Disappointing Cruise

Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5
Caribbean Princess

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

Sail date: February 06, 2018

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: A249

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

It was my first cruise on a Princess ship. Overall the cruise was disappointing and I will not book another Princess cruise.


3 out of 5
Embarkment was fast.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Service in the main dining room was slow. Orders were mixed up several times. Got tired of waiters trying to sell alcoholic beverages.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Finding a unoccupied deck chair was impossible. If the chair was unoccupied it was being " saved " for someone. Fitness center was modern and clean. Karaoke is always fun, but only a few passengers participated.


4 out of 5
Production shows were outstanding, but the theater filled up quickly and I had to stand in the back for several performances.

Princess Theater

3 out of 5

Theater filled up quickly. If you want a seat arrive a hour before show.

Movies Under The Stars

3 out of 5

Sound quality could have been better

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Cabin Steward was excellent. Waiters in dining room were average. Waiters in the buffet were excellent. I did get tired of waiters trying to sell alcoholic beverages.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin was very small. Bathroom shower was very small with little room for personal soap and shampoo.

Ship tip

The passengers were mostly older senior citizens. There were several medical emergencies that required ship to arrive in Cartegena hours ahead of schedule. The medical emergencies weren't surprising considering the the number of passengers using oxygen, wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Book another cruise if you enjoy lively upbeat passengers and activities.

Ports of call

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
Excursion was short, crowded and rushed.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal) Did not visit port

Stayed on ship to view the passage through the Panama Canal. Moving around the ship gave me excellent views.

Colon, Panama Did not visit port

Just a stop to pick up passengers. No excursions were offered

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Did not visit port

Excursion was cancelled and I was not offered option to rebook another excursion.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Did not book excursion through ship. The $20 excursion that I found at port was not rushed. Driver gave a excellent overview of the island.


5 out of 5
Disembarkment went smoothly.
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