We're sailing Infinity (San Diego/Ft. Lauderdale) in October and when I checked Celebrity's website the other day, I noticed the addition to the itinerary of Huatulco and Cristobal Pier. Fortunately, those additions don't adversely affect the number of sea days, which is why we picked that cruise to begin with.
Nevertheless, does anyone know why Celebrity made those additions to the itinerary?
We were on this cruise last December and they had dropped the stop in Colombia and added Cristobal Pier. Unfortunately, Infinity was late arriving at Cristobal and there was a mass exodus of pax trying to get off the ship - didn't leave much time. We got off and got right back on. It's a large building set up on the pier where natives have set up displays for their items as well as an area to the left where there are dancers and "real" shops. I don't think it's safe to wonder too far away from the area especially given the short time that the ship is docked there.
I just heard that they had add the stop in Mexico (Huatulco). We did not do that last year. Should be interesting - but then, we booked this cruise a second time this December just because of the high number sea days.
I'm not sure but I do know they were not happy with the Panama City stop. Quality of tours etc. last year. I just went and looked at their web page and in typical Celebrity shore fashion they have the stops bass ackwards on east vs west. Cristobal Pier will happen after you go through the locks and into the Atlantic/caribbean. Going the other way they still show the stop at Fuente Amadour which is a marina between the canal and Panama City. I think the pier stop going the way you are going is just a timing issue with the transit coming first of course. I think most of the time the stops are short as they really don't have much control over what time the get to enter the canal on the day they arrive.
Contrary to what we did ( same as Pooh) though the extra stop in Mexico would seem to use up a sea day. Which was also one of the reason we chose this itinery.
Travel to Columbia is a definite no--Our brother-in-law's nephew was just kidnapped there while with a youth travel group from Europe. (not a cruise)They are still missing. I learned from the destinations portion of this board that you can check travel warnings on State dept website. We are booked fo rPanama Canal in 2005 so I checked it out. Alot can change but for now travel in Panama & Costa Rica is definitely advised with the ships tours....Same section of this board mentioned that in Panama they have trourist police to guide the tours through traffic & for security. We will still go but with caution in mind...I guess that's always a good idea wherever one goes....