Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

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4 out of 5

Bucket List Adventure

Sail Date: November 07, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Most enjoyable cruise ever on Princess.  Other than the snorkeling excursion in Aruba, the rest of the excursions were very memorable.  The food was excellent and our wait staff superb.  As soon as we got off the ship, we wanted to get back on.

Cruise Photos

Cabin / Stateroom Carpeting was pulling away from wall and floor. Could easily have been glued.
Florescent light at sliding glass door was burnt out its and cover was held up with a zip tie.
Fabric headboard was dirty from prior passengers resting their heads on it.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs N/A
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Find a hotel that has pickup from the airport as well as delivery to the port. Hampton Inn North Airport was very clean and the staff were super. $6/pp fee to the ship and well worth it. Hampton also includes a breakfast. Reserve early. They fill up fast.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Don't take the snorkeling excursion. Minimal coral with sandy bottom. Also the sunken ship was a waste. Waves made it impossible to stay in the water, and the boat crew wasn't very helpful.
Cartagena, Colombia
Great trip through old and new city including the fortress.
Panama Canal Transit
Pay $60 per person for an all day entry to the Sanctuary. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, complimentary photo, small round pool and attendants taking care of you from 7am to 5pm. Best part is limited access to 35 guests.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Took a United Cruise excursion. It was one of the best excursions to the hanging bridges. Small bus that went in areas where the large tour buses couldn't go. Also went down the river where our tour guide fed the alligators...UNBELIEVABLE!
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Great trip to Granada and the lake. Would have liked more than 25 minutes in the middle of the town. Lunch was excellent
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Enjoyed the trip to Toto Santos and the visit to the Hotel California. Had plenty of time to shop the stores near the dock. Very negotiable with merchandise in the small outdoor shops along the dock.
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
Earliest disembarking if you can take your own suitcases to the mustering site for early disembarking.

Tip

Best entertainment of any prior Princess cruise. Food was consistent and great throughout the trip. Ship is just the right size. Elevators were hardly ever crowded and access to all locations were very convenient. Cabin steward, waiter and assistant were exceptional.



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