Great Panama Canal Adventure!

Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Emerald Princess

30 Night Panama Canal & Spanish Passage Adventure (Los Angeles To Barcelona)

Sail date: April 18, 2019

Ship: Emerald Princess

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: D606

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, we recommend both the Emerald Princess and also this itinerary. We had a fabulous time and really enjoyed the trip! The Panama Canal is a "must see" for any traveler and Princess does it right


4 out of 5
A slight delay in San Pedro, but over-all was okay

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We had Traditional early dining at 5:15 in the Botticelli - it was great - very attentive staff. We also ate at SHARE (excellent) and Planks (Good)

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pools were good but crowded, Movies under the Stars were great, enjoyed the Trivia shows


4 out of 5
Enjoyed a comedian and impressionist

Children's Programs

no kids

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Room steward was good, waiters were excellent. I was not impressed with the Shore Excursion personnel or Front Desk people.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship had just come out of dry-dock and was very clean - new areas very nice. layout is somewhat confusing.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
This mini-suite was very comfortable and clean. Two flat-screens on the walls. lots of outlets. Bed was comfy. Sofabed and table and chair. lots of closet space.

Ship tip

Use the International Cafe for coffee

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

4 out of 5
I love it as I live nearby and was able to Uber to the port.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

3 out of 5
Been here before. Our excursion "City Highlights" was very poor. They left us on a hot side street for 30 minutes while the tour guide and a few pax went shopping. Complained to Princess

Huatulco, Mexico

4 out of 5
It's okay - lots of resorts and not much town, as it's a new city

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

5 out of 5
we did not do an excursion here - just tendered into town & were pleasantly surprised. We found the city to be quite nice & we found a craft brewhouse here (Nica Beer)

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
We were over TWO HOURS getting off the ship due to poor planning by Princess. Our excursion, Scarlet Macaw sanctuary was good - enjoyed it.

Fuerte Amador, Panama

5 out of 5
Tender port - we took excursion to see the P.C. Museum, old city and army base. It was pretty good - tour guides were excellent.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Highlight of the trip!! Well-narrated on ship- this was the Emerald-s first time going through the P.C. - we found it fascinating and really enjoyed the full transit which took all day! AWESOME!

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
A wonderful "old city" we took the tour that included the fortress (steep climb), and the cathedral as well as the old city (lots of street vendors) It was a great tour & guide.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Great disembarking - we were out of there quickly!


5 out of 5
Found our bags fast & customs was quick

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