Eastern Caribbean Cruise
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This cruise left Port Canaveral for 7 nights aboard the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. It stopped in St. Maartin and St. Thomas. There were several days at sea. The Liberty is one of the largest ships on the sea. It has a rock climbing wall, an ice skating rink, a mall, and Casino Royale. It is the perfect ship for people who like to stay on the ship since there are so many activities available. This itinerary was perfect for us because there were 5 days at sea. We love to sit on deck by the pool and watch the world go by while our children love the freedom they have to do whatever they want. Each of us has there own daily menu of activities and key to the ship so they can join the activities that they want at their leisure.
St. Maartin was the first stop and very quiet. The day was lazy, breezy, and hot. We took a dolphin excursion to Anguilla, (about 45 minutes away by water taxi) where we were able to swim with the dolphins. They provided an insightful little lesson on dolphins, lunch, free time on the beach, and the option to purchase your excursion on video. We really enjoyed it but were very tired by the time we got back to the ship.
The next stop was St. Thomas where we chose to venture out on our own. We easily found a taxi to town from the port. It was about $5.00 and took about 10 minutes. The people in St. Thomas are lovely. They are very friendly and open. The food was great and the shopping was the best. Lots of gold and silver, as well as name brand high end stores; Versace, Coach, Gucchi, Tiffanys. Remember when shopping in the Caribbean, It's duty free mon!
There is a sky tram you can ride that will take you from the town all the way up to the very top of the island. You can see 360 degrees around the Caribbean Sea. It is about $7.00 and completely worth the sight. Many cruises stop in St. Thomas, it is the last US port once you are in the Caribbean. Don't miss every chance just to get off the ship an have a cold drink, it is incredibly relaxing way to spend the afternoon.