’s cave website
Take a taxi from the Barbados cruise port costing 20 usd per person for a return trip to the cruise port. Quite a few interesting land marks and beaches fall on the way including the Rihanna mansion.
The cave is a limestone cave with stalactites and stalagmites formation and is 500000years old. There is a trolley ride for 40 mins which gives the whole tour of the cave. It takes you to the deepest point of the cave and stops for photo opportunities. The cave is absolutely amazing and is a must do in Barbados.