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Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Coral Princess

15 Night Panama Canal - Ocean To Ocean Eastbound (Los Angeles To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: January 06, 2019

Ship: Coral Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Our favorite cruise of nine, even though now three times through the Canal. But Excursions and Entertainment were best yet. We have not have much luck with previous excursions, but these all hit the spot. Great cruise with Princess!!!


5 out of 5
Extremely easy and efficient check-in

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
no specialty, but dining and buffet were excellent as usual!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
a four star only in that i was facing hip replacement in 2 weeks and personally was limited.


5 out of 5
Best evening entertainment in main theatre in comparison to our other cruises. EACH NIGHT was excellent!!

Children's Programs

no kiddos

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
head waiter good, but asst. waiter was best we've had!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Cleanliness excellent, hallway floors seem to be getting a little "soft" in many spots.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was very nice and kept clean, but showing a little age with a lot of "creaking sounds" at night in rough seas. Don't mind the seas, but a little noisy!

Ship tip

This was another great experience, but this may have been our 3rd trip on Coral and it is showing a bit of aging, yet is very nice and helped provide a great cruising experience.

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5
good embarkation experience

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Excursion was very good and informative. Interesting sites and history.

Huatulco, Mexico

5 out of 5
we chose no excursion here, as we were returning to this locale and we remembered that this port provided excellent swimming area right by the ship and a pleasant little shopping area very nearby. Loved this stop!

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

5 out of 5
Good excursion tour here with many interesting sites visited.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Scenic excursion here that was very pleasant

Fuerte Amador, Panama

5 out of 5
Absolutely love this port. Been here before as well, but still a very interesting and enjoyable time!

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
3rd time through, and may shoot for number 4. A great experience and had hoped to go through new locks which we had seen under construction on previous trips, but unless we're in a larger ship, that probably won't happen on Coral or Island Princess as they fit into the older and smaller locks. The new locks are used primarily for the humongous ships!

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Another repeat excursion, and the one we wanted most of all. No disappointment with this tour. That fort you visit is HUGE!! AND TO THINK IT WAS BUILT IN 1500-1600's. Amazing along with more tour of the area that was very interesting.


5 out of 5
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