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Melanie's Port Reviews of Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Colon (Cristobal), Puerto Limon
Zuiderdam cruise in March 2012
Member Name: Melanie
Cruise Date: March 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Member Review: Melanie's Zuiderdam Review
Half Moon Cay
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This is probably the best place we have ever been too and wished we could go back there or stay longer - that's the only downside, it is all over to quickly. It's idyllic, the weather was wonderful which helps, but even so the beach is just beautiful and picturesque, the crew come on to the island and serve a most delicious barbecue, music playing, but quiet places too - wouldn't mind being marooned there! don't bother to do anything there except book a clamshell for sunbathing (only book one, 2 people use it)

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Aruba
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Very pretty place and we just wandered around as been before, apparently some excellent beaches within easy reach of port
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Bonaire
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We went to 'no-name-beach' and with hindsight would prob not have gone as unless you snorkel not really worth the trip; we still enjoyed it (we come from chilly UK!) but we were tempted re the beach, a bit rocky and not really for gentle swimming and no facilities there (but they tell you this); other people had selected more enjoyable trips

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Curacao
Beach Break Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Greast trip to the beach, saw flamingo 'park' in passing, and beach wonderful, highly recommended for those who like a beach and suitable for children too (we didn't have any but saw people enjoying it all!) - good value


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Colon (Cristobal)
Gatun Lake Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
If I wrote everything that happened during our day, it could be published into a novel! At the time it seemed a very long and very hot day and no fault of anybody at all, but we arrived back on ship 2 + hours late, so very tired and dirty!! But with hindsight - what an experience! However, not sure would recommend this trip as whilst it sounds wonderful, just too long and people who stayed on ship saw plenty of canal activity going in and coming out - so if went again would do a 'jungle' type trip - very pleased we did with ship!!


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Puerto Limon
The Tortuguero Canals Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This was our best trip (apart from Half Moon Cay) - it was just as you imagine a rain forest trip to be, didn't see any strange animals, but they can't perform to order! All wonderfully arranged, we had a very early start but with hindsight that was better (another trip went mid-morning) as by the time we left it was becoming packed and too busy - we experienced quiet and peace on the canal - you would not regret booking this one


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Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Everglades Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This was fantastic! Choose this one over any other - despite the fact we had a long wait at airport after trip (and dropped from ship to tour, from tour to airport with no problems) every minute worthwhile - we saw alligators, fulfilled ambition of trip on Everglades and as we were early due to disembarkation, this was a good thing as beat the crowds - a perfect end to cruise!


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