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Megan's Bay USVI St Thomas

Megan’s Bay USVI St Thomas

Welcome to Magen’s Bay, St Thomas, USVI

 

If you are into Beaches in the Caribbean, one exciting visit you must try when in St Thomas, USVI is the excursion to Magen’s Bay. This is one of the most beautiful beaches you will find in the Caribbean. There is a small drive and parking and when the bus unloads, you will find a tree line for some shade, and then a wide beach area with white sand and crystal clear water. The picture (courtesy of Gruepig on WikiCommons) shows exactly what you will see looking out to the water way. Continue reading

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Sint Martin, Philipsburg  St Maarten is divided between the Dutch Side (Philipsburg) Sint Martin, and the French Side called Saint Maarten has it’s capital at Marigot.  Thus, Sint Martin, Philipsburg  and St Maarten Shore Excursions was born!

Philipsburg has a fairly new cruise terminal and is a popular stop for ships.   Once the ships dock here, it is just a short water taxi ride over to the Philipsburg, or you can walk to town that will take you about 20 minutes.  Once in town, you will find a beach and a paved area that resembles a board walk at some of the USA beaches on the east coast.  The mile long paved walk is lined with shops, cafes, and bars. There are also hotels around this area. There are also very nice cafes and bars along the strip. So, if you wanted to do something on your own, you can explore the shops and cafe’s spread across Philipsburg and experience some local cooking.

When you walk into town just outside this beach area on Front Street,  there are plenty of shops, so this is definitely  a port-of-call for shoppers.

Many shops line the streets in both directions. Jewelry shops, electronics,  and alcohol cater to those looking for duty free shopping.

The water and beach areas are very beautiful and clean.      This is a very beautiful stop for cruise travelers.   Check with your cruise shore excursions list to see what beach tours they have available.  This port-of-call has many shore excursion opportunities as it is a popular stop for Cruise Lines.  However, if you plan to just use the water taxi and head into Philipsburg’s town, there is plenty to see and shop too.

Phillipsburg Cruise Terminal, Sint Martin

Phillipsburg Cruise Terminal, Sint Martin

When you are ready to head back, simply catch the water taxi back to the cruise port.  At the cruise port, you will also find more shops and duty free shops so you don’t need to rush back on board.

 

There was also a local steel drum band playing at the pier.  While waiting to board, you can stop at a cafe, local bar, and just hang out on the pier listening to the local bands playing.

 

Cruise Lines: Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Disney, Celebrity.

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RCCL Explorer of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

 

Labadee Haiti Resort is a privately leased port on the northern island of Haiti.  This Royal Caribbean’s Shore Excursion is a private resort and a common stop for the fleet in the Caribbean.    In the past, the ships would be tendered into the cove, however, with the larger  Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas in the Caribbean rotation, Royal Caribbean International invested millions of dollars in this resort and put in a large port.

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El Morro Fort in Old San Juan Guards the Harbor

El Morro Fort in Old San Juan Guards the Harbor

 

Many cruise ships arrive for a brief stop, or begin their cruise at the Old San Juan Cruise Terminal.  This article is for those that want to explore Old San Juan right from the cruise terminal.  Old San Juan Puerto Rico Shore Excursion!

On arrival to Old San Juan, you will be most impressed with the massive 42′ walls that at one time surrounded the city. Back in the 1500’s , these walls protected the residents from attack and are clearly visible as you arrive in the harbor.  A tour of El Morro (shown) is highly recommended and they allow you to walk pretty much anywhere on these grounds.   If you are pressed for time, you could take a taxi to El Morro and begin your walking tour at the Fortress and walk back to the port through town.  If you have more time, you can add the Castillo San Cristobal Fortress to to your tour.   Both parks are part of the National Park system, so these are options you can choose when planning.  Continue reading

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Diving Shark Excursions

Dive Nassau for an Exciting Underwater Adventure Nassau Shore Excursions

When it comes to doing your own excursion, you can’t beat the exciting underwater adventure that you can do in Nassau at Stuart Coves.   Diving with live sharks is something you wont find on the cruise director’s  list of things to do, but for those daring, check out the Stuart Coves web site for your own excursion in Nassau, Bahamas.     They offer approximate 1 hour dives near the reefs, and draw in reef sharks with bait.   You will descent to approximately 45 feet and form a wide circle near a wreck.   From that point, the bait comes out, and the sharks start to assemble and your exciting dive starts there.   You can rent the gear, underwater camera and take spectacular footage.   The price is not bad considering what Scuba excursions could cost.  The shark adventure runs around $150.00.  They also have 2 tank dives around 100 bucks.    They will even pick you up at the port.

They also offer snorkel, coral reef tours, and dives.  Check out the information on their web site.  http://www.stuartcove.com/     From here, you can book online.

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USA Today posted some useful information on top Cruise Ports.  You can read this article by clicking HERE on Top Cruise Ports by USA Today.

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Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas Shore Excursion is a great Experience!

Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas is a Private Island paradise shared by Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America.

Originally developed by Holland America, this is absolutely a beautiful island stop with white sand beaches, chairs to lounge, food and bars.  It’s one of my top 5 beaches.

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Grand Turk, Caicos

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Grand Turk and Caicos Island is a must stop for Cruise Travelers!   Once docked, you will find a nice walkway to the terminal. At the terminal are some local shops, and access to a public beach with plenty of  chairs. You can also rent snorkel gear or other floation devices at a small stand on the beach.
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