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  1. I think the family has misplaced their grief. It's easier for them to place their anger and pain towards a lawsuit than it is to have to turn that energy into just grieving. The lawsuit will not make their loss any less tragic. Win or lose (and I would have to clear the cruise line, if I were the judge), they are going to grieve worse when this is over and they have nothing more to focus on. I was on this ship in November and I could not help but think of that baby as we boarded....wondering where she fell.....were the people working there that day on duty and witnes
  2. The first time we went to Barbados, we walked out of the terminal and found a tour taxi. I think it was less than $100 for us (a couple) and there were 3 others from a different ship with us. We told him where we wanted to go and he took us and waited. It was an air conditioned van, and he even took us to some points of interest that we didn't know about. Check into island tours on travel websites and you might find one that you can personalize.
  3. Check out Calypso cruises. You can find them on the Face place. We've been with him 3 times now and always have a wonderful experience. Ask him his departure time and it's possible that it is later than you dock (I can't remember, but I know we had time to do a little shopping before we met up with him). You walk out the terminal gate to a circle and a taxi will pick you up and take you to the catamaran. Plenty of food, top shelf liquor for mixed drinks (I'm not a drinker, so I get the punch without alcohol or water), name brand beers, you're treated like family, and I think the m
  4. Omgosh, we were there in April, on a different ship, and it was horrible. I wasn't sure we were going to get away from the pier. The captain had to do like a 3 point turn in a car to get us out of there. It took quite a while for us to leave. I haven't read all the replies in this thread, but I saw on another site that there were 7 ships in Cozumel that day. Personally, I wouldn't have wanted to be there with that many people, and if it was that windy, skipping that port would have been fine. I've been on a windy cruise before when almost every port some excursions were canceled,
  5. It was absolutely wonderful! We were the only 2 that day (which I felt bad about, because I know it was not worth it financially to him to take us). But he told us so much about life on Barbados, pointed out some of the places his friends lived, we ate way too much food, but had so much fun. When we stopped for them to make lunch, I snorkeled near some rocks and the water was amazingly clear. I was the only one there, unlike at the shipwrecks, where there are crowds of people and you keep bumping into them. I got some really good pics of the turtles----very close---and the fish at
  6. Do you have a link for that? I'm afraid life got in the way of my planning, and now I'm trying to get it done quickly. Too many things happened that kept me busy. I REALLY need this vacation! The people that were on the tour with us before that did the mud baths said it made their skin feel so soft. I am thinking that if I get sunburned I would like to do that. Are containers of the mud for sale anywhere, or do you know?
  7. I'm pretty sure it was Spencer Ambrose that we did our tour with, now that I see the name. It was an extensive tour of the island for the price. We did so much on land, that we didn't get to spend much time at the beach.
  8. Is there any excursion that goes only to the mudbaths? This is the one thing on St. Lucia I haven't done, but want to. I just don't want to spend half a day stopping everywhere on a bus.
  9. We did a tour (it was several hours long on a bus) the first time we went to St Lucia. We were picked up at the pier, drove thru some areas where they pointed out different residences and buildings, and then stopped at a small town for a bathroom and stretch your legs break. It seems like there were a few stores open there. We stopped at a banana plantation and were told about the importance of the fruit to the economy (they even make ketchup from it). Some ladies were selling handmade items there. Back on the bus, we stopped at a place on the side of the road where you could take pictures wit
  10. Thanks for your help----booked!
  11. It's a few hundred yards off the beach, but they have vests and pool noodles for you to use. You can just float and the turtles will come up to the guide, who will be close to you. They will take very good care of you!
  12. Take the short tour and get dropped off at Front Street rather than back at port. There is a nice beach there, and the water taxi goes back to the port.
  13. We've used him on a friend's recommendation. We did the tour of both sides of the island. We had the option to be dropped off at the port or at the Front Street beach and catch the water taxi back, and we did that, so we could do a little shopping. I was a little disappointed that the stop in Marigot was less than an hour, as there were a lot of people there and we weren't able to see very many stores, or get to the bakery in time.
  14. When you dock, you go into the port shopping area, and turn to the left to catch the water taxi. It's about $5-$7dollars for a round trip ticket, unless they went up after the storm recovery. You can see the beach from the pier, but it's too far to walk and the water taxi is cheaper than a regular cab---and probably more fun for the kids. Although you won't see much of the area by using the water taxi, it takes you straight to the Front St Beach. There are a lot of open air restaurants, ice cream vendors, and such along the beach, and the water taxi dock has a bathroom, if you don't go to a re
  15. We have not done this catamaran, but another one twice.....DH doesn't like the water (I love it), so he stayed on board, but he had a good time. He's asked me to book the same thing for our upcoming trip. We too like the smaller excursions. Easier to relax, room to stretch out and doze...and just not be elbow to elbow with people!
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