Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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4 out of 5

Great Experience to Panama Canal

Sail Date: January 03, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

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.


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Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Comedian was the best. The lead female singer from the ship line should find a new job.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Oranjestad, Aruba
can't go wrong with beach
Cartagena, Colombia
Buy columbian coffee!
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)
Take excursion and get off ship!
Colon, Panama
Nothing much to do here and it was a local holiday, so no beer/booze sales,
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Cancelled due to weather - too bad, was looking forward to it.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Take taxi to 7 mile beach, for $5.


Great pizza at the lido deck.

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