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While concerned about the ship's size, large in comparison to our prefered cruise lines,we choose this Caribbean Princess cruise primarily for the itinerary, Panama Canal and Caymans, timing and the cost. Within days we were commenting how much we were enjoying the ship, the great service, food and entertainment! Definitely did not seem like a bigger ship and very impressed with our Vista suite. Since we were in a suite, we could enjoy dining in the Club dining room where the staff and menu were outstanding. We actually, canceled some reservations in the specialty dining rooms because we enjoyed Club dining and found that the additional cost of a suite was well worth enjoying this dining area. The new Medallion program with internet access to daily activities, purchasing of excursions, and room acess was convenient and very useful for keeping up with entertainment options. Also since some reviews had downplayed onboard entertainment, surprised by the quality of the production show, lounge entertainers. While we did not engage in various games, or use the pool areas, as active retirees, we did play pickle ball, dance, play blackjack and listen to the great music. Overall, with 5 days @ sea and 5 days in port, we were able to do as much or as little as we wanted. Only disappointment was the full day, expensive excursion in Panama Canal. Since this was only a partial transit, elected to purchase this so we could transit to the Pacific via a smaller boat. The long bus ride from Gatun Lake to the ferry was very uncomfortable and had a guide who was hard to understand & promoted local "junk". Then herded 200 of us onto the ferry with even worse seats, poor sound system so couldn't hear comments during the 3-hr transit.

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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by oliveoil1

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While concerned about the ship's size, large in comparison to our prefered cruise lines,we choose this Caribbean Princess cruise primarily for the itinerary, Panama Canal and Caymans, timing and the cost.

Within days we were commenting how much we were enjoying the ship, the great service, food and entertainment! Definitely did not seem like a bigger ship and very impressed with our Vista suite. Since we were in a suite, we could enjoy dining in the Club dining room where the staff and menu were outstanding. We actually, canceled some reservations in the specialty dining rooms because we enjoyed Club dining and found that the additional cost of a suite was well worth enjoying this dining area.

The new Medallion program with internet access to daily activities, purchasing of excursions, and room acess was convenient and very useful for keeping up with entertainment options. Also since some reviews had downplayed onboard entertainment, surprised by the quality of the production show, lounge entertainers. While we did not engage in various games, or use the pool areas, as active retirees, we did play pickle ball, dance, play blackjack and listen to the great music. Overall, with 5 days @ sea and 5 days in port, we were able to do as much or as little as we wanted.

Only disappointment was the full day, expensive excursion in Panama Canal. Since this was only a partial transit, elected to purchase this so we could transit to the Pacific via a smaller boat. The long bus ride from Gatun Lake to the ferry was very uncomfortable and had a guide who was hard to understand & promoted local "junk". Then herded 200 of us onto the ferry with even worse seats, poor sound system so couldn't hear comments during the 3-hr transit.
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Cabin Review

Vista Suite with Balcony
Cabin S6 D736
Very spacious, great location, plenty of storage space and quality bedding, furniture in the room and on the deck
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  • Panama Canal Tour
    Wanted to have experience of transiting to Pacific via the canal since ship only did a partial transit so paid $$$ for this. Overall, was not a good experience because of the poor quality of the bus, guide on the bus, the boat and time needed for the transit. Couldn't hear or understand guides on the bus or boat!
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