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Hello all,


My partner and I are taking our first cruise in late May.  It is the Carnival Fascination, leaving San Juan (with a night at a hotel in Old San Juan) with stops in St. Thomas, Sint Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and Barbados.  We have usually done independent travel in the past, so this will be a new experience.  We're in our mid-late 30's.   We've never been to any of these islands before (though I have been to San Juan) and would like a nice variety of excursions (whether ship based or otherwise).  I'd like to have some combination of beaches, snorkeling, historical sites, hikes, maybe rum distilleries, but not sure what would be best  on which island to get a nice variety.  Basically something unique to each island, to get a good experience.  I would appreciate any thoughts!


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Easy to do a beach day in Barbados.  Several beach clubs lined up along Carlisle Bay, about a $5 per person taxi ride from the port (or a 20+ minute walk). Check Pirates Cove, Boatyard, Harbor Lights and Lobster Alive. Most include or can add on a short boat ride to snorkel over a ship wreck and swim with the turtles.

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There is a Ports of Call section  - there you can research each island.


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