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587 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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NW Iowa Cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
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
7 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
3 reviews
8 forum posts
14 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
TravelGato
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
27 forum posts
7 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

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tbcollector
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
0 helpful votes
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
scubaxcalak
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
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
81 forum posts
3 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
2 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

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seasickTim
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
bobwcruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
we have had a trip to the Panama canal on the list for a long time so decided this year was the time! travelling from the Uk (Yorkshire) was a bit of a hassle which ever option you took so after much planning I chose the Coral Princess ... Read more
billyjey
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
4 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We have had a trip to the Panama Canal on the list for a long time and as we have sailed with Princess on 4 previous trips decided on the coral princess this year. Travelling from the UK (Glasgow via London) was as expected and arrived ... Read more
Glacier Bay
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
First off we were given wrong terminal number , so had to retrieve our luggage and get another taxi to take us to proper terminal. We had traveled on this ship previously and had a great trip to. Alaska. But apparently they have added ... Read more

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Jetswdo
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
1,398 forum post
1 helpful vote
We are two retired teachers in our early 60's. We choose this cruise as my daughter was able to house sit for us at this time. Otherwise we would have done it a few weeks later. That being said: The ship itself was very nice. (We ... Read more
jad
Member Since 2001
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
First the good: We started our trip by staying at Hampton Inn in Ft. Lauderdale the night before. Hotel was full of cruisers, coming and going. They provide a shuttle to the port. Our minisuite was comfortable and clean. It had a ... Read more
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jarand
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
620 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
Princess is our favorite cruise line, and the Coral had some things going for it. The ship is in good shape and very clean, although it "creaks" a lot in some of the staterooms and the stateroom shower is laughably small. The ... Read more
Lizziebiff
Member Since 2007
1 review
187 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We arrived with high expectations as loyal princess cruisers. Boarding was quick and efficient and cabin was ready but we were greeted by a foul stench in the corridor. Attended muster as we ALWAYS do and was scanned in, later that ... Read more
DeeCRC
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After cruising various times on the Sun, Emerald, Grand, Crown, Ruby, Royal Princess and also the Eurodam with Holland America I was expecting more than what we got on our cruise on the Island Princess! I won't bore you with the full ... Read more

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snafyensid
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
After reading that the recent remodel had ruined the Island Princess, our perception was that was not the case. We didn't feel the ship was crowded at all. We did go into the exercise room and all the criticism of it being too small and ... Read more
Arizona sailor Don
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
With much excitement, we landed in LAX, the transportation to the ship was fine and we boarded the Island Princess. The ship was very nicely decorated for the Christmas holidays. Our inside cabin reservations was upgraded to a window ... Read more
Decentgirl64
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Very disappointed that people that had bought a unlimited drinks package couldn't buy a drink after midnight and also that staff were very slow at serving these customers also (it was like they were told to reduce the service for these ... Read more
123cwm
Member Since 2009
1 review
40 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We enjoyed our cruise but found the Island princess very different from other princess ships. They had a big remodel in May of 2015 and the Youth Center was moved to the interior of the back of the ship. It is basically one long narrow ... Read more
ljgordon54
Member Since 2015
1 review
50 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I need to start by saying that my husband was sick a majority of this cruise, so my opinion will be a little tainted. We got flu shots prior to trip, but he still got Type A Flu. After he got "well" he must have gotten a touch of ... Read more

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