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Statendam - Oct 29 - Puerto Questzal, Guatemala

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Can't believe that we arrived on time - 7 AM - that makes 2 ports in a row.

Having been here several other times (did the Copan all day tour and the coffee plantation tour) we decided not to take a tour. We had heard that there was a new cruise terminal since the last time we were here 2 years ago. And indeed there was. When I first looked at it from the ship, it reminded me of St Lucia. It is very lovely. After we got off the ship and walked through the new visitor's information center (music playing here) we turned right and began walking past all the vendors which are under cute little huts. There aren't as many vendors as there used to be as they now have to rent these huts. In a separate building (not a grass hut) there are several more vendors (paying higher rent) as well as Jades, S.A. Here there was another group playing music. In yet another building there was internet - only $1 per hour. Next to this building under a large grass hut were more muscians playing excellant on xylophones(they were excellent). There was also a fashion show where they showed some of the various costumes of the land. Another building had beer and soft drinks for sale. At the front of the area where the buses met and also where you could get taxis - prices are listed on a board - is another building that had collasped - poor construction - you could actually see where the beams snapped under pressure. On over towards the marina there was a restraurant where you could get drinks and something to eat. The area where we used to dock is now a coal depository. The freight area where we origianlly docked has been completely moved to an area of its own. There are bathroom facilities on the land side - sometimes there are attendants on duty and they expect to be tipped.

When we returned to the ship we watched several workers climbing over the fountain in the atrium cleaning it.

We were supposed to leave at 7 PM. We just happen to be standing out on the deck and wondering why we weren't leaving on time considering that for once all the tours were back to the ship on time. At 7:10 a small boat came speeding to our pier and a pilot jumped off and raced onto the ship. Since the pilot was late we didn't leave until 7:20. When we returned to our suite after dinner we were pleasantly surprised to see a huge vase of lovely flowers on the coffee table.

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The new pier is nice isn`t it? It was opened in May when we were on our repo cruise and the Zaandam, being the first ship to dock there was welcomed by all of the Guatemalan dignitaries, music, champagne etc. Many of the top dogs of the country came aboard for a tour and lunch. I much more enjoyed the Pacific side of Guatemala than the Carib. side...jean :cool:

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