Family Travels
The Caribbean
CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN
In addition to our travels to Europe...our family also likes to
cruise...and our favorite destination is the Caribbean.
We love being on the go....and cruising offers a lot of
advantages.
Sometimes in one seven night cruise...you will visit British,
Latin and French cultures.....sometimes Dutch and the
good old USA.

Each island offers something different.

Keep in mind each of these islands has been visited on a
short term basis....just a couple hours in port...so we are
offering reviews on only what we have personally done.
We have visited some more than once or twice.
It also helps that my best friend is a travel agent with
CruiseOne.  If you do not have a travel agent for cruise, I
guarantee you great service with a smile from a person
you can trust.
         Top Excursions
1.  Barbados  -- Best of Barbados Tour
Harrison Caves, Wildlife Preserve, Island Tour and
Snorkeling with the Sea Turtles (Shoretrips.com)

2.  
St. Thomas--Renting our own powerboat
Gave us freedom to go what we wanted (Shoretrips.com)

3.  
Aruba--Horseback Riding and Snorkel
What made this so great was that it was Mom and the
three kids...in a private group with our guide Monique.
(Shoretrips.com)

4.
Xcerat--Cozumel
is an ecological archeaological park   with Mayan ruins,
aquariums, a lazy river with snorkeling, beaches and
lagoons

5.
 Sailing in Antigua
This is THE island for sailing and snorkeling

6.
 St. Lucia--
Hire a private driver and do it all..volcano, little villages
botanical gardens, the plantation..and if you can get out
---go sailing  (Shoretrips.com)
Favorite Islands
1.  Barbados
2.  Antigua
3.  Grenada
4.  Puerto Rico
5.  St. Maarten
6.  St. Lucia
Don't bother with
1.  Casa de Campo
2.  Bahamas
Abby Lisk,
CruiseOne Agent
1-888-868-9667
Cruise One Website
Shoretrips
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CRUISE SHIP SHORE EXCURSIONS
VS
PRIVATE OPERATORS

Most cruisers do not know that some of the best
excursions offered are  with other operators than the
cruise line.

We use Shoretrips and have had incredible adventures.


Many times we simply do research and book things on
our own.  

                     Top Excursions
                    Done on Our Own
1. GRENADA--We hire a private driver,  Cuttie
We asked the Tourism Board (sitting at a desk in the port
terminal) to recommend a good taxi driver and used him
for a private driver for the day.

2.  
SCUBA DIVING.
Most of the times, Rick simply researches the dive
shops and popular diving sites on the internet before
leaving home....This is how we found Scuba Dogs in
Peurto Rico, and scuba dived in Antigua, Mykonos etc.

3.  
BERMUDA
We bought a bus pass and used our Frommer's guide
book and took off exploring the island and its beaches
for four days.
Barbados
St. Lucia
Aruba
Our Own Boat in St. Thomas
Grenada
Antigua
Cozumel