October 2015 - 10 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Coral Princess
The shows onboard were very short, the singing and dancing of the troupe was not the best. The ship did offer a lot of other entertainers that were so much better. They offered outdoor movie viewing on a big screen with popcorn. As a couple who have cruised before we found the food in the banquet area to be redundant day after day compared to other cruise lines. A few nights the food in the dining room was overcooked. Overall the crew were nice and friendly. The one problem we had was in Grand Cayman. We had gone to the excursion desk to check on the weather for the next day before booking a beach trip, since it had rained the night before. They sold us the beach trip after checking the weather. The next morning the skies were black and grey with rain clouds looming. We no sooner reached the beach area when lightening, thunder and rain started and they closed the beach. We and most of the tour stayed at the restaurant under tarps until the bus came back for us 3 hours later. Some people did take a taxi back to town. When we went to the excursion desk to speak to them about the tour, they were rude. In fact, one guy at the excursion desk was very rude to four other people that wanted to complain about not knowing their tour was cancelled after being sent down and up the decks of the ship, no one knew what was going on. We did finally get a 30% discount on our tour. Limon, Costa Rica was really just a port. The dock area where we had to walk on had lots of ruts in it. We saw one man trip and fall in one of the railway ruts. The "town" had maybe 4 stores for shopping. We enjoyed the Panama Canal and going through the 3 locks. It is worth booking a tour and getting off the ship. We took the Gatun Lock and Embera Indian Village tour. Getting up close to the locks was the best part of our trip, we loved the Panama Canal.