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794 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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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
3 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
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
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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
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
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
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
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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
1,648 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
Railfan41190
Member Since 2017
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have cruised over 30 times, but only once before on Princess, in Alaska. We gave it rave reviews. So we talked another couple (first timers) into traveling with us to the Panama Canal. The first two days at sea went well, except for a ... Read more
hhbartman
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This is our second cruise to the Caribbean on the coral princess. While the ship is starting to show its age on a lot of different levels, we feel it is very well-designed. This is the second year in a row that some of the ports ... Read more
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dreaminofcruisin
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
142 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We had a very enjoyable cruise on the Coral Princess partial transit of the Panama Canal. The ship is beautiful and we found almost all of the staff to be friendly and eager to please. We enjoyed the food in the Main Dining Room, the ... Read more
montylee
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
This cruise is billed as the Panama Canal cruise. If you accept that then the abbreviated shore excursions in other places become acceptable. If not, then the extremely short layovers will not be satisfactory. That being said, this is an ... Read more
lindastarr
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
17 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
From January 7-31, a friend and I spent 24 days aboard Holland America’s Westerdam on a Collectors Cruise to Mexico and Hawaii, followed, three land-days later, by a 15-day cruise through the Panama Canal aboard the Island Princess ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
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rottekatz
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
43 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Selected the Island Princess because it had recently been in dry dock. They forgot to remove rust and clean up the ship. The dining room staff, Jeffrey and Maria Carmen provided excellent and attentive service and were anxious to see ... Read more
Eleanor Mae troutman
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
We went especially for the Panama Canal and it was great.Our 6 th time going thru the canal but got no certificate this time as we had in the past..Our balcony was D 516 and Jeffery did an excellent job.He always had our cabin finished ... Read more
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Vickia314
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
BEST CRUISE EVER! We took the Panama Canal Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. We had been on a couple more Princess cruises that were good, but this one exceeded our expectations! This one was over the top SPECTACULAR! ONE: It is extremely ... Read more
cdnexplorer
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We had successfully sailed with Princess three times before and when I found that Princess had a cruise from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal around my preferred date, we booked it without really checking alternative cruise lines. ... Read more
chalce
Member Since 2009
1 review
64 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My DH does not like sea days so this is the perfect cruise. We were off ship in a different country nearly every two days. The Island Princess is in need of some TLC. Some of the hallway carpets, especially on Emerald deck, were ripped ... Read more
micheal1
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This cruise fulfilled a long held ambition to do the Panama Canal. That part was brilliant. The ship was Ok but needs a bit of an upgrade. There was a lot of rust showing through on the decks and not a lot of maintenance appeared to ... Read more
Virginwill
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We try always to cruise on Princess because they consistently offer a very good value for our money. Food, service, cleanliness and condition of ship is always excellent. The Island Princess is not a mega ship, approximately 2,200 ... Read more
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