479 Colon (Cristobal) Cruise Reviews

Tendered here once inside the first lock at Gatun Lake, which was a quick and easy tender. Met at shore by the Tour Guides Mario & Alex who took us to our bus for a 1.5 hr. bus ride through Panama to a part of Gatun Lake Resort ... Read More
Tendered here once inside the first lock at Gatun Lake, which was a quick and easy tender. Met at shore by the Tour Guides Mario & Alex who took us to our bus for a 1.5 hr. bus ride through Panama to a part of Gatun Lake Resort where we boarded a boat for a 2 hr. boat ride in Gatun Lake where we saw crocodiles, Iguanas, sloths, White Faced Monkey and Howler Monkeys too.. This part of the tour was indeed fascinating and so interesting. Alex took our part of the tour as we split into two boats. Upon return to Resort we started back on the bus and were given a sandwich and muffin and water for our bus trip to Puerto Limon where we were dropped off inside the fenced shopping area right beside the ship where our Island Princess was waiting for us after it had returned back thro the lock system while we were on our tour on Gatun Lake.. It is a 5 hr. tour and after getting up at 6:00 in order to be awake while the ship goes thro the locks it is a very enjoyable and informative day Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
My husband and TC's went ziplining and I went to the Veragues Rainforest Conservation center. We all had a great time. The Rainforest tour is quite long and involves a lot of walking in high humidity and heat. Drink plenty of water ... Read More
My husband and TC's went ziplining and I went to the Veragues Rainforest Conservation center. We all had a great time. The Rainforest tour is quite long and involves a lot of walking in high humidity and heat. Drink plenty of water if you go. Loved the shopping area across the street from the parking lot. Great deals. Be sure and haggle. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Ship excursion--Grand Tour of Panama. Our bus took us to the former US military base, where we stopped at the major hotel and took a boat ride on Lake Gatun. We visited an Embera native village where we learned about their way of life, ... Read More
Ship excursion--Grand Tour of Panama. Our bus took us to the former US military base, where we stopped at the major hotel and took a boat ride on Lake Gatun. We visited an Embera native village where we learned about their way of life, which has changed little since pre-Columbus times. Next an eco-cruise on the lake, although we didn't see much wildlife except two kinds of monkeys. Finally we visited the Gatun Locks and saw ships passing through. They say they can't guarantee that you'll actually see a ship in the lock, but if, as you sail away, you look at the line of ships waiting to use the canal, it seems the odds are you'll see at least one in the locks. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Kayaking on Gatun Lake sounded like more fun than it actually was. We got very wet, due to the type of kayaks that were used. The locks are awesome.
Kayaking on Gatun Lake sounded like more fun than it actually was. We got very wet, due to the type of kayaks that were used. The locks are awesome. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Maybe if shopping is your only reason. There is just not much there. Luckily at the last minute they offered a full day to Panama City, old and new and one of the locks if the Panama Canal. So a rainy ride through the rainforest, what ... Read More
Maybe if shopping is your only reason. There is just not much there. Luckily at the last minute they offered a full day to Panama City, old and new and one of the locks if the Panama Canal. So a rainy ride through the rainforest, what else would you expect, a lovely time in the old city with the sun shining, great Costa Rican handicrafts along with wonderful products from the San Blas Islands. Very work getting away from the ugly port of Colon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
The train trip wasn't posted on the Celebrity excursions until closer to the cruise. It was then canceled once we were onboard. Celebrity says it was due to lack of interest, several cruisers tried onboard to book and were told it was ... Read More
The train trip wasn't posted on the Celebrity excursions until closer to the cruise. It was then canceled once we were onboard. Celebrity says it was due to lack of interest, several cruisers tried onboard to book and were told it was sold out. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
What a dirty dump of a port! I am glad we took the Panama City tour that left from Gatun Lake. BTW, the Panama City tour through HAL was excellent.
What a dirty dump of a port! I am glad we took the Panama City tour that left from Gatun Lake. BTW, the Panama City tour through HAL was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
I couldn't find a port listing for Panama Canal so I will use Colon since that is where we met the ship after our Princess tour took us through the Pacific locks on a ferry. You can't get off the ship if you are not on a ... Read More
I couldn't find a port listing for Panama Canal so I will use Colon since that is where we met the ship after our Princess tour took us through the Pacific locks on a ferry. You can't get off the ship if you are not on a Princess sponsored tour so we had no other choice here. Princess did a good job with this one so we were happy. After going through the Gatun locks, we tendered off the ship to meet our bus. We drove through the Panama countryside for about an hour before meeting our ferry. Princess had taken over the ferry boat and it was full but ample room to move around. We served a very nice lunch, buffet style and there were huge tubs of water bottles and soda. Beer was available for purchase. We had a port guide who kept up a lively and informative narrative the entire transit. We were so close to the walls of the locks we could reach out and touch them...quite a different view and experience than from the deck of a large cruise ship. Very cool. Bus back to Colon to meet the ship allowed us to have a little nap. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Did the tour of the Embera Indian village. Interesting but not too realistic.. Promoted as " real live jungle surviving natives from "way back when" when in reality, they had solar electric homes, dish TV, outboard motors ... Read More
Did the tour of the Embera Indian village. Interesting but not too realistic.. Promoted as " real live jungle surviving natives from "way back when" when in reality, they had solar electric homes, dish TV, outboard motors on the dugout canoes. Not too realistic for indigenous natives. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Rain, high winds,and since we have travelled through the Panama Canal, at which we both marvelled, we did not go ashore here. Friends found the view of ships coming through the locks very interesting, as did we, but from the perspective ... Read More
Rain, high winds,and since we have travelled through the Panama Canal, at which we both marvelled, we did not go ashore here. Friends found the view of ships coming through the locks very interesting, as did we, but from the perspective of looking down,...or up behind us at the next ship waiting to be lowered. However one sees the Panama Canal, just be sure to view it, as it is one of the world's great wonders! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We loved Colon only because of our excursion to the tribal village mentioned above. Otherwise, there was not much to see or do that was safe to get to. Take that excursion!
We loved Colon only because of our excursion to the tribal village mentioned above. Otherwise, there was not much to see or do that was safe to get to. Take that excursion! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We did not take an excursion. We got off the ship just to look around and also find a place to purchase a hat. We were accosted frequently by people trying to see wares or beg money for "charity". We did not take any ... Read More
We did not take an excursion. We got off the ship just to look around and also find a place to purchase a hat. We were accosted frequently by people trying to see wares or beg money for "charity". We did not take any excursions at the Panama Canal. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Took the ferry from the ship at Gatun Lake thru the rest of the canal to Panama City. It took a few hours to make the transit. We had a nice lunch of chicken kabob, pasta, fruit and muffin. Soda and water were avaliable and beer was ... Read More
Took the ferry from the ship at Gatun Lake thru the rest of the canal to Panama City. It took a few hours to make the transit. We had a nice lunch of chicken kabob, pasta, fruit and muffin. Soda and water were avaliable and beer was available for purchase. The ferry also sold trinkets on board. We were then bused back to the ship at Colon. Wonderful tour and very good tour guide. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Took the ferry from the ship at Gatun Lake thru the rest of the canal to Panama City. We were then bused back to the ship at Colon. Wonderful tour. Great experience. Didn't take any time in the actual city of Colon.
Took the ferry from the ship at Gatun Lake thru the rest of the canal to Panama City. We were then bused back to the ship at Colon. Wonderful tour. Great experience. Didn't take any time in the actual city of Colon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Colon is a colorful Caribbean seaside town, not the prettiest or safest. It's convenient to the Panama Canal and other sites. We visited the Embrera Indian Tribe, which was interesting but not too positive it's not just a ... Read More
Colon is a colorful Caribbean seaside town, not the prettiest or safest. It's convenient to the Panama Canal and other sites. We visited the Embrera Indian Tribe, which was interesting but not too positive it's not just a tourist spot similar to Williamsburg in the U.S.A. Most of it was just showing us what they make so they could sell it to us at the end. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
If your itinerary is like mine (not a thru crossing), make sure you take an excursion in a smaller boat to the MiraFlores (Pacific) side. Touching the lock walls & getting a guided tour from a local is the way to go for a full Panama ... Read More
If your itinerary is like mine (not a thru crossing), make sure you take an excursion in a smaller boat to the MiraFlores (Pacific) side. Touching the lock walls & getting a guided tour from a local is the way to go for a full Panama experience. It's a long day, but that's why you are on this cruise, right?? Experience all you can! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This is the only port where we did a cruise sponsored excursion. We did the Grand Tour (Eco cruise, Locks, Indian village) and it was very fun. My daughter thought she'd be bored at the locks, but loved it, and we all enjoyed the ... Read More
This is the only port where we did a cruise sponsored excursion. We did the Grand Tour (Eco cruise, Locks, Indian village) and it was very fun. My daughter thought she'd be bored at the locks, but loved it, and we all enjoyed the cruise and Indian village quite a bit. Not sure if that last part was staged, as some claim, but it was still entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011

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