March 2014 - Coral Princess to Panama Canal, Central America
We picked this ship for the Panama Canal experience and were not disappointed. We were able to go thru the second part on a ferry excursion and loved the experience. The Aruba horseback riding trip was excellent, and the aerial tram in Costa Rica was fun and interesting. As with all cruises, some of the port stops were shorter than I would have liked so we didn't have a lot of time to wander, shop and get a feel for the port city (altho a few were not places to do that on your own).
The ship is a little worn, but the cabin and balcony we had were a good size. The food was very good and the service from the dining room staff (Bordeaux any time dining) and the cabin steward we had was excellent. Princess offers afternoon tea, white glove service in the dining room, which is a fun experience. The entertainment was a little lacking, but the live band and singers and dancers put forth a good effort. The Cruise Director and her staff were very good, but there could have been a few more activities on sea days, and a small prize at the end of a team game for the winners was missing. The ships crew, for the most part, were friendly and helpful, and altho there was an issue with some of the toilets not working properly for a few days, the ship was clean and a lot of alltention was paid to keeping it that way.
There were not a lot of children on the ship, and there were many older passengers, so if you are traveling with children you may want to think about that...altho they did have a program for the children on board.