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Caribbean Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Beautiful Weather on a beautiful ship

Review for Caribbean Princess to the Panama Canal & Central America
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Shelly in Idaho
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2023

We chose this trip because we live where it's cold and it was on sale with extra perks from prestigecruises.com. We are not exclusive on what cruise line we travel with. Our embarkation time was 1:00 but it appeared we could have come sooner. We sailed right through because I'd done everything to get us in the green line on line before the trip and our medallions had been mailed to us. Our room was A704 on the Aloha Deck. A balcony room I'd bid for the week before we came. Bid the minimum, $250 each to move us from an obstructed Oceanview to a balcony room. We sat on the balcony all the time. A fantastic decision to try for the upgrade! Our room was the normal room, nothing spectacular but everything worked great! We got room service for breakfast every day. Ate lunches in buffet. My husband and everyone else LOVED the pizza. Ate half our meals in dining rooms, other half at buffet. Most dinner menu options were a little too exotic for us steak and potato people. We are one night in the Grill. So so worth the $29 per person!! We did trivia, games, got a couple prizes. The entertainment staff was unbelievably fun. Dan was in charge and had Josh, Angela, Bongalli(sp) and another gentleman making everyone fun. There was always something to do if you wanted to do it. We only saw maybe 5 kids on board. Most people were our age(60) or older. We only went to the port area in Jamaica to buy a magnet(I like small souvenirs). In Cartagena we went with Dora on a tour with two other couples($75). So many aggressive street vendors there it was nicer to be in a small group. She only takes up to 16 people. Found her on trip advisor. In Limon, Costa Rica we toured with Eduardo who owns Lucky Tour Company. That was the funnest craziest tour we've ever been on!!! On the jungle cruise boat ride we got to pet a small sloth. The highlight of the trip. In the Grand Caymans we rented a small go cart car thingy and zoomed to the east side of the island. It was like a Sunday drive on a motorcycle. Windy and wished is had chapstick! In the Grand Caymans it was too windy to park at the port so we used tenders and at obscure dock on the east shore and they apparently weren't ready for us so buses to the main port area were $6 each way. I would say this was the worst part of the trip. Many people were upset as the bus drivers wouldn't leave until they had a bus load. We just chilled out figuring we were on island time. In the Panama canal we went through 3 locks at Colon to get us into the big lake where we spent the afternoon until it was time to go back through the locks to pick up people who gone on tours. If you go on a tour they go through the locks then tender you to lake shore then in the evening they pick you up back in Colon. We stayed on board that day. The entertainment on this ship was the best we've ever encountered from a gentleman who played piano upsidedown to a diva soprano. The 3 "shows" we so good and the four main singers in them were amazing. Everyone on board commented on the fantastic entertainment. This is our 11th cruise and that part was the best ever. I recommend bidding on a higher room. The last couple of days at the buffet they were kinda pushing us to wash our hands as we came into it. Rumor was there had been a covid outbreak. Think that can't be avoided with us all together in the showrooms, elevators, etc. Disembarkation was easy. They had actually already let our group go off ship 15 minutes early. We took their shuttle to Miami airport. ($56 well worth it). It was so great to get away from cold Idaho. Sitting here in Miami dreading getting off the plane when we get home but can't wait to see our mini Aussie boys.

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