Not so great......

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5
Caribbean Princess

10 Night Panama Canal With Costa Rica & Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 27, 2018

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 508

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Not impressed. Previously princess was my favourite cruise line by far. Currently I would have to put holland America as my first choice followed by Norwegian


1 out of 5
It was ok. Organized considering the volume of people.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
The restaurant was was ok. Restaurant service very slow although once the waiter took your order food came fast.Crown grill was excellent. Planks was not good but gave a ton of food. Corn bread very dry. Probably days old. Meat was fatty, thought low quality. Anytime dining was terrible. First you stood in a line, then they gave you a buzzer like in the restaurants and 30 min or so later they called you. I would definitely have reserved dining in future. International cafe always is wonderful with great service and food. Buffets were ok. Room service very good

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Pools were nice but very busy. Fitness center very good


It was too busy so did not attend

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room attendant was wonderful. Ship staff very attentive. Only waiters in dining room slow to come take orders.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
It was good and maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was good.

Ship tip

Check to see if the cruise has tenders. On a ten day cruise 3 of our stops had tenders which is ridiculous. As we had private tours booked but takes so long to get off of ship if you do not book with princess excursions

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Yes it was good. We went on a airboat and seen alligators and herons.

Princess Cays (Cruise Line Private Island)

1 out of 5
Nowhere to get anything to eat. No shade. Not a good port to visit

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
I liked this port. We booked a private tour which was great.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

3 out of 5
Loved this port. We did the rainforest and locks tour through princess as we had no other option. It was really good.

Colon, Panama

4 out of 5

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
We booked a private tour with lucky tours with Stephen. It was highlight of the trip. We did a coastal drive and a boat canal tour when we seen so many amazing animals and birds.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Rented a Jeep and went to rum point. Wonderful


1 out of 5
Terrible. We were doing an excursion. So we had to take our on luggage a long long way. Would not book an excursion again at the end of trip. Then they take your luggage the night before and you walk out and pick it up.
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