We arrived in LA a few days ahead of our cruise; however, the night before the cruise we stayed at the Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro. Older hotel but very nice with an excellent location by private boat docks. Staff was very helpful and friendly. We used a car service to get to the hotel, DK's Livery Service, which was excellent. Along with our luggage, we also brought on to the ship 2 cases of water, upon which I taped the Princess luggage tags. It worked out great! We had a cabin with a balcony, which measured about 6' deep x 9' long, deck 8, aft and port. Our balcony was also very private as no one could see down on us or into it. As to bedding, I really appreciate that Princess has gotten away from the old fashioned bedspreads and have gone to the white coverlets which are cleaned regularly.
Our cabin door faced the elevator area; however, it was very quiet as most people walked forward to use the elevator! We loved being in this area as the stairs/elevator went right up More
to the spa/work out area! And from there very easy to walk forward to the open deck area where we watched movies under the stars as well as football games and documentaries! I really love that Princess has gone mostly non-smoking! We thought the staff was very pleasant and attended to people very quickly. Our cabin steward, Glynn, and our wait staff for evening meal, Israel & Edgar, were outstanding! We are a couple who enjoys the whole dining experience, and those two men did it very well.
We are happy we did excursions in 3 ports and then did not in Aruba as we wanted to just discover it ourselves and walk around more of the area. All 3 of our excursions were excellent with excellent guides! We were very pleased!
We did take in some of the entertainment at night and were pleased with it - a comedian, hypnotist, juggler/comedian, and a ventriloquist! The Internet area is well attended and located in a great spot on the ship.
I enjoyed coffee and yogurt most every morning on the balcony of our cabin delivered by room service, whom always had a smile and a good morning using my name. Very personable!
We loved the many days of cruising, which allowed us to slow down and relax; unlike the cruises that stop every day! We spent a lot of time enjoying the ocean while sitting on the deck lounge chairs on the Promenade Deck!
We liked the very clean work out and spa area! And we really enjoyed the movies, documentaries, and concerts shown on the large TV in the open air!
As we went through the Panama Canal, we stood on deck 10 forward from about 5:45 a.m. until about 9:30 a.m. as we were through the first 3 lochs by then. We then went to our cabin for our champagne breakfast on our balcony! Highly recommend it! (As well as the chocolate covered strawberries!)We then sat on our balcony for awhile as we slowly cruised through the canal. Later in the afternoon we then went aft on our own deck (8) where we stood watching our progress through the lochs from the rear! Deck 10 forward, and deck 8 aft, each have large balconies to stand and look out and they are almost private as so many people just don't know about them or just don't check the ship's deck plan map to locate them! We loved it as there wasn't a crush of people!
All in all - we will most definitely book another cruise with Princess! Less
Coral Princess Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America
Aruba is lovely! We are already planning to go back to Aruba to spend some time with our family. We just walked from the ship to the stores and restaurants. Had a great day and loved being able to walk around.
We took an excursion that took us to an aerial gondola through the rain forest and then also to a river boat where we saw more than 20 species of birds as well as crocodiles in the wild! Loved it!
Our next stop was Fuerte Amador where we took a bus to a 3 tiered boat in which we went through the first three lochs of the Panama Canal, then got off in Gamboa, re-boarded the bus for a driving city tour and then some shopping. This was an amazing excursion and well worth it to go through the first 3 lochs of the Panama Canal before our ship did!! Way different feeling/view/experience and we highly recommend this excursion!