Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

The Panama Canal

Sail Date: March 14, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

The Panama Canal was the highlight of the cruise.  It is truly a marvel of engineering.  The new channel being built for larger ships is also amazing.  School books and other stories about the canal do not do it justice.


In Jamaca, we recommend making your excursion plans in advance, either through the ship or BJ's travel agency.  There were  six ships in port with us and people booking excursions on the dock were not able to not able to do all the things they wanted, and the price at the dock were higher.


We definitely recommend this cruise for all ages.

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At last a closet that had room for all the clothes we had. Also, you were able to get into the closet, safe, and bathroom without hitting someone with a door.
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be sure to book your excursion in advance.

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