Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5


Sail Date: December 12, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

I chose this cruise based on the itinerary and a previous good experience with Princess.  I wasn't crazy about all the days at sea, but truly enjoyed the port lectures by Dr. Dean (may I have his job when he retires?).  The crew is wonderful.  My steward, Domingo, was terrific.  All the dining room staff were great.  The mattresses in cabin Plaza 536 do need replacing as even when the bed in made the dips are obvious, making it impossible to use my "queen-sized" bed as a queen-size.  I could only sleep on the side less worn.  Shore excursions were great.  In Jamaica, the open-air tour of a plantation showed a lovely horse and carriage.  Be warned it is actually a hay wagon with benches (no ladder for climbing up)  and towed by a smelly diesel tractor.  Tour guide, Donovan, was okay EXCEPT for the many, many Monica Lewinsky jokes that were out-dated and in poor taste.  Check-in for the cruise was easy as was disembarkation.  I chose the EZ option so Passenger Services printed my boarding pass and got my suitcase to the airport.  It arrived at my final destination in good shape.  This service is well worth the $20.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
I particularly loved that the food was not over salted like in American restaurants.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Destinations and Excursions
Oranjestad, Aruba
The two shore excursions I wanted were already booked, but since it was my first trip everything was new. Ryan was a great guide.
Cartagena, Colombia
Frank was an amazing, knowledgeable tour guide. Be sure to see the Old City. Get your photo with the sloth at the mall.
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)
I watched the journey through each chamber from a different spot to get a great perspective. First chamber from deck 15. Second from my window on deck 5. Third from deck 7. Get a balcony for this trip.
Colon, Panama
Simply a place to re-board the ship. Very poor city with terrible traffic congestion
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Marvin was a great guide. The tram through the rain forest was amazing. I wish we had had longer than one hour on the Tortuguero Canals.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
This is a place to do stuff (water sports, etc.) rather than sight seeing. Open-air carriage ride at the plantation shows a horse and carriage, but it is a hay wagon with benches towed by a smelly diesel tractor. Donovan's bad Monica Lewinsky jokes were inappropriate.


I really did like channel 40 with the maps showing the ship's location.

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