Great ship, but not for everyone

Pacific Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 128

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Pacific Princess

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

Sail date: April 25, 2017

Ship: Pacific Princess

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6002

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

A much smaller ship than most are accustomed to. Not a great ship for families with younger children as there are limited entertainment for the younger crowd. We found it very relaxing without the crush of 3000+ passengers you get on most ships, yet still with plenty to do and entertainers comparable to those on larger ships. The food was quite good. Being a smaller ship, we got to know the staff and most of them called us by name. It was truly a "boutique" experience.


Our cruise was a Panama canal transit. Larger ships may now be able to go through the canal, but the newer locks are somewhat boring compared to the old, narrow locks with their locomotive "mules".


Bottom line, if you need 24/7 entertainment, choose a larger ship. If you like a more relaxed atmosphere, choose the Pacific Princess.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

None that I know of.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Cruise director (Sammy) was excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

Spacious suite with large balcony.

Ship tip

Remember that it's a smaller ship.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

3 out of 5

Santa Marta, Colombia

2 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

3 out of 5

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

3 out of 5


2 out of 5

La Paz, Mexico

3 out of 5

Los Angeles, California

3 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Canal Transit (Original locks)
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