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602 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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ratso999
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
4 forum posts
19 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
6 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
19 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
Frank_O
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
16 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
9 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

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operabob1
Member Since 2013
1 review
135 forum posts
20 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
985 forum posts
3 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
8 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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celebrityxxo
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Just returned on thurs feb 25.. stayed at HAMPTON INN PORT N.. take note there are 2 hamptn inns in the port area..ours had pink lawn flamingos ontop, 2301 sw 12th .they upgraded us again for HHonors.. please see trip advisor for ... Read more
Tulena
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
105 forum posts
19 helpful votes
My wife and I are Elite cruisers with Princess and, although we've cruised the Panama Canal several times, we wanted to see the new construction. So, we booked a ten day cruise that would allow us to do so. We were among the 40 most ... Read more

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1234567seas
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This review should probably get a 3.5. Better than average although not good enough to be rated a 4 for very good. The good news: the ship is pretty; she shows her age but wears the years well. Our inside cabin was lovely, well designed ... Read more
kltketabt
Member Since 2010
1 review
29 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Overall, the cruise was fantastic. We've cruised at least 25+ times with various cruise lines and I can honestly say that the majority of the service on this ship was head and shoulders above the rest. In particular, the Internet Cafe ... Read more
NW Iowa Cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We had a very enjoyable experience aboard the Island Princess during our Panama Canal cruise. Although we dodged a midwestern blizzard to get to Miami, our embarkation was smooth and efficient. A Princess rep was easily found in the ... Read more
Ducktape
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This was our 1st cruise and overall it was very enjoyable. The voyage began in Fort Lauderdale, took us thru the Panama Canal and ended in Los Angeles. Our room was very comfortable with lots of storage. The food and the service were ... Read more
kumbaya99
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
20 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We left out of Ft Lauderdale for our 10 day Panama Canal Cruise. I will list the Pros first, will try to make it short and to the point. Meet and Mingle, I'm guessing most of us have been to one. There were a lot of Cruise Critic ... Read more

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TravelGato
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
First, kudos to the Island Princess staff for excellent service in trying work conditions. The primary problem with this cruise was the emasculation of the Island Princess in dry dock. Along with the sister ship, Coral Princess, ... Read more
cchenningsen@hotmail.com
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
38 forum posts
11 helpful votes
My wife and I spent the better part of a year preparing for seeing and doing "the Canal", only to have the experience shattered by a tired, overcrowded shipboard experience and two wasted excursion opportunities for the most ... Read more
tbcollector
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
The ship was very nice and clean. Embarkation was smooth and we were on the ship quickly. Our suite was beautiful, clean, great location, wonderful room steward, and quiet (D420). The public areas were very nice, but extremely limited ... Read more
tamzin
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
Was travelling with a family group, my husband, senior citizen dad and my sister and her daughter. There were more than enough activities on board to keep all of us happy and occupied. Overall a great cruise and the Panama Canal itself ... Read more
Andy200
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
22 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a nice cruise. It had a variety of destinations, including Caribbean islands (Aruba and Grand Cayman) and ports (Carttagena, Panama and Costa Rica), which were all very interesting. We especially enjoyed Cartagena and Costa ... Read more

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scubaxcalak
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
The Staff was wonderful, food was ok, the specialty dining was excellent. The Princess Dance Team was also outstanding. I have always been a big fan of Princess but this was the worst ship my wife and I have ever experienced. Princess ... Read more
beasleybird
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
85 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise with good food and nice entertainment. We were in a noisy penthouse suite so enjoyed suite perks. Caution on anytime dining as the lines of people waiting for seats was a problem the entire cruise. We made ... Read more
Andy200
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
22 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My husband and I just returned from a cruise on the Island Princess to the Panama Canal, among other places. Pluses: the food was very good, better than most of the other ships we have sailed on, and there have been many. We ate mostly in ... Read more
seasickTim
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
As a bucket list item the panama canal was at the top. Sorry to say this cruise will be remembered more than the canal, not in a good way. Having cruised multiple times on Norwegian, we liked this itinerary so we signed up. LAST TIME ON ... Read more
Jane Harmon
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
Have always wanted to see the Panama Canal, so we decided to book on Island Princess as we could travel easily to Fort Lauderdale. When we arrived at the pier for embarkation, there was an ENORMOUS line.....just the beginning. Our cabin ... Read more

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