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Caribbean Advice: Check the Cruise Ship Schedule to Avoid Crowds

February 20, 2014 at 7:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

So, you’ve planned your trip to the Caribbean, be it the Virgin Islands, Nassau, Jamaica… wherever. One thing we’ve learned through our jaunts is that even if you are not on a cruise, you should be well aware of the industry’s schedule when planning your daily activities. Just because the cruise ship doesn't specifically port in your area of the island doesn't necessarily mean that the cruise ship traffic can’t impact your stay.

Since we’re here, let’s use St. Maarten as an example, specifically Maho Beach, home of the Sonesta Hotel and some of the world’s best plane spotting.

On certain days and at certain times, you pretty much have the beach to yourself, sharing it with only a handful of others who are staying in Maho. But on Wednesday afternoons, when five – yes, five – cruise ships pull into Philipsburg a half hour to the east? Get ready to duck heads and bump elbows when holding up your camera for a shot at that incoming Airbus 340, as hundreds of passengers descend upon the beach.

We always encourage you to get out and about to explore the local landscape, but a five cruise ship day is one where we’ll grant you some down time: Enjoy those pinas by the pool. Or better yet, use it as extra motivation. Can you find a spot on the island where the cruise ships can’t find you?

As this applies to major cities, such as Athens, as well as Caribbean Islands, consider it food for thought as you make travel plans to destinations that are also on cruse ship itineraries.

[Photo: Will McGough]

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Great advie

I learned many years ago that your island experiences can totally be affected by the cruise ships. In fact, whenever I visit an island which has a cruise ship port, I always checked the the ship schedules and plan those days for visits to remote parts of the island the cruisers won't visit. Then on non-ship days I'll make my visits to the cruise port areas. All the vendors are much less aggressive when they realize that you aren't from a ship. In fact, I dare say that the cruisers never really get to see the "real" side of the islands they visit.

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