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18 Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Panama Canal & Central America from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We chose this cruise because we had cruised Princess to Alaska and had a very enjoyable experience. This cruise was slightly different. Our cabin steward was MIA for the 1st 2 days, apparently he was ill, but there was no one we could ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had cruised Princess to Alaska and had a very enjoyable experience. This cruise was slightly different. Our cabin steward was MIA for the 1st 2 days, apparently he was ill, but there was no one we could directly contact with issues. This was a 10 day cruise, 4 of which were at sea. Additionally, because of bad weather, we were unable to dock in one of our scheduled ports, making it 5 days at sea. The ship seemed crowded. Guests spent a lot of time inside because of the weather. Many people don't remove their used towels from the chairs and it leaves others wandering around wondering what is available. The deck crews should be on top of that more. The spa was okay. I had a facial and my husband and I had a couples massage. The massage was much better than the facial. The fitness center was a disappointment. While it is large and there are several treadmills, they are not available until 9:00 AM. Very disappointing. The entertainment was good, but when it is in a small venue, it is crowded and hard to get a seat. Back to back activities in these small venues creates a problem because people don't leave between activities. The food was good, our server, Victoria was wonderful. As a suite guest we were able to have breakfast in Sabatini's in the morning. The staff there was also great. Room service was average. Excursions: Cayman Island - we took a coast to coast bus tour. It was okay, didn't care for our driver and her uppity attitude. Cartagena - toured the old city and the San Felipe Fortress. It gets hot, make sure your tour is in the morning. Good tour guide, crappy bus, many many peddlers in the streets! Panama - canal locks were amazing. Domed car train ride not worth the money. Jamaica - toured the Rose Hall Great House - it was fine, finished with a short shopping trip to shops. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have done several Caribbean cruises but had never visited the Panama Canal or Costa Rica. Princess is supposed to be a premium brand of Carnival but we were disappointed with the level of service in the dining rooms and the quality of ... Read More
We have done several Caribbean cruises but had never visited the Panama Canal or Costa Rica. Princess is supposed to be a premium brand of Carnival but we were disappointed with the level of service in the dining rooms and the quality of food overall. Wait staff were not fluent in English and we had difficulty conversing with them. The ship was built in 2004 and it looked tired, even though it had recently been refreshed. We prevously cruised on Celebrity Summit and Infinity which are comparable in age and we found them to be much better overall. We had difficulty conversing with staff in the restaurants because their English was very poor. We expected Princess to be on a par with Celebrity but this was not the case. The dining staff on Celebrity were easier to understand and there were 3 people assigned to each table while there were 2 on Princess. Each Celebrity table had a wine sommalier to help with wine selection. They poured drinks at the table from a bottle shortly after you arrived while Princess staff (not sommalier) had to get each drink from the back, increasing wait times considerably. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have never been on a cruise before and I came in with little to no expectations and a positive attitude. At first I was overwhelmed with amount of action going on and the small rooms, food etc. But after the initial first day, which was ... Read More
I have never been on a cruise before and I came in with little to no expectations and a positive attitude. At first I was overwhelmed with amount of action going on and the small rooms, food etc. But after the initial first day, which was stressful because of flying and nothing with the Princess cruise line, everything worked out. Sure, we did not go on one of our port stops due to weather, but safety was the priorty and I understood that. Also, the staff was INCREDIBLE!! Everyone was so personal, kind and nice! Spoiled me rotten from such great service. Entertainment was great and the whole time I was enjoying, having a blast and was always satisfied with everything. And if at any point I had any issues, they were quickly resolved. The game shows and entertainment was too notch, they have things for kids, teens and in betweens. And obviously adults and older adults as well. We watched a movie outside and ate ice cream, I mean what could be better? So all in all, the best vacation of my life. I would totally reccomend. For a lot of people who complain on these forums, these people are natural complainers so I would take it with a grain of salt. I had an awesome time and would 100000 percent reccommend. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The service in the dining room was excellent with good menu choices. Try the Curtis Stone pork belly, it’s wonderful! The food and service in the buffet were very sub par. The food was not up tp Princess’s usual standards and the ... Read More
The service in the dining room was excellent with good menu choices. Try the Curtis Stone pork belly, it’s wonderful! The food and service in the buffet were very sub par. The food was not up tp Princess’s usual standards and the service was extremely lacking. Most meals we had to get our own beverages. Very disappointing. The entertainment was very good. There were two dance bands, a Latin based band BA Quartet and a Jamaican band Project 5. Both were very talented but Project 5 tended to talk way too much especially with black patrons. It really just used up time others could have been dancing. The guest Entertainers were very good, especially comedian Bengt Washburn and singer Claude-Eric. This was our second time on the Caribbean Princess and will probably not cruise on it again. We prefer the Regal Princess but will try the Royal, Sky, or Majestic. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Wanted to see how the Panama canals worked. It was really awesome to watch it and later learn the history of its construction from our tour guide of Colon. Felt bad for the French people who started the construction because many died from ... Read More
Wanted to see how the Panama canals worked. It was really awesome to watch it and later learn the history of its construction from our tour guide of Colon. Felt bad for the French people who started the construction because many died from malaria and yellow fever. As Americans, we are proud that US finished the job, and eventually the Panamanians are managing it. We were satisfied with Caribbean Princess. The shows really surprised and impressed our group. The ship as a whole is really nice. The decor of the main lobby is tasteful. The waitstaff in the dining rooms were friendly, well-trained, efficient and accommodating. This applies to the maitreD at the Coral dining room. The tour excursions Were well-organized, and the tour guides were all knowledgeable of the history and the important information of their respective cities. Wish we had more shopping opportunities. Our group enjoyed the food in the marketplace, Planks and Coral dining room. Services were extraordinary anywhere on the ship. Need I say more! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the new locks at the Panama Canal and also some Caribbean ports. I traveled to Panama in 1985 and experienced the old locks at Miraflores and lived in Panama City for a week. Looked forward to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the new locks at the Panama Canal and also some Caribbean ports. I traveled to Panama in 1985 and experienced the old locks at Miraflores and lived in Panama City for a week. Looked forward to seeing how things have changed in 35 years. We chose Princess because we had a great experience last summer on the Ruby Princess in Alaska and the CP is a similar ship in size and layout to the Ruby. We took a train from Ohio to Fort Lauderdale, stayed at the Hampton Inn North Airport overnight and then boarded the CP the next late morning. Hotel is showing some age but the staff was excellent, breakfast was filling and a shuttle took us to the port around 11:30am. Port was very crowded with several ships boarding that same day. Entrance was a bit chaotic with taxis, shuttles and private vehicles creating long lines to the embarkation area. We eventually made it to the offload point. Most of the passengers left their large bags with the porters who put the luggage on large carts to later be loaded on the ship. We walked up and through the entry building. Long lines but they moved quickly, through several checkpoints for passports, luggage screening and then to the desk to get our Medallion and other information. Some passengers had downloaded their Medallion info before boarding and they moved through without as many delays. We picked ours up at the desk, a small metallic pin worn around your neck which opens your doors and provides information when making purchases on board much like the old keycards. We moved to the elevators and found our room on Baja Deck 300 section to be a match to the same room we had on the Ruby. Adequate space, lots of storage in the area outside the bathroom. Twin beds with table in the middle, large TV, refrigerator, lots of drawers to store things, a safe for valuables and mirrors all around to enhance the size perspective of the room. Bathroom and room were very clean and our cabin steward Joseph, took care of us with a friendly and courteous manner throughout our trip. He welcomed us to the ship, asked if we had any questions and said he would bring up the water we had pre-ordered. Our large bags had not arrived yet so we decided to go up to the buffet and have lunch. The Fresh Market Buffet was a bit crowded but we found seats and proceeded to have some grilled fish, potatoes and vegetables. We shared a table with a couple from Alabama, one of the things we enjoy when riding Amtrak is to meet new people from all over the country. Our muster drill was in the Casino so at 3:15 we followed the crowds to that venue to get our safety information. One thing that was very evident was the large % of seniors on this trip. We are in our mid 60s but with all the motorized carts, walkers, etc, it sometimes seemed like a nursing home cruise. Only a few children on board, which made for a quiet voyage but reminded us that we should enjoy life while you can. After muster we went out on the Promenade deck, watched as our ship left the harbor at Fort Lauderdale under a nice sunset. Several other ships leaving as well. A large party up on the Lido Deck, dancing, celebrating, etc. but we prefer a quieter bon voyage. After watching a brilliant sunset, we went back for dinner and prepared for the evening show in the theatre. Gary Delena was a comedian and guitarist and his show was generally funny and entertaining. After experiencing the large crowds that attend these shows on the Ruby we were at the theatre for good seats by 7 pm. Many people waited until half hour before the show and had difficulty finding seats together. The show was over by 9 and we walked through the casino to watch people spend their money and then to the Explorers Lounge to see Symphone, an excellent couple with a backup band that was the best act we saw on the ship. Great voices, personality with the crowd. We stayed until 10:30 , stopped at the another bar to hear female singer and couple Ryan 7, good voice but not the same crowd rapport as Symphone. Back to the International Cafe for a sweet snack (great place open all night and free goodies). Back to room, the Medallion opens the door and a good nights sleep after a very long day.. Joseph had made beds, cleaned bathroom, left a nice chocolate on the pillow, and left our Patter newsletter on the bed with the next day's activities. An enjoyable first day on the CP. Second day was a sea day so we looked to find things to do on board. Breakfast was eggs, toast, fruit. Sat with two sisters from Florida and Virginia and an engaging conversation. We are 500 miles from our next stop in Jamaica and can barely see the Cuban coast off the starboard size of the ship. Sit on the Promenade Deck 7 and watch the ocean pass by, and enjoy the passengers jogging, walking and talking as they move along. Lunch today was the free fish & chips dinner at the Crown Grill. A nice addition that we also experienced on the Ruby. Sat with a couple from Texas who had traveled extensively on cruises in both US & Europe. After lunch was a film in the theatre on the Panama Canal that was very good. Spent some time at the excursion desk checking out a possible train trip in Panama. An excellent pair of young women named Duo Encanto were playing violins in the Piazza, Watched someone pay $35000 for a painting at the art auction. Symphone was playing on the Lido deck for a pool party so we enjoyed more of their music during the afternoon on a nice sunny day about 75 outside. Basketball shooting contest on the sports deck so watched a young woman sink some 15 footers against a middle aged guy who also could shoot. Before dinner we went to the Piazza to hear a steel drum entertainer. Dinner was fish, pasta, chicken and mango cheesecake with a couple from California. Back to our room to change and head to the theatre for the stageshow BRAVO. Ship dancers and singers put on a nice show of Broadway tunes. A special singer soprano from Chicago was a hit during the performance. This was the first Formal Night so many were decked out in their tuxes and evening gowns. Went to Wheelhouse Bar after the show to hear Ryan 7 again. Went out on the Prom Deck to see lights in the distance.. ?Cuba, stop for a late night snack at International Cafe and off to bed for a long day tomorrow in Jamaica. A nice sea day with plenty of activities. Next day we are up and ready for an afternoon in Jamaica. Breakfast with a couple from Kansas City. Omelet, toast, cheese danish, yogurt. Many many choices, food was prepared well, usually hot and areas kept clean. I find the criticisms of the buffet to be overblown. Not everything is perfect in life, but being on this ship is better than the snow and ice back home right now. Enjoy and be mellow. Back to the room to prepare for disembarkation at the Falmouth Jamaica port. We docked a little before noon, a little foggy but warm. This is an "artificial port" created by the cruise line to allow people to roam the area with shops, restaurants, etc but not really see Jamaica. We arranged for a private tour with Patrice Bailey Tours to take us to two of the Great Houses, a tour of Montego Bay and Falmouth. An excellent choice for those of us who do not want to climb up Dunn River Falls or swim with the dolphins. We walked outside the gated port area and found the white tent where private tours are located. We were taken to a meeting location where we met our guide for the day Maurice. We had a nice van to ourselves and Maurice related the history of Jamaica, a trip around Falmouth and then out on the modern highway west of Falmouth. We first stopped at Greenwood Greathouse, a huge estate once owned by the prominent English family named Barrett. A relative of famed poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Entry fee is $20 but an excellent tour of the large house and grounds. A great view of the sea and coast from the porch. Lots of original antique furniture and special apparatus used in the day. Our next stop was further up the highway to the Rose Hall Greathouse. This was the infamous home of Annie Palmer, the White Witch who murdered several lovers and is a ghost roaming the grounds. An excellent guide who led us throughout the house and told of the fantastic stories of its owners. Admission was $25 and well worth the fare. Our tour then took us to Montego Bay, a crowded port on a Friday afternoon. We were unable to stop at some of the sites there since parking was non existent but we did travel throughout the city, saw the historic square and thousands of people on the streets and byways. We then traveled to a third mansion home at Bellefield for a great view of the bay and city. It was getting dark so Maurice took us back to Falmouth, dropped us right inside the gate and we strolled back to the ship after a great day of history and sites in Jamaica. Dinner was pasta, beef stew, scalloped potatoes, some jerk chicken (a bit too spicy for my stomach) and a wonderful chocolate dessert. We got out on Promenade deck to watch the running passengers barely making back to the ship after their tour to Ocho Rios was delayed in returning. Show in the theatre was Yaniv Zarit, who spoke 32 different languages, sang and told stories. He was talented but not as entertaining as other programs. Back to room for some TV news, a movie (of which there were several good choices) and bed. Another sea day tomorrow as we head for Cartegena. Saturday we lounge around as the seas are a bit high today closing the Promenade deck and the pools due to shifting waves. Ship is moving some but since we are used to riding trains, it is really nothing for us to experience shifting floors. Did some shopping in the stores, Had lunch with a nice couple from Washington state. A special program on the Panama Canal in the theatre in the afternoon. Dinner with family from Idaho and California. Lots of good stories. Watch some NFL football on the big screen and then down to the theatre for the show "Born to Be Wild". Ship dancers and singers put on a nice show 60s and 70s rock. Watch some more football and off to bed for a long day tomorrow in Cartegena. Up early as our ship has docked around 6:30. Breakfast with two ladies from Florida. I am off alone for the tour as wife is staying aboard today with a cold. Embarkation is in Casino this morning and then to Deck 4, Our bus is waiting at the pier with our guide Dailys, who is an enthusiastic promoter of her city. We drive through a residential area near the pier and then to the old Fort Castillo de San Felipe for a brief photo stop. Not time to tour the fort, many steps and large facility. Lots of venders who are interesting to me but do hassle some people. Man with donkey to solicit photos was a hoot. Back on the tour bus across the inlet and out to the former residence of Colombia President Rafael Nunez. A nice folkloric dance show there and a tour of the house and the great historic events of the 19th century. Well worth the visit. Then we traveled along the coast wall to the old city. We walked inside the walls and to the square of San Pedro Claver Church where we toured the building, saw many historic items in the museum and experience a service since it was Sunday morning. Walked up another street to the Naval Museum, which had great displays of Columbian maritime history. All exhibits are in Spanish so brush up on your language skills. Very interesting. Walk back through the streets to our bus which then took us on a tour of the beaches and the modern city skyscrapers. Back to the ship via the Boca Grande and Manga residential areas. We were back to the ship by 11:45 for a 12:30 departure. A nice three and half hour tour but could have spent the whole day here. Wish the cruise would schedule more time at this port. Lunch at the buffet and watch some more football on the wide screen. A nice day as we leave port. Sit on Promenade deck and watch the city fade into the distance. Dinner was pulled pork, chicken, squash & peppers, potatoes and some nice mango desserts. Theatre entertainment was Michael Barron, an excellent magician. Some entertainment in the Piazza afterward. International cafe for a treat and then back to room for some football, a movie and then to bed. Early arrival tomorrow at 5:30am for Panama Canal. We are up early, buffet for omelets, and then out on Lido deck to see the lights of the Panama Canal come into view. It is still dark as we enter the bay area waiting to proceed to the Aqua Clara Locks, the new lock system that now allows huge ships to use the canal. As the dawn arises, we enter the first lock and large gates close behind allowing water from storage areas to enter and raise us to the next level. Nearly everyone on the ship is on the deck watching and we found better viewing from the rear of the ship. Another larger freighter is waiting behind us and it is fascinating to watch the process as we proceed from one lock to another. It took about two hours to move to Gatun Lake where our CP dropped anchor. My excursion today would involve a boat transit to shore, where we boarded a bus for a trip along the old Gatun Locks and across a bridge to the new locks visitor center high on a hill overlooking the Aqua Clara Locks. Wife decided to stay on the ship which would eventually return through the locks and dock back in Cristobal where it would await the tour groups to return later in the day. Our tour spent an hour at the visitor center where we could observe our ship in the lake and others as they passed through the locks. A film was shown in the theatre and a small cafe served sandwiches, drinks, etc. There was also a nature trail which I walked approx a mile through some interesting flora. Heard some scattered animal sounds, saw a sloth and then walked back to the awaiting bus. As we left the site the driver stopped along the road as a family of monkeys was passing by. Photo shoot was just in time. We then traveled into Colon and then down a modern highway that crossed through some rainforest areas, the Chagras River, and then into the modern Panama City. An hour long ride but interesting scenery along the way. We eventually passed through the area near Balboa and the old Fort Clayton, where American forces were stationed during the Panama Canal Zone days. Nice memories of my trip here in 1985 but many changes since then. The bus stopped while Subway sandwiches were delivered for our lunch meal. We passed Miraflores Locks and out onto the Amador peninsula where we stopped for a shopping event. Not much there and really was a waste of time except for the good ice cream shop. Would rather have spent some time in the old city but that was not on our agenda. We then moved to the train station where we boarded the Panama Railroad train. A very modern station with some souvenirs. Railroad is operated by Kansas City Southern RR and their locomotives reflect the orange and yellow paint scheme of that line. Coaches were nicely decorated and seating was nice. I sat with a friend Rita who I had met on the ship and a couple from Michigan as we moved along slowly by the canal and industrial areas. Saw lots of birds, a family of iguanas and some monkeys as our train moved toward Colon. The cost of the entire tour was $200 and although a bit expensive, it was worth it for the views of the canal and the train ride. There is a dome car for $40 more on the train but I found the seating in the nice coaches and the opportunity to stand in the vestibule area to see the sites and take photos to be adequate for my needs. We were able to see some parts of the canal and ships moving across the lake. We arrived back in Colon before dark. We received a nice box with the railroad logo and full of snacks which I think were supposed to be handed out at the beginning of the train ride but we got as we left the train. Oh well, a nice souvenir of the train.. Colon is not a town you want to roam around in and the dock area was a pleasant site as we said goodbye to our guides and boarded the ship. Met my wife and we had dinner of pork roast, potatoes, veggies and dessert. Too tired for the show this evening so just watched National Championship game as Clemson beat the Crimson Tide. Rest for another long day tomorrow in Costa Rica. Tuesday morning we arose and prepared to take our excursion at Limon Costa Rica. A large German ship is docked next to us as we walk up the dock area to our bus. Our guide is Porfirio, a nice gentleman who had a sense of humor and spoke excellent English. He told us about his family and life in Costa Rica. We first drove around Limon to see some of the historic buildings and then up a rather narrow and bumpy road to the canal where we boarded a boat to cruise the canal. Lots of birds, iguanas, monkeys in the trees, sloths everywhere, no crocodiles today. A nice tour and our guide moved the boat so that all sides could get photos. A little shower ensued but did not last long and it was a good day in the rainforest. After we left the boat we were treated to lots of fruit, bananas, pineapple, juices and a nice display of native arts and crafts. Good restroom break as well. Back on the bus as we traveled to a siding where we boarded an old train for a short trip back to Limon. I enjoyed speaking with the engineer and conductor at the front of the train as my Spanish was good enough for a lively conversation. The train was pulled by an old switcher engine and two coaches full passengers hoping to see some exotic scenery. But most of the rails pass through an industrial area and except for a few monkeys and a sloth, there was little to view. If you like train rides, it was a nice ride but not overly exciting. We left the train and reboarded the bus for a nice trip in the countryside around rural provinces. Banana plantations and a stop to see more sloths. Our guide Porfirio was excellent and he related Costa Rica history, government and economics as we traveled back to Limon. We arrived back to the port around 12:30 and did some shopping at the large craft market nearby before heading back to the ship for a late lunch. After lunch we went down to the laundry room on the 10th Floor and did a few loads of clothes. A bit of a waiting line but was nice to have some washers close to our room. Met some gents from Alaska, a young man from Toronto and an Englishman from near London as we dried and folded... We decided to hit the pizza place for dinner and then have a dessert in the buffet. Back to the room for the evening show at the theatre. Cheaza, a Whitney Houston reflections singer from Las Vegas was the musical program and was excellent. She went out into the theatre to sing and perform a greatest hits melody. Another great day on our cruise. The following day was another sea day. There was a talk in the theatre on the Cayman Islands that we attended. Both of us are suffering from head colds so we just hung around the room, watched some movies, had lunch in the buffet and then sat out on Deck 7, did some reading, saw some rainbows in the distance as a storm headed away from us. Another formal night on the ship with a program in the theatre but we decided to rest this evening and prepare for a full day in Cayman Islands tomorrow. Sometimes its nice to just enjoy a day of rest and relaxation on a sea day. Thursday morning we are up and feeling better. Breakfast for omelets and fresh fruit. We met in the Island Dining Room for disembarking for our shuttle boat to the shore. All ships must use tenders and there are now six ships in port so it will be a busy day in Georgetown. Our tender is one from the shore and not one of the ship boats so there is more room and not quite as crowded. We land about 8am and talk to a policeman who directs us to the bus terminal about two blocks from the port area. We stop at Fort to read some Cayman history and then arrive at the bus terminal where a group of small van type vehicles are lined up. We decided to take Bus 7B Green bus our own excursion which charged only $10 for a trip around the entire island. Our bus driver Tonyito actually acted like a guide and with one other man on the bus, (who reminded me of the late Anthony Bourdain), we enjoyed a private tour complete with history and scenic views. Stopped in Bodden Town, Wreck of the 10 Sails park and discussion of blue iguanas. Picked up some interesting passengers on the return trip as Tonyito welcomed them on board. An enjoyable ride and much cheaper than the ship excursions. A couple hours later we were back downtown and took another bus that went to Seven Mile Beach, Hell and other quaint places for another $5 each. We returned to downtown, stopped for lunch and then walked to the port for some clean restrooms and treats before walking down to the Cayman National Museum. Nice displays, a good film on history, hands on displays for kids. Back to port and decided to return to ship as it looked like a storm was heading toward the island. Long line for the tender but moved quickly and we sailed past the mass of ships and tenders in the bay. Got back just as the rain came so timing was perfect. Back to the ship by 2 pm as our ship was scheduled to leave at 3:30. Go to Deck 7 to watch tenders returning with passengers. Late comers but we leave by 4pm. Dinner was a cod dinner with a couple from Nebraska. Down to the theatre for the show with Duncan Tuck, classical guitar and humorist. Was o.k. Sailing around Cuba overnight as we rest from another long day of exploring. Friday was another sea day. Pancakes and eggs for breakfast. Ate with a couple from Michigan who have cruised many times. He is from the island of Malta and they have done many Mediterranean cruises. We are now sailing along the Cuban coastline and we sit on Lido deck enjoying the view. Cheeseburgers from Salty Dog Grill and some Pizza from Slice for lunch. Enjoy sitting around the pool and enjoying the warm weather. Do some packing in the afternoon and preparing for disembarkation in FTL tomorrow morning. Staff at customer service very friendly and answered several questions we had about the process. We talked with Joseph about his future plans. He had one more cruise on CP and then he would return home to India for three months. He was an excellent cabin steward and we tipped accordingly. We found all the staff in the dining and buffet to be efficient and friendly. The ship is showing some age and there was a lot of painting and polishing going on while we were sailing. We did not feel any engine vibration in our room and our neighbors were pretty quiet so no problem with noise. Like the new Medallion system even though we did not use it for phone or location purposes. Like that there is still a paper Patter that provides information about ship events. On Saturday morning we ate a quick breakfast in the buffet and then moved our luggage to the Coral Dining Room where our disembarkation meeting was to take place. We chose the self checkout and thus did not put any luggage out the night before. We moved quickly through the port area and only took 10-15 minutes to go through customs and we were on our way. We walked to the taxi loading area and were in a cab in a few minutes to the Hilton Marina Hotel where we got our Enterprise Rental Car for the remainder of our Florida vacation. Enjoyed the cruise and highly recommend this ship, crew, and itinerary if you have never been to the Panama Canal. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Our destination to the Panama Canal was the reason we chose this cruise. Princess delivered a wonderful vacation. The stateroom and ship were in excellent condition. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented at each meal. We selected ... Read More
Our destination to the Panama Canal was the reason we chose this cruise. Princess delivered a wonderful vacation. The stateroom and ship were in excellent condition. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented at each meal. We selected anytime dining and enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. The World Market was our breakfast location of choice. The selection and caliber of food was good. I was able to find something new every day. The Medallion connection and online information provided the itinerary and activities at my finger tips. The availability of excursions at each port was good. As we left the ship we were given maps and brochures for the location. These were terrific for navigating and finding things to enjoy. We did exploring safely and now have a desire to return to some locations for a longer stay. All the crew and staff treated us with care and made us feel welcome. We will be Princess cruisers again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The ship has been refurbished and the buffet has been cut down to a third of standard because Princess has two (2) new specialty restaurants (of course additional fee). The buffet has a picnic theme, subs and ready for this...at ... Read More
The ship has been refurbished and the buffet has been cut down to a third of standard because Princess has two (2) new specialty restaurants (of course additional fee). The buffet has a picnic theme, subs and ready for this...at dinner...PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICHES...unbelievable! One guest we met onboard is a professional chef in Las Vegas and he said he will never sail with Princess again. Let’s talk about the dining room experiences, the staff are so busy serving multiple tables that it takes hours (and we timed it on 2 separate occasions) to order, receive your dinner and dessert, needless to say if you wanted to catch the show in the Princess theatre you were forced to exit early. The shows were mediocre with the EXCEPTION of BRAVO, that presentation was what Princess theatre productions were 10 years ago. The comedian one night was so pathetic, my husband and I felt sorry for him and he was the talk of the guests for days. In summary the consensus amongst the guests we met in various locations and my husband and I are a huge disappointing 10 day experience. A number of guests we met this is their first cruise and they traveled from the UK and hugely disappointed, they won’t be back... Rey sad. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose this 20 day due to ports. Most were cancelled ports. They took away Barcelona without telling us or reducing the price the storm caused us to not get what we paid for. Food was ok. Service in dining room was good. Smaller ship was ... Read More
Chose this 20 day due to ports. Most were cancelled ports. They took away Barcelona without telling us or reducing the price the storm caused us to not get what we paid for. Food was ok. Service in dining room was good. Smaller ship was nice. Entertainment was good. The traditional seating was slow service. To get to theatre productions you had to get there 45 min early. Shame not enough seats. Juices in market place were warm. A language Barrier was hard at times with waiters. Liked wifi and medallion entry to room. Met some wonderful people. Liked washer and dryer. Some coin machines and dryers broken. But fixed during Our stay. Entertaining productions. Loved bravo. Rooms would be small if you had other than two in room. The gym had many machines but two in line for recline bikes. Always a was a wait several to use them. No one in there to limit their hogging machines. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Of the other cruises we have been on Princess is the best . The attention to a lactose free diet were greatly honored. The food was excellent. But the bar orders placed at the dinning room were almost a joke. They didn't know about ... Read More
Of the other cruises we have been on Princess is the best . The attention to a lactose free diet were greatly honored. The food was excellent. But the bar orders placed at the dinning room were almost a joke. They didn't know about or how to make other drinks offered at the ships bars on deck 15. And when we did order from a limited whine choice it took forever to get those drinks. Getting on and off the ship took a lot of time due to certain circumstances such as a lot of busses arriving at all the same time and computer glitches. Our original travel agent company and agent caused mix up in our originally contracted cruise package and it took a couple of days to get it straightened out and the changes that were supposed to be done by the woman who called our room were not completely done and I had to go to the customer service desk and get these other changes made or done. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Despite having cruised dozens of times with Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival, we have never submitted a review but felt this one was necessary due to our delight with this ship and cruise. I want to begin with a ... Read More
Despite having cruised dozens of times with Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival, we have never submitted a review but felt this one was necessary due to our delight with this ship and cruise. I want to begin with a feature that most surprised us due to having read negative reviews. The food was WONDERFUL. We ate almost exclusively at the buffet where the food surpassed any other cruise ship we can remember in variety, quantity, and quality from the first lunch to the last breakfast on the morning of debarkation. Yes, for lunch, there was consistently a large number of sandwiches offered (IN ADDITION to other selections), but it was a smorgasbord of delicious gourmet sandwiches. The buffet was never crowded; your napkin and silverware were waiting at your table; and attentive wait staff quickly brought your beverages to you unless you preferred to get your own. A feature that we experienced for the first time was the Medallion encased in a plastic cover and carried along with your cruise card. Among other uses, it automatically unlocked your door as you approached your cabin if it was anywhere on your person, even in a purse/tote…no more searching for the card or strapping it around your neck. A neck strap was provided, however. The card and Medallion could be removed from the strap and re-hooked to whatever, if desired. The shows were extraordinary…also among the best we had ever seen…and of a wide variety and extreme talent. The costumes were creative and stunning. Every seat in the auditorium faced the stage. Slanted aisles and staggered seating kept your view of the stage from being blocked by a person sitting in front of you. In addition, there were absolutely no columns in the room blocking views. What may be a negative for some, but was a huge plus for us – there were no little drink tables taking up room and waiters did not circulate taking drink orders. A small table could be accessed when lifted from your armrest, however. In addition to news channels, there were TV shows (reruns), dozens upon dozens of new-release movies of every variety, and many documentaries offered on your cabin’s television. The internet speed was the fastest we have ever experienced. Embarkation was speedy and simple. Luggage arrived promptly. Our cabin steward was exceptional from the beginning, even pairing and lining up a pile of shoes we had left in our hurry to dine. The dreaded lifeboat drill was conducted quickly in spacious air-conditioned venues…no crowding, no vests, no heat. The entire ship has recently been updated and is kept unbelievably clean and sparkling. Debarkation at all ports was handled quickly after docking. Final day debarkation was the easiest we have ever experienced. Of interest is that there is no debarkation to see Panama unless one is going on an excursion. We sailed through three locks (very interesting) into the central lake where excursions were tendered to shore. The ship turned around and sailed back through the same locks, stopping at the port to pick up the excursion people. Passengers are allowed to get off the ship at this stop but only to stand next to the ship to see the 3 to 4 tables of crafts. Our superb excursion was to an Embera Indian village - a real village right out of National Geographic, not a mock-up for tourists. There is decent shopping in the Jamaica and Costa Rica ports, but the towns are not worth the trouble to stroll around. Cartehena, Columbia’s port is a lovely jungle park area but not much shopping. A taxi ride of about $20 one way is required to get to the old city which is well worth visiting and strolling…good crafts-type shopping in the old fort and massive flowering vines hanging from beautiful old buildings. Everyone wished there were more time in this port. Grand Cayman is more up-scale in look but basically only factory souvenirs for sale after one tenders into port. Take an excursion. The only facet I would criticize is that the ship’s library is non-existent. There are less than 10 books of fiction written in English, so take your own reading material... preferably paperbacks that you can donate at the end of the cruise. It will rain. Pack several (Dollar Tree) disposable ponchos and a small umbrella. We never noticed insects but used repellent anyway…and sunscreen. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I wanted to sail through the new canal. An excursion allowed me to also travel through the old canal. It was a thrill. I liked the improvements made since my last cruise on Princess. The food was much better and I really liked being ... Read More
I wanted to sail through the new canal. An excursion allowed me to also travel through the old canal. It was a thrill. I liked the improvements made since my last cruise on Princess. The food was much better and I really liked being able to communicate with those in my group through the Princess internet. What a fantastic idea. The service was fantastic. Our dining room experience was wonderful thanks to Hector Del Sola, our waiter and I Kadek, our Jr waiter. They were most kind and made wonderful suggestions. Our cabin was clean and refreshed often. I was disappointed that one of my excursions was canceled. I chose another but had really wanted to see the dolphins. On one of my excursions, a tour member had her purse stolen. That caused me to be fearful of taking excursions. I did think that embarkation was a mess. Never had an experience like that before. I don’t know if it is just the Ft Lauderdale port? There were plenty of things to do on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Cruising in style to the Southern Caribbean is perfect because Princess does it right. Comfortable, Classy, nothing over the top - high quality with maximum enjoyment. I met many very loyal cruisers who enjoy sailing all itineraries ... Read More
Cruising in style to the Southern Caribbean is perfect because Princess does it right. Comfortable, Classy, nothing over the top - high quality with maximum enjoyment. I met many very loyal cruisers who enjoy sailing all itineraries and earned perks. All restaurants were elegant, delicious cuisine and quiet. The entertainment was wonderful! Beautiful ball gowns, Broadway show tunes, great props, and clean, funny comedians. The itinerary was great with enough time in each port of call. The New Locks of the Panama Canal are truly amazing! We watched our Caribbean Princess sail through the locks from the observation deck on our shore excursion, after she turned around in Gatun Lake. Movies under the Star with popcorn & warm blanket made the 10pm movie relaxing & fun at the end of a tour day. Morning Bible Studies & Sunday Service blessed all who attended. Thank you Princess for setting the bar for elegant mainstream cruising! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the Panama Canal itinerary. We were part of a big group of friends/family. I believe most if not all of us were first timers on Princess. We thought Princess was supposed to be a step up from Carnival or ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Panama Canal itinerary. We were part of a big group of friends/family. I believe most if not all of us were first timers on Princess. We thought Princess was supposed to be a step up from Carnival or Norwegian, but we failed to see why Princess is supposed to be better. We had heard of the big 2017 refurishment. The ship was beautiful and the staff couldn't have been nicer from the cabin stewards, to waiters, to bar tenders. However, it did seem the refurbishment of the buffet was a huge failure. There were several stations, but that just seemed to block the flow of people. There was lots of back tracking and the food wasn't that great most of the time. Breakfast is always good, but its hard to mess that up. The nighttime choices were not that great. The dining room seemed to have much better food. We were notified prior to sailing about a mechanical issue and some time changes for the ports. We were given $50 credit per person for the inconvenience. However it wasn't enough for the issues we had. When you are on a ship for 10 days and already have 4 at sea, some shore time is important and we certainly got shortchanged in that department. They could have skipped Princess Cays (no reduction in time there). It is just a beach and some cheesy shops. Next we had two days at sea that we were all looking forward to. We spent most of the days near the pool, but were sadly disappointed that there was no entertainment poolside. For about an hour a day(not every day) , there was a band playing or a DJ. That hour was good. They played 'elevator' music sometimes, and sometimes nothing at all around the pool. Some good music would have been great. It seemed the pool areas were left out of any planned entertainment. Most of our group is in their early 60s and we were definitely the young crowd. This was a cruise of mostly older people. I don't think we saw more than a dozen or so kids. Thank goodness, because kids would have been totally bored on this ship. The 60 year olds were somewhat bored. It was a good thing we had our friends with us, we were our own entertainment. Our first stop was Cartagena. We had booked a Hop on Hop off tour. It took forever to get going once we got on the bus and then we were told we couldn't get off the bus because there wasn't time. Our port time had been cut by 2 hours. We rode around the city a little then were dumped off in the shop and had to be back on the bus in about 20 minutes. If there wasn't time for this excursion, they shouldn't offer it or at least shouldn't call in Hop On Hop Off. Very disappointing. Going thru the Panama Canal was awesome. We took an excursion that took us through all the locks to the Pacific Ocean. That is what we came for and we weren't disappointed. The next stop was supposed to be Limon, Costa Rica, but the water was very choppy and we didn't get into port there. This also was very disappointing as this was one of the stops we wanted to see. . This meant we would have 3 days in a row at sea. There was no compensation for missing this port except a refund of $3.59 in taxes. We expected some added activities to pass the time, but that didn't happen either. The ship just didn't seem to be interested in pleasing the passengers at all. In fact we barely saw the cruise director at all. On other cruises we've experienced, he/she was all over the ship everyday. Due to a medical emergency, we made our way to Grand Cayman early, arriving in the middle of the night. The passenger was taken off, but even thought we were there, no time was added to our stop. It seemed strange that some stops got cut short due the ship not being about to go any faster, but when an emergency arose, we could go faster. We just weren't sure we could believe everything we were told. Our last stop was Grand Cayman. We were also rushed at this port missing a couple hours. We went to see he Stingrays and would have liked at least an hour to do a little shopping but instead we were herded back on the ship and before our tender even got there, they were raising the anchor. Most of the passengers felt cheated on these stops. As I said, we thought it would have been better to cut time off their island and add it to the other stops. This shipload of passengers didn't have time to spend leisurely seeing the ports or shopping. I can't imagine the ports would be very happy about that either. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the evening shows, even though we had to get there quite early to get seats. Everything considered, it was a good cruise, but we sure didn't see much for a 10 day cruise. If we had to rate Princess, it would definitely be below both Carnival and Norwegian. If Carnival is the 'party' ship, then I guess we are 'party' people. We like being entertained even if it is something goofy like a hairy chest contest. Maybe we just are old enough for Princess. The only way we would choose Princess again is if it were the only line that had the itinerary we wanted. Just not impressed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
cruised this ship in the past. Food choices, taste, presentation, quality & quantity disappointing. Extremely long lines for dinner. staff handing out pagers. What?? first time for that. Waiters almost running from table to table. ... Read More
cruised this ship in the past. Food choices, taste, presentation, quality & quantity disappointing. Extremely long lines for dinner. staff handing out pagers. What?? first time for that. Waiters almost running from table to table. Dining room very short staffed. First time I ordered from standard options. Food did not excite as in the past. Lobster and trout dishes horrible. No butter with tiny lobster (incorporated with risotto) ?? fish tough. Don't know what Princess is attempting to accomplish with these strange dishes but certainly did not work for us. Undercurrent of apathy & sarcasm by staff. reported crew member who was very short & sarcastic to elderly passengers. other passengers noticed this as well. I was purchasing gourmet coffee & Crew member short & sarcastic to me. over all short staffed. very nice comfortable upscale bed linens. Enjoyed new robes. EXCELLENT ROOM SERVICE. room steward lack luster at best. did not replace some of the daily items. (body lotion, etc) did not address by name., quick wave if that. I know these issues seem small but this is first time overall experience was disappointing. ship face lift very nice but inside problems exist. EXTREMELY small shower. floor creaked & unsteady, bathroom door in need of repair. Problems with toilet, balcony divider banging due to loose attachments, @ 2a very disruptive. If we cruise again will not be on this ship. more pay venues than before. weary of staff trolling pay items. Big changes since we last cruised. Being platinum level cruisers we have come to expect a certain level of service from Princess. This time they dropped the ball big time. Appears to me Princess is having issues with their bottom line thus the short staffing, pay items etc. What happened to Princess service!? Not certain if & when we will return. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our third cruise on the Caribbean Princess--first since 2017 ship's make-over. The mini-suite was fine, and cabin service ok but not spectacular. Very sMmooth sailing to Columbia, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Grand ... Read More
This was our third cruise on the Caribbean Princess--first since 2017 ship's make-over. The mini-suite was fine, and cabin service ok but not spectacular. Very sMmooth sailing to Columbia, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Grand Cayman. Stopped first in Jamaica, but weather very bad, so got off ship and back on. Weather in other ports very nice. Castaneda boat and city tour was good, had excellent tour guide. Stayed on boat in and out of Panama Canal--enjoyed the locks and scenery very much. Costa Rica canal boat and train tour was fabulous--saw many animals and birds--good tour guide again. Did shopping and lunch at Grand Cayman--no street vendors, very upscale place. The meals on the new "Club Class" category were excellent. Mariela, dining room supervisor from Romania, was spectacular in how see treated all diners, and went out of her way to prepare special deserts and treats. By contrast, the 15th deck buffet was terrible--sometimes inedible!-- and we had to survive on pizza (good but better on other Princess Ships), and very good huge hot dogs--great new ship addition. Entertainment was not great--really missed having Jazz sessions. 10 days went by quickly--would recommend this cruise at this time of the year. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The destination ports were delightful, but we had several issues: 1- Our stateroom (Caribbean Princess E104) was loud and noisy. My mother became ill with a "head cold", and was not able to rest as needed. Complains to the ... Read More
The destination ports were delightful, but we had several issues: 1- Our stateroom (Caribbean Princess E104) was loud and noisy. My mother became ill with a "head cold", and was not able to rest as needed. Complains to the front desk went unanswered with just a simple "required maintenance is on-going"... 2- When we reached the Panama Canal, we walked to the front of the ship at 6am to view the channel. At that time, my family, and myself were denied entrance to "The Sanctuary" because an additional $60/person fee was required. I was surprised and embarrassed in front of my 74 year old mother and my daughter 3- The Dolphin Cove excursion in Falmouth, Jamaica was not as described in the brochure. Guest were just to observed the Dolphins from far. Additional monies were requested to either swim, take a picture or kissing the dolphins. In addition, the lunch offered was not adequate. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
First time cruising the Panama Canal and it was amazing. Kind of wish I had gone for the full transit but with the partial transit you get a good idea of what it took to build the canal! The food in the ding ng room was great but the ... Read More
First time cruising the Panama Canal and it was amazing. Kind of wish I had gone for the full transit but with the partial transit you get a good idea of what it took to build the canal! The food in the ding ng room was great but the buffet wasn't up to my expectations. Also "Anytime dining" didn't really mean anytime. Service was great and the staff was very friendly. We were on the Riviera deck and it was very noisy with chairs and tables scraping and people running right above us on the Lido deck. I was disappointed I didn't hear about the mix and mingle until after it was over and I happened to run into a fellow port of call member in the casino. We booked an independent excursion through Dora in Cartegna and had a great experience. We booked 2 through Princess, one good in Panama and one not great in Costa Rica. There were some good shows but you had to wait almost an hour if you wanted to get in and get a good seat for the early show. Maybe they should consider 3 shows nightly instead of 2. Overall, I had a very enjoyable time! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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