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Southern Carribbean Cruise Excursions

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by marijalas, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. marijalas

    marijalas Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

    Aug 16, 2007
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    We are going on a Southern Carribbean Cruise
    • Antigua.
    • Aruba.
    • Banana Coast (Trujillo)
    • Barbados.
    • Bequia.
    • Bonaire.
    • Curacao.
    • Dominica.
    Can anyone suggest excursions , or, (because ship excursions are so pricey) other ways to visit these places that will get us back to the ship on time?
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  2. Luvtoride

    Luvtoride TUG Member

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    In Aruba, visit Baby Beach. Just take a taxi or rent a car for the day. It’s only about a 30min ride from downtown but it is well worth the visit. It’s a secluded beach inlet with rental chairs and umbrellas / Palapas and a decent bar restaurant. It’s away from the main tourist areas and beaches and you pass through small towns where the locals live along the way.

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  3. moonstone

    moonstone TUG Member

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    If you haven't looked at it already the Cruise Critic website & forums have a wealth of information on all your stops. I have seen many folk mention booking with non-ship excursion companies due to the cost savings. Our DS & DiL have done a few and never had a problem. Those companies rely on cruise ship business so make every effort to get their clients back to the ship on time.
    Here are a few; http://www.portpromotions.com/ , https://www.discountexcursions.com/ , https://www.shoretrips.com/

    On a cruise stop in Antigua a few years ago DH & I, as well as another couple we had met on board, hired a taxi driver for 4 hrs to take us on a driving tour of the island. He was very informed about the island, stopped when & where we wanted for photos or to tour Nelson's Dockyard. Even with a generous tip we saved about $100. each over the ships island tour excursion price.

  4. TravelTime

    TravelTime TUG Member

    Mar 20, 2018
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    That is an incredible itinerary! How many days and what cruise line is it?

    I absolutely love Bequia. The ocean is beautiful and the reefs are more pristine than in other areas. I have been scuba diving since the 1990s. Most reefs are not that great anymore. We were in Bequia (actually the Grenadines) last May 2018. In the Grenadines (of which Bequia is a part), I saw a virgin reef that was just starting to grow. In all my years of diving, I had never seen a virgin reef. It was an incredible experience for me. I doubt you will find this reef since the captain of our private charter said it is his secret place. We were on a sailing catamaran with just 3 other people and the captain and chef. So we were able to visit places the cruise ships can’t get to.

    Bonaire is another incredible place. It was protected back in the 1990s and was one of the premier diving destinations. I remember seeing many turtles and beautiful reefs but I have not been there in a long time but I assume since it has been protected for so many years, that the reefs are still nice.

    In general, in the Caribbean, the excursions are going to be either snorkeling trips or island trips. I always choose the snorkeling (or scuba) trips when possible bc I am a water lover.

    I have also been to Aruba, Barbados and Curaçao. Nothing really special about those destinations but the ocean is still gorgeous.

    Dominica and Antigua are still on my To Do List.

    So my recommendation is doing as many water-related excursions as possible (snorkeling, diving, kayaking, sailing etc). That is what the Caribbean is all about.

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