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kingdomkeeper
02-14-2009, 10:49 AM
what did any of you do ? We are sailing in 4 weeks and have not booked anything ,we are not into snorkeling nor do we want to go to the beach . When we did the Western cruise we enjoyed just getting off the ship and exploring by ourselves. In the past we have rented a car in Cozumel and done a loop around the island then a little shopping, rented a taxi type mini bus around Grand cayman with guide . How easy is it to do this kind of thing on the Eastern ports ? , are things close to the ports any suggestions and or advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

bwkwpw
02-14-2009, 12:08 PM
There will be plenty of tours available on St Martin right at the dock. There is tons of info on cruisecritic dot com about St Martin and St Thomas and various tours. There are many recommendations for one guy in particular that is not affiliated with the cruise lines.

MelissaE1
02-14-2009, 03:32 PM
We have been on the Eastern itinerary twice. The first time we took a ferry to Anguilla from St. Maarten and had a local give us a Taxi tour around the island (very interesting) and then just walked around looking and shopping in St. Thomas. The second time we went on our own to the butterfly farm in St. Martin and at St. Thomas the kids didn't even want to get off the ship, so DH and I went shopping for a short time on our own and enjoyed the rest of the day aboard the Magic.

Truly if you enjoyed yourself just walking/riding around on the Western, I think you'll be fine doing the same here. Most of the excursions seem to be beach-oriented (we also did not care for that as we live in a beach town). It's no trouble to get a taxi right at the dock, and as suggested by bwkwpw there are some good options available for an island tour if you want one. :)

Whatever you choose, have fun!

hgon76
02-14-2009, 07:07 PM
We just got off of the eastern Jan 16-24. We used Bernards Tours in St. Maarten and will use them again in a year when we go back. They were AWESOME!!!! For $35pp they bring you shopping, to a place to see sea urchins, to a nice beach(we were a group of 8 with 4 children so they took us to a remote beach where everyone was in swimsuits rather than "european style sunbathing") Which didn't really much matter to us, but I think it was nice that they considered it. Then we went to Maho Beach where the planes fly directly over your head. Then back for a little more shopping, and back to the port. And the van was stocked with beer, rum punch, water, soda, and juice for the kids. Even while we were at the beach, we could go back to the van for a refill!:goodvibes It was great. I would highly recommend them. The website is www.bernardstours.com Oh, and if there's enough of you and you want to say bypass the beach altogether, they would probably tailor the tour to your liking.

bwkwpw
02-14-2009, 07:14 PM
Thats the one that everyone talks about. Bernards Tours. I have heard nothing but great things.

Brian

CanadianDisneyDad
02-14-2009, 10:31 PM
In St Thomas, my youngest DD and I spent the day on at Megans Bay. On a side not this was due to her quarantine, she could leave the ship but not on a Disney Excursion.

We were the from 8:30 till 3:30. They have a gift shop, resturant, rentals for beach chairs, paddle boats, snorkling equiptment. It was a fantastic day to spend on one of the worlds top 10 beaches relaxing, swimming and swimming.

cheers :goodvibes

kingdomkeeper
02-15-2009, 09:27 AM
Thank you all for the info, I spent a few ours on cruise critic yesterday reading about the port and that was a great help , I now have a better idea of what to do and expect now . I think we are going to take the water taxi and just putter around by ourselves but i am still interested in what you all found to be most enjoyable. (by the way we are 2 adults and 2 teen boys 15 and 14) . Thanks again.

bwkwpw
02-15-2009, 09:37 AM
Go to Orient Beach. Your teenagers will love it!:rotfl2:

Completey Joking!!!!!!!!:rotfl: :lmao: :laughing:

Pluto,
02-15-2009, 02:52 PM
Go to Orient Beach. Your teenagers will love it!:rotfl2:

Completey Joking!!!!!!!!:rotfl: :lmao: :laughing:

im sure they will,their eyes will be wide open

Soccermom-Cheri
02-15-2009, 02:59 PM
We've found the most relaxing thing to do in St. Thomas is to take the tram up the hill (is it Paradise Pt?) and sip Bushwhackers while looking out over the entire harbor.

jrabbit
02-16-2009, 12:38 PM
Actually go to Orient Beach - or at least an area that you can see it from (up high on one of the hills) - it is a very pretty beach / bay area. I have not been to Margot on the "French" side but from pictures I have seen and talking to people who have gone there on their own - they really liked it.

candizfan
02-16-2009, 02:46 PM
I think we are on the same cruise. Are you on the March 14th Eastern on the Magic?

kingdomkeeper
02-16-2009, 07:50 PM
Go to Orient Beach. Your teenagers will love it!:rotfl2:

Completey Joking!!!!!!!!:rotfl: :lmao: :laughing:

:scared1: :scared1: :scared1: :scared1: :scared1: :scared1:

kingdomkeeper
02-16-2009, 07:52 PM
I think we are on the same cruise. Are you on the March 14th Eastern on the Magic?

yes , that is the cruise we are on.

amystevekai&bump
02-17-2009, 03:39 AM
In St Thomas, my youngest DD and I spent the day on at Megans Bay. On a side not this was due to her quarantine, she could leave the ship but not on a Disney Excursion.

We were the from 8:30 till 3:30. They have a gift shop, resturant, rentals for beach chairs, paddle boats, snorkling equiptment. It was a fantastic day to spend on one of the worlds top 10 beaches relaxing, swimming and swimming.

cheers :goodvibes

sorry just wanted to check as this sounds really nice - did you mean Magens Bay??:thumbsup2

candizfan
02-17-2009, 09:54 PM
I can't wait!

I called today to see what movies will be playing on the ship. DD10 is excited because they will probably be showing the Jonas Brother's concert in 3D! :scared1: :lmao: Maybe she will let me leave her to watch it without me.
:lmao:

mkmommy
02-18-2009, 07:03 AM
I can't wait!

I called today to see what movies will be playing on the ship. DD10 is excited because they will probably be showing the Jonas Brother's concert in 3D! :scared1: :lmao: Maybe she will let me leave her to watch it without me.
:lmao:

I am on the same cruise as you, do you remember if High School Musical 3 will be playing.

candizfan
02-18-2009, 09:12 PM
Yes it was on the list!

kingdomkeeper
02-18-2009, 09:20 PM
oh no:eek: , my teen boys will be mortified with the jonas bros and hsm3. Does anyone know what else is showing ?. Thanks.

kingdomkeeper
02-18-2009, 09:32 PM
Anyway back to the original topic , what are the best things to do at these ports when you have no excursions booked ? .At the moment I am leaning towards just trying to pick up a sight seeing tour when we get to port , some shopping and hopefully a visit to the beach near the airport (the name escapes me right now).

candizfan
02-20-2009, 08:04 PM
I know Bolt in 3D is also playing.

We have booked (not through the cruise line) a snorkling excursion that goes to three different spots for St. Maarten and in St Thomas we booked a sight seeing tour that does two ours of touring, two hours at the beach and then two hours of shopping.

Dreamsoftravel
02-20-2009, 08:27 PM
When we went to St. Maarten it was Christmas and a lot of excursions were actually cancelled. We rented cars and drove around. It is so much fun to go where you want on your own. We did do Orient Beach. Picture of my dad, husband, brother, son and nephew did NOT make it into the scrapbook :scared1:

If you drive around, you have to do Maho (SP?) Beach. What a thrill to be so close to a plane.

candizfan
02-21-2009, 04:38 PM
We thought about renting a car as well but opted not to. But it does sound like a lot of fun.

hgon76
02-21-2009, 06:29 PM
If you drive around, you have to do Maho (SP?) Beach. What a thrill to be so close to a plane.

I second Maho Beach. Here's a pic of what they are talking about. Very cool!!

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww133/hgon76/disneycruise167.jpg

hgon76
02-21-2009, 06:31 PM
If you drive around, you have to do Maho (SP?) Beach. What a thrill to be so close to a plane.

I second Maho Beach. Here's a pic of what they are talking about. Very cool!!

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww133/hgon76/disneycruise167.jpg

hgon76
02-21-2009, 06:32 PM
OOPS! Don't know how i posted twice.

Dreamsoftravel
02-22-2009, 09:18 AM
http://i371.photobucket.com/albums/oo151/jebode/IMG_0930.jpg

Watch out!