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600 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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78
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24
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10
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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
Jetswdo
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
1,506 forum post
0 helpful votes
Bucket list cruise to see the Panama Canal. Food was quite good on board. There were plumbing issues on board. Shower never did get very hot, but managable. What spoiled our cruise was the enclosed pool area. Management allowed ... Read more
Jetswdo
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
1,506 forum post
2 helpful votes
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
621 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

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Lizziebiff
Member Since 2007
1 review
188 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
snafyensid
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
8 forum posts
6 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

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123cwm
Member Since 2009
1 review
40 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
53 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
natnat3383
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I have just returned home from a great cruise on-board the Island Princess. Having never sailed with Princess before (have done RCCL and Disney), I didn't know what to expect but can say that a fabulous time was had by all. I will try and ... Read more
Jcorr
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
I am a first time cruiser so the thought of flying half way around the world to get on a ship for 17 days did NOT interest me at all but as this was to be a family reunion for my husbands family I nervously went along. Wow ....that was ... Read more
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MePlus4
Member Since 2014
1 review
12 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We took this trip over Christmas and New Year's from San Pedro, CA to Ft. Laud, FLa. It was great! We had two cabins, 7050 and 7053 - fantastically placed, interior, midship cabins. The ship is the smallest we have sailed so far, but we ... Read more

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Dididi
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
188 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We wanted to see the Panama Canal but had to work around the school calendar. Our choices for a full transit voyage were the Island Princess (15 nights) or the Pacific Princess (17 nights). We had been on the Pacific Princess before and ... Read more
Jan Thorwart
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
As seasoned cruisers, we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed our mini-suite with a window (Baja 202 - our usual balcony choices midship weren't available). It was large with a wonderful tub but be warned that you DEFINITELY ... Read more
Girl7Seas
Member Since 2012
1 review
42 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We enjoyed our cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to LA, CA on the Island Princess. All personnel on the ship were extremely friendly and helpful. This is our 5th cruise on a Princess liner and the staffs of all were different. We found the ... Read more
CapeCodFlyer
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our first cruise since an Alaskan cruise in 1998, so we weren't quite sure what to expect. The Panama Canal was a bucket list item, and I've recently retired so we have plenty of time on our hands to undertake a long journey. ... Read more
Nana clc
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
31 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Having cruised several times before, we were really looking forward to this trip on the Island Princess. While we had a good time overall, we were totally disappointed with the ship. There were too many passengers for the staff and the ... Read more

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bestnana2007
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
23 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
I had always wanted to do the canal cruise, so when my husband found it and asked me the answer was a definite YES. We booked the cruise three weeks out so the price we got (oceanview/obstructed E-331) was such a deal we would have been ... Read more
DanK5
Member Since 2012
1 review
56 forum posts
1 helpful vote
In all fairness, this review applies to the ship only; everything else about the cruise was truly wonderful (note the ratings). Apparently, Princess recently added a large amount of new staterooms; the Island was recently in dry dock ... Read more
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AlaskaNurse
Member Since 2011
1 review
123 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Loved, loved, loved this cruise! The crew of the Island Princess were all wonderful and attentive and I can't say enough how glad we are that we splurged and got a suite for this voyage. The perks that go along with the suite resulted in ... Read more
elliair
Member Since 2004
1 review
3,072 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We arrived 2 days early in Ft. Lauderdale. It was pouring rain and unfortunately, our luggage got wet along with our clothing inside. We discovered this when we opened our suit cases at the hotel. I'm thankful we arrived 2 days prior to ... Read more
mocruzn
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We enjoyed our cruise very much. We were afraid that after they added cabins, the ship might feel crowded. But other than almost nightly overcrowding in the theatre, we never really felt encroached upon. Assistant cruise director Hannah ... Read more

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