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2019 Best for Entertainment

10 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Falmouth
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Gatun Lake
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Island Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

Cons

Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

Bottom Line

Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

Reviews

Island Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Service

16 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Cartagena, Colon ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 5
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 14
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

Cons

Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

Bottom Line

Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

Reviews

Vision of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Dining

15 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

Cons

Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

Bottom Line

The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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Celebrity Summit Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value4.0

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Service

16 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Grand Cayman, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

Cons

Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

Bottom Line

Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

Reviews

Vision of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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10 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Mobile
Visiting:
Panama Canal, Puerto Limon ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Mobile
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Roatan
  • Day 9
    Cozumel
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Mobile
Ship Details

Carnival Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional service/friendly crew and passengers; tasty food; clean, comfortable cabins

Cons

Only one main swimming pool; oldest ship in the Carnival fleet

Bottom Line

Ideal for families; excellent value for singles/couples and first-time cruisers

Reviews

Carnival Fantasy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining3.5
Service5.0
Value4.0

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  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Shore Excursions

15 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Cartagena, Panama Canal ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 5
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

Cons

Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

Bottom Line

Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

Reviews

Coral Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

Coral Princess blends the exotic (an international staff, elegant Italian restaurant, celebrity...

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  • Service Gratuities
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  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

15 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Huatulco
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Friendly crew, well-crafted shore tours, improved specialty dining

Cons

Long queues to enter main dining rooms and upselling in the spa

Bottom Line

Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages

Reviews

Emerald Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.0
Value4.5

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

10 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Falmouth
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

Cons

Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

Bottom Line

Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

Reviews

Caribbean Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Service

15 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Aruba
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    San Juan
Ship Details

Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

Cons

Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

Bottom Line

Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

Reviews

Vision of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Service

16 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

Cons

Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

Bottom Line

Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

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Vision of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Service

15 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Cartagena, Colon ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 5
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 14
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    San Diego
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Serenade of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Has both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as multiple dining venues

Cons

Lack of Royal Caribbean's signature outdoor attractions might disappoint some cruisers

Bottom Line

Good value-for-money choice for families and groups

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Serenade of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value5.0

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11 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Miami
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Cartagena, Gatun Lake ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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    Cruising
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    Cartagena (Colombia)
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    Gatun Lake
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    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 6
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Harvest Caye
  • Day 9
    Roatan
  • Day 10
    Costa Maya
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Miami
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Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

Cons

Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

Bottom Line

Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home

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Norwegian Pearl Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Entertainment

15 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
San Francisco
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, San Juan del Sur ... see more
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Princess Cruises
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    Cabo San Lucas
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    Cruising
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    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
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    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

Cons

Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

Bottom Line

Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

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Coral Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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8 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Tampa
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Puerto Limon, Panama Canal ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    Puerto Limon
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    Panama Canal
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    Grand Cayman
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    Tampa
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Carnival Legend - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Plenty of fun activities, free food options, a thrilling water slide and adults-only deck

Cons

Outrageous decor is not to everybody's tastes

Bottom Line

Family-friendly ship with American touches but an Australian vibe

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Carnival Legend Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Entertainment

10 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Grand Turk, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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    Cartagena (Colombia)
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    Gatun Lake
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    Colon (Cristobal)
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    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Ocho Rios
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Island Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

Cons

Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

Bottom Line

Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

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Island Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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14 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Grand Cayman, Aruba ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    Aruba
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    Curacao
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    Cruising
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    Cartagena (Colombia)
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    Panama Canal
  • Day 11
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cozumel
  • Day 14
    Cruising
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    Galveston
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Carnival Freedom - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Free dining options and age-appropriate activities, including Seuss-themed events

Cons

Layout forces passengers to climb stairs to access other main areas of the ship on the same deck

Bottom Line

Tremendous value to passengers and families, with fun-for-all-ages atmosphere

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Carnival Freedom Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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2019 Best Overall

15 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Cartagena, Colon ... see more
Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
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    Cartagena (Colombia)
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    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Cruising
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    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
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    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 14
    Cabo San Lucas
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    San Diego
Ship Details

Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

Cons

Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

Bottom Line

The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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Celebrity Summit Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value4.0

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10 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

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Fort Lauderdale
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Princess Cruises
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    Cartagena (Colombia)
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    Panama Canal
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    Colon (Cristobal)
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    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Falmouth
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

Cons

Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

Bottom Line

Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

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Caribbean Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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16 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Los Angeles
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Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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    Mazatlan
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    Cruising
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    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 11
    Cruising
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    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Aruba
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Miami
Ship Details

Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

Cons

Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

Bottom Line

A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

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Norwegian Joy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value3.5

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2019 Best for Cabins

19 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

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Leaving:
Los Angeles
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Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas ... see more
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Princess Cruises
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    Huatulco
  • Day 6
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Panama Canal
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 14
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Manzanillo
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Cruising
  • Day 20
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

Cons

Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

Bottom Line

Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

Reviews

Coral Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Service

21 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Vancouver
Visiting:
San Francisco, San Diego ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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    Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    San Francisco
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    San Diego
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 13
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 14
    Corinto
  • Day 15
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 17
    Panama Canal
  • Day 17
    Panama Canal
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Aruba
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Cruising
  • Day 22
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line

Pro

Unique entertainment options and a high standard of service that sets it apart

Con

Overcrowded at times and occasionally inconsistent fee-based dining

Bottom Line

A great choice for a pampered, laid-back vacation -- particularly for music lovers

Reviews

Nieuw Amsterdam Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Families

14 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
New Orleans
Visiting:
Montego Bay, Aruba ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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    New Orleans
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Montego Bay
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Aruba
  • Day 7
    Bonaire
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 10
    Panama Canal
  • Day 11
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cozumel
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    New Orleans
Ship Details

Carnival Glory - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Plenty of complimentary dining and entertainment options; spacious standard cabins

Cons

Crowds at the buffet, pool deck and shore tours; constant announcements

Bottom Line

Family-friendly cruising for travelers of all ages, interests and budgets

Reviews

Carnival Glory Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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10 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Grand Turk, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Turk
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Montego Bay
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

Cons

Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

Bottom Line

Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

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Caribbean Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

17 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Half Moon Cay, Aruba ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Aruba
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 7
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Panama Canal
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Corinto
  • Day 11
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 12
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 13
    Huatulco
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    San Diego
Ship Details

Oosterdam - Holland America Line

Pro

The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

Con

Lacks attractions for active cruisers

Bottom Line

Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

Reviews

Oosterdam Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

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15 Night
Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Cartagena, Panama Canal ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 5
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Friendly crew, well-crafted shore tours, improved specialty dining

Cons

Long queues to enter main dining rooms and upselling in the spa

Bottom Line

Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages

Reviews

Emerald Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.0
Value4.5

Emerald Princess entered service in 2007 as one of the largest ships in Princess Cruises' fleet...

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