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Sactosinger's Port Reviews of Grand Cayman, Roatan, Playa del Carmen (Calica)
Crown Princess cruise in November 2010
Member Name: Sactosinger
Cruise Date: November 2010
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: Sactosinger's Crown Princess Review
Grand Cayman
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We paid for a private shuttle tour at $20/person to the west end of Grand Cayman with stops at Hell, Seven Mile Beach, Tortuga Rum shop and the Dolphin pool. The driver, Josephine, provided narration along the way. The total time was about 1.5 hours. We then walked to the National History Museum where for a $6 admission we learned about the history of Grand Cayman. That was probably the highlight of our visit to the island. Other than that there is mainly shopping in Georgetown. We were back on the ship by 1:30 pm. Perhaps if we had gone snorkeling we might have enjoyed the port more. I need to mention here that Princess had cold water and face cloths as we reboarded the tender. That was a big deal to us and very refreshing.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was our favorite port and we had the best shore excursion here. Via e-mail we reserved a private driver and tour of Roatan with Victor Bodden Tours. Channin, Victor's cousin, was our guide. We highly recommend this company and Channin. We started out going east where the road runs along a ridge. The scenery is beautiful. Channin provided outstanding information on the history of the island as well as telling us about past and current businesses, development, and changes that have occured. We then drove west to the Sandy Beach area. After visiting Victor Bodden monkeys, which were okay but nothing great, we headed for lunch. Channin took us to a locally owned restaurant with local food. What a treat!! The restaurant, Bertie's, is open air. We had chicken stewed in coconut milk and garlic shrimp. Each came with plantain chips and rice and beans. The lunch was delicious. Can't wait to return. Channin dropped us off at the ship at 3:00 pm as requested. Victor Bodden provides very good instructions on meeting the tour guide (it's about a 1/4 mile walk) and suggestions of places to visit. We enjoyed making a request in general of what we wanted to see and then allowing Channin to drive us around. At $40/person we believe this was a bargain.

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Playa del Carmen (Calica)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The ship actually docked at Cozumel. We had booked an excursion to Tulum through Princess and were glad we did it that way. From the ship, we walked to another dock to take the 30 minute ferry shuttle to Playa del Carmen. As usual everything was very well organized. There were three buses going to Tulum from our ship. Our guide, Manuel, was entertaining as well as full of historical facts. There was a comfort and shopping stop about 30 mins into the trip to Tulum. This was located in a large warehouse type building with lots of crafts. Our purchase and actually the only thing we really bought to take home was nativity set and a booklet on Tulum. We were prepared for a lot of walking at Tulum. Manuel provided about 45 mins of a guided tour around the Mayan ruins and then we were free to explore and have lunch. On the return trip the ferry was about 15 mins late returning to Cozumel. We were glad we booked the tour through Princess or the ship may not have waited for us.

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