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Suchan's Port Reviews of Labadee, Falmouth, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Freedom of the Seas cruise in May 2013
Member Name: Suchan
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Port Canaveral
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: Suchan's Freedom of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Labadee is RCCL's private beach, which is HUGE and gorgeous! The beach itself is somewhat rocky, so if you plan to wade around in the sea, you should bring water shoes. Our family of four split up for two excursions. My husband and daughter went on Snorkel Safari, which was really fun and consisted of riding a boat out to a deep area and snorkeling. My son and I went on the Haitian Cultural Tour at Paradise Cove, which was really interesting, as it combined a 45-minute tour of a Haitian "village" (not a real one but a tiny Williamsburg-type village) and an hour's stay at the small but very secluded sandy beach.

RCCL served a BBQ lunch at the beaches of Labadee, and after filling up with ribs and corn and salad, we enjoyed watching the zipliners flying over the sea and photographing the lovely scenery.

ADVICE: Wear water shoes, as the beach is rocky.

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Horseback Riding Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

We went on the Chukka Tours Horseback Adventure, located about one hour from the Falmouth port. The weather was nasty (rainy and cold - even in late May!), but the bus driver was funny and gave us some interesting information about that area of Jamaica - which is famous for being the region where Bob Marley was born. At the venue, we went horseback riding around a plantation for about one hour, then changed horses to go horseback riding - in the sea! It was a thrill, as at some points, the the water was deep enough that the horses were really swimming.

ADVICE: Though you are told to wear your swimsuit on the excursion, bring a change of clothing! We nearly froze to death as we rode back in our wet suits for an hour back to the port. It rains a lot in the Caribbean, and even in May/June, it got cold.

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Grand Cayman
Stingray Swim Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Stingray City is a favorite for families with kids, as it's unique from excursions at other ports. While we had fun "interacting" with the stingrays, they are certainly not as much fun as dolphins. The weather was rough when we arrived to the shallow area where the rays hang out, and some people with poor balance had a hard time not crashing into other people. My 12-year-old daughter was pushed into a stingray and "stung" (scratched) on the thigh by the barbs.

ADVICE: Bring snorkel equipment or goggles to watch the rays underwater - spectacular!

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Dolphin Swim & Encounter Rating: Not Rated

We went on the Dolphin Swim and Push-Pull, which was our favorite excursion of the entire cruise! After some training, when we received information on how to touch dolphins, we spent 40 minutes interacting with Danny, our two-year-old dolphin. He "lay" in our arms like a baby, "kissed" us, swam us as we held onto his fins, and pushed us on a boogie board.

This was by far the best value of all the excursions, as it not only included plenty of time with the dolphin but also the transportation and admission to Chankanaab Park, a beautiful beach park where you can also snorkel, kayak, tour gardens, watch sea lions, or just relax with a margarita.

ADVICE: Take the earliest excursion and enjoy the rest of the day at this beautiful park. Lockers are free and will keep your valuables and a change of clothing.

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