Panama Canal Full Transit

Volendam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5

15 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: April 03, 2019

Ship: Volendam

Cabin type: Suite

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The highlight of any Panama Canal Cruise is the Canal. The other ports were fine but some we decided not to take an excursion, nothing interested us. Very enjoyable cruise.


5 out of 5
Priority boarding was nice.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Pinnacle Dining was very good.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Several of the staff greeted us by name

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship was very clean and well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We were in a Neptune Suite. Very large room with nice amenities.

Ship tip

Get s Neptune Suite if you can. The extra service and concierge are nice benefits.

Ports of call

San Diego, California

5 out of 5
Only there overnight. Would like to go back.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Took a walking food tour. It was a lot of fun. There is a lot more to do there, just didn’t have the time.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

3 out of 5
Did not go on excursion. Went on shore and looked around the shops.

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

3 out of 5
No excursion here. Went on shore and enjoyed some of the locals.

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Took a Highlights tour. Very good guide and lots of fun.

Enter Panama Canal At Balboa

5 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
First time to Panama Canal. Very interesting to see all that goes on.

Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Had to cancel planned excursion. Rode the Hop On Hop Off. Very hot this day. Street vendors are relentless trying to sell their goods.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Half Moon Cay Beach and water are beautiful.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Disembarkation was smooth and fairly fast. Had to wait a while for rental car shuttle to pick us up.


5 out of 5
Was fast and smooth.

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