Panama Canal Experience

Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

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11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 25, 2015
Ship: Coral Princess
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: F524
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The highlight of the cruise was the Panama Canal experience.  To learn more about the canal's past, present and future was exciting.  We took the excursion thru to Pacific locks and got an up close view of the locks and how they worked.  The briefings on board were wonderful and informative.  The other ports visited were good but what we expected.

The evening dining experience on Princess cruises is what makes us dislike this cruise line.  The entrees are uninspiring (example - Turkey Pot Pie and Kidney Bean something).  This was our second Princess cruise and what turns us off in wanting to cruise with the Princess Line.  We chose both cruises based on the itinerary.  The dining room experience is not what we expect from a cruise line.  Selections are limited and portions are small.  The best thing is the dessert menu.

Our choice for the best cruise line is Celebrity.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food not bad but dinning room entrees are uninspiring and portions small.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Panama Canal breifings were great

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Entertainment very good but short (35 minutes). Twice show times conflicted with late dining seating

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
not a cruise line for childern. Very few children on cruise.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service good and very polite. Cabin steward Jennings the best!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was neat and clean expept for outside of our oceanview window.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Best cabin steward we have ever had on a cruise.

Ship Tip

Don't expect a fine dining experiece in the dining rooms. Drinks and retail prices are expensive.

3 out of 5
Only boarded and disimbarked from this port.
5 out of 5
Took the submarine excursion
3 out of 5
Toured the old city. If you want emerals - the place to go.
5 out of 5
Took excursion thru the Pacific locks. Great experience to see locks close up.
1 out of 5
Only reboarded ship here. Nothing to do here.
3 out of 5
Visited banna plantation, train ride and river boat ride to see wild life.
5 out of 5
Climbed Dun falls and visited botanical garden
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