Great Experience to Panama Canal

Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 03, 2015
Ship: Coral Princess
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: C517
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We sailed on the Coral Princess 3-11 Jan 2015.  This was my 3rd Princess cruise and I liked this ship the best.  The ship is smaller (approx 2k passengers and 900 crew); easy to navigate/learn the ship; excellent service; good meals and decent entertainment.  The ports of call were outstanding except we were unable to dock in Limon, Costa Rica and another port of call wasn't available so we had another day at sea.  The weather was warm (80-90) but the seas a little rocky a couple days.

Most of the passengers on this cruise, this time of year, were 60+ and very few children.  We had an interior room and it was adequate in size and had back-to-back mirrors.  We were on the Caribe, 10th deck.

Biggest complaint, lack of towels at the pool area & wish we had more time in Colombia.

Don't bother with an excursion in Colombia, just take a taxi to the Old City for the short time you are there.

We took the Pelican pier bus to beach in Aruba for $5 each (one way)  and included a beach chair.

We took taxi/small bus to  7-mile beach in Grand Cayman.

Yes, take an excursion in the Canal - only way to get off ship.  We did a 4.5 hr excursion to the Fort, rain forest (saw monkey's) and the Gatun Locks observation area - loved it.

 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Comedian was the best. The lead female singer from the ship line should find a new job.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

Great pizza at the lido deck.

5 out of 5
can't go wrong with beach
3 out of 5
Buy columbian coffee!
5 out of 5
Take excursion and get off ship!
1 out of 5
Nothing much to do here and it was a local holiday, so no beer/booze sales,
1 out of 5
Cancelled due to weather - too bad, was looking forward to it.
5 out of 5
Take taxi to 7 mile beach, for $5.
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