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Nsteerage's Port Reviews of San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Colon (Cristobal)
Celebrity Infinity cruise in April 2011
Member Name: Nsteerage
Cruise Date: April 2011
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Member Review: Nsteerage's Celebrity Infinity Review
San Diego
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We didn't do much sight-seeing as our flight arrived on the morning of departure day. We should have made time to visit some of the many attractions that San Diego has to offer, but our schedule didn't allow it for this trip. The reason I rated this port so low was because of the delays and hassle at the pier. This certainly was not the fault of Celebrity or Infinity, it seems that the port and terminal just don't have their act together. One nice thing was the pedi-cabs, or at least the one with the girl that pedaled us to a local 7-Eleven and back. That was quite enjoyable.

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Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took the sight-seeing boat out to Lands End. I don't like heat and humidity, but the weather was great. It was well organized, and didn't involve any waiting or much walking to the boat. We enjoyed the tour guide's commentary. The break overlooking the inlet and all the cruise ships was relaxing and enjoyable. Even the sidewalk vendors at the pier were not as obnoxious as I could have expected.
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Acapulco
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took the city tour and cliff diver excursion. Good weather, enjoyable, and relaxing. My Lady enjoyed the shopping stop and I enjoyed that she didn't buy anything. It seemed well organized and didn't have much walking or waiting. It was a nice shore tour for us first timers.

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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Having been to Costa Rica before, we didn't avail ourselves of any of the shore excursions. Besides, we took the time to see some friends that came to meet us. The pier is a long one, but there is a tram that will take you back and forth. There are nice coffee shops with wireless hot-spots available and really great souvenir shopping right in the area. The vendors were very courteous and not "pushy." That was very comfortable shopping and we bought more things at this stop than any other.

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Colon (Cristobal)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was only a short stop, so really didn't do anything but walk around the area. It was at the end of the canal transit, so it was dark, late and we just walked around some of the souvenir shops.

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Cartagena (Colombia)
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
This had to be the worst stop of the entire trip and was caused by a very rude and obnoxious passenger on the shore excursion. He inconvenienced and delayed everyone on the bus while he haggled with a street vendor. BTW, the street vendors here have absolutely got to be the worst. They are intrusive, pushy and really get in the way of seeing some of the marvelous sights that are here. We had selected the horse drawn carriage and city tour as it was my sweetie's birthday. With only four people per carriage, we ended up sharing ours with the rude and obnoxious passenger. He didn't want to sit in the sun so pulled up the carriage cover which made it so we couldn't see the sights without standing or leaning out the side. It just made a miserable time of what could, and should, have been a nice birthday outing.

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Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We arrived on Easter Sunday and stayed over a night to get the economical flight home on the next day. We took the hop on/hop off water taxi ride/tour, and really enjoyed the ride and the guide's narrative and commentary. We found a nice pub for an Easter Sunday lunch and couldn't help but be disappointed after two weeks of great cuisine aboard the Celebrity Infinity.

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