March 2009 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western
Colon, Panama - The tram into the rainforest was interesting but getting there on the underdeveloped and bumpy Panamanian roads was somewhat trying. Also there is less wildlife (other than vegetation) than you are lead to believe you will see on this tour. If I were to do this again I think I would do the golf or train from Ocean to Ocean. The Port of Colon is only a bit more well developed than Limon, Costa Rica.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - The boat portion of the Bus, Boat and Train excursion was a little disappointing as our boat driver/guide only showed us wildlife a maximum of 600 yards from the dock on the river. The train portion was interesting as was the visit to the banana plantation. The port of Limon is not commercialized and well developed as the "typical" caribbean port.
Cozumel, Mexico - We dove on the Santa Rosa Reef for an 80 foot deep drift dive- Excellent dive and great pre-dive briefing by Sand Dollar Dive Shop who were acquired through Carnival