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793 Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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Gamadee1
Member Since 2011
1 review
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we obviously wanted to cruise the Panama Canal. We do not cruise every year, nor have we had particular loyalty to any one cruise line. We have, however, been on around 10 cruises over the years. We had ... Read more
colo58cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was an amazing "bucket list" trip through the Panama Canal! The service was stellar as was the food in the any time dining room. Loved the pizza for lunch in Sabatinis. We spent the sea days in the sanctuary and most ... Read more
RichFromOmaha
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
13 helpful votes
A Panama Canal cruise was on our to-do list for a long time. The Island Princess is a mid-sized ship, so it doesn't have a lot of entertainment venues. Our low-end balcony cabin was just right, as we didn't spend a lot of time there. At ... Read more
il castoro
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Notes on Island Princess, 1/19/17 - 2/3/17 Panama Canal Full Transit I wanted to transit the Canal since I was 12 years old. My mother had done it in the 1930s, and gave me Frederic Haskin's 1913 book about the Canal as a present. ... Read more
Brian1951
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 forum post
16 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We sailed on the Coral Princess for the partial Panama transit from January 17 to 27, 2017. This was our twelfth cruise and our ninth with Princess. Having encountered a poor all around experience on the Star Princess in April 2016 for a ... Read more
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NFL Godfather
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
The good. 1. $12.80 +tip cab fare from FLL to the cruise ship. 2. Suites are nice and not claustrophobic. 3. Bed was very comfortable. 4. Head Chef and Maitre D were very nice. Chef's Table was excellent. ($95 each) ... Read more
wgmiller
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We went as part of a group of friends. My wife is scooter-bound. We were initially told that because of my wife's mobility issues, we could not go on any of the shore excursions. However, after discussions with the shore excursion ... Read more
kuntrybu
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
12 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Cruising to Panama Canal with 19 others. The ship is very nice. Of course, the shower is tiny as all cruises. One night there was the odor of varnish in our hallway. We called the desk and they had the crew stop painting ... Read more
CostCritic
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
It sounded like a good cruise but it was not. The ship is tired, front desk is terrible and seemed like half the ship and crew got sick including us. We have taken other Princess Cruises as well as Norwegian and Viking. Princess was ... Read more
HaveDogWillTravel
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
234 forum posts
9 helpful votes
The service on the Island Princess was absolutely stellar. Everyone (wait staff, bar staff, room steward, customer service desk) we came in contact with did their utmost to make this cruise the best experience possible. I know they had ... Read more
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DavidB5
Member Since 2006
1 review
89 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it fit within our budget and timing. We have sailed Princess before and we have been satisfied with the experience. Embarkation in Los Angeles went smoothly. From the time we were dropped at the pier by the ... Read more
Scott269
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I chose this cruise because of the itinery and the number of days at sea. I was celebrating a partial retirement and just wanted an extended time to relax. I had concerns about the age of the ship, this being my 23rd cruise and it has been ... Read more
Champagne Taste
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
283 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I sailed on the Island Princess prior to the latest renovations and found no improvements benefitting passengers. More cabins were added reducing common space area. The gym is now is a small room with no windows. The theatre is small ... Read more
ceasarparker
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Was very excited to go to Columbia, Panama, and Costa Rica. The Coral Princess is an older ship and the cabin bathroom was unbelievably small. The Cabin and restaurant serving staffs were excellent, friendly, and professional. The front ... Read more
AllenO
Member Since 2010
1 review
24 forum posts
10 helpful votes
My wife's 60th BD loomed large in our planning and we always wanted to go to the Panama Canal so this was a great way to combine the two. On top of that, she was and still is a New Year's Baby so just any old First Night party would not ... Read more
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flowery
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
96 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
There were some good and bad aspects to this cruise. Here are the bad points: Terrible food- worst we have experienced on any cruise line. I had read previously about the poor pastries on Princess -none of which are made with butter. ... Read more
Seegee
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
23 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
1. Thank you for bringing back some higher end clothing like Tommy Bahama. I bought a jacket. 2. Really enjoyed the Crab Shack. 3. Thanks for the upgrade to a mini suite, a first for us. 4. The $199 photo package, about time the ... Read more
philabos
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
45 forum posts
4 helpful votes
A great itinerary on a poor ship. My bad for not following Cruise Critic comments on the 2015 "refurbishment". Added 120 cabins and ripped out lounge space - not a good result for the passenger. Double Level Universe ... Read more
Onagh
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
103 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Princess Cruise Lines – Island Princess – Panama Canal Grand Adventure December 20, 2016 Sailing 15 Days Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, Full Panama Canal Transit This is my first time sailing with princess cruise ... Read more
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Fzzlove
Member Since 2009
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The ship was outdated, small, and smelled like mildew in several locations (most notably the elevators towards ship's aft and the hallways. The crew, while helpful, was not anywhere near as energetic and engaging as they have been on ... Read more
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toronto.gal
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
138 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Loved the cruise - it was a repeat visit to the Panama Canal for us. Two of the ports were especially fun - San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and Cartagena in Colombia. We enjoyed both immensely. The staff on the ship were great, and the ... Read more
HawksNDawgs
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
4 helpful votes
While the cruise is titled the Panama Canal, you never disembark from the ship while traversing the Panama Canal. Ambiance - Boat is smaller so many things that I enjoyed on other cruises were absent such as multiple ... Read more
mmtilley
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was the longest cruise that we have been on, and first time on Princess. The entire trip was very enjoyable. The ship was nicely decorated for the holidays, and never seemed crowded. We had an balcony cabin that was great for transit ... Read more
norcalnick
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
28 forum posts
16 helpful votes
This was the first time we’ve cruised with Princess as we’re a fan of NCL. So, I was quite hesitant after reading all the negative reviews. However, we liked the itinerary and figured it was worth a try at least once. ... Read more
phcalo
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our second cruise on the Coral Princess. Our first experience was cruising Alaska on the same ship. For this cruise the ship was quite fully booked, with many families and children aboard for the holidays. The ship was festively ... Read more
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