Amazing Panama Canal and Central America

Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 73

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Rotterdam Retired

17 Night Panama Canal Holiday (Ft. Lauderdale To San Diego)

Sail date: December 21, 2019

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6234

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We loved this cruise. The focus on Central American ports and the southern Caribbean was excellent. The Mexican ports were not my favourite. The Panama Canal was extraordinary and on its own worth the cruise. The live music on board was fantastic - lots of options. Main stage performances were hit and miss but there was never any shortage of live entertainment on board. The service and food were particularly high quality this cruise, our sixth with HAL.


4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Xtra large verandah meant room for playing games, yoga and relaxation outside. Room was fine inside. There were three of us. The tv system is scheduled for updating- so it’s a bit out of date

Ship tip

Check out all the live music options

Ports of call

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Did snorkeling excursion which was awesome

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Easy to get around on your own

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Highlight of the trip. From our rear cabin we watched the whole transit and had the forward camera playing on the tv all day

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5
Great for beach people, which we are not. We stayed on the boat and used spa and other services

Huatulco, Mexico

2 out of 5
Didn’t care much for this port. May have been better if we took an excursion and got out of town

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Whale watching excursion surpassed all expectations. Guide was amazing

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Best port of the cruise. Took Mayan Cosmology tour. Totally excellent.

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

5 out of 5
Extremely welcoming. Take an excursion to get the most out of this beautiful country

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

5 out of 5


4 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Roomy enough with extra large verandah
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