St. Maarten:
This was my favorite port of the cruise. Since we were to have a long day there, I planned to go to the nearby beach in the AM, each lunch and change clothes on the ship, and do an ATV tour in the afternoon.

I had read and researched about the water quality issue at Great Bay (the beach near the cruise pier). Based on the information I found and using my environmental engineering judgment, I decided the Bay’s water quality did not appear to be a public health issue and took my family. We purchase water taxi passes and headed over to the beach. We got a really good deal for $20: 5 drinks, two lounge chairs with umbrella, and water noodles for the kids to play with. The water was crystal clear and not rough. We even saw numerous fish, including two small blue marlins (the fish with long swords).

Water Taxi to Great Bay Beach:

To be continued...
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I cruise for the ports. The ship is an added bonus!

***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya:
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau:
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya:
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise):
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise):
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise):
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas:
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):