Coral Princess Cruise Review by 2006prius
- Sail Date: January 2013
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
We took an island bus tour on Aruba. They took us to a natural bridge that had collapsed a few years ago and then to an Ostrich farm where we saw several Ostriches in small pens. After that they took us to a lighthouse that was closed and then they drove us past all of the new hotels along the tourist beach. The drive around the hotels took so long that we did not have time to see any of the places in Aruba that were near the ship.
In Cartagena we took a good tour of the old city. Our guide was very good. We saw a lot of the historical parts of the city and had time to shop too.
We were very lucky going through the Panama Canal because our balcony faced the other canal and we could watch a container ship go through the locks beside us. We took a tour to Panama with a stop at the locks on the Pacific end. The old city of Panama was very interesting and we finished up with a drive around the new city. Our tour guide was excellent! We really enjoyed this tour.
In Limon we took an excursion that included a visit to a Del Monte banana plantation. That was very interesting. We had a boat ride on one of the canals but we were sitting on the wrong side of the boat so did not get to see the animals along the shore. This tour was just OK.
In Jamaica we took a tour of a historic sugar mill museum. It was a quick tour so we did not have time to read and look at all of the nice exhibits. The tour guide at the museum was very informative. We were supposed to visit Fern Gully but found out after we started the tour that it had been closed for a couple of years. The bus driver took us to a place for free juice drinks and to a very small pottery sales place and then to a little shopping center. The bus then drove us past the gates of many resorts. We drove and drove around and finally returned to the ship. This tour was as bad as the tour on Aruba.
We were very happy with our ship the Coral Princess. We loved the mini-suite and the balcony was worth the extra cost if only for going through the canal. We found the food to be very good. My wife needed her food prepared a little special and they accommodated her needs. The waiters were very good. We ate at the early sitting and that allowed us to see two shows a night and be in bed around 10 each night. The Coral Princess dancers and singers were very good. All of the entertainments was very good- mentalist, magician, comedian, and a singer.
Our cruise had an excellent speaker who talked to us about each port the night before and he gave us a running commentary during the trip in the Panama Canal by way of our stateroom television. He was great!
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
California LighthouseThe lighthouse was closed.View All 36 California Lighthouse Reviews
Ostrich FarmA few birds in small pens.View All 9 Ostrich Farm Reviews
Cartagena's CathedralVery pretty inside.View All 14 Cartagena's Cathedral Reviews
Castillo de San Felipe de BarajasImpressive but we only saw it from the ouside.View All 31 Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas Reviews
Palacio de la InquisicionInteresting but has our guide said, "maybe the inquisition was a bad idea."View All 11 Palacio de la Inquisicion Reviews
Island TourTook us to a museum and then just drove us around.View All 20 Island Tour Reviews
Pottery Art GalleryVery small.View All 2 Pottery Art Gallery Reviews