Ruthie27

Ruthie27
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Eurodam

April 2017 - Eurodam to Panama Canal, Central America

Lots of time to relax, explore, and experience different cultures

This was the longest cruise we have been on, and we had lots of sea days to relax, read, visit with fellow passengers, watch movies and evening shows. The music on board in the evening was fantastic and varied. Lincoln Center featured a string ensemble which played everything from the classics to pop songs.  The BB King Blues Club was very good, too, but the venue was often too cold for me.  Our favorite was Billboard on board, featuring two piano players. This was obviously the most popular place to be as it was nearly always overflowing with people enjoying the music, and the playful repartee between the pianists. Folks were encouraged to make requests, sing along, etc.

 

During the day we sometimes played trivia, went to cooking shows, lectures, etc. The pools were nice and never overcrowded.

 

As far as ports go, although I'm glad we stopped most places, there were few I would choose to visit again. Particularly in Puntarenas, Puerto Quetzal, and Corinto it's difficult to really see much unless you take a tour. There is very little close to where the ship docks. However, we did enjoy the tours we took despite long bus rides in some places.

 

I would love to have visited Panama, but that wasn't an option on this trip.

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Carnival Triumph

January 2016 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Southern

Saw some beautiful places

We chose this cruise for the itinerary and were pleased to see some of the less frequently visited spots in the Southern Caribbean. The evening entertainment in the main showroom was some of the best we've ever encountered. The stateroom was pretty typical except the controls for cooling/heating were hidden on the ceiling vent. The weather was cool the first few days and I found it difficult to keep warm. Dining room service was good, food not as special as we've sometimes had(no escargot) although mostly very good. They have eliminated tablecloths with the exception of formal nights (3), and dancing waiters most nights got a little tiresome. The buffet food was mostly the same from day to day. The Blue Iguana and Guy's Hamburger place were always a nice change of pace. Daytime activities though were mostly limited to Trivia. 

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Ruthie27's Tips

Huatulco, Mexico - Took a cruise on a catamaran and stopped to swim. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Drinks were provided. Looked like a lot of shopping nearby, restaurants and even a small beach right by the ship.
Panama Canal Transit - Takes all day. Find shade when you can, and stay hydrated. Take a break now and then. You can always watch on your stateroom TV.
Oranjestad, Aruba - You dock right in town, so it is easy to walk around and shop if you like.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - There is a nice shopping area right at the port if you want to buy native crafts or souvenirs. I can't recall if there was any other places to walk to. We took a bus to Antigua and had time on our own. It's a neat old town with amazing old buildings. However, the cobblestone streets make walking more difficult and you will be pestered by vendors wherever you go.
Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal - Everyone rushes out to get a prime viewing spot, but the ship offers ample spots for viewing and the process really takes a long time. So don't worry if you don't find the best spot at first. Most people take a few photos and move around, so you should be able to find good views somewhere.
Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua - Take an excursion or be prepared to take a pedal taxi to get out of the shipyard. There is nothing we could see to walk to. Our excursion to Leon was nice, but it was an hour each way and about an hour and a half in Leon. The cathedral was beautiful, but be prepared to climb 60-70 steps in a narrow, dimly lit stairway without railings. Then you take off your shoes to walk on the roof to take photos. It was very hot the day we went so bring water.
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica - Not much at the port. Take an excursion if you want to see anything. We took the Jungle Crocodile Safari. It was relaxing and we saw lots of birds and crocodiles. The snack afterwards was just a little fruit and coffee, but bathrooms were clean and dancers entertained us briefly.
Eurodam Eurodam - If you like a cocktail before dinner, the Crow's Nest and Ocean bar offer Buy One, get the 2nd for $2 each afternoon.
Carnival Triumph Carnival Triumph - The ship is older and smaller than lots of others. To get from one end of the ship to the other, you usually have to go through the casino on deck 5, or on 9 by the pool and buffet. If you eat in buffet, the best place to sit is upstairs since it is less crowded.

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