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592 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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reuterdon@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Cruise was excellent and we will travel with Princess again. A couple things I wished I had known before embarking are the bathroom amenities. There is liquid soap and shampoo in large bottles connected to the wall in the shower. Also a ... Read more
MAJKAKA
Member Since 2015
1 review
19 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We wanted to transit the Panama Canal. The canal experience was wonderful and very worthwhile. The ship itself is dated and needs some work. The port of Aruba was a very short visit, ... Read more
Coreace
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as our 10 year anniversary cruise. It was one of the smoothest seas that i have seen in my past 9 cruises. The staff on the Island Princess was great and friendly. We enjoyed eating at Alfred's (Inside Sabatini's at ... Read more
HuskyMom1
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
25 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The Panama Canal cruise had been on my husband's bucket list for years and we finally got the chance to do it. The transit started on the Pacific side and enabled us to see the approach to the new, not yet opened, canal. It was a lovely ... Read more
nado
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
187 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to go through the Panama Canal and because it had a stop in Aruba which we have wanted to see what it was like. This was our first time on Princess and so there were some differences from the other cruise ship we ... Read more
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gabby19952011
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
Embarkation was smooth with no delays. Cabin although on the small side was fine. Our Steward was great. We had very nice dining companions and the food was excellent. We also enjoyed the Entertainment in the Evenings and the Happy ... Read more
geiserbl@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise primarily because it was travelling to the Panama Canal and also to Cartagena, Columbia. The passengers were primarily older adults but there were a few families with children. I believe the Panama Canal is a ... Read more
auscple
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
2 forum posts
17 helpful votes
We thought we done a lot of research before choosing our cruise and travelling from Sydney Australia with my Adult sons and their partners to Houston Texas. Well were we wrong!!!! Before I criticise this ship I would like to point out ... Read more
magsworthington
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Check in was very swift and we were soon in our cabin where we were met by our wonderful steward John. Once again everything was clean and the new bed looked very inviting. The queue for anytime dining on the first evening was very ... Read more
tribdjk
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Our adult, single daughter fought for her life a year ago. After 10 weeks in the hospital and many days recovering at our home, her health has improved significantly. We all needed a way to leave the dark days, stress and a year of ... Read more

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ironcowboy22
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was out first cruise. We were a family of 4 with two balcony rooms side by side on the Aloha deck. This was great for us as we were just below the pool deck, teen club and Horizons food court. The cabins were in good condition and ... Read more
mcriss50
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
23 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Glad we went on this cruise but we will not do it again. My husband & I along with sister & husband with several friends booked this cruise as we thought seeing the Panama Canal would be a great experience. Think best way to rate ... Read more
nickle58
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
38 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We enjoyed this cruise very much. Unfortunately we had to miss a port but it could not be helped. The canal was fantastic, and we enjoyed Aruba, Cartegena, and Grand Cayman. Enrichment sessions on destinations and epidemics were ... Read more
yesiammike
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was the absolute worst cruise ship we have ever been on and we've taken ten cruises, never with Princess. I can promise you we will never cruise with Princess again after this horrid experience. I will break everything down by ... Read more
bbeerbower
Member Since 2009
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I have cruised with many cruise lines America West, Azamara, Disney, Holland America Mississippi Queen, Princess, Royal Caribbean and have found that the quality of service is about the same on all of them. Depending on whether you like ... Read more

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washingtongolfnut1
Member Since 2006
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
First review ever but my 17th cruise, mostly with Princess. Embarkation went smooth and we boarded in minutes. The Island Princess is an older ship but still beautiful. We LOVE the new location and layout of the horizon court. The food ... Read more
bookanothercruise
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
33 helpful votes
Just disembarked the CORAL PRINCESS last Sunday, March 6 after a 10-day cruise to central America/partial Panama canal transit. We are seasoned cruisers and this was our 16th boat overall (10th w/Princess). The cruise ... Read more
ratso999
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
4 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We are experience cruisers....this was our 32nd Princess Cruise. 10 days starting 2/24/16 I was concerned about the trip after reading several recent reviews about the Coral Princess. There was absolutely NOTHING wrong with the ship ... Read more
CPrim
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Lots of general comments Frankly, I thought it was an excellent cruise for the money; however, there were still lots of glitches. The ship was overcrowded for the entertainment areas and the anytime dining was a mess with long lines ... Read more
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Gil.Brooks
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our first time on Princess Cruise Lines after multiple cruises on Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, but primarily Holland America. In February we took the Island Princess on a fifteen day Panama Canal cruise from Los ... Read more

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Frank_O
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our first cruise, so it was all new to us. Having read previous reviews of this ship we did wonder if adverse comments were true. More of that later. We are an early 60s British couple recently retired, travelling with a ... Read more
iowa steve
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We did our first cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary and we chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th. This being a special vacation we tried to enjoy everything we could on this trip. We have always left from Ft. Lauderdale so we flew ... Read more
operabob1
Member Since 2013
1 review
135 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. (Apologies to Charles Dickens). Before nattering on about the evils the trip note that overall I enjoyed myself. Not Princess's fault specifically but it set things up. We (6) flew ... Read more
Cruising Young Senior
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
980 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
14 ladies from Simi Valley on this cruise. My 10th Princess cruise. I was on the Island Princess 2007. Since then they remodeled and added more cabins to the back part of the ship, it's more crowed. Really noticeable on all the sea ... Read more
ClemP
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
As mentioned by others , intermittent sewage smells throughout cruise. Water problems in Cabin three times during cruise ( Dolphin deck 9). Crew did not seem happy . Service for any time dining generally very poor, portions for starters ... Read more
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