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SpaceCowboy9

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    Raleigh, NC
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    Australian Football / Hockey
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St Maarten

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  1. Bernard's is awesome - toured with them each time to St Maarten. All I can say is probably a communication breakdown somewhere. If you are a Bernard's fan, pay for a tour right now, they are on lockdown until May 11 & could use the money - Bernard said that all he's been doing is fielding calls/emails from folks who wanted their $5 deposit back for all the cruises that were cancelled.
  2. Bernard Tours has a drop off & pick up - $30 per person, round trip & you have to pay additional for the ferry or kayak, as one above did. We were the only ones going, so they attached us to a tour and we got to also stop at a few sightseeing stops along the way -- plus rum punch! Every time we've been to St Maarten, we've done something with Bernard Tours - they are great.
  3. Doctor says stay out of the sun, so what do I do, go to the beach. I hate putting on sunscreen - solution: Rash Guards - love 'em I only have to put a little sunscreen on my hands, feet, neck, and face. If I'm just sitting in the water, I wear the hat (pictured). If I'm swimming/snorkeling, I have a beanie cap -- all UPF 50 or above.
  4. If you are looking for breakfast: Cafe Manolin in Old Town & Pannes in the Condado can't go wrong with either.
  5. Another vote for Bernard's! I can't say enough about them - we've done something with Bernard's each of our trips to St Maarten. Can't beat the price or the service!
  6. Did Bernard's Pinel Island Tour two weeks ago - awesome! It's not really a tour, it's more like transport (drop off and pick up at an arranged time). We were the only ones going to Pinel, so they attached us to a tour. We got to do the first half of a tour and they dropped us off at the Pinel Island ferry. The driver who drops you off will talk with the ferry operator and arrange a pick-up time, you just need to catch the ferry before the pick-up time. The ferry ride is only about ten minutes. We spent three hours on Pinel, caught the ferry, someone from Bernard's was waiting for us and took us back to the cruise port. I can't say enough about them - we've done something with Bernard's each of our trips to St Maarten. Can't beat the price or the service!
  7. Did a Bernard's Tour two weeks ago - they are awesome! I think I've taken them four times and my DW will take her seventh next week -- they have many offerings, reasonable rates - & lots of rum punch (if that's your thing) They do both tours and transport (drop off and pick up at an arranged time). The last time, they dropped us off at the Pinel Island ferry and we spent three hours on Pinel, they picked us up and took us back to the cruise port. I can't say enough about them - we've done something with Bernard's each of our trips to St Maarten.
  8. Did a Bernard's Tour two weeks ago - they are awesome! I think I've taken them four times and my DW will take her seventh next week - agree with poster above -- many offerings, reasonable rates - & lots of rum punch (if that's your thing)
  9. Attached is a trail map we received June 22, 2019. My DW talked to a ranger and they said a lot of the vegetation was knocked down and some invasive species are taking over, they are trying to do what they can. The place is still beautiful - this was our first time, so I don't know what it looked like before. We went to Juan Diego Falls and the tower. If you go on your own, get there early - when the park gets a lot of cars, the rangers gate the park and only let in a car when another car leaves. If you are part of a tour, you should be OK - they let tour buses in.
  10. Stayed at Hotel Miramar last year and did an AirBNB last month - would recommend both. The AirBNB was two blocks from the cruise port (in Old Town). The Hotel Miramar has a rooftop deck.
  11. Depends on what you like and you have to look at 4,300 passengers vs. 2,100 on the Fascination - as you can see from my signature, I've sailed the Fascination twice. Yes, the ship is older, but it has lots to offer and it just had an upgrade. Plus with the lower passengers, you don't have to wait for much and it has a more intimate feel. Another plus is the sides and the back of the ship are open air on the Lido deck which is great on both sea and port days - great views, ocean air I've only been on one Royal Caribbean (RC) cruise, so take this for what it's worth, I think the food is better on Carnival and the employees are much more friendlier on Carnival also. Another thing to consider is the RC goes out of the Pan American pier - there's nothing there - it was a huge disappointment for us when we took Adventure of the Seas out of San Juan. The Fascination docks in Old Town, you step off the ship and there's great food, shopping, and history without taking a taxi. Either way, it will be a great trip!
  12. If you are not beach people, there's a nice museum that talks about the salt production (Salt House), from there, you can walk to Her Majesty's Prison. At the cruise port, there's "Splashdown Grand Turk" it's an open air museum dedicated to the astronaut John Glenn - he splashed down near Grand Turk on one of the Mercury missions (though shouldn't take more than 15 minutes)
  13. Original poster (CruzerDeb) - how was the trip? - we have that same cabin in a couple weeks.
  14. you could spend three hours at the beach and have time to spare coming back
  15. Back in August 2017, we arrived at 10:30 and they asked us to come back at 11:15. They really don't have strict check in times, but if you get there first thing, they are usually quick at getting you processed. Here's our review of that trip: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=589177
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