We booked this cruise for the advertised Panama Canal cruise. The ship had just returned from a refit. The cabinet drawers and wardrobe doors ‘danced’ in any rough seas. A large wooden plank, the full width of the cabin, it was the curtain pelmet, crashed down, had either of us been sitting in the single chair under it we would at the very least been seriously injured.
There was one port where the lifeboats were being used as tenders. Two lifeboats were not operational, due to pressure of people going ashore we had to stay on board instead of exploring Grand Cayman. We entered the Panama Canal, passed through the first three, combined, locks, sailed 800 metres, turned round and stayed in the same place for four hours before exiting through the same locks.
We did not complain about any of these, but answered a questionnaire. We were then ‘summoned’ to a meeting with the Customer Relations Officer. His first action was to look at his computer and highlight a legitimate complaint we made in 2012 while on a Cunard cruise. What relevance that had to the cabin falling to pieces or the lifeboats not working is beyond our understanding. We were treated like errant schoolchildren on ‘the naughty step’ instead of adults.
Falling to pieces, the cabin was small, the bathroom / shower / toilet little bigger than a telephone kiosk. How larger passengers managed is a matter of conjecture,
We walked from the ship, a wet and windy day. The city looks good but the weather meant we did not explore much
Looked good but we arrived on a very wet day, so a walk and some exploring near the ship was enough.
We walked from the ship, enjoyed a pleasant stroll
Enjoyed our time here
Strolled around the town, enjoyed the experience
Another wet and cold day, we walked up beyond the town centre and enjoyed the area, had a coffee in a ‘locals’ bar, very enjoyable.