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dalmuti's Port Reviews of Cartagena (Colombia), Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba
Grandeur of the Seas cruise in March 2013
Member Name: dalmuti
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: dalmuti's Grandeur of the Seas Review
Cartagena (Colombia)
Mud Volcano Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The mud volcano was a very fun excursion. The cruise line did not offer it for our trip so we had to book it separately. We got great information about the city on the way out of town and got to see the countryside later in the drive. The mud was such a unique feeling and cool experience. It was relaxing and we could have stayed in there all day. We did stay in the small village at the volcano after we cleaned up to have a very authentic Colombian meal. The guide was also very flexible in allowing us to extend the time of the tour to include a tour of the Old City, and he was full of good recommendations for dinner and drinks later on since we had a late all-aboard.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Bonaire was a beautiful city, but the options were a little sparse if you didn't want to do diving or other underwater activities. We had the morning free and were hoping to parasail, but the side of the island we were on did not offer it, and no taxis were willing to take us to that side of the island. Then we decided we would go to the butterfly sanctuary that the cruise line offers a tour of. Since it was too late to book their tour, we tried to just go out there ourselves, but once again no taxi was willing to take us there. So we ended up wasting a lot of time in the morning.

In the afternoon, we had booked the Spice Beach Fun excursion. The beach was very nice and the water/snorkeling was very beautiful. Unfortunately the excursion description was not accurate. It said there were lockers there for rent and that you could get a massage on the beach and neither of those was true. Highly recommend this excursion if you just want a full service place to relax on beach with food and drinks and see some of the underwater view of Bonaire without making all the boat and scuba arrangements.

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Buggy Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The buggy tour was a lot of fun! We got to drive the buggies both around the streets of town (and across the high bridge) and offroad. It definitely hit some places that are harder to get to on your own, so the excursion cost was money well spent. The ostrich farm was the one disappointment because there was only a 10 minute stop there. That wasn't enough time to do the tour that the farm offered and it was only on the tour that you could actually get close to the birds. From the area we could actually get to they were more than 100 feet away, so we couldn't even get very good pictures with our super zoom lens, let alone pictures of us with them. The rest of the stops were interesting though, although older travelers should be warned that getting into the caves involved more physical activity than I would associate with the "moderate" in the excursion description. Also, the buggies are two passenger which went well for my wife and I, but you may end up with a stranger if you take this alone or with an odd numbered group.

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Island Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The Best of Aruba Tour was pretty much what we expected of it. The drive gave good information in English and Spanish as we hit the major tourist spots on the island. The amount of time spent in each was appropriate although other groups came through the aloe factory at the same time as we did and that made the line at the gift shop take a long time so we did feel rushed there. The bus was comfortable and you could eat and drink on it. There were stands at several of the stops where you could get water, beer, snacks, or raspaos, so it was definitely nice to be able to enjoy those on the bus since the stops were pretty short.

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