Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Panama Canal Experience

Sail Date: January 25, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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.

Ship Quality
Ship was neat and clean expept for outside of our oceanview window.
Food and Dining
Food not bad but dinning room entrees are uninspiring and portions small.
Cabin / Stateroom
Best cabin steward we have ever had on a cruise.
Service and Staff
Service good and very polite. Cabin steward Jennings the best!
Entertainment very good but short (35 minutes). Twice show times conflicted with late dining seating
Children's Programs
not a cruise line for childern. Very few children on cruise.
Onboard Activities
Panama Canal breifings were great
Destinations and Excursions
Panama Canal expierence the best - traveling thru the Pacific Locks. Other ports the normal excursions.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Only boarded and disimbarked from this port.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Took the submarine excursion
Cartagena, Colombia
Toured the old city. If you want emerals - the place to go.
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)
Took excursion thru the Pacific locks. Great experience to see locks close up.
Colon, Panama
Only reboarded ship here. Nothing to do here.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Visited banna plantation, train ride and river boat ride to see wild life.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Climbed Dun falls and visited botanical garden


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

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