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About loveislands

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    scuba diving, photography, food and wine
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    Star Clippers, Holland America
  1. Would it be a good idea for me to exchange some dollars for euros at the airport before I leave? I'll be on the Royal Clipper's Windward islands sailing Feb. 19-26, so we'll be visiting two French islands - Martinique and Isle des Saintes. I've read that these islands don't readily accept U.S. dollars. The islands we'll be visiting that use EC (Eastern Caribbean) dollars also accept U.S. dollars so I'm not concerned about getting EC in advance. I'd love to hear from others who have been on this itinerary as to how they handled their currency needs. Are ATMs easy to find and get euros from on the French islands, etc.? Were you able to exchange dollars for euros on the ship? Thanks...
  2. Hello Kim in Niceville! I have been to Niceville and love the Destin area! Re: the house wine - is the white similar to a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio, if you can recall? And same for the house red - a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or other?
  3. Thanks, Paul & Marilyn (MSN-Travelers) for your reply... I appreciate your comments! I am leaning toward waiting 'til we are in St. Lucia on Sunday to decide whether to rent the water taxi to go to the south side of the island. I believe our time on island will be the same as yours, as I know we have to do the fire drill the first morning at 10 a.m., so should be able to catch views of the Pitons on the way up island to Rodney Bay. Re: everything being closed - Jerome, who runs IsraelKing Water Taxi, must not be Catholic or needs the income, no matter the day of the week! I have done research and found out that the Botanical Gardens I wanted to see on the southern end ARE closed on Sunday, but the Drive-in Volcano and other attractions will be open. He requires making a 50% down payment with him in advance to secure the booking, so am a little hesitant to do that, in case something unforeseen happens between now and then... One of the ship's excursions listed goes to the Caribelle Batik on the northern end, which, according to my research, is also closed on Sunday. I've been told that they may open, however, for the cruise ship group. So... while I am the type who likes to have everything planned out in advance, I see that I may need to go with the flow a bit more and not get too upset if I don't get all the photo opportunities or see all the sights I have in mind... I did look at the itinerary with arrival/departure times that you had posted for your cruise, and anticipate we'll be on that same schedule. Thank you again for your input!
  4. I posted yesterday to see if anyone wanted to join my friend and I on an independent shore excursion in St. Lucia... One other person is interested... Would love to find one more person to make it a foursome, but I am also wondering... is anyone is reading this board who will be on the Feb. 19th sailing aboard the Royal Clipper, whether interested in shore excursions or not? If so, please post something here! I did two Windjammer cruises in 2002 and 2003... my only other cruises. I am looking forward to the Royal Clipper experience, still a sailing ship but larger and more upscale. Looking forward to escaping the wintry weather we've been having in Texas!
  5. I will be on the Feb. 19th Windwards cruise aboard the Royal Clipper. I would like to get in touch with others who will be on this cruise, and to see if anyone is interested in joining my friend and I on some independent shore excursions, rather than those offered by the cruise line. One I am definitely interested in doing independently is in St. Lucia, which will be our first stop on Sun., 20th. We are going to dock in Rodney Bay on the north end of the island and I am interested in taking a water taxi to Soufriere on the southern end to be able to see and photograph and Pitons from the water, as well as take a 2 hr. land tour to some of the sites. The botanical gardens, waterfall, drive-in volcano and other attractions are in this area. (None of the cruise sponsored shore excursions go to this part of the island.) I have communicated with Jerome of Israel King Water Taxi who was highly recommended on TripAdvisor. Here is link to his website: http://www.israelkingwatertaxi.com From what I can tell, we will get into port around noon and the last tender back to the ship leaves at 5:30 p.m. so we would have time to get to Soufriere and back via water taxi and do a land tour of approximately two hours. Cost goes down with number of people: $250 ($125 each) for two; $300 ($75 each) for four; $350 (58.33 each) for six. He requires a 50% deposit via PayPal. If anyone who will be on the Feb. 19th cruise would be interested in joining us, please email me at debbra@wordjourneys.net. I am also interested in booking something independently in Martinique as the choices offered by the cruise line are fairly limited. Thanks!
  6. Getting to Barbados from Dallas (DFW) looks like no easy task, unless you can take the new non-stop flight available only on Sat. or Sun., which won't work for a Sat. to Sat. cruise on the Royal Clipper. Connections are through Miami or New York, for the most part, and especially in the winter I'd rather not connect through anywhere on the East Coast! (I'll be on the 2-19 cruise) Do most people fly in the day before to be sure they will be there in time for boarding? What is the time range for boarding on Saturday? I think I read that passengers must disembark by 10 a.m. or so (?) which should work fine for flights back. Thanks...
  7. Just go to the Star Clippers website and you can download a PDF file of all the shore excursions offered in the various Caribben itineraries/ships and on which islands they are offered. The PDF I downloaded is titled 10-rc-barbados.pdf I recall there was a zip line trip but can't remember where... it may be on Dominica. Hope this helps!
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