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CruisinCadie's Port Reviews of Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon (Cristobal), Cartagena (Colombia)
Celebrity Equinox cruise in January 2012
Member Name: CruisinCadie
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: CruisinCadie's Celebrity Equinox Review
Roatan
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Ship excursion--Island Tour. A comfortable bus took us to the Carambola Botanical Gardens, the Bird and Butterfly Garden, and the West End, where we saw a performance by the Garifuna native dancers and browsed through shops for locally made crafts. This was a refreshing change from all the walking we'd done in Cozumel. There is also a section of shops and restaurants right at the pier. Much of it is local stuff, not mass-produced in China.
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Puerto Limon
Port Rating: Not Rated
Ship excursion--Hacienda Experience. We visited the Tayutic Hacienda, a major resort in Costa Rica. Our day tour included learning about how coffee, sugar cane, and macadamia nuts are grown and processed. We had an excellent lunch, visited the greenhouse, an worker's cabin from the early days of the hacienda, and a lovely chapel with a fascinating history. It was a long bus ride because everything is so far inland, but our guide and driver kept up an entertaining banter so we weren't bored.

Puerto Limon is a shipping port. The only shopping is a small flea market, so do your shopping on your tour.

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Colon (Cristobal)
Port Rating: Not Rated
Ship excursion--Grand Tour of Panama. Our bus took us to the former US military base, where we stopped at the major hotel and took a boat ride on Lake Gatun. We visited an Embera native village where we learned about their way of life, which has changed little since pre-Columbus times. Next an eco-cruise on the lake, although we didn't see much wildlife except two kinds of monkeys. Finally we visited the Gatun Locks and saw ships passing through. They say they can't guarantee that you'll actually see a ship in the lock, but if, as you sail away, you look at the line of ships waiting to use the canal, it seems the odds are you'll see at least one in the locks.

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Cartagena (Colombia)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Private tour--Dora De Explorer city tour. DD booked this tour for us, and we opened it to our Cruise Critic roll call. In the end, we had 2 buses of people. We were on the bus with Dora herself. We visited 3 Catholic churches, 2 shopping areas, took a walking tour of the old city and a drive through the new city. We stopped for photos in several scenic areas. This was the day after DH's accident (see my review for details), and he and another woman needed occasional rest breaks. Dora was able to work these into the tour without making them feel they were slowing us down. She was a very interesting guide, full of information and anecdotes. I would recommend her tour to anyone seeking to book independently.

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