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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Caribbean Princess

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

Sail date: January 23, 2020

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Review summary

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

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very easy! We had loaded the medallion with pertinent information. I needed a photo added and that took moments to do. Then. All aboard!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Overall the food and service was fine. The baked good were dry and or doughy crusts, but no one left them sitting. Service was as expected and portions were just right.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Love the stern pool. People used all the facilities as the weather cooperated.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Enthusiasm reigned. Many shows were too full to get in. Shows were as expected and seemed well received.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was friendly and helpful!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship is being well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Interior rm stern. We had plenty of storage and room for two. Love being high on the ship. You get some engine cavitation in the stern, but for us that’s comforting. Shower is small but water was nice and hot. Mirrors give sense of depth. No complaints.

Ship tip

Getting off for tours was not managed well, particularly in Panama. Room was stuffed and many could not sit to wait. Be prepared with water and the like.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Busy port. Disembarking was a bit crazy, construction, two Princess ships with folks wearing same color tags etc. had a days wait for flight so tour was good time killer. Tour was well run. Aviary and Everglades. Delivery to airport with bags.

Falmouth, Jamaica

4 out of 5
It was fine, we just walked around locally. Getting independent ride, have to go out the gates, and walk away from the port. Security guards very strict with locals.

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
Hot, be prepared. Old town and boat tour were perfect choice for us. If you cannot walk in heat, use the horse and buggy. Best find was the Free aviary just down from where we docked!! Excellent!

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
Got our moneys worth! The ferry ride through the small locks was Great! Hot! Sunscreen!! Full long day! Not much time or opportunity to see the lake, long wait to get off the ship, quick tender trip, right on the bus and away so no views of the lake. Otherwise we Loved it!

Cristobal, Panama

5 out of 5
Ok see above comments. Trip into new canal is great but less exciting than old locks trip. So taking the ferry was the perfect blend.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
The research center made this tour, the canal ride is fine but like west coast better. Rainforest was informative and lots to see.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Sting rays made the tour. The rest was just time killing. Pretty place overall and cleaner than most islands. Money!

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Easy enough really. Construction and two ships made pulling luggage to find correct bus confusing.
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