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Nadine 01-23-2014 02:30 PM

Guatemala excursion
On our cruise through the Panama Canal in March we will be stopping at the port of Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. We are considering an excursion titled "The Best of Colonial Antigua". It's a ship sponsored excursion. (We will be on the RCCL Legend of the Seas).

Has anyone done this excursion or a similar one? It is 8.5 hours long, so we are hoping it's worth the trip!

Thank you.


Dave 01-23-2014 03:14 PM

3 hours of it involves the drive to and from the tour location, which can be interesting because you see the countryside (and the poverty) but it is still a third of the tour time. The 90 minute drive back to the ship will likely seem endless, so just be prepared.

I think the longest tour we took in Central America was 5 hours and was to a pineapple plantation. It was fun and I don't regret it.

For Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and other nearby ports (Colombia for instance) I do strongly urge using a ship's tour so you've got that base covered.

Nadine 01-23-2014 05:38 PM

Thank you Dave. We are going to several ports on the Pacific coast where we have never been. Will probably have more questions over the next 6 weeks.

Guatemala just sounds intriguing and we are anxious to experience it.


Dave 01-23-2014 06:16 PM

Doing a two week cruise with a full transit of the Panama Canal is still high on my bucket list. I had one booked for last year but had to cancel it (also on the Legend OTS). I don't want to settle for the partial transits some do, so I hope to see those Pacific ports in Central America some day.

Nadine 01-23-2014 07:03 PM

When we decided to splurge on the March cruise, we had several itineraries in mind; but a full transit of the Canal was at the top of Don's bucket list. We booked it last March, so it's neat to be down to the final weeks.

I'm sorry you had to cancel your cruise last year. Maybe 2014 or 2015 will be your Panama Canal cruise year!


LHT28 02-01-2014 11:03 AM

We took a taxi tour from the dock to Antigua
The driver walked us around the city took us to the main highlights there explaining the history
We stopped in a small town on the way to see the very old church but there was a service going on so did not see the inside
some shopping at the jade factory ;)
We went to the hotel there for lunch which was very good (it was an old convent)
You could do a tour of the grounds but it was hot so we just made our way back to the port
It was about $150 for 3 of us ..if you could find other to share a van it was cheaper

It was well worth the drive

We have done 3 full transits & enjoyed them all

Nadine 02-01-2014 12:04 PM

Thank you for all the info, Lyn. We always look forward to a new port. On this cruise, we have three new ports! We are thinking maybe a whale watching trip in Cabo San Lucas. Have you done that?


LHT28 02-02-2014 08:09 AM

Cabo we took a private tour to San Jose del Cabo & other trips just wandered around the town

Costa Rica be sure to get out of town on a tour
What other ports do you stop at?

Nadine 02-02-2014 06:13 PM

Two ports we have visited before: Cartagena and Colon.

Four new ports: Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas

We end up in San Diego. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we can't take a post-cruise holiday. We will go right from the ship to the airport.


LHT28 02-08-2014 09:09 AM

Punterareanas you could check Okey Dokey tours see if there is anything of interest
We used them in Port Limone

There are of course all the taxi/guides at the dock ;)


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