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ACSWILM's Port Reviews of Princess Cays, Curacao, Aruba
Crown Princess cruise in December 2013
Member Name: ACSWILM
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Member Review: ACSWILM's Crown Princess Review
Princess Cays
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Excellent stop. Tenders were able to get in with good weather and the beach is clean and pretty. There are some submerged rocks in the protected swimming area to be aware of, especially as the sand drops off pretty rapidly from shore, but the water temp was cool and refreshing. The boys enjoyed renting a kayak for 1/2 hour. The snorkeling was reportedly just OK, but easy to do. There are little huts with A/C for those who need to spend more $, but there were plenty of lounge chairs. The barbeque was to run til 2p, but by 1:30p everything was packed up; no reason available. Bar service on the beach, a shop, restrooms, a lookout tower, just enough to keep one entertained for a few hours.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

We had our party of 10, one of whom is in a wheelchair, so simply disembarked and starting walking.
Pretty colorful buildings in the Netherland-style, the bridge which was a good place to catch the breeze and take pictures, the streets with shops to poke into and a quiet little piazza to sit and have a drink (sadly also occupied by a table full of cigar-smoking locals who stunk up the place, so to speak). Can't say that we can speak to the whole of Curacao since we didn't get very far, but things were relatively clean and we were never bothered by touts pressuring us to take tours or buy anything.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Landed on Christmas morning and disembarked at about noon. Proceeded to ask a taxi driver which beach area would be best for a party of 10 including someone in a wheelchair, who would need access to a changing area and toilets and were told Eagle Beach. Took 2 vans/taxis and while one driver was very nice and got a good tip, the other was barely civil and dropped us off at the beach with barely a glance back. There we stood in the broiling sun at a beach with NO visible facilities, and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. I walked across the street and a few hundred feet to the nearest hotel, which fortunately allowed us to occupy a table with umbrella near the bar, provided we consumed some of their beverages/food, and used the toilet facilites and took turns going over to the beach for a swim, since the pool was limited to hotel guests only. At least there was respite from the sun and liquid satisfaction (happy hour drinks were 2 for $7), but the situation wasn't ideal. Given our group's limitations, I feel that we can't really rate Aruba as we haven't seen Aruba. Maybe next time . . .
PS: Were later told that Palm Beach is an area with more to do and more hotels.

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