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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 56

Overall rating:

4.6 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: Balcony

Cabin number: R524

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

I enjoyed my cruise with Caribbean Princess. I had a wonderful time and would not hesitate to cruise with Princess again. The food was excellent. The entertainment was excellent and the service was excellent.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Embarkation experience was smooth and fast.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
I ate my meals in the restaurant as I am a vegan. The maître d’hôtel in the Palm dining room went above and beyond. Every evening after dinner he went over the menu for the following day so I could choose my breakfast and dinner. My waiter David in the Palm Dining room at first sitting table 33 was amazing. Also my waiter at breakfast Raymond Dava and Wahyudi Muchlisin started my day off with a smile. They were entertaining and always smiling. Great service all around.

Lobby Bar

5 out of 5

Friendly staff Excellent

Dining Room

5 out of 5

Excellent

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The onboard activities were amazing I took Zumba class, salsa lessons, played games.

Sanctuary

5 out of 5

Peaceful and tranquil

Photo Gallery

4 out of 5

TK in the photo gallery was extremely helpful. He surprised me with this photographer. I had no idea the photographer had gotten a shot of me on my balcony. I was on the 14 deck waving my poster trying to get the photographer’s attention down on the ground with his zoom lens not know he took my photo. Thank you Tk

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The band Pinnacle was amazing they had me dancing from the moment I went on board. I never missed a performance by this band.

Princess Theater

5 out of 5

Some great shows

Movies Under The Stars

5 out of 5

Some great movies and free pop corn

Explorer's Lounge

4 out of 5

I enjoyed going to this lounge

Club Fusion

4 out of 5

Great nigh club great DJ and music. Loved the decor.

Children's Programs

I had no children with me on my cruise

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All my waiters, room steward and maître d’hôtel gave excellent service. I found the staff rude every time I called room service.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship layout and design was relatively easy to find your way around. The common areas were clean and well-maintained staff were constantly washing the decks, touching up the paint cleaning mirrors etc.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I was on the Rivera deck with a balcony my cabin was roomy, clean and had lots of space for two people. Lots space for all our clothing clothes, shoe and 4 suitcases. The bed was unbelievable comfortable. I had a good night sleep every night.

Ship tip

Caribbean Princess is an older ship she has her aches and pains. Pack the right attitude and you will have a wonderful time. Remember Life CAN always be fun, it just depends how you look at it.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
The port was easy to get to. Did not do an excursion

Princess Cays (Cruise Line Private Island)

4 out of 5
I enjoyed spending the day at Princess Cays the water was cold but I still enjoyed it.

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
Loved this port I found Cartagena very clean, beautiful and full of life and so much history. I took a night excursion it was great to see the night life. I also went on another excursion the following day. I did not find the vendors at this port at all aggressive, a simple no thank you and they moved on and never hassled me.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
Loved this port, this was the highlight of my trip. Going through the canal was amazing. I also visited the Indigenous traditional village of the Embers Tribe in the rain forest. Saw various animal during the boat ride to the village. Enjoyed this excursion.

Colon, Panama

2 out of 5
This port was a little rough I drove through Colon on my way to and from from my excursion. From what I observed from my bus ride I wouldn’t want to do a walk about in Colon. Did not look safe for tourist.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
Did not have enough time in this port due to the delay in the canal and our arrival to this port was late. Most of the excursions were cancelled due to time constraints. I was very disappointed as I had an all day excursion booked to see Limon. This was beyond Caribbean Princess control. I took a excursion to a Dole banana farm. I know all about growing bananas now🤣

George Town, Grand Cayman

3 out of 5
Great if you love to shop, unfortunately I did not make it to the beach, visited a few shops and went back on board. This was my second visit to Grand Cayman. Was extremely disappointed when Jamaica port of call was switched to Grand Cayman.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Was excellent unbelievably fast smooth and organized.

Traveler Photos

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