Great trip through the Panama Canal

Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Rotterdam Retired

16 Night Panama Canal (Ft. Lauderdale To San Diego)

Sail date: January 23, 2020

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 1934

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

My party was evacuated by ambulance. Didn't have to go through the big lineups.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food in the dining room was ok. The beef was grizzly. There were days the food took a long time to come. The deserts were always great.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The pool was great. Was always able to get a lounge chair. They had pickle ball, basketball, shuffle board.


4 out of 5
Only went to a couple stage shows. Enjoyed the two piano players that could perform and sing.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room Stewart's were awesome. Servers at the buffet were attentive.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship needed refitting. It was old. One of the women's washrooms never did work.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
There were three adults in the cabin. We were comfortable. Always clean.

Ship tip

The Medical staff were the best. Had the best treatment for a major health issue.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
The two excursions we went on were great

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Great port to walk around.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Great port to walk around.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
The history of building the canal is something else.

Exit Panama Canal At Balboa

5 out of 5

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
This was a container port. Had to take a bus into the nearby town. Did the coffee plantation your. It was wonderful experience.

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

4 out of 5
A short walk to the town. Entertainers came to the doc to perform. Great to see.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
This was a container port. Had to take a bus the a town about 30 minutes away.

Huatulco, Mexico

5 out of 5
Walked around the port town. Nice beach right by the dock.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Port was close to shopping.

San Diego, California

5 out of 5


4 out of 5
Why are US customs officers so grouchy and inpersonal!!!
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