We are a family of 5 adults planning our very first cruise in December 2011. We have narrowed down the choices to Princess leaving out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, so it will be on the Caribbean Princess either for: 7 days to St. Thomas, Tortolla, Antigua, Dominica and Barbados, or 8 days to St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Grenada, Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
We're an active group and would prefer shore excursions which include walking, hiking, swimming, snorkeling/scuba and even some zip lining/adventure type activities. We also like old, picturesque town centers with some history and markets, but we're not really into shopping or sunbathing.
I would love advice from experienced cruisers on which ports of call and activities are the best for our interests. Also, is it cheapest to book flights through the cruise company and what area of the ship is the best for cabin selection? Thank you for any help.