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Old 05-31-2013, 11:58 PM   #2191
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Today we received the postcards we mailed to ourselves from Castaway Cay on May 7th, as did other friends/relatives who live in the area. That's definitely snail mail - 24 days - but we'd heard that we would need to be patient.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:26 AM   #2192
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Rainforest Pass

I just booked on the Sep PC cruise and was wondering if anyone here knows if the spa offers a Rainforest pass for these cruises and what the cost is for a single pass as well as the couples pass.

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Old 06-05-2013, 06:33 AM   #2193
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Fianlly got our PC crossing Post Cards

Remember the post cards you could purchase from Guest services with Panama stamps....well the finally arrived....seems like a long time ago now....

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:25 AM   #2194
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Excursions

Sounds like a great trip and is making us really excited for our September PC crossing! We were wondering if anyone did any of these excursions and if you could provide any feedback:

Cabo - Santa Maria Sail & Snorkel
Puerto Vallarta - Paradise Beach Adventure
Cartagena - Best of Cartagena tour
Cozumel - (did you go there?) Three Reef Snorkel

Any advice for the day of the PC crossing?

Thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to reading more of the trip reports that are being posted. Thank you.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #2195
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Sounds like a great trip and is making us really excited for our September PC crossing! We were wondering if anyone did any of these excursions and if you could provide any feedback:

Cabo - Santa Maria Sail & Snorkel
Puerto Vallarta - Paradise Beach Adventure
Cartagena - Best of Cartagena tour
Cozumel - (did you go there?) Three Reef Snorkel

Any advice for the day of the PC crossing?

Thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to reading more of the trip reports that are being posted. Thank you.
We did Best of Cartagena. Be prepared for VERY aggressive vendors everywhere. They are the worse here that we have seen. Some of them will actually touch you to keep you from walking away, put hats on your head if you do not keep your hands up covering your head. Our tour guide told us first thing that they do not believe no means no, but rather means maybe. And before flaming starts...we've been to lots of port with vendors who also need to make a living and never have we been physically touched by them. Other than that, we enjoyed the tour and saw lots of the city.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:22 PM   #2196
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I agree that I have never seen such aggressive vendors as those in Cartegena. One of them grabbed my 36-year-old, 6-feet tall son, trying to get him into a cab. It was my least favorite experience in any port, ever. We got back to the ship quickly. I did not feel safe there.

The ONLY way I would get off in this port is with a Disney excursion. Otherwise, I advise that you enjoy a day on the ship.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:26 PM   #2197
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I agree that I have never seen such aggressive vendors as those in Cartegena. One of them grabbed my 36-year-old, 6-feet tall son, trying to get him into a cab. It was my least favorite experience in any port, ever. We got back to the ship quickly. I did not feel safe there.

The ONLY way I would get off in this port is with a Disney excursion. Otherwise, I advise that you enjoy a day on the ship.
Agree, Disney excursion and if you have not been there before, do take a Disney excursion so you can see the city. Although, there are no Disney people on the excursion with you.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:30 PM   #2198
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Sounds like a great trip and is making us really excited for our September PC crossing! We were wondering if anyone did any of these excursions and if you could provide any feedback:

Cabo - Santa Maria Sail & Snorkel
Puerto Vallarta - Paradise Beach Adventure
Cartagena - Best of Cartagena tour
Cozumel - (did you go there?) Three Reef Snorkel

Any advice for the day of the PC crossing?

Thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to reading more of the trip reports that are being posted. Thank you.
You will have a great time! In Cartagena we booked a small group excursion (17 of us) with Dora...look for her on trip advisor. Our group ranged in age from 4-70's and everyone had a great time and we felt safe throughout the day.

On PC crossing we watched the first set of locks from our verandah since DS was still sleeping. We roamed the ship for the rest of the day checking out different areas. Go to deck 3 and watch from one of the large windows as the ship drops down in a lock it was fun to watch.

Enjoy!!
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:35 PM   #2199
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You will have a great time! In Cartagena we booked a small group excursion (17 of us) with Dora...look for her on trip advisor. Our group ranged in age from 4-70's and everyone had a great time and we felt safe throughout the day.

On PC crossing we watched the first set of locks from our verandah since DS was still sleeping. We roamed the ship for the rest of the day checking out different areas. Go to deck 3 and watch from one of the large windows as the ship drops down in a lock it was fun to watch.

Enjoy!!
Did Dora help you fight off the vendors? They just really, really ruined my day. It was difficult to see what we were trying to see while constantly putting our hands on our heads and saying no.
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Did Dora help you fight off the vendors? They just really, really ruined my day. It was difficult to see what we were trying to see while constantly putting our hands on our heads and saying no.
Maybe we got lucky? While there were vendors around they were not as aggressive as you experienced. We did have to say no thank you often and vendors would come up to the windows of our small bus but nothing to awful and everyone seemed to have a great time.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #2201
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Did Dora help you fight off the vendors? They just really, really ruined my day. It was difficult to see what we were trying to see while constantly putting our hands on our heads and saying no.
May I ask why you put your hands on your head? Thanks.
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It was probably because they kept trying to put a panama hat on you....

Vendors kept doing that to my son, it was very annoying
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I agree about the aggressive vendors when we stopped at the old fortress. I think part of it is that a large tour bus pulling up to the curb just screams "rich tourists approaching", so the quickly gather. As I got off the bus, I was swarmed by vendors, and as I just kept working my way through the crowd of vendors, I could see them in my peripheral vision sweeping wide to run back up to the front for another chance.

After a few minutes, I just started laughing at the whole scenario. However, after about 5 minutes, they gave up on me and moved on to the next victi... I mean... Tourist.

I wouldn't let it sway my decision to enjoy the port, but you do need to be prepared for it and I wouldn't go it alone.

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Yes, the vendors with hats would put them on your head if you did not put your hand up to stop them. My friend bought a hat....the one they set on her head. No chance to look at what they had to sell. Worst vendor experience we have had in 14 cruises. Glad we saw a bit of Cartagena, but we are not anxious to return. St Lucia, Antigua and Medeira, all of those have vendors, who also are just trying to make a living, but they are not aggressive, I DID buy from them and we look forward to returning there. I told one vendor who would not get out of my husband's path "por favor, NO!" He said, "I am talking to my friend", indicating my husband. I told him "he was my friend first." He then walked away and others swarmed in his place.
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Yes, the vendors with hats would put them on your head if you did not put your hand up to stop them. My friend bought a hat....the one they set on her head. No chance to look at what they had to sell. Worst vendor experience we have had in 14 cruises. Glad we saw a bit of Cartagena, but we are not anxious to return. St Lucia, Antigua and Medeira, all of those have vendors, who also are just trying to make a living, but they are not aggressive, I DID buy from them and we look forward to returning there.
Ahh, thank you for clarifying - that makes sense; we'll definitely keep that in mind. And hi, Janice! We were on the October Hawaii cruise with you - my husband and I did the scavenger hunt you put together (he was the one that decided to not submit the answers but stopped in to see you to get the answers)...you did such a great job on that! He still talks about it and was hoping you would be on our September PC
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