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mmars 12-30-2008 10:44 PM

Hi, I could sure use some help. 18 of us are going on Carnival Miracle for 8 days in April. First stop is Panama and we're thinking of taking the $179 Panama Cruise that they bus to Balboa, get on Ferry, ride through canal to Gamboa and then bus back. Is this a good tour, anyone know? Goods and Bads? I've always wanted to go through the canal, too young to take a 3 week one direction cruise.
2nd stop is Costa Rica - thinking of river rafting, worried about getting hurt in another country? Thoughts on how dangerouse Class III rapids are there? Anything to do off ship that doesn't cost much or must see things in Costa Rica. Thought about Zip line, but seems to be too much travel time, is this true?
3rd stop - Belize. We all want to snorkel. Cruise gives 3 excursions to do that. One to Truneffe Atoll, another to Goff's Caye and another one to Sergeant's Cay. We want to snorkel the reef there. Which one of these excursions would be best. They range from $52-$69. Please help us. It's a trip of with many friends and family and I don't want to let them down with bad excursions. Thanks for everything.

f-mattox 01-01-2009 03:58 PM

I haven't taken any excursions in Panama or Belize; only Costa Rica.

You should always buy travel insurance in case the unthinkable happens. The cruise lines and the tour operators put your safety first; but accidents do happen. There have been at least two fatalities this year due apparently to negligence: a cave tubing accident and a zip line accident. But there have also been fatalities at Disneyland; so there is an element of risk in everything.

I have only been to Puntarenas on the Pacific side and I imagine you are going to Limon if you are doing the partial Canal transit. From what I've heard Limon is not a place to be wondering around on your own. But I would not hesitate to try the rafting or zip line on a ship-sponsored excursion. But if you are concerned about safety, remember, Costa Rica is an absolutely beautiful country. Just a bus tour into San Jose is a wonderful experience.

LHT28 01-01-2009 07:01 PM

In Costa Rica from Port Limon we took the canal tour/banana plantation tour through "Okey Dokey tours"
Last year people took the zip lining tour with the same company from Puntarenas.
We just walked around both towns without any problems just the usual tour guides offering tours.

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