Better Than I Expected

Rotterdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
14 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To Ft. Lauderdale)
Sail Date: April 03, 2011
Ship: Rotterdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Lovely decor. Perfect size. Easy to get around. The right amount of amenities.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
For cruise fare, the food was better than any cruise lines in this category.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I loved the Lanai cabin!
3 out of 5
Tender problems meant a two-hour delay for those leaving on excursions and for those just wanting to go ashore. Plus, this was a NIGHTTIME port-of-call, arrived at 6PM, lett at 4AM. I wished they had dropped Puerto Vallarta, and let us have the day in Panama City instead.
3 out of 5
"Average" only because there was NOT ENOUGH TIME at port. We were there from 11AM to 5PM. Therefore, the city tour was too rushed. Too many sights to see in too little time.
3 out of 5
Did the bird-watching tour. Surprisingly, took us to a golf course! But, there were many varieties of birds there! The guide was an excellent spotter.
5 out of 5
Visited the Ixapa (sp?) ruins--bought a Mayan calendar, so I'll know when the world ends! :)
5 out of 5
Visited the town of Antigua--during a Lenten processional. VERY CROWDED that Sunday, but also a rare sight to see.
3 out of 5
Did the off-road excursion--it could have stayed on the road for most of the time. (Literally could see the road from our "off-road" position!)

Pros: Transiting the Panama Canal

Cons: Too many "formal" nights

Recommends Rotterdam? Yes!

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