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rdavidnann's Port Reviews of Cartagena (Colombia), Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, Seattle
Celebrity Infinity cruise in April 2011
Member Name: rdavidnann
Cruise Date: April 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Member Review: rdavidnann's Celebrity Infinity Review
Cartagena (Colombia)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Arrived in Cartagena & took a van tour to monastery above the city, fort,& to the walled old city & walk through to old church in the old city. Back to welcome center & parrots, Toucans & flamingos before boarding ship. Nice tour to do as we wanted for a low price each.



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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Took a tour with odysseytourscr.com to "Manuel Antonio Park & Beach Tour". Was a two hour drive by van with 8 us from our "Infinity". Found the 45 min walk thru the "rain forest"? (not!) on a stone drive with other cars driving thru to a beach that was without good changing rooms (at least an outside shower). My wife & I & one other decided to snorkel but was too rough & water very cloudy. The tour guide in charge did not even no which end of the beach to take us to to get a better snorkel site which was actually at the opposite end of the beach. Then a hot 45 minute walk back to the van where we stopped up the road to a very nice lunch at a cute thatched roof local restaurant with good mixed meat & rice dish. A couple of others had Sea Bass & Redfish for a few dollars extra which was great. After another 2 hour drive back to the ship was a long day. Did see from a distance monkeys, Toucans, & sloths but not what we expected in a rain forest tour. Pretty disappointed for the money.


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Acapulco
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Took a "tourbyvan.com" with Rudy (the owner). Did not have to pay until the end & had a great experience in what some said was unsafe to be there. We were very safe with Rudy & his assistant which took us first to the market where all the locals shop & walked for block after block to see how they have to food shop each day & to see all the mountains of food, vegetables, flowers much of it cooked in front of us (but not for us to eat). He the took us to the Cross Memorial where we had a fantastic view of the city. Then took us thru various neighborhoods of the city from poor to rich. then to the Cliff Divers for their show from the restaurant from above with a great view & with two drinks to go with the tour. after the tour went to a nice waterfront restaurant (La Cabana) where we enjoyed a nice lunch for reasonable price. Next to the Flamingo Hotel where many famous celebrities stayed & the to the old Casablanca hotel to look out over the city from the northwest side of the harbor. What a great tour for us in Acapulco which is like any other major city with its problem areas. A bad rap for this city that depends on tourism for its livelihood.



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Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Took a walk first to the old church a few blocks into Cabo before our 11AM tour. We had a prearranged tour with "cabosanlucastours.net for a snorkel tour on the 100' tall ship "The Legend" for an hour ride to Chileno Bay for snorkel. There were 17 signed up to go but only 4 of us showed up for it & were treated to our own private ship with a crew of 6. Had the best lunch of the best guacamole dip, tuna spread, fruit & salad & all drinks. What an incredible experience for us. Went by Land's End, Lover's Beach, The Arch, & watched the Sea Lions catch the back of fishing boats for their meal as we headed back to Cabo.



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San Diego
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
What a beautiful city as our first time to visit. Enjoyed the double decker Pink Trolley Tour Bus around to Coronado Island & the famous hotel which is amazing. We then got back on the trolley, as 24 are in service to come every 30 minutes to all the stops, to go to Balboa Park. Again was amazing & need a couple of days to really see all. Went to Little Italy & Old Town before going back to the Cruise Terminal. Walked past the aircraft carrier "Midway" to see the "Kissing Statue" & was surprised by what was behind it with the tribute to Bob Hope & friends statues & soundtrack to the troops. What a nice experience.



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Seattle
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Again found a bus tour to 6 stops around the city starting with a stop for us & walk to the Columbia Tower to view the Needle & surrounding city from the 73rd floor lookout. Pretty hazy so could not get any view of the mountain ranges. Then back on the bus to the base of the Space Needle, Pike's Market, & back to the Cruise Dock "Pier 66" to pick up our store luggage (only open to 3PM & $3 a bag to store). Took a Shuttle Express Van to the airport for an 11:50 PM red-eye flight home.



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