I see where Carnival has reduced the number of sailings to Limon, Costa Rica and Colon Panama to 1 time per month. Is there a problem with this sailing? There must be a reason the number of sailings have been reduced. Anyone have any input on this? I'm considering this trip, but have reservations about it now.....help!
February 25, 2011
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Stay away from this itinerary. I took the Freedom there on the 8 day Cozumel, Limon, Colon and really loved the cruise it self but the ports were awful. The warnings from Carnival the night before in the Carnival Capers newsletter said DO NOT GO OUT AND AROUND BY YOUR SELF OR YOU WILL BE MUGGED OR WORSE. So we took a excursion through the rain forest but 89.50 per person waqs a bit pricey. 2 couples that went out on there own did get mugged - money passports credit card all stolen along with watches and there jewelry. Colon was nothing but a port of shipping containers. And of course another warning of the dangers. My suggestion is go Carnival Liberty Eastern Carribean or 8 day Carnival freedom Eastern would be good too but be careful in Antiqua. Hope this helps. Ed
I did this itinerary and enjoyed it along with Belize. I did ship excursions in Limon to the Sloth Sanctuary, in Colon I did the Grand tour with Carnival saw the Gatun Locks and went by boat in the Gatun Lake to meet the Umbria Indians. These ports are not beachy ports but interesting so I enjoyed them. Belize if included has good snorkling and beach day options on the Cay's outside Belize city.If they include Cozumel it has many nice beaches. Hope this helps.
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These ports are great shore excursions, but very poor choices for independent travel. Or at least that was my experience. Colon Panama seemed ghetto to me. Guards at grocery stores with automatic weapons .
There really wasn't much located at Limon .
However, at Colon I took part in an excellent excursion to the world famous Panama Canal. In Limon, I took the rain-forest tour by boat and train, which was really cool.
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I did this itinerary on Carnival Liberty in 2007. I loved Costa Rica. We took the white water rafting tour. It was absolutely the best tour I have ever taken in 27 years of cruising. Fantastic ride with very experienced guides. Great lunch after the rafting,. They have a place to shower and change. They also video each raft and the videos are available for purchase. A must do tour!!
I have to say that I was completely disappointed in my tour at Colon. I took the Panama City Tour. Bored to tears most of the time. The restaurant that handled the lunch was terrible and the food was inedible. We did get to stop at the locks and watch a ship transit through and see how the mechanismworks. That part was fairly interesting I did hear from a lot of people that the train tour was great a lot of fun and very interesting.
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Boy is this a relief to read. I booked the Freedom for January thats taking us to Costa Rica and Panama. I was a little worried but I feel much better now. Im gonna book my excursion in Panama with a tour company that I found on another cruise site. I think the whitewater rafting tour sounds awesome for Costa Rica.
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It's largely a matter of personal opinion of course, but we took this cruise in 2006 on the Legend and loved it. We still remember it as our favorite cruise. If they still offer the "Two Oceans by Rail" tour in Panama I highly recommend it. I'm sure you wouldn't go wrong with the Panama Canal tour either.
We did the "Green Train" tour in Limon and enjoyed it also.
Belize is worth the stop just for the tender ride, even if you don't take a tour, but we had a very good tour there, the "River Wallace/Mayan Ruins tour.
My review is in the Reader Reviews section if you're interested: