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Crew News's Port Reviews of Cozumel, Key West, Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman
Westerdam cruise in December 2012
Member Name: Crew News
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: Crew News's Westerdam Review
Cozumel
Mayan Ruins Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The seven-hour excursion started with a 45-minute high-speed catamaran ride from the Cozumel port to the Mexican mainland, Playa de Carmen. A bagged snack of chips, banana, cupcake, and water was provided as we entered the bus. The -filled, air conditioned bus ride made a brief stop at a non-descript craft shop on the way to the ruins for some shopping and a chance for a restroom break.

The tour guide spoke nonstop about the history of the area as well as Mayan history during the bus ride which made the time pass quickly. Upon arrival at the ruins, we were briefed on what to expect and where to meet (Dairy Queen) at the shopping area when it was time to depart. It was a brief seven-minute walk to the actual ruins but we were not forewarned that the guide meant at Olympic walking speed. I recommend spending the $2 for the roundtrip train ride. The tour inside the walled city included an explanation of each portion of the ruins. In addition, armed with a stick, the guide explained the Mayan counting system by drawing in the dirt.

While waiting for the catamaran ride back to the Cozumel starting point, the tour guide took us to a local's taco stand. As he stated, "Tacos here are $1 each and $5 each over in Cozumel." The tour guide was of Mayan decent and was well versed in Mayan, Mexican, and US history. I strongly recommend this tour for photographers and history buffs.


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Key West
Trolley Tour Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
With two ships in port, the trolleys were filled to capacity. It was easier to just walk than surrender your seat at a stop and possibly not get another seat on the trolley.


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Half Moon Cay
Port Rating: Not Rated
I had been at HMC just the week before and did not leave the ship.

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Grand Cayman
Port Rating: Not Rated
I had been to Grand Cayman the week before and did not leave the ship.

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