Panama Canal, Central America Cruise Reviews

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First Rotterdam cruise by retiresoon55

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Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

We highly recommend the Rotterdam. The size of the ship is perfect the bars and lounges are never packed. The music is wonderful. Small amount of shopping. Most wonderful kind servers

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Terrible cruise. by masonmcm

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Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

The room was too small & cramped for a balcony room at that price. The ship was having to do a deep clean sanitation which is probably why they were late leaving & arriving in the ports. The cleaning process went on for the first few days. Dried spray was all over the store fronts & elevators. We were afraid to touch anything for fear of catching a dreaded disease. They allowed 2 crew to board our ship from another Princess ship carrying Coronavirus & told us nothing about it until we were not allowed to port. They said they would refund our excursions that were missed due to this and the CDC denying us to port. We have not seen any refund for the excursions which were purchased through Princess. The only refund was $75 for our inconvenience. They should have cancelled the cruise & refunded 100% to everyone. That would have been the ethical thing to do.

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Nerve wracking Norovirus & Corona Virus Cruise by arndtbenson

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Would not take Princess again. Disappointed with cabin, ship and food.

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Ports were great BUT the cruise it self was horrible by lindapoole

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

We want be taking another cruise with Princes because a few years a go we went through the same thing it had a virus we had to be handed everything then so that does it with us

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Never again by Mhrenchir

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Ship: Emerald Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This will be the last time I will spend so much money for this crap. Over all rate is 1 out of 5.

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Fantastic Panama Canal by TennesseeTravel

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

The Rotterdam is a nice size smaller ship that does not feel crowded and is easy to get around. The entertainment and lectures were very good. The service and the people serving are wonderful. A wonderful cruise line for more mature travelers.

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Tale of Two Cities by jimbob1550

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This is the 15th cruise taken and 6th with NCL. NEVER have I experience such a poor and disappointing embarkation/disembarkation. Two hours for each is unacceptable. The ship was short-staffed, I believe, in those two areas and in some nights of main dining. The number of passengers lead to experiencing long lines, wait times and no seats partially due to some of the venues where things were held. I don't feel NCL was prepared for the age of most cruisers. I would venture a guess the average age might have been 70-75. This would mean not a lot of partiers and late nighters. From what I observed the bars and Casino did not get a lot of attention. Most nights the Joy Theater was filled to capacity and if you weren't in line 60 minutes prior to the show, the likelihood of getting a good seat was questionable. Although the claim saving of seats is not allowed, there was no presence of any one to prevent it. In fairness virtually all cruise lines make the same claim and lack of enforcement. In the Cavern Club when the Beatles Revolution performed, people lined up 75 minutes before the later show. One night I experienced coming at 8:00 PM for a 9:00 PM show only to find there was not one seat left to sit. I attended an art auction. The art director commented when there was clearly not enough room in the venue for all people to sit, this was the second auction this had happened and it would give him more credibility to ask for a larger room. The atrium was inadequate for many of the live music events and demonstrations, etc. There were only 6 computer stations and they happened to be next to the atrium. So in the crowded times people used the computer stations for their atrium seating, which was disconcerting when I wanted to use the computer. The Observation Lounge was a hidden secret for about two days, then after that it was jammed packed. I did reach out to NCL directly and they replied very quickly and apologetically. They offered $150 OBC for my wife and me for a future cruise. That was appreciated.

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Norwegian Joy is Great! by mrdan22

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Great Ship. Great Staff. Norwegian’s freestyle cruising really suites me.

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Fantastic by jslmdl2020

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

It was wonderful and had a fantastic time. The embarkation and disembarkation was terrible.

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Great way to see the Canal by sailordan07

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Great way to see the canal. We were disappointed in our room location and noise. Service was not as good or as friendly as on previous NCL cruise.

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A Good Cruise Starring the Panama Canal! by ArbysCruises

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Ship: Eurodam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Good cruise with five sea days on an 11 day itinerary. One comment that doesn't neatly fit under any category is the competency and great attitude of the photo studio staff. They were the best ever. We did not buy any of the "posed" photos. But the staff produced a superb 14 minute condensed video of our passage through the Panama Canal. The result was a lifetime keepsake at a low cost and a wonderful way to remember the cruise. Also, there was no real cruise director; instead we had a cruise coordinator/lecturer (not her actual title). While I missed the usually funny cruise director, this person was an excellent lecturer and her presentations regarding the history and functioning of the canal were great and enhanced our appreciation of what we were about to see and experience. A good cruise with a few areas for improvement.

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Great cruise experience by alli321

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Eurodam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Thank you for a wonderful cruise start to finish. I can't say enough about Captain Eric, with a great sense of humor, and Valerie Perry who really made this trip special. I would cruise with her every time. I guess my only frustration was the poor wifi access, it really barely worked in my stateroom and not anywhere else on the ship. I thought it was $159 too expensive. I am glad that my friend came along. It was definitely a couples cruise.

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Panama by gigiging

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Eurodam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

The Panama Canal cruise was very nice. The highlights would be Curacao beaches, Cartagena, seeing the Panama Canal and the specialty dinners.

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Great cruise! by jmjarmoore

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Eurodam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

We really enjoyed our first cruise with Holland. It met our expectations with maybe the execption of the lack of Broadway shows.

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Disappointing by NCLcruisers

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This was our 18th cruise and I don't think we'll be going again for awhile. At least not on NCL. The port stops on this itinerary were mostly bad. The itinerary was changed days before our departure with no compensation or explanation. Very disappointed all around with NCL.

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One of the Best Cruises Ever! by randymoto

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Ship: Carnival Miracle / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

The ship is older , but the crew is one of the best we had in 40 years of cruising!

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Great Cruise with some exceptions by stltrucker606

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Legend / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

I would go again on the legend but on a different itinerary. Overall it was a great vacation

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Great trip! by ncstp555

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Caribbean Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Princess is still a favorite with us. This was a fun trip with perfect weather. I would go again.

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comrtable, no event cruise by heekyoon

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

passengers are mostly seniors. cafeteria was not busy most of the time. dinner took somewhat long. Lido restaurant was good( tried 2 times), good crews, poor entertainment (we seen the same BBC film four times), talks on Mexico was excellent, however panama canal talk was not good, should be there more lectures besides videos. we tipped more than $100 to crews, seems they expect it, good or bad???

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As Advertised by jimcarmichael56

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Oosterdam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

especially enjoyed the canal crossing. suggest more description by the tour guides.

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