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Old 07-17-2008, 06:42 PM
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Originally Posted by toobusytoday View Post
Alka, are you speaking from personal experience regarding Jamaica? Seems like such a shame that an island that is reportably so beautiful has such a bad reputation.

I like cruises alot but to feel like I'm getting the most out of each port I always feel compelled to research each place and then book independent excursions. By the time you book the shore excursions, and add in the "extras" the real cost of cruise can add up too. That said, the above RC cruise looks like a good one. If you haven't been there honeyryder, you might want to visit the cruisecritic bulletin board. Royal Caribbean is a great cruise line.
I never had any problem in Jamaica. There are a few bums here and there but the police keep them away from the resorts.
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:09 PM
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I live in Montego Bay and can tell you first hand that the media has hyped this whole thing up...of course Sandals doesn't want you to leave..they don't want you to do something stupid and then get sued and they want you to spend all your money on their stores and shops and on their food and not on the locals who work their own stands or shops. Yes there is violence but it's rarely random. I am white and walk all over Mo Bay and have never ever had a problem...so big deal someone asks you if you want something for you head..you just say no thank you and move on. Not a big deal. JA is wonderful country full of wonderful people and it saddens me that ppl won't come and see for themselves.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:08 AM
Location: on the coast of somewhere beautiful
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Originally Posted by Cornerguy1 View Post
St.Maarten/St.Martin is a great island with fantastic shopping opportunities in both Phillpsburg and Marigot, scrumptious dining in Grand Case, and wonderful beaches all around the island. It also has the very large plus of being a relatively safe place to wander around in.

The only fly in the ointment I can see from the point of view of the original poster is affordability. Food, accomodation and entertainment for 2 people in SXM for 7 days would quite likely surpass the $2000 budget limit.
I think it depends on where you stay- if you have access to renting a timeshare, it's not too bad. If you don't, some of the hotels on the dutch side are cheaper than on the french side. I went there last december and it was beautiful! The snorkeling out there was amazing on the north side of the island as well!
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:56 AM
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You must try Saint John in the USVI. Plenty
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:57 AM
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Default St John

You must try Saint John in the USVI. Plenty of flights to Saint Thomas, quick ferry to St John. Incredible beaches, snorkeling, dining. Most of the island is state park. Rent a jeep and explore it all. Lots of accommodation options.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:45 AM
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might be more expensive- but try to go during each islands Carnival season to really get a real cultural experience you will never forget

Trinidad & Tobago (TnT Carnival)- Jan through Ash Wednesday
Cayman Islands (Batabano)- April-May
St Kitts & Nevis- Nov through Jan
USVI- Nov through Jan
St Lucia- April through May
Barbados (Cropover)- July through August
Antigua & Barbuda- July through August
St Vincent & the Grenadines (Vincy Mas)- June through July
Grenada (Spice Mas)- July through August
Guyana- March through April
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:56 PM
Location: East Coast
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Originally Posted by alka View Post
Just a thought.. there is a great itinerary on Royal Caribbean out of San Juan:
Departure Port: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ports of Call: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; San Juan, Puerto Rico

it's a 7 day cruise, and you are going to be in 6 different ports.Those are beautiful islands!
You can arrive a day or two before your cruise,explore San Juan and than get on the ship a go visit 6 other islands.
I think you could do it with in your budget.
I agree, a cruise is your best bet.
I did a similar one 8 years ago. PR, St. Thomas, Tortola, Martinique, Barbados, St. Kitts, Dominica.
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