Panama Canal collectors cruise: Statendam Cruise Review by julenow

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Panama Canal collectors cruise

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego
We took the train to San Diego and walked two blocks to the cruise terminal. HA has sent an. Email notifying us of the delayed embarkation. HA had a shuttle to Seaport Village to give those interested something to do while waiting. Also HA provided beverages and lite snacks (sandwiches & cookies).

The ship was under code red for the first 12 days, which I didn't mind since it was for the health and safety of the passengers.

The crew were exceptional - providing wonderful opportunities for enjoyment and entertainment. DJ Maek with his line dancing lessons, name that tune, and bingo; Lifesttylisr Jay with his endless choices of exercise: aqua aerobics, sit and be fit, deck walk, and tai chi; Jillian with her party planner activities: crafts, cooking demos, food trivia and stage competitions; Librarian David provided excellent quizzes in the AM and book club; Techspert Krista was an awesome teacher. The captain was informative and had a nice sense of More humor.

Entertainers were really good: Glen the gituarist was the best we have ever had on HA.

As always the room Stewart's and dining staff were friendly and efficient.

Excursions were excellent. Panama Canal commentary very much appreciated. Didn't appreciate the over abundance of street vendors in Cartagena, Columbia. Less

Published 04/18/12

Cabin review: A184 Vista Suite with Verandah

Verandah on deck 9 -excellent location, plenty of room, nice balcony. Windows throughout the ship could have cleaner.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Island Tour

Loved the entire experience at DePalm Island. Snorkeling was great in spite of slight rough waters, salsa lessons lots of fun and the food and drinks were terrific. Can't wait to do it again!

City Tour

Didn't enjoy all the street vendors. The naval museum and folklorico dancers were excellent.

Everglades Tour

Excellent tour, jet boat ride could have been longer.


Due to deep cleaning of the Statendam we were taken to the mall so we could get lunch and kill time til embarkation time


The boat ride was nice, the crew very attentive. The snorkeling sucked-bad visibility. Arrived at Yalepa Bay-some took a skiff to go for a hike to the waterfall and small Mexican village, others of us went to the beach which was very nice. We were to be there for one hour due to engine problems with our boat we were on the beach for three hours. Vallarta Adventures sent out a 40 person Zodiac to pick us up to return us to the ship, which meant no drinks on the ride back. When we arrived back at the dock the Zodiac was much lower in the water than the boat, therefore. We were unable to disembark. After 30 minutes the crew finally figured out that we would be able to disembark at the municipal dock. I figured that out in the first five minutes.

Tarcoles River

Enjoyed the mangrove swamp tour. Our tou guide made it lots of fun. Nice treat with the fruit and beverage snack.

Train ride

Really fun to see the agriculture, local people and howler monkeys. The guides were great about shaing information regarding fruits that grow along the route
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