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  1. We just took a taxi, there are dispatchers right on the pier. It was $10 pp from Crown Bay, I believe it is the same from Havensight. It is a 15-minute ride, but generally the taxi will not leave until most if not all the seats are full. There are always taxis waiting to take people back (again, $10 pp). The only thing I'm not sure of is when the beach opens for admission in the morning.
  2. We booked in advance via email, and paid when we arrived, $95. They will hold your booking until 2 hrs after your ship arrives in port.
  3. Google "taxi fare san juan puerto rico", and your first hit will be the table of flat rates for each of the four zones of San Juan. The Pan American pier and OSJ are both Zone 4 which is $10 flat rate, plus $1 for each suitcase/carry-on/backpack.
  4. Just got back. They now rent beach chairs, lounges, and umbrellas. There is a small beach snack bar and a beach bar, and washrooms/changerooms. Cost of two lounges plus an umbrella was $26 (lounges $8 each, + $10 umbrella). You can pay for this with credit card, but there is also a $30 deposit, which must be cash. Admission to the beach is $5 pp, taxi from the cruise port is $10 pp. No charge for washroom/changerooms. Along with the umbrella, you get the little sandbag kit: a piece of tarp, a tube to make a hole in the sand for the umbrella, and a small shovel to fill up the tarp with sand. It's kind of fun. BTW, the beach staff do not move chairs or the umbrella for you -- you have to drag or carry them yourself.
  5. We also just took the Thenford Grey tour to Nevis. As Geezer2151 noted, Thenford or a staff member are with you each step of the way. Thenford met us at the cruise port. There were 16 people signed up. His daughter drove us to the ferry dock and gave us our tickets. At Nevis, our tour drivers met us at the dock and took us on a great tour. We ended at Oualie Beach, where we had enough time for a bite to eat at the beach bar and a swim. A water taxi picked us up at the dock there and took us the 2 miles to Cockleshell Beach on St Kitts, where Thenford met us and bussed us back to the ship. We had enough time to spare that Thenford was able to do a side-trip into Christopher Harbour, a new and super exclusive yacht club/resort. Even with additional short stops at various lookouts, we arrived back at least an hour before sailaway. Super experience, well worth the time and money.
  6. It's a standard golf cart: there's a wire basket behind the seats that can hold two daypacks. There are two small cubbies in the dashboard big enough for a camera or pair of binoculars. And of course there is a step or shelf on the back of the cart with a bracket and strap designed to hold two sets of golf clubs. So not a whole bunch of storage. Our sandwiches and beers at the beach bar cost $20. Can't remember which bar it was, there were several. Someone at our table said the restaurant called Foodies, about a mile past the turn off for Sorobon Beach, was quite good but a bit on the pricey side. There was a fair amount of traffic in Kralendijk, and on the road south to the airport. Once past the airport, it thinned out quite a bit. Once past the salt flats, it was just us.
  7. We recently rented a golf cart in Bonaire, and really enjoyed the day. We did the southern loop (salt flats and flamingo reserve), and were constantly stopping for photos. We also pulled into Sorobon Beach and had a burger and beer at one of the beach bars. Because we dawdled, once we got back to Kralendijk, we didn't have time to do the complete northern loop -- we got as far north as 1000 Steps Beach, then turned around and headed back into town. It was a great day for us, but at the dinner table that night, several other couples were not as happy. Many had found the day to be long and tedious. So we would offer these thoughts, if you are considering a golf cart rental: Are you a destination-based person? You see an interesting point of interest on the map, you want to get to it, take a look, then head to the next point of interest? It's not so much the "where you are" as the "point of interest"? When you're driving, do you dislike being passed by other vehicles? If the landscape isn't varied, you like to get through it as fast as possible? If you said yes to several of the above, the golf cart may not be for you. It is slow (15 mph), which means it takes a long time to get places. The landscape changes very slowly -- you see things in the distance for a long time before you get to them. And you will be constantly passed by other vehicles. If this does not sound like your cup of tea, you may be better off on a tour or renting a car. If you like puttering along, like to immerse yourself in the lansdscape and have someone in the cart who you like to talk with, you'll probably have as good a time as we did. A couple of suggestions: The trade winds sweeping across the flat southern part of Bonaire are nearly gale-force, so floppy or wide-brimmed hats are less than ideal. Wear a baseball cap instead. Because you are moving in the same direction for several hours at a time, the sun will beat down on the shoulder, arm and leg of the person on the sunward side of the cart -- apply lots of sunscreen and reapply as needed. Once you turn around and head back to Kralendyjk, the same then applies for the other person now sitting in the sun.
  8. Our return flight is very late in the evening. What time does Barrachina close the luggage storage?
  9. This is Calle San Justo, and is pretty typical of the climb from the centre of OSJ (i.e. Calle Forteleza,) up to Calle Norzgaray and the two big forts. Streets are cobbled and uneven, but most streets also have sidewalks. However, they tend to be a bit battered and rough.
  10. Although you have already booked at Hotel Casablanca, you may be interested in our photo review of Hotel Milano (Feb 2011): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1371349
  11. When we did the Segway tour last year, it started and ended at Fort Beach. We were picked up at the pier, did the tour and stayed at the beach for several hours, then caught provided transportation back to the pier with the afternoon tour group. Fort Beach was beautiful, quiet, definitely not crowded (see ) and there was an open air restaurant (Miller's by the Sea) right there for lunch. If the Segway tours are based at the same location, Fort Beach is a good choice for the afternoon.
  12. The St. George Plantation Botanical Gardens are open. On your own, they would probably be okay, but hire a local guide who knows both flora and local history, and he can really bring to life the era of the slave plantation, as well as the names and uses of the hundreds of local plants, flowers and herbs in the gardens. We were taken there (as well as other places on the island) by Andre Toussaint, who was excellent. A few shops in C'sted are open on Sundays. If you are a craft beer maven, the Fort Christian Brewpub, right by the harbour, is open Sundays and makes several very good brews. The food is also good.
  13. We were at Miller's by the Sea in Feb 2011 (before and after a tour with Segway of Antigua.) There is a washroom there that can be used as a change room. The beach was beautiful the water was warm. I took some photos of the beach--see and the next 3 photos for shots of the beach. Note that if you are using Google Maps to plan your vacation, it sometimes shows the location of Miller's by the Sea incorrectly as being right at Fort James. It is actually about half a mile further north along the coast from Fort James, at the north end of a long stretch of sandy beach.
  14. Yes, they do have similar shops. As I recall, there was a liquor store, watch store, a perfumerie, a store with higher-end jewellery, a clothing and lower-end jewellery shop, and a souvenir shop.
  15. We recently did a back-to-back on Summit, and on both cruises, the cruise staff had "Hello, my name is..." name tags there. We were handed a marker and asked us to fill in our real first name and our CC handle. Seeing someone's handle was a real icebreaker--a lot of good conversations resulted.
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