Rotterdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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4 out of 5

Better Than I Expected

Sail Date: April 03, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

Lovely decor. Perfect size. Easy to get around. The right amount of amenities.

Pros: Transiting the Panama Canal

Cons: Too many "formal" nights

Recommends Rotterdam? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
For cruise fare, the food was better than any cruise lines in this category.
Cabin / Stateroom
I loved the Lanai cabin!
Service and Staff
Fuerte Amador, Panama
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.
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
Visited the Ixapa (sp?) ruins--bought a Mayan calendar, so I'll know when the world ends! :)
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Visited the town of Antigua--during a Lenten processional. VERY CROWDED that Sunday, but also a rare sight to see.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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!)
Cartagena, Colombia
"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.
Huatulco, Mexico
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.

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