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793 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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Sydney09
Member Since 2010
1 review
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Panama Canal and this particular cruise line on the recommendation of friends. Embarkation was easy and quick and the staff was pleasant. Anytime dining was the only option available ... Read more
CO Gypsy
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
> Getting on and off the ship was a breeze! The crew was wonderful! > Much of the entertainment included 2 new production shows I had not seen before! They were Wonderful! > Shore excursions are a little pricey, but there is ... Read more
Uker~
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
We wanted to experience sailing through the Panama Canal and experience what all the hype of cruising was all about. It was more a 2.5 stars for me. The good: Callie Smith,the entertainment CRUISE DIRECTOR was exceptional and the ... Read more
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Tchforlang
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, in particular, the full transit of the Panama Canal, as well as the other stops. By far, the Panama Canal transit was the highlight of the trip. Make sure you get up real early and are in ... Read more
ab265
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
It was a long held ambition to go through Panama Canal and we were interested in the ports of call. We dId Meet and Mingle and met some great people that we kept meeting up with for quizzes and drinks. It was a very friendly cruise, ... Read more
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Newwestguy
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
A repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver B.C. has always been a bucket list item for my wife and I. After some investigation we decided to take the Coral Princess 19 Night Panama Canal Cruise. Our decision was based on a ... Read more
Mike1733
Member Since 2010
1 review
145 forum posts
We chose this cruise because it was a full transit of the panama canal. The ports were good and the excursions were ok. The onboard production entertainment group was superior to most I have seen, The first 3 comedians were subpar. The ... Read more
Vinolady1
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
122 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
I loved the size of this ship. Yes, it's a little older, but the minor issues were not enough to make a difference. One of the issues was not with the ship, but with Princess. Anytime dining, is not really "anytime dining" ... Read more
VinHank
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
52 forum posts
Sailed April 2017
Panama Canal was on the bucket list and Princess was the way to make it happen. We have bee sailing with Princess for many years now and the cruise line, the entertainment and the staff have, for the most part, me our expectations. As ... Read more
jack dcruiser
Member Since 2010
1 review
92 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
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audreygt
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
We were excited to be exploring Aruba, Columbia, and the Panama Canal. We boarded our ship and checked out our room, and got even more excited because the room was of good size, clean and the steward was outgoing. Then it was time for the ... Read more
ivan.ayala@sbcglobal.net
1 review
We had a great time. Pros: The itinerary was the strength of the cruise. Going through the Canal locks was a very interesting experience. Cons:The Island Princess ship is an older and smaller and it lacks the amenities of the ... Read more
Cheryl Q
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
4 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
121 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
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briangdg
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 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
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
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MissouriMaid1
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ThqEELxwY Here is the utube video of two of the four songs sung by the Princess Pop Choir. This was taken by Thuy, a guest, on her cell phone. We joined the pop choir and practiced an hour a day. It ... Read more
DKlec
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 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
2 helpful votes
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
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