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F13rc3dr4g0n's Port Reviews of Princess Cays, Curacao, Aruba
Crown Princess cruise in April 2012
Member Name: F13rc3dr4g0n
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: F13rc3dr4g0n's Crown Princess Review
Princess Cays
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Princess Cays has a beautiful beach and plenty of activities you can do with no charge. There are a few beautiful reefs around the beach that you can snorkel around and get some good encounters with the sea life. In my snorkeling experiences at this beach, I have seen thousands of fish, a sea snake, spotted eel, stingray, green moray eel, starfish, and dozens of sand dollars and sea biscuits.

The buffet they serve is hot and fresh off the grill. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, grilled chicken, and a few other options like salad, rice, corn, and fresh fruit. The cooks maintain a clean environment and have no problem striking up a conversation with the passengers.

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Curacao
Snorkeling Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The air conditioned bus that took us over was roomy enough for our group that we got to spread out comfortably. Once at the snorkel site, there was a beautiful beach you could sit at to apply sunblock, then there was a rocky entrance into the water for about 10 feet so it was a very cautious walk until you could swim without worry of tripping. We got to snorkel out about 200 feet along the rocky coast to the sunken tugboat where we got to see a guide cause a feeding frenzy with the nearby fish. There was a lot of fun to be had when hundreds of fish would just swim past you like you were just another type of fish they had seen before, no worry of being eaten for dinner.


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Aruba
Helmet Dive Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This Sea-Trek was far superior to a helmet dive we had taken on another island. We were treated as individuals rather than as a group so everyone that went down got to see everything up close and personal. We got to pet a parrotfish and a couple other exotic sea life (no more spoilers) and also learn about the different animals through a very humorous sign language display. Example: if something was poisonous, the diver would pretend to touch the object then jump back holding his hand with a worried look on his face and shake his hand in discomfort and pointing to the surface. Once the dive was over, we got to spend the rest of the day on their private island to enjoy the water park, snorkeling reef and buffet with open bar. The people were friendly and willing to point you in the right direction.

We were also told by a local that if you want to suntan, do so before 11 AM in 15 minute increments so your body can adjust to tan then get used to the temperature in the shade. Turns out that even applying a sunblock at SPF 80+ is still like leaving your skin alone with no lotion - so apply FREQUENTLY!


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