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637 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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Barlisboss
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Chose this cruise as the Panama Canal was on our bucket list of cruise 'musts'. Quite concerned re the number of negative views however we have sailed with a number of cruise lines including Holland America, Princess, NCL so we are not ... Read more
tellis90245
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our second Princess cruise was very nice. Chose the Panama Canal as that is a "bucket list" destination - and it lives up to the reputation. Embarkation was easy although the lines were very long. Cabin C409 was great - lots ... Read more
srj500
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We picked this cruise (1) it was a cruise we wanted to really to go on and (2) it was the only one we found that was from Ft Lauderdale to LA. in the time frame that we could go. We stayed the night in Ft Lauderdale. Embarkation took 20 ... Read more
kenjo
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
45 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
Chose this cruise for the Panama Canal experience. I was disappointed with the "improvements" made to the ship. 121 extra cabins fitted on to the rear, an extra 250 passengers plus the removal of a large lounge to accommodate the ... Read more
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rlb1950
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
10 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We'd sailed on the last cruise of the Island Princess before its renovation in 2015. It was interesting to see what had happened. Basically, Princess added a batch of cabins and eliminated the walk-around Promenade. The stern is now ... Read more
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mossbrook
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our Panama Canal cruise on the Island Princess. Cabin D722. First about the cabin. A standard Princess mini-suite with ample closet and storage space and bathroom. Huge balcony, thanks probably to being ... Read more
Jephph
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
We are veteran cruisers (28 so far) and this was our 8th on Princess. We wanted a long one, and although we've done the canal from west to east, never in this direction. Turned out to be a great choice. Embarkation was a snap. Half hour ... Read more
lynmil
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
we enjoyed the food, the entertainment and most of the ports.. we could have done away with san juan del sur as it was a very poor fishing village.. we walked around the town and headed back to the ship. our steward was great,, very ... Read more
Kwootton9
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
Some friends of ours invited us to join their group on a Panama Canal transit cruise. My husband is retired from the shipping industry, so he was excited to go. We flew from Houston to Los Angeles and boarded the Island Princess. This ... Read more
Salathrop
Member Since 2011
1 review
116 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I have to admit this was not my choice to cruise the Panama Canal, it was my husband's, but I'm so happy we went. The Island Princess is a smaller ship & the previous dry-dock made it even smaller with the removal of one of the lounges ... Read more
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chewbaka
Member Since 2010
1 review
99 forum posts
We have traveled through the Panama Canal three previous times and enjoyed it, but not this time. As a non-balcony passenger and photographer it is important to get unobstructed views from throughout the ship. NOT available on the Island ... Read more
loge23
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
226 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This cruise marked a milestone birthday for my wife, as well as her retirement (you should be able to figure out the birthday!) after almost five decades as a Nurse, the last 25 of those as a Nursing Professor. We thought the full ... Read more
lev_davi
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Comparing this cruise to othes that I made before, here are my commrnts: the ship was quite nice , not a new one, the cabin (mini suite) was big enough for 3 people and comfortable.it was everything that was good. the cabin service ... Read more
IP Trini
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We chose this particular cruise because of the ports of call and quality of the cuisine offered by Princess. It was a wonderful 10 days - relaxing and stress free. As it was not in the busy season, there were very few children on the ... Read more
Cinderellie
Member Since 2004
1 review
647 forum posts
15 helpful votes
It was my husband and my 3rd honeymoon (2 were not enough) as we are both widowers in our 50's who found one another 3 years ago and are celebrating every minute of life together in love. So, on both our bucket lists was the Panama Canal. ... Read more
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Sutee
Member Since 2015
1 review
31 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
My husband and I booked this cruise last minute and had a wonderful time. The 2 day canal experience was great and informative. I was disappointed that we changed stops from Aruba to Grand Cayman.....but it was understandable with the ... Read more
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revbruce
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I am a retired clergy person on my 5th cruise (8 if you count riverboats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers). So far I have sailed only on Carnival Corporation cruise lines: Cunard (2), Princess (2) and Carnival (1) and have had great ... Read more
jboy8107
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I know the heading is tuff.. but at 46 and 48 we where some of the youngest people on board.. Here are some Pros and Cons Pros 1. Quick checkin - under 5mins 2. Food was good compared to other cruise lines ( just don't order any ... Read more
Applecruzer
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
26 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because the Canal was on our "bucket list" and the last minute deals to fill the cabins were excellent. We like the size of the Coral Princess but if you need water slides and discos into the night to ... Read more
Harvey1939
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
921 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The ship is old and dated. The staff, other than a few people, were the worst, and we are Elite with Princess. Our cabin was okay. Our dining experience was made superior for breakfast and lunch by the two servers we had. The food was okay ... Read more
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tloebl
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was 21 days of just mediocre food and service. Ports and tours were good but the entire cruise was affected by terrible service and institutional type meals. Embarkation was very well ... Read more
mamabelladonna
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
106 forum posts
Sailed September 2016
Panama Canal was on my "Bucket List" and having one that departed just public transit distance from my home is my first choice. I have traveled a lot on Princess and am always happy with my Princess Cruises (Souffle!!!) The ... Read more
PeteBull64
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
59 forum posts
8 helpful votes
My wife and I are a couple in our early 50s. We have cruised many times before. We consider ourselves as moderate people with realistic expectations when we cruise. Princess has always been a favorite of ours in its class. This ... Read more
Chippewa74
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We choose this cruise because going through the Panama Canal had always been something we'd wanted to do. Although this is listed as a 15 day cruise we actually got on in Vancouver which made it 18 days. Vancouver is a great city to ... Read more
Surrey Coastal Cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Panama Canal and it embarked from our home city of Vancouver. Embarkation went smoothly but dis-embarkation took a while to get rolling but went smoothly once it started. Ship organized ... Read more
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