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#1
Gilroy ,California-Garlic Country
145 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
Hi all

From Land lubber to first time cruiser as i just finished booking a cruise on Royal Caribbean in June to the Southern Caribbean.After doing Hawaii last week we figured it was time for a change.Any tips for the southern Caribbean -any must see or do's? We love snorkling.

Thanks
mex25
330 days til Adventure of the Seas RCCL!
#2
Ottawa, On, Cda./Naples, Fl. USA
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Joined May 2004
Congratulations on your booking! Have you signed up for the Roll Call for you sailing? If not, you should do that and you will likely find some good responses to your questions.
Have a great cruise.
Kathy
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#3
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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Joined May 2001
Go to the port of call boards--there will be alot of info about what to do at each port! Or, get a good guidebook (libraries are free!) and read up on the ports you will visit! Not only will that tell you if there is good snorkling, but where it is, and how to get there! Some things need no formal "excursion"!
#4
Waxahachie, Texas
759 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Congratulations!! But you dont list what ports you will be visiting on theSouthern Caribbean Itinerary. I did the southern caribbean on my first cruise and I absolutely love it better than anything else.
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#5
Massachusetts
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Joined May 2006
Dgonza is correct: it would be easier to give you tips/hints/suggestions if you had told us where you were stopping.

Congrats on booking your first cruise!!
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Have a great time!
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#7
Lomita, CA
5,354 Posts
Joined May 2004
Originally posted by mex25
Hi all

From Land lubber to first time cruiser as i just finished booking a cruise on Royal Caribbean in June to the Southern Caribbean.After doing Hawaii last week we figured it was time for a change.Any tips for the southern Caribbean -any must see or do's? We love snorkling.

Thanks
mex25
330 days til Adventure of the Seas RCCL!
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#8
Gilroy ,California-Garlic Country
145 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
Hi All
Here are my Ports of call

Bridgetwon Barbados
Castries,St Lucia
St Johns,Antigua
Phillpisberg,St Maarten
St Croix,USVI
We are departng out of San Juan,Puerto Rico.

Adventure of the Seas 6/21/09
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Adventure of the Seas -Southern Caribbean 6/09
#9
St. Louis, MO
1,401 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
Originally posted by mex25
Hi All
Here are my Ports of call

Bridgetwon Barbados
Castries,St Lucia
St Johns,Antigua
Phillpisberg,St Maarten
St Croix,USVI
We are departng out of San Juan,Puerto Rico.

Adventure of the Seas 6/21/09
Nice itinerary. Follow cb at sea's recommendation and hit the port of call boards. I would add that you might want to try to spend at least one extra day in San Juan. It is a very interesting place with a variety of good restaurants, history, etc.

Mike
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#10
Metro DC
2,108 Posts
Joined Jun 2008
Hey there Mex! Welcome to CC. You & I have a couple things in common. DH & I have been to Hawaii many times ourselves (my sister lives there, as if I needed an "excuse") and we recently booked our very 1st cruise. We're also on the AOS, but not your same cruise. We're also taking the other Southern Caribbean route (Aruba & Curacao). Have fun poking around the boards and planning! I know I am!
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RCI Serenade of the Seas 1/30/10
RCI Liberty of the Seas 11/14/10
RCI Serenade of the Seas 1/28/12
RCI Adventure of the Seas 1/20/13
Celebrity Equinox 1/20/14
RCI Navigator of the Seas 2/23/14
RCI Jewel of the Seas 1/8/15
RCI Adventure of the Seas 1/16/16