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lisamarch's Port Reviews of Grand Turk, La Romana (Casa de Campo), Curacao, Aruba
Carnival Breeze cruise in January 2013
Member Name: lisamarch
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: lisamarch's Carnival Breeze Review
Grand Turk
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
There were no excursions with good reviews, so we took advice of others online. We got off the ship and turned right. Rocky beach but nobody was there. Very quiet. Son and husband walked to the point and got three big conch shells. Later they went swimming on the other side, to the left as you walk off the ship, but not for that long. We loved the Carnival Breeze and wanted to be back on board.

We don't find shopping a fun thing to do on vacation.

Basically this seems like a stop that used to be an empty plot of land that was all just developed for people visiting on cruises.

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La Romana (Casa de Campo)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We took the Carnival excursion, Speedboat to Saona Island. It's a lengthy trip and WILD - you go really fast and it's like a roller coaster, but wow, what a fun experience. We got to the island and were told to be back on our boat at 12:30. At 11:50, the leader of our boat came and yelled that we were late and to run to the boat. We did, thinking our watch stopped, but no, it was 11:50. Someone else was also yelled at, and they asked why not 12:30, and the boat driver said, "We work on OUR time." Now, this is not about time change. He just decided everyone should leave early. Odd.

At that Saona Island spot, the water was beautiful. Yes, there were rocks but we'd been told to wear water shoes, and we did, so it was very nice to be in the water. People around us were complaining nonstop which was really a drag, because come on, it's vacation. Lighten up!

Rum was unmarked and served with Coke. And there was beer. We did not drink, and brought our own water from the ship.

We left Saona Island and then everything was wonderful. We stopped at someplace they called the Natural Swimming Pool. It is by far the most beautiful place on earth that we have ever been. We were given an hour there. We jumped off the boat and it was about a meter high water, sandy bottom and clear beautiful blue water and a long line of palm trees along the coast. You could go to the sand, but most of us just enjoyed the water. Big sea stars that we could see and some people picked them up.

Then, we had more speedboat back. Really fun and a thrill.

One note: this excursion could not be closer to the Breeze. Literally right NEXT to the ship.

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Curacao
Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+
We booked a tour with Irie Tours through email. You do not pay until the end of the tour, and pay in cash. $20 per adult; $10 for child. A few hours and unlimited beer, soda and water. The staff are exceptional. Very friendly and they knew every answer to our questions. We saw old neighborhoods and neighborhoods with new construction, and everything in between.

The stop at the Curacao liquor place was worth about 5 minutes of your time. Just a way for them to get some people to buy stuff.

We were taken to the Aquarium beach and were there for an hour. Sandy beach and chairs and cabanas (no charge, or at least we were not charged). Great place for swimming. Also a platform you can climb onto and jump from. It was almost sunset and a lovely opportunity to be in the ocean.

On the drive back, the sun was setting, and our driver pulled over so we could take photos and watch the sunset. Very nice, and he sure did not HAVE to do that.

I highly recommend this tour.

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Aruba
Ayo Rock Formations Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Our son loved this. Climbing and scenery. I'd rather be at the beach.


Beach Break Rating: 5+ out of 5+
I went on Best of Aruba plus Beach Break. Everyone was off the ship and on the motor coach about 45 minutes early, so we left early. We got 45 minutes extra because we still got back as scheduled! We went to rock formations, and the natural bridge. Neat to see the neighborhoods. Very informational and friendly guide/driver. We saw the lighthouse - it's a lighthouse. The key part of the excursion was the beach. Two hours at a beach that offered something for everyone. I spent $3 on a beach chair for my stuff and then spent 90 minutes in the water. Sandy and beautiful. There was a restaurant and bar and all kinds of water sports if you were interested, from para sailing to big inflatable things that a powerboat would drag you on. I thought the tour included the aloe plant farm, but we didn't go there, but really, if I were doing it again, it would be full time at the beach.


California Lighthouse Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
This is a lighthouse. You could drive by it and yep, seen it. But, instead, this was a 15-minute stop. Surely just to get you to spend money at the food stand and bathroom.


Jeep Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Husband and son did the Carnival Excursion of a jeep tour. They stopped at rock formations, ostrich farm and lighthouse, and more. They liked but did not love the trip.


Ostrich Farm Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Son and husband did this. They said it was kind of disgusting to feed them, so didn't do it.


Snorkeling Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
At the end of the jeep tour, son and husband got one hour on a beach with snorkeling equipment provided and had a fun time. If we go back, we'll just spend all our time on the beach and in the water.


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