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Old 04-13-2018, 06:33 PM
 
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I've only ever been to the Bahamas (twice). Fiancé has never been on a cruise and is excited to try it out. I'm pickier now that I've done it before, and to be honest I wasn't a big fan of Nassau or Freeport. I'd rather skip it and try somewhere new. Which Caribbean ports would you say are better and why?
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Virtually ALL will be better than Nassau and Freeport (except maybe the ports in Jamaica.)

Which one(s) depends on how you like to spend your time. But my guess is that many people would include these as their favorites: St Thomas, Barbados, Aruba, and St Martin (before the hurricane). I loved grand cayman specifically because of Stingray Bay.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:32 AM
 
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All the ports are the "same" to me. Since you have a negative feeling about the Bahamas go for the Caribbean. I would look at the on shore tours offered more than the actual ports. However there are some ports controlled by the cruise line. These would be good for swimming in the ocean, and less so for seeing the country. Some ports are in freight terminals and a way from the towns. Others dock within walking distance of the town.
Go to https://www.cruisecritic.com/ and you can ask and get info on each port and each cruise company. I think cruise lines vary by age and family make up so you might want to pay attention to that. For example you may want a cruise with a few or a lot of children. Maybe a ship with a lot of night clubs.
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:58 PM
 
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all the ports are the "same" to me. Since you have a negative feeling about the bahamas go for the caribbean. I would look at the on shore tours offered more than the actual ports. However there are some ports controlled by the cruise line. These would be good for swimming in the ocean, and less so for seeing the country. Some ports are in freight terminals and a way from the towns. Others dock within walking distance of the town.
Go to https://www.cruisecritic.com/ and you can ask and get info on each port and each cruise company. I think cruise lines vary by age and family make up so you might want to pay attention to that. For example you may want a cruise with a few or a lot of children. Maybe a ship with a lot of night clubs.
huh?????
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:40 AM
 
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huh?????
The poster is talking about the private islands. So CocoCay is Disney's private island, RC has one and so does Carnival.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:45 AM
 
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St. Maarten was a favorite but I'm sure it's much different after the hurricane last year. I also really like Grand Cayman.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:28 AM
 
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The poster is talking about the private islands. So CocoCay is Disney's private island, RC has one and so does Carnival.
got it. Thanks for the explanation.
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Old 04-18-2018, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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my preferences on my only Caribbean cruise

St Thomas
Puerto Rico
Bahamas
Dominican Republic
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:34 PM
 
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Get ahead of the curve.. why not take one that stops in Cuba?

And avoid Jamaica ports .. or stay on the vessel.
They'll even rip you off for weed, the b@$t@¶D$.
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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The poster is talking about the private islands. So CocoCay is Disney's private island, RC has one and so does Carnival.

I do like the private islands as they are controlled/owned by the cruise lines.


I've been on 12 cruises, these are my favorites:


Grand Cayman
Aruba
St. Thomas/St. John
Barbados
Dominican Republic (not to be confused with Dominica!!)
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