Acapulco - Did the ship's excursion to Mayan Palace Resort...BEAUTIFUL and relaxing! Included Buffet lunch. Did an hours shopping when back at downtown, dock area and was glad I didn't spend too much time there. The resort was a good trade-off.
Putarenas - Didn't go here, but did reach Peurto Limon on the other side of Costa Rica. Booked a private tour over the internet with "Charlie" because of many good comments from other internet cruisers. WELL WORTH IT! He will meet you in either port and take you to wherever you want. He even had beverages for us, and asked a local seaside restaurant to give us a sample of fried sweet banana. YUM .Also took us to local market to buy CHEAP coffee & vanilla. Always stood by our side so we wouldn't get ripped off.
Aruba - Booked ship's excursion for local attractions, then found out many others just walked off the ship and found good repitable companys on dock to take you to the very same places at half the cost. Kept bumping into them on our travels and they seem to be having as much fun as us.
Hope this helps....pleasant cruising to you.
Ocean Princess, Pacific repositioning, Sept/01 - Family
Radiance Of The Seas, Panama, April/06 - 25th Anniversary
Volendam, Alaska, Sept/06 - Dad's Surprise
Crown Princess, Southern Caribbean, April/07 - Fun In The Sun
Brilliance Of The Seas, Partial Panama, March/08 - Here We Go Again!
Vision Of The Seas, Mexico, Dec/08 - 50th Birthday