Carnival Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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blondietink
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1,769 forum post
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise as going to the Panama Canal was on my bucket list. My great grandfather had actually worked building the original canal and I wanted to experience it for myself. There were 4 of us adults in an extended balcony ... Read more
ctbednar
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
4 helpful votes
Was on the Journey’s cruise 14 days from Tampa ending in Baltimore. This is my 8th cruise with Carnival and have been on NCL and RCCL. I have done a 15 day to Hawaii with Carnival so we kind of knew what to expected. Wife and I are ... Read more
musicmama70
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose this cruise for a Panama Canal experience,& the other ports looked quite interesting. Being interested in art,we were challenged by the decor,displayed on the sight. Heard good reviews about "Journey" cruising ,so ... Read more
labadee70
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
we took this journey one-way 13 day cruise from Baltimore to Tampa because of it's itinerary, what a great choice. we had been on the Pride abt 8 yrs before and remembered what a not-too-big ship it was. great improvements, small size ... Read more
Fun Grammie
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
When we decided to go to the Panama Canal (bucket list thing) Carnival didn't have an itinerary that included the canal so we booked on another line. When we saw that the Pride would be making the trip, we changed our reservations for ... Read more
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MNM1011
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
22 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise because it was on the Pride which is a Spirit-class ship. We love these ships because of the great layout and their smaller size: only about 2000 passengers. We also loved the itinerary because of the visit to ... Read more
Schnauzer25
Member Since 2012
1 review
56 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and were not disappointed with that. However found the Pride was the worst of any ship on our 14 cruises. 2 nights had nothing appealing to 4 of the 6 at our table. The other couple were first ... Read more
firecruise
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Cruised before on the Pride, usually doing the Eastern Caribbean. The ship is a medium size ship that hold approximately 2,700 passengers. The ship was renovated in 2014 with Carnivals 2.0 upgrades. The older art that was on the ship ... Read more
meatloafsfan
Member Since 2010
1 review
3,423 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We sailed on the 14 night repositioning cruise from Tampa to Baltimore with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Bonaire and St Maarten. The ship with the new Funship 2.0 upgrades is well maintained with lots of new ... Read more
Cruising Photographer
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
299 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We have been on other Carnival Caribbean cruises, usually 7 day or short 4 day cruises. We chose this cruise because it was going through the Panama Canal in August. This is unusual, but they were repositioning the ship from Tampa to ... Read more
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01eyeguy
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
Sailed January 2014
I just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. the cruise left New Orleans, was at sea for 2 days, then arrived at Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. From there we sailed the new day to Belize. Our last port was Cozumel. Embarkation ... Read more
Cowichan
Member Since 2013
1 review
148 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2014
Wow, was I surprised by this old girl. This was my 10th cruise and after reading some unfavorable reviews I was not expecting much. I had nightmares of spending 16 nights on an old tank.....very far from the truth. Is she a bit ... Read more
sgmdiver
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed January 2014
This was our 7th Carnival cruise. When we booked we knew that is was an older, 3 and 4 day ship. Glad we did not listen to all the negative comments from some. Embarkation was a snap, the couple in front of us asked for a priority ... Read more
jsmac3
Member Since 2006
10 reviews
793 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were onboard the Carnival Pride repositioning cruise from LA to Miami through the Panama Canal during March 2009. Based on that experience I wrote in my review that "we want to take this trip again onboard one of the Pride's sister ... Read more
nrobin
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
67 forum posts
Overall, I would rate the resulting experience as average. We had cruised Carnival once before about 14 years ago on the "Ecstasy". The "Miracle" is enjoyed by many repeat travelers but we couldn't get excited about the operation and ... Read more
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Professor69
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
39 forum posts
On March 16, 2013, the Carnival Miracle began it's repostition to the West Coast from New York City. Embarkation was slow on this snowy afternoon in New York City because several passengers from the previous cruise got sick on their way ... Read more
MsNudist
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2013
I will start with the disclaimer that this was a specialty cruise booked through a private tour company, so some of the tours and events reviewed may not be available. We boarded at 11:30am with no incident and headed to the tours desk ... Read more
mustangbonnie
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
Sailed February 2013
My husband and I have done a lot of cruising and I have never come across a ship that was so disorganized. Answers could not be provided by guest services to questions I had...it was the ship of "I don't knows". When asked who did know I ... Read more
betsyam
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
36 forum posts
Sailed February 2013
Just got off the Carnival Freedom today after 8 wonderful days! The food and service were excellent. We ate breakfast and dinner daily in the main restaurant and I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality and presentation of the ... Read more
bigmoromom
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
2 forum posts
Traveled with 8 other couples all over 40 who have taken many cruises together. We chose this cruise as it was the ship's last trip to Panama, as well as for the extra sea days. We stayed at the Ft Lauderdale Airport Holiday Inn ... Read more
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Torreon1
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed February 2012
This was our 1st time with Carnival. A group of 9 of us who have cruised before went together. We mainly chose Carnival because it went to Costa Rica and Panama. Normally we hit the islands. Overall the cruise was not bad, but here are ... Read more
red1975
Member Since 2006
1 review
Sailed January 2012
Just got back from our Freedom cruise. It was great. I have have been on these broads for several years and I look at these reviews and wonder if they can be for reall. Well this one is. We got to Ft Lauderdale on Friday. Stayed at ... Read more
napavalley64
Member Since 2012
1 review
The loud music at the pool....should be limited especially when it was well known average age onboard was over 60!....There is not enough room on the solitude deck for all those who want peace in the daytime. Most other spots were way too ... Read more
downrunner
Member Since 2008
1 review
99 forum posts
Sailed December 2011
We flew into Tampa 2 days early and were booked into the Holiday Inn Rocky Point. We felt this was a good choice as they had shuttle service not only to the port but would pick you up at the airport as well as take you anywhere within a ... Read more
FlaParrotHead
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
464 forum posts
Sailed December 2011
I can honestly say that this was one of, if not THE, best cruise that we have taken in about 20 years of cruising. For us, this cruise brought us many firsts, including our first out of LA/Long Beach, our first along the Mexican Riviera, ... Read more
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