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775 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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jack dcruiser
Member Since 2010
1 review
84 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The ship is older but the food was good, the service was excellent. We never felt like we were imposing (like the bigger ships you can be). We joined up with a Great group of people (from cc) and it felt like family (in a good way). The ... Read more
Cheryl Q
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 forum posts
Sailed March 2017
Seeing the Panama Canal was on my bucket list. I was looking for a round trip cruise to/from Ft. Lauderdale and Princess was recommended by a friends niece. (I usually cruise Celebrity). Right from the start I would say the one word to ... Read more
Gerryw
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We wanted to see the Panama Canal and Princess was one of the few lines that was suitable for us given our tight calendar limitations. We have taken numerous cruises on all the other major lines, but this was our first on Princess. We ... Read more
etsugrad2000
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
120 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
Chose this cruise to revisit the Panama Canal. Itinerary was okay beyond that - too short a stay at a favorite island - Aruba - 7:30 am - noon. Not even enough time to go to one of my favorite beaches - Eagle Beach. Now about the ... Read more
briangdg
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
My partner and I just completed a ten-day cruise, aboard the Island Princess, March 30 to April 9 round trip from Fort Lauderdale to the Panama Canal and Southern Caribbean The Problems with the Design of the Island Princess The ship ... Read more
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FlaGirl13
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
53 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Not many cruise lines go through the Canal, which was the best part. Our biggest complaint was the dining. Anytime dining actually means anytime THEY want to seat you. Call after 8:00 each morning to make a reservation. Many times we ... Read more
beeper99
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
59 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was a Bucket list cruise. the Island Princess was nice and clean. Mini-Suite was very nice. enjoyed the larger space with the 10 day cruise. two TV was a nice thing. The Balcony was great for viewing the Canal. Food was ... Read more
Duck60
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
My wife and I could not find a vacation to trade our time share for that was not an "all inclusive " vacation so we both had wanted to see the Panama Canal and chose this one.The passengers were mostly retirement age, very few ... Read more
HimAndMeGoCruising
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We booked this cruise because of a great price and the travel dates. We can't take two weeks off work, so this 10-day cruise, Thu to Sun, was perfect and we only had to take a week+ vacation time. The Panama Canal is of course the ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi HimAndMeGoCruising, we are so glad that you ... Read more
DKlec
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We arrived at Ft Lauderdale the day before the cruise so we could rest for cruise day. Ft Lauderdale was fun as we used the water taxi to sightsee the area and explore the beaches and restaurants. Embarkation on the Coral Princess was ... Read more
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AlwaysPlanningNextCruise
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because we liked the ports of call and were looking forward to sailing with Princess again. This was our 5th Princess cruise but it has been 10 years since we sailed with them. The ship itself was small and would be ... Read more
nlcruiser01
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My parents chose this itinerary as a Panama Canal cruise was on my father's "bucket list" (he's in his early 70's). As I normally make all my parents' travel arrangements and the cruise fare offered by Princess last October was ... Read more
renata18
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
43 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
We chose this itinerary primarily because of the opportunity to go through the Panama Canal locks. The rest of the itinerary was fine. We used the ship's shore excursions for the ports except for Cartagena (private tour). Surprisingly, ... Read more
CSAJ
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
I normally do not write reviews but people should be informed before deciding to take a cruise with Princess Cruise Lines. Don’t get me wrong, we did not have a horrible time, but there are factors that made it not enjoyable. We ... Read more
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Gardener222
Member Since 2011
9 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as we wanted a full transit of the Panama Canal and we only needed to fly 1 way as our travel agent, Zoe of Zoe Cruises and tours provided buses for those of us living in the Sacramento Valley to the cruise terminal. ... Read more
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senoritis
Member Since 2012
1 review
23 forum posts
Sailed March 2017
Ship was very nice. It has some aging but nothing that interferes with a good trip. The staff was fabulous!! Don't do anytime dining. Princess just can't seem to get it right. If it assigned, get on board and go immediately to the ... Read more
nigeldenny
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We booked our first cruise 3 weeks prior to sailing. Be advised - there is a lot of paper work involved (and I mean a lot!) plus mandatory forms, particularly as requested by Princess cruises. At 54, we were a little daunted when we ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi nigeldenny, thank you for the great feedback ... Read more
partsearl1
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Food was excellant . CABIN STEWART WAS VERY GOOD WITH ALL OUR NEEDS SHIP WAS RIGHT SIZE FOR US HAD AN OUTSIDE BALCONY AND THE VIEWS WERE Great. Comedy show was great and had great deserts!!!! The 2 onboard pools were right ... Read more
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Hi partsearl1, thank you for the great feedback ... Read more
Judycloot
Member Since 2017
1 review
I have been on many cruises, this was my first and last time with Princess. 6 Days into the cruise I caught the Flu as did many others on the ship. One thing I never saw anyone do is clean, been on many ships and typically you see people ... Read more
CruisinInGrace
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We've sailed with Princess Cruises 6/8 times and prefer them. The Island Princess is a little older, smaller, but we found the food, service, and experience even better than the previous cruises with newer and larger vessels oddly enough. ... Read more
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imc22
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
This was our first cruise, and is likely to be our last. On paper embarkation and disembarkation were well-organised. However the queues were horrendous. We did not expect to be treated as passengers on a poor-quality budget airline. ... Read more
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cannytraveller
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
18 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we live close to San Francisco and would not need any additional flights to return home. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. There were many complaints regarding the lack of space in public spaces, etc.; ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi cannytraveller, we appreciate your ... Read more
DollyVardin
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
38 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We loved the cruise. We were disappointed that we could not get into Nicaragua because of winds. Thought perhaps the cruise line would schedule another stop in it's place. Also thought we could have stayed longer in Cabo San Lucas. The ... Read more
chloe kitty
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
1,639 forum post
12 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have cruised thru the Panama Canal a few yeas ago. We were interested in the changes that have taken place with the widening project. We decided on the Island Princess from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco on February 28, 2017. Being ... Read more
Circus Riff Raff
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We are Princess Platinum, and although we have our issues with the company, we find their ships and staff still a cut above the other in the "reasonable" cruise line pricing sheet group. Cabin: B524; Steward, Ricky. ... Read more
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