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molly2kit's Port Reviews of Aruba, Curacao, Half Moon Cay, Colon (Cristobal), Puerto Limon
Zuiderdam cruise in November 2012
Member Name: molly2kit
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Member Review: molly2kit's Zuiderdam Review
Aruba
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
You can get a reasonable tour of the island from mini bus drivers just outside the port - There is a bar to the right when you come out of the port - maybe half a block down - up a flight of stairs - It is called Local Bar - free wifi and very reasonable cold beer. Nice staff.

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Curacao
Semi-Sub Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was way more fun than I thought it would be - I don't like to be contained but the ceilings were high and it was light and airy inside - it was wonderful to see the fish so close.


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Half Moon Cay
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The Island has quite a bit of damage from Hurricane Sandy - the lush greenery is brown, I guess from sea water washing over it - the beach is not quite as big as it used to be. The water is still nice to swim in though

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Colon (Cristobal)
Panama Canal Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This was a wonderful excursion to see the Panama Canal up close from a smaller boat and all the way to the Pacific.

The bus takes you back to the port of Colon where the ship is docked - there is quite a large shopping area there - many stores with the similar items but different prices so check around.

There was rioting in Colon a few weeks prior to our cruise and two ships skipped this stop so I was glad we were able to enjoy it


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Puerto Limon
The Tortuguero Canals Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
If you take this tour be sure to sit on the side of the boat that the driver is on because he seems to spot the most wildlife and the boat is turned to that side most of the time.

We were lucky enough to see sloths, howler monkeys and lots of birds. After the boat ride we had about 10 minutes to shop, eat fruit and drink beer. Then we went to see a banana plantation. Our guide was obviously very proud of his country and provided great information.

For shopping, there is quite a large shopping area right at the port - a market with free wifi, cheap beer and you can have a massage or manicure or pedicure. The shopping is more reasonable than we found after the boat ride.


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