Always remember that whatever you get for "free" is worth exactly what you pay for it. Internet service aboard the mariner is a signal case in point. Over the 22 days of this cruise, I think I got perhaps 10 minutes of semi-acceptable quality wifi/nternet acces. Slow, unreliable, unpredictable, unworkable and as frustrating as pushing a mule up a steep hill.
And I don't think that those passengers who sprang for the exorbitantly priced "premium" packages had it any better. At least not the ones to whom I spoke.
That really is a shame, because this cruise, otherwise, was thoroughly enjoyable, comfortable and just plain good as our last on the Mariner, several years ago.
Clean, well kept and comfortable. Right in the centre of the ship so good for wavy days.
We went to the Las Escobas sanctuary park.
Good guide, interesting microclimate, vegetation and birds.
I would have liked another hour or two there free to wander.
We liked the Panama anchorage and I had a terrific private guide with probably one of the most experienced birding guides in the country.
Friendly, helpful people.