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cdnjma's Port Reviews of Princess Cays, Curacao, Aruba
Caribbean Princess cruise in December 2012
Member Name: cdnjma
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: cdnjma's Caribbean Princess Review
Princess Cays
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
If you love baking in the sun and walking around with wet, sandy feet, this is the stop-over for you.

Not much to do on Princess Cays if you're not a sun worshiper. We took the tender over, had a short walk-around, took some photos, then tendered back onto the ship. The tender process was very smooth and efficient both ways.

The ship had a medical emergency while anchored, so our departure was delayed by about two hours until the passenger was evacuated for transport back to the US.

Recommendation for Princess -- keep the on board store open for a little while in the morning for those who forgot to pack sun screen. It costs a whole lot more (at least double) at the little shack on Princess Cays for a small tube of sun screen.

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Curacao
Semi-Sub Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We had originally booked for the Trolley Train Historic Tour and Connoisseur Cooking Demonstration, but the cooking demo was cancelled prior to sailing. We then booked for the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Sub & Scenic Drive and kept the Trolley Train because the Sunset Cruise was sold out. However, due to the departure delay from Princess Cays, the shortened time in Curacao only permitted us to do the Semi-Sub. We had to cancel the Trolley Train the morning we arrived in Curacao.

The tour on the way to and from the Semi-Sub was interesting and we saw a lot of the town and local highlights. The tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. The air conditioning on the bus wasn't that great, so everyone stayed hot.

The stop at the distillery was a waste of time. Basically, herding cattle through the facility with a quick stop for tasting the liqueur.

The Semi-Sub was a novelty, but the water was cloudy. The tour guide went overboard in scuba gear and fish food to bring the fish up to the viewing windows for photos. At that point, we had close-up views of several fish and a turtle.


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Aruba
Semi Sub Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was a 4-stop tour; Ayo & Casibari Rock formations, Baby Natural Bridge, semi-sub and California Light House. The rock formation has a big sign in front of it, "climb at your own risk". Steep climb in confined spaces and a steep stairway back down on the other side of the rock. Nice views once up on top.

The Baby Natural Bridge has a nice view with the open water and waves. Took some great photos. We opted not to go on the semi-sub due to the heat and instead spent that hour or so cooling off in a beach restaurant/bar and taking our own walking tour of the immediate area.

The California Light House stop was more of a rest stop than anything else. We paid $1.00 US to use the facilities since the staff person there would not take the $1 local coinage.


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