We had delightful table mates, who will be our friends forever. The waitstaff was outstanding and it seemed "no problem" for our special requests that veered from the menu set for the day. Amazing!
We did get great information ahead of time from Crystal Cruises and Cruise Critic which was an enormous help for us as first time cruisers. We would highly recommend that new cruisers seek out the info we did and just ask. Most folks gave us good info.
We know we will be cruising with Crystal in the near future and it's just deciding as to where do were want to go.
The Panama Canal crossing was amazing. Great lectures beforehand and a speaker through our passage.
Our final port and disembarking was in Caldera, Costa Rica. We had a 2 1/2 hr ride to San Jose. You certaintainly saw the country but they are struggling. I had heard that the northern part of Costa Rica is far nicer.