panama canal: Statendam Cruise Review by torringtonwyo

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panama canal

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
great cruise overall .. the crew the crew make this ship and trip great!!! dinning as you wish turned out we stayed at table 181 lower level and at 6pm because of Yesir our steward .we did dine in Canaletto and again it was Dimas our dinning steward we came to admire for his great personality and the food was excellent.
the activities on board are very good and that was good because there are lots of sea days we went to culinary talks to computer classes to games and more..the night shows are very good, the showroom not so good not many good seats I counted down stair only 499 good seats then your behind and under balcony then upstairs glass surround creates viewing issue, sound not a problem..seating not a problem if you are willing to go very early we tried to but most of the time we settled for upstairs rt front row.our room was 042 tenth floor nav deck .good location nice balcony only one plug so bring a power bar a fan would have been nice on those really hot days the room More air gets behind at times.. only other concern I had was the smoking in the casino (its not very large) and on the seaview pool nav deck I just had to move away from the smoke because I have asthma.. I almost forgot the lido buffet we did eat most breakfast and lunch there. great selection and realy good food never a complaint except too many desserts and all where good.. we had to rate the cruise a 9 because they only but the 9 as the highest I would give all crew a 10+ Less

Published 01/23/12

Cabin review: BB042 Vista Suite with Verandah

042 navigation deck 10. good room overall great steward we liked the layout plenty of closets and storage.. bring a power bar only one plug.. a fan would be nice on hot,hot days.. very nice balcony we spent most of canal day on it had great views

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Port and Shore Excursions

acapulco was canceled so we stayed longer in hautulco nice port very clean somewhat hurt by economy and fewwer ships,,, we went on our own took a cab to lacreciata wandered visited shops, the church, and had lunch while having luncn the ship;s excursion started to wander bye so we figured that we saw the same as the pd excursions... retured to port and shopped and wandered around cab cost for 4 $6 lunch and drinks for 4 less than $20 gifts and vanilla a few more pesos good day returnednto ship which didnt leave till 11pm wasting time because of canceling acapulco
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booked the sea and see excursion the semisub was fun saw fish and sunken ship the land portion not great lighthouse top of hill view ok .. fallen arch and hill and north shore ok not great always in a hurry and it seemed all other excursion going to same places so at times it was a mess.. aruba not one of my favorites

we booked the coastal highlights great guide good day saw a lot 1st to glass blowing factory good stop except always in hurry my wife wanted more time to look and spent but prices a good next to luxury hotel with view and cervezas again timed .next to san jose del cabo.. church and shopping pricey on to the cacti garden it was interesting but again on the clock we did have time to buy a Margaretta

puerto calders is a commercial port so you have to book an excursion we booked the tropical train and mangove river excursion the river was first and our guide was great the tour was very well organized.. then the train ride some parts ok but for the most you travel through,,,, not tropical forest,,squatters and poverty not very scenic but reality.. it was a good thing we had an excelant guide and bus driver I would recomend the mangrove cruise part but not the train..
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