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116 Carnival Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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tdogcruiser
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
762 forum posts
Having been on 13 other cruises, this was our first on this itinerary and ship. I have sailed Carnival only 2 other times and this was my husband's first time on Carnival. Port: Drove in from south Georgia and stayed at Hyatt Pier 66, ... Read more
allgames
Member Since 2002
14 reviews
173 forum posts
Sailed July 2010
July 3, 2010 Carnival Freedom Itinerary: Cozumel, Costa Rica, and the Panama Canal Leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale: We arrived the morning of the cruise. The airport is virtually right next to the cruise terminals. It costs $8.00 a person to ... Read more
LaJollaCruiser
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
248 forum posts
This was my 23rd cruise, my 13th with Carnival, and my second cruise through the Canal. I've cruised on Elation three previous times, once in 1998 when she was brand new and twice more in the last year. Elation is one of my favorite ships: ... Read more
margaritawoman
Member Since 2004
1 review
242 forum posts
This was our 10th cruise with Carnival. We enjoyed being platinum especially the free wash and fold service on a 15 day cruise this is the best. I will give the positives first. The dining room was as always. The dining experience is ... Read more
HGPLynnE
Member Since 2007
1 review
690 forum posts
We are a couple in our early 50's. This was our fourth cruise in the past five years. We had chatted via Cruise Critic for almost a year with other members of our roll call and were looking forward to spending time with them in person. We ... Read more
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Bruckner
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
70 forum posts
To celebrate my mom's 70th birthday, she and my dad took me, my wife and our five kids on the Carnival Miracle. We arrived in South Florida two days early and spent the time with my inlaws. My parents stayed at the Days Inn Thunderbird in ... Read more
LauraBCruizer
Member Since 2006
1 review
103 forum posts
Sailed March 2010
This will be a somewhat brief review but I hope it helps anyone who might be considering the Carnival Miracle as your first time or repeat cruise experience. Keep in mind that this was OUR experience based on many other points of reference ... Read more
092306
Member Since 2007
11 reviews
2,658 forum posts
Here is a review of our 8 night cruise on the Freedom to Cozumel, Costa Rica and Panama. We arrived at the port later than anticipated due to some unexpected travel issues, but had no wait at all. We were on the ship by 1:30 and able to ... Read more
Cruiser1986
Member Since 2010
1 review
92 forum posts
Sailed March 2010
Port Everglades embarkation quickest we have ever experienced (this was our 9th cruise). We arrived at 12 and were on board and eating on the Lido Deck by 12:30. There were six of us to check in and it could not have gone any quicker. ... Read more
CrusinCyndi
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
2,361 forum posts
We flew in the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale. Coming from the Chicagoland area in February, one never knows about the weather and we did not want to take a chance of missing this cruise by flying in the ... Read more
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DemonB4
Member Since 2007
1 review
451 forum posts
Sailed February 2010
Arrived in Fort Lauderdale the day before sailing and stayed at the Sea Club resort. Weather was wonderful. Tuesday we arrived at the cruiseport at approx. 11am. I took the opportunity to upgrade to a Suite so we had VIP boarding which was ... Read more
dwindsor
Member Since 2010
1 review
Sailed February 2010
My wife, daughter and I took the 8 day Carnival cruise out of Fort Lauderdale departing Feb 13, 2010. We had a cat 12 cabin as we really enjoy the extra space. We find that we do spend a lot of time in our room, contrary to popular ... Read more
cruisingadoptionworker
Member Since 2005
8 reviews
119 forum posts
About us- We are a coupe in our thirties with a thirteen year old, and an 8 year old. We also brought our parents in their sixties, and our 90 year old papa. This is our 7th cruise, and 6th with Carnival. Ebarkation- We stayed at the new ... Read more
crazydaisy90
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
91 forum posts
Sailed January 2010
Drove in from Tampa. Had a great 8 day trip to Panama, Costa Rico, Belize. Embarkation was much better than we expected as the ship was late coming in due to the accident in St. Kitts the week before. We were on board and eating by 1pm. ... Read more
evandbob
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6,312 forum posts
Sailed January 2010
My 13th Carnival Cruise, this was to Panama City, Limon and Belize, and I had great expectations. We're a couple in our 50's and we found that we were some of the youngest passengers on this cruise! There were lots of walkers, canes and ... Read more
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dob
Member Since 2009
1 review
Sailed December 2009
I am said to say that the Carnival Freedom was not a very pleasant cruise. The design of the ship kept everyone bottleneck especially when dinner and the shows let out. Everything was right there on the fifth floor, all the bars the dance ... Read more
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Nana10
Member Since 2009
1 review
161 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2009
This was our 8th Carnival Cruise and as always..we had a blast. Embarkation & disembarkation were the smoothest to date. We were on the Lido deck by 11:30 with a DOD in hand. By 1pm we were in our rooms. Unpacked and at dinner by 6pm. ... Read more
jay72877
Member Since 2009
1 review
7 forum posts
The Carnival Miracle was a nice cruise to be on with some positives and negatives comparing to other cruise lines. Likes - The ship was extremely clean and we felt the staff was very friendly and nice. Our dining staff was great along ... Read more
dscott
Member Since 2002
1 review
144 forum posts
Sailed December 2009
We have cruised on many ships both small and large and the Miracle is by far the best design to date. The ability to stroll from one end of the ship to the other without having to change floors/decks has been the best idea we have seen ... Read more
tealsbach
Member Since 2009
1 review
Overall the experience was pleasurable, not great, not terrible. The plus side is I loved all the Ports and the cost of the cruse was really cheap compared to other cruise lines, but I see I got what I paid for. The service staff was ... Read more
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mrfgr1070
Member Since 2007
1 review
Sailed August 2009
We arrived at Port Everglades at 10:10a.m. I was warned by other reviews about embarkation and it helped. There is only one metal detector for 3,000 people to go through, so get to the port early if possible. We did and it was a breeze. We ... Read more
dalsti
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
649 forum posts
Sailed June 2009
We just returned from an amazing 8 day cruise aboard the Carnival Freedom, sailing to Panama, Costa Rica, and Belize.Embarkation - No problems at all. We live in S. Florida so a 20 minute ride to the port, arrived at 11am, and we are on ... Read more
newbuthooked
Member Since 2009
1 review
This was the second cruise for my sister and I.  First time we went with a group of 12 and followed the advice of experienced cruisers.  This time we decided we would try it on our own   Booking : I searched the internet ... Read more
KruzinAl
Member Since 2003
5 reviews
286 forum posts
GENERAL OVERVIEW We have sailed NCL, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess and toured HAL and Cunard so were looking forward to this first Carnival cruise on the 14 day full transit cruise. Carnival did not disappoint with its "Fun Ship" ... Read more
jsmac3
Member Since 2006
10 reviews
793 forum posts
This was a wonderful cruise and we want to take this same trip again, with Carnival, and on one of the Pride's sister ships. We booked the cruise during our travel agent's January 2008 winter cruise sale immediately after we learned about ... Read more
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