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MeanMeosh's Port Reviews of Cartagena (Colombia), Colon (Cristobal), Lima, Santiago (Valparaiso)
Celebrity Infinity cruise in December 2012
Member Name: MeanMeosh
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Member Review: MeanMeosh's Celebrity Infinity Review
Cartagena (Colombia)
City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Great city tour. Wish we had a little more time to go inside the fort. Narrated walking tour of the old city was very good.

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Colon (Cristobal)
Panama Railway Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Good if you like railroad journeys. Not all that many views of the canal itself, and would like a little more time in Panama City. Colon itself is a dump; I don't recommend venturing outside here unless you are with an organized group.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
The port is incredibly smelly, so if you have a veranda room, you'll want to keep the door closed. The port city itself (Callao) is rather sketchy and run-down, but Lima is a great city. The Saint Francis of Asissi church is spectacular. The main downer is the weather, which seems to be constantly overcast.

Beware - if you are on a private excursion, it is a bit cumbersome to meet your tour operator. Private buses aren't permitted to drive to the ship, so you have to take a shuttle bus to the main port entrance, walk outside, and meet your operator there. Confusing if you don't know what to expect.

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Santiago (Valparaiso)
Port Rating: Not Rated
Fabulous tour of Valparaiso and Santiago with "Don Walter" of PortCompass. Valparaiso is a charming colonial-style town, while Vina del Mar and Santiago are cosmopolitan and modern. San Cristobal Hill in Santiago affords a great view of the city. We had an extra day, and booked a tour to the Andes with "Tours by Locals"; this was also well worth the money and effort, and was a nice consolation prize for having missed Lauca earlier.

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