Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Panama was great, but encountered problems

Sail Date: November 09, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We enjoyed seeing the Panama locks, but the ports of call weren't that great other than Aruba.  The ship had the worse internet we have had on the ship and the ship's guest services could't care less.  Our cabin fire alarm went off and no one responded.  Again, guest services simply said it happens a lot.  I wonder what they do if a real fire occurs - not a safe thought.  Our cabin steward thought it was so important that we sign for a bottle of water we used that he came into our room without permission while my wife was taking a shower and I was on the baloney.  Luckily my wife didn't come out while he was there.  I guess we should have put a chair against the door to ensure privacy.  The food was OK, but we expected better since we thought Princess was a higher class - but it isn't.  One night our dinner was horrible, and other passengers that made that selection agreed.

We probably won't cruise Princess again.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Most meals were OK, but one dinner was terrible
Service and Staff
Guest services weren't helpful and our cabin steward violated our privacy.
The comedian was great and the ship's group put on one good show out of three.
Onboard Activities
Activities were fewer than most ships we have been on.
Destinations and Excursions
The Panama locks and Aruba were great, the the other ports weren't.
Oranjestad, Aruba The snorkeling isn't very good and our tour skipped the sunken wreck.
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)
Don't take a tour. We enjoyed going back through the locks more than most people we talked with that had tours.
Colon, Panama The only thing there are shops to buy over priced merchadise.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
The ship docked at the old dock while the newer Princess ship was at the newer dock that was much closer to the beach and shops.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Don't pay for a tour - take a taxi. The tour guide was useless and the second site was a waste of time.


Don't buy the internet as you spend most of your minutes waiting for applications to load. Also, don't expect to get WiFi service in your room - we had to use the "card room" and space there was only available a limited time.

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