We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale and encountered gale force winds on the way to Aruba. It is a big ship but was moving quite a bit. One of the shows needed to be rescheduled. All was calm by the time we reached Aruba.
We took an island bus tour on Aruba. They took us to a natural bridge that had collapsed a few years ago and then to an Ostrich farm where we saw several Ostriches in small pens. After that they took us to a lighthouse that was closed and then they drove us past all of the new hotels along the tourist beach. The drive around the hotels took so long that we did not have time to see any of the places in Aruba that were near the ship.
In Cartagena we took a good tour of the old city. Our guide was very good. We saw a lot of the historical parts of the city and had time to shop too.
We were very lucky going through the Panama Canal because our balcony faced the other canal and we could watch a container ship go through the locks beside us. We took a tour to Panama with a stop at the locks on the Pacific end. The old city of Panama was very interesting and we finished up with a drive around the new city. Our tour guide was excellent! We really enjoyed this tour.
In Limon we took an excursion that included a visit to a Del Monte banana plantation. That was very interesting. We had a boat ride on one of the canals but we were sitting on the wrong side of the boat so did not get to see the animals along the shore. This tour was just OK.
In Jamaica we took a tour of a historic sugar mill museum. It was a quick tour so we did not have time to read and look at all of the nice exhibits. The tour guide at the museum was very informative. We were supposed to visit Fern Gully but found out after we started the tour that it had been closed for a couple of years. The bus driver took us to a place for free juice drinks and to a very small pottery sales place and then to a little shopping center. The bus then drove us past the gates of many resorts. We drove and drove around and finally returned to the ship. This tour was as bad as the tour on Aruba.
We were very happy with our ship the Coral Princess. We loved the mini-suite and the balcony was worth the extra cost if only for going through the canal. We found the food to be very good. My wife needed her food prepared a little special and they accommodated her needs. The waiters were very good. We ate at the early sitting and that allowed us to see two shows a night and be in bed around 10 each night. The Coral Princess dancers and singers were very good. All of the entertainments was very good- mentalist, magician, comedian, and a singer.
Our cruise had an excellent speaker who talked to us about each port the night before and he gave us a running commentary during the trip in the Panama Canal by way of our stateroom television. He was great!