Panama was great, but encountered problems

Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Verified Review
11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 09, 2014
Ship: Coral Princess
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: D504
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Most meals were OK, but one dinner was terrible

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Activities were fewer than most ships we have been on.


3 out of 5
The comedian was great and the ship's group put on one good show out of three.

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
Guest services weren't helpful and our cabin steward violated our privacy.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

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.

Oranjestad, Aruba Did not visit port

The snorkeling isn't very good and our tour skipped the sunken wreck.
5 out of 5
Don't take a tour. We enjoyed going back through the locks more than most people we talked with that had tours.

Colon, Panama Did not visit port

The only thing there are shops to buy over priced merchadise.
3 out of 5
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.
3 out of 5
Don't pay for a tour - take a taxi. The tour guide was useless and the second site was a waste of time.
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