Panama Canal Cruise

Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 07, 2014
Ship: Island Princess
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: C709
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Going through the Canal was wonderful.  That is why we booked this cruise and was not disappointed. If you plan on doing this cruise make sure you book the excursion that goes through the other 2 locks it is so worth the money.  There was one day that stormed which made the excursion a disappointment but was certainly not the fault of the cruise line.  The food doesn't have a lot of variety nor flavor but I always found something to eat that with a little salt and pepper was ok but still not flavorful as it would be if cooked with more spices. (but this is all in a persons taste and I certainly did not leave hungry) The ship itself is in need of repairs.  One the days of rain we found several yellow buckets around to catch the drips.  The crew for the most part was extremely nice and helpful.  The was one bar tender who used very foul language while watching a football game.  I would travel on the princess again and even go through the canal again but a different ship unless the Island Princess is updated first.  

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Not much flavor or variety

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Loved the Singing and balloons in the atrim


3 out of 5
We walked out of some shows due to foul implications. Would like to have had Newly Wed Game

Children's Programs

Im not sure if there was a program for the children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Its a small ship so don't expect to do much shopping onboard. Going through the canal find a deck that does not have windows all around to view the locks and go very early to get your spot, some were there at 5 in the morning. If you have a balcony it is a wonderful experience right from there.

5 out of 5
Air boat on the Everglades and saw the alligator wrestling.
5 out of 5
Snorkeled around the Antillas Shipwreck
5 out of 5
Carriage ride
5 out of 5
Went throught the other 2 locks
5 out of 5
Banana plantation and train ride
1 out of 5
Bus trip but it rain profusely and heavy winds.
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