Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala Cruise Port

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About Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala


What people said about this port:

"we did a panga ride down the Rio Dulce." in 8 reviews.

"We did the Banana Plantation tour-very interesting...Grey Line here was fantastic!!!" in 6 reviews.

"The internet description of our shore excursion was misleading and therefore our" in 4 reviews.


162 reviews and tips of Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala




CherylL6
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Large Group

Experience:
2-3 cruises

We normally do not sign up for the ship sponsored excursions. We usually travel with at least six other people and we find that we do better on our own. At Santo Tomas, we took a Happy Fish boat tour to an ancient castle. The castle itself was a let-down - it was only a "drive-by" because of time constraints. But the trip itself was breathtaking. I felt like I was riding through a very beautiful movie! This island is surprising because there are so few roads. Most of the people that live there get around by boat. We stopped in the small town of Livingston, which really gives you an idea of how people live there. We witnessed several women washing their clothes at the outdoor laundry, which consists of several concrete sinks. Caution: the few bathrooms are primitive and the boat ride is long. We felt like it was well worth it.

Visited: Mar 11, 2007

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SherryC6
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

If you have to book any excursions outside of the cruise line, avoid Happy Fish Travel. The tour guide was great but the booking staff at the port were rude, disorganized, and overcharged me when they "converted" the trip costs into the local currency to bill my credit card.

Visited: Mar 11, 2007

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JonB3
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

The tour of Livingston was an eye opener to us. We were shocked at the poverty of this city. We enjoyed the boat trip to Livingston, and saw some of the beautiful scenery of the country. Our guide was good, but he was too rigid in his commentary. He did not interact with the tourists well.

Visited: Mar 19, 2011

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JohnM49
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

Not much at this Guatemalan container port. We felt it best to stick with a ship tour at this stop and limit ourselves to shopping at the port area. We selected a tour of the countryside followed by a guided visit to the Mayan Archeological site at Quirigua. If you are into history and culture like us it's worth it otherwise find something else to do.

Visited: Mar 04, 2007

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