Wonderful Panama Canal/Caribbean Cruise

Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 34

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
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Island Princess

10 Night Panama Canal With Costa Rica & Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 18, 2019

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: PR721

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

It was a very enjoyable cruise. The ship was wonderful with plenty to do and great food in the buffet. The ports for the most part were very interesting with a wide variety of excursions. I would recommend this tour with Princess Cruises to friends/family.


4 out of 5
Embarkation was delayed a bit, but otherwise went smoothly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The buffet was terrific. The food was good at the main dining room and specialty restaurants, but the wait time to be seated at the main dining room was long and the service was slow. We missed a theater performance due to the slow service.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The karaoke, dancing with the stars, olympic type activities were very enjoyable.


5 out of 5
The stage shows and theater entertainers were great. We enjoyed them all.

Children's Programs

no kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The room stewards did an excellent job. Waiters/food servers at the buffet were great. Service at the dining rooms was a bit slow.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship's layout was fine. We were impressed with the emphasis on cleanliness considering the breakout of the Norovirus on the previous cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
All things considered, the stateroom was very comfortable. The steward did a great job keeping it clean and the size was sufficient.

Ship tip

Take advantage of the buffet - the food is excellent.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
The port is okay - all we did here was embark/disembark. Getting to the port and leaving the port was very easy.

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
We did a tour of the island. It was interesting, but not as exciting as the other ports.

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
We did an excursion to the old part of the city. Very interesting.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
Going through the locks was great - very interesting!

Colon, Panama

4 out of 5
The excursion got a late start and so the places we visited had to be cut short. More time would have made the excursion much better.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
We did a boat cruise through a part of the rain forest - it was great.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
We did Dunn's River Falls park and the zip line. Had a great time.


5 out of 5
The disembarkation was quick and easy. We had an early flight out, but made it to the airport with time to spare.
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