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Anguilla   ??               
Antigua   ??               
Aruba   Chabad   Marriott, Ritz Carlton,...etc            
Bahamas  Chabad  Atlantis-Marriott, Baha Mar-Hyatt  Weather forcast always says rain but in reality mostly nice weather 
Barbados    Chabad              
Bermuda    Colder, and Bermuda Triangle....
Cuba    ??              
Curaçao   Chabad          Hyatt     
Cancun   Kosher Restaurants, Chabad   St Regis, Hyatt, Westin...etc            Not Carribean but close enough
Cozumel   Chabad +         Not Carribean but close enough
Dominican Republic    Chabad + Year Round Kosher Hotel  Westin            
Grand Cayman    Kosher Frozen Food at the Ritz and Chabad Ritz, Westin..           
Jamaica    Chabad   Hyatt, Hilton            
Martinique    Chabad             
Puerto Rico    ChabadSt Regis x2, Ritz Carlton, W...etc            80% of the Island doen't have power All restored now
St Barts   Chabad              
St Kitts    Supermarket Carries many marked itemsPH            
St Lucia   Chabad              
St Martin   Chabad            
St Thomas    Chabad   Ritz Carlton, Wyndham, Westin on ST John            
Turk & CaicosChabad              
* Zika Status - I think its fair to say they all have it today most islands just stop reporting it.


HT: Davidmal

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Author Topic: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread  (Read 73630 times)

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #135 on: December 03, 2014, 11:21:48 AM »
Basically every one is connected through MIA.

There are also a bunch with direct AA flights from NYC (mostly JFK). I would recommend booking well in advance since its not so easy to find availability IMHO (if you are looking for exact dates)

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #136 on: December 03, 2014, 11:31:59 AM »
Kosherica is way too expensive for me, close to 3k pp.

do you really recommend going on a 7 night cruise, rather than staying on 1 island for the week?

So do it without kosherica if too expensive. I loved my cruise going to few places instead of just one.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #137 on: December 03, 2014, 11:34:45 AM »
People were taking advantage over them. And at the end of the day, Minyan costs money too, to get the Torah, rent the private room etc..

Yes -- Just those costs, Kosherica would swallow and share with others on Shabbos, however, the Kosherica groups that I was with had a large Shabbos crowd and limited seating for both the men and women. Therefore, if the 25 pple that wanted to join for free would come, then they'd be filling up the space and seats of those who paid $3K-$5Kpp for the Kosherica week. Daf Yomi and weekday Shacharis were free and open to all...
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #138 on: December 03, 2014, 12:36:23 PM »
do you really recommend going on a 7 day cruise rather then staying on 1 island for a week?
Yes absolutely

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: December 03, 2014, 03:05:19 PM »
Yes absolutely
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This way you can see and learn the pros and cons of 5 islands -- plus, the ship itself is an experience. No need to pack/unpack, rent cars either... Afterwards, if you really love a particular destination, i.e. St. Thomas, St. Barts, then you can go for an entire week.

However, the flights to MIA or FLL (where the cruise lines depart from) are much cheaper than flying direct to the Caribbean.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #140 on: December 03, 2014, 05:08:29 PM »
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This way you can see and learn the pros and cons of 5 islands -- plus, the ship itself is an experience. No need to pack/unpack, rent cars either... Afterwards, if you really love a particular destination, i.e. St. Thomas, St. Barts, then you can go for an entire week.

However, the flights to MIA or FLL (where the cruise lines depart from) are much cheaper than flying direct to the Caribbean.
+1 agree 100%

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #141 on: December 03, 2014, 06:21:18 PM »
So do it without kosherica if too expensive. I loved my cruise going to few places instead of just one.

Yes absolutely

+1
This way you can see and learn the pros and cons of 5 islands -- plus, the ship itself is an experience. No need to pack/unpack, rent cars either... Afterwards, if you really love a particular destination, i.e. St. Thomas, St. Barts, then you can go for an entire week.

However, the flights to MIA or FLL (where the cruise lines depart from) are much cheaper than flying direct to the Caribbean.

what are your thoughts on Carnival vs. Royal Caribbean?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #142 on: December 03, 2014, 07:08:32 PM »
I took celebrity

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #143 on: December 03, 2014, 07:17:14 PM »
what are your thoughts on Carnival vs. Royal Caribbean?

RC is much more upscale. This matters much more on a cruise ship than it does on a plane trip.
The job on a plane is to keep the traveler safe, satisfied (it you're lucky) and travel in relative comfort.

On a cruise ship however, in addition to the 5-Star Meals and waiters/customer service, you are also dealing with an ambiance,
the entertainment onboard, shows, casinos, shopping/Duty Free, classy marble and glass hallways, comfortable rooms, competent, helpful and friendly staff, etc..... 

Also, the caliber of people that are surrounding you all week as you sail along in a 'floating hotel' are of higher, more respectful, classy people....

I took celebrity

The new Celebrity is awesome --- The Solstice class is very upscale, new, no smoking, etc...
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #144 on: December 03, 2014, 07:33:59 PM »
the 2 cruises i was thinking about, depart from san juan, PR on jan 18 for 7 nights. thoughts?

Carnival Valor

Day    Port    Arrive    Depart
Day 1    San Juan, Puerto Rico       10:00 PM
Day 2    St. Thomas, USVI    7:00 AM    5:00 PM
Day 3    ...   Fun Day At Sea    ---    ---
Day 4    Barbados    8:00 AM    5:00 PM
Day 5    St. Lucia, WI    8:00 AM    5:00 PM
Day 6    St Kitts, WI    8:00 AM    6:00 PM
Day 7    St. Maarten, NA    7:00 AM    5:00 PM
Day 8    San Juan, Puerto Rico    7:00 AM   

Royal Caribbean's Adventure Of The Seas

18-Jan    San Juan, Puerto Rico          8:30 PM       
19-Jan    Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas     8:00 AM     5:30 PM    Docked   
20-Jan    Basseterre, St. Kitts     8:00 AM     5:00 PM    Docked   
21-Jan    Cruising                   
22-Jan    Oranjestad, Aruba     8:00 AM     10:00 PM    Docked   
23-Jan    Willemstad, Curacao     8:00 AM     6:00 PM    Docked   
24-Jan    Cruising                   
25-Jan    San Juan, Puerto Rico     6:00 AM

i chose these 2 even though there are many others departing from NY, FL, Texas is because the ones i mentioned have the most stops in exotic locales for me to check out.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #145 on: December 03, 2014, 07:46:31 PM »

Besides for Barbados the first cruise does not have many exotic stops, that you would not be able to get from a cruise that is leaving from MIA/FLL. All those go to the virgin islands as well. Plus on your first cruise you have one more place but that is on Shabbos so both cruises really have 4 destinations each. I would choose the second one, seems more exotic to me.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #146 on: December 05, 2014, 02:17:37 AM »
Besides for Barbados the first cruise does not have many exotic stops, that you would not be able to get from a cruise that is leaving from MIA/FLL. All those go to the virgin islands as well. Plus on your first cruise you have one more place but that is on Shabbos so both cruises really have 4 destinations each. I would choose the second one, seems more exotic to me.

what i meant by exotic, was just stops that the cruise ship makes. 4 is the max number, unless i am prepared to spend double the amount as the above 2 cruises i mention.

wherever i will be departing from, i will fly down 2 days prior. so if leaving from PR, that means i get to spend 2 days there instead of Miami.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #147 on: December 05, 2014, 02:22:21 AM »
what i meant by exotic, was just stops that the cruise ship makes. 4 is the max number, unless i am prepared to spend double the amount as the above 2 cruises i mention.

wherever i will be departing from, i will fly down 2 days prior. so if leaving from PR, that means i get to spend 2 days there instead of Miami.

And?? What I was saying was that from those 2 cruises that depart from PR, the RC seems a lot better.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #148 on: December 09, 2014, 11:55:27 PM »
I just came across Dans TR on Aruba. he writes that Aruba wasn't the first choice in the Caribbean islands.  what's the first choice?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #149 on: December 10, 2014, 12:53:11 AM »
I just came across Dans TR on Aruba. he writes that Aruba wasn't the first choice in the Caribbean islands.  what's the first choice?

Don't think it was about first or second choice there, it would have been a lot further down on the list. Reason why Aruba was picked was simply because it made sense for connections on Jetblue.