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Panama Canal & Central America Family Cruises Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Ship
Panama Canal & Central America
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

207

Very Good

141

Average

102

Poor

57

Terrible

34

Cruise type

Senior Cruises

671

Family Cruises

544

Romantic Cruises

339

Repositioning Cruises

242

Entertainment Cruises

203

544 Panama Canal & Central America Family Cruises Cruise Reviews


Freyward_Cruiser avatar

Freyward_Cruiser

1 Review Written

Bucket List Panama Canal Cruise

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We picked this cruise because of the timing, the price and the destination. It was exactly what we wanted! My aunt turned 60 and I turned 30 while on this cruise. It was such a fun way to celebrate! We had never ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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2pedersens

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Most recent cruise to Panama Canal, Miami to Los Angeles

I chose Norwegian because we cruised Mexico last year and just returned from a Panama Canal cruise. Both cruises have been enjoyable, but recent news, if true will make me think twice about cruising with them again. ...
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Sail Date February 2020


theoz avatar

theoz

7 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal 21 day cruise

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the fact that it left San Francisco and ended in New York. Being from the East Coast, we only had to fly one way. This cruise had 13 port stops which was ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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flour

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Don't Know About Everyone Else, but I had a Blast

This cruise was a family one over the holidays to mark the Panama Canal transit off my Grandmother's bucket list. We traveled in a party of eight with my mom, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousin, brother, and ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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tortuga777

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great staff and food, but this boat is just too big!

Is bigger always better? That depends, of course, on whom you ask. In my opinion The Norwegian Joy is just too big. My wife and I took the Joy, from LA to Miami because of the itinerary: a full transit of the ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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marygvancott

3 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

A Panama Canal cruise should be on everyone's bucket list!

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We wanted to go from Fort Lauderdale FL to Los Angeles CA through the Panama Canal. We were not disappointed. The best part, by far, of this cruise was Bill Fall. This ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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calicruzer79

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Loved the itinerary & the Medallion Technology. But subpar food & entertainment

We loved this itinerary and we were excited to sail on Princess because it has a nice reputation. We loved the Medallion class and the technology and convenience that the ocean medallion offers passengers. The ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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josebetzy

7 Reviews Written

25 Helpful Votes

Returning To Great Cruise Glad We Did.

We wanted to cruise to the Panama Canal. We selected Caribbean Princess because we had cruised with them 6 times before (on this same ship), but had not been aboard since 2012. Living in Orlando, it was a 3 1/2 hour ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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nmason

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Going thrugh the canal.

I won't use Princess again. Always trouble with time lines including being crammed into a room before embarkation. 3 of 5 tenders were down for Panama excursions which left little time on land, 7:30 am early ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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KnA8361

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Island Princess – 10 Day Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Dec 20, 2019

Boarding This was the fastest and smoothest we have ever boarded a ship. From exiting the cab to entering our room took about 30 minute’s total. It was flawless as was disembarkment. Bars/Entertainment We ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Rcastelli

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Worst cruise ship ever

1. Terrible food. 2. No vegetarian choices. 3. Limited food choices 4. Poor service. (Except for cabin steward ). 5. Didn’t ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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arizgirl

3 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Had a great time

First of all my loyalty level with Princess is Elite so I have sailed with them numerous times. I just retuned from a Dec. 10 - Dec. 20, 2019 cruise on Caribbean Princess. We had a great time. We had two mini ...
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Sail Date December 2019


Hayley88 avatar

Hayley88

1 Review Written

15 day Panama Canal Cruise

We’ve sailed in HAL and I find they have excellent service. This was no different. I really loved the itinerary (Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the Bahamas) and they had great ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Aasen

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Not as promised

Sailing the Panama canal was on my father's bucket list, so we selected this sailing to do it as a family group. We had several people in our party with dietary restrictions that were discussed with the sales rep ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Alimck

3 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal Eastbound

Embarkation at San Diego was not a problem, and we were onboard for 12.30 and had nice lunch and a couple of drinks. Got to our room for 1.30 and bags arrived soon after. The ship looked in reasonable condition, ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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latvian67

1 Review Written

Panama Canal Cruise had great Ports of Call

I love repositioning cruises like this one. The staff was wonderful as always except for head doctor that just provided the most expensive treatment possible to make ship money. The SPA is magnificent and the food ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Skupie

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Honest review

We just got off the Dawn today. We were in cabin 10706 balcony cabin. It was a great room. Comfortable close to the aft elevators and very quiet. A lot of people said the crew was very unfriendly. We found the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


Paul A avatar

Paul A

3 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Cruise was fun but Norwegian could have better Customer Friendly Policies

We had a very fun cruise because we were traveling with several family members. The Norwegian Joy is a fairly new ship and had many good things about it. However the ship only had two banks of elevators and two ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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AlwaysThankfulLady

4 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Smooth Sailing and a great trip

My 3 siblings and spouses, along with my husband and myself, wanted to do a trip together since we live in 3 different states. This one gave us 10 days together, and we really enjoyed it. We got to the port ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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custard75

17 Reviews Written

29 Helpful Votes

Great cruise along the Panama Canal

Embarked in Miami - was on board quickly and cabins opened by 1.15pm. We tried the assisted boarding as my dad has bad arthritis and struggles to walk far now. We waited in an area with an awful lot of others in the ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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roberteades

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

An amazing time on the Island Princess...

We chose this cruise to celebrate our 27th anniversary and my wife wanted to see the Panama Canal. One of the ports took us to Cartagena and it was a beautiful experience. This was our first trip to Columbia and to ...
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Sail Date October 2019


Kinz42 avatar

Kinz42

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great ship and crew

The Panama Canal was on our "Bucket List". Aftrr a lot of health challenges, we knew we wanted to do this. We liked the smaller size of the Island Princess. Fewer passengers, not so busy and crowded. We had a ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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sheila1112

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Not as Expected from NCL

We are not first time cruisers but have been cruising for 20 years. Nor are we whiners who expect perfection in every area, so this is an honest account of our experience on the NCL Joy 16 day Panama Canal ...
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Sail Date October 2019


Lucy Lucy avatar

Lucy Lucy

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Panama

My girlfriend wanted us to go on this cruise with them. I figured it would be a lay back cruise because, face it, young people don’t go to Panama for a grand time. There were a LOT of elderly people on this cruise ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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mrbronson

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Old & Worn-out

We truly enjoyed our cruise. That being said, Island Princess is OLD and tired. We do enjoy the smaller ships, but in the future because how Princess manages these smaller ships and offers lesser quality food, ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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