Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
7+ cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
9

5 out of 5

Overall, was a very good experience

Sail Date: January 06, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Except for Aruba, ports and Panama Canal were a good choice.  Not much to see on Aruba.  Ship was as good or better than previous cruises.  Food, in general, was good; choices in main dining room were varied and imaginative. The one choice of the Curtis Stone selections that I had, mahi mahi, was overcooked.  Musical/dancing shows were very good.  Magician and comedian were mediocre. Had thought I had been to all of my "bucket list" destinations around the world but this was a very good "add on".  Only had to fly to Fort Lauderdale to board ship, not a more costly foreign destination. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Good layout; comfortable bed; good maid service.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Considering the amount of people boarding and disembarkation, it was handled as smoothly as possible.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Although this cruise had many older (senior) adults on board, the tour leaders on 2 of the ones that I was on, walked too fast and did not allow breaks.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs Not applicable.
Entertainment
Generally good but comedian was on too much and I didn't appreciate his brand of humor.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Some of the dishes were overdone and dry.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Oranjestad, Aruba
Not much to see. Stores near ship were mostly jewelry.
Cartagena, Colombia
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)
Very interesting; especially good viewing on the balcony of our cabin.
Colon, Panama
Tour of Panama City was good. Ride back to Colon was depressing because of the dilapidated and graffitied buildings.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Tour including banana plantation, train, and boat through canals was very enjoyable.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Did not take a tour because of previous visits. Shopping areas not too far from ship.

Tip

Ship was very nice. Elevators were convenient. Variety of dining options. Weather at this time of year, early January, was very hot. No rain encountered.



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