There are many good reads regarding the cruising life. Of course, contemporary stories appear in various magazines regularly. Friends are presently under way on a 35 ft catamaran. They report it is different from what they expected and more fun than they imagined.
In 2001, I did a cruise ship
week and stopped in Antigua, among other places. This is my opinion only but... I would get off the ship as quickly as possible, jump into the local jitny or taxi and head
to the nearest marina for a meal and walk around. You'll have a blast but will miss the overpriced jewelry. The local drivers all know the marinas
. The yachties are friendly.
Tortola, go to Nanny Cay Marina.
Antigua, as described plus a stop in at the Catamaran Club Marina if time allows
, Rodney Bay
Grenada, L'Anse aux Espines and the YC are both nice but quite far apart. I have not seen the new Port Louis Marina. Your report, please?
St Maarten, the SXM YC by the bridge in Simpson Bay Lagoon
and wander the waterfront... Soggy Dollar, Lady C, Jimbo's to name a few.
, go to the orchid garden as there is no yacht scene to speak of. Skip the Boat Yard Beach Bar.
My two cents.
Norm in Boston