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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) to the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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First Expedition Cruise

Review for Le Dumont d'Urville to Panama Canal & Central America

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SSICruisertoo
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Hubby & I chose the cruise because we wanted a short cruise that included a Panama Canal crossing. This cruise was an expedition cruise focusing on national parks in Costa Rica & Panama. Started in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica and ended I. Panama City, including a Pacific to Atlantic crossing of the Panamá Canal. We’re not naturalists but thought it may be an interesting experience. This review is ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Cruise was ok but for the false advertising and ship is old and needs makeover

Review for Grand Classica to Panama Canal & Central America

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prasadvaddadi
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

I chose the cruise for the Panama Canal Crossing and Costa Rica destination. The cruise was good and service was excellent. However there was false advertising: 1) The ad says India food available. When we boarded we were told that India food is available only for dinner and not for breakfast and lunch. In the dinners also India food was missing for 3 out of 9 dinners. We were to request ...
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Sail Date: August 2019


Interesting Panama Canal Cruise!

Review for Star Breeze to Panama Canal & Central America

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kafgill
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

The staff were very attentive and accommodating. Most took the time to learn your name. We had a State Room which was spacious and comfortable. A definite plus on a smaller ship which doesn't have a lot of public areas. Ship was very clean and you noticed the effort to keep it that way.The excursions were interesting and efficient. There was a problem with the air conditioning. State ...
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Sail Date: February 2019


Fun Combination of Costa Rica Nature and a Panama Canal Crossing

Review for National Geographic Quest to Panama Canal & Central America

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kayaksue
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We love the Lindblad / National Geographic Expeditions cruises because of their superb naturalists and their insight into wilderness areas of the world. The Quest is a new ship in the fleet and worked well for expedition cruising. Our cabin was small with a balcony; not much open floor space but you don't spend much time in the room. The general outline of the day is: a buffet breakfast, ...
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Sail Date: December 2018


Windstar -- Great Upper Premium Line

Review for Star Breeze to Panama Canal & Central America

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Mimi A
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

This was our second Windstar cruise, a back-to-back Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, followed by a Southern Caribbean Sweep itinerary from Colon, Panama to Cartegena, Colombia; Aruba, and Bequia in the Grenadines, with disembarkation in Barbados. We enjoyed our first Windstar cruise through the ABC Island and the Grenadines on the Star Pride so much that we wanted to sail through the Canal with ...
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Sail Date: March 2018

Cabin Type: Ocean View Suite


Great food and people but ship needs sprucing up

Review for Star Breeze to Panama Canal & Central America

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kctraveler
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We were looking to go through the Panama Canal on a small ship and not have to visit various Caribbean islands that we have already seen. We had not visited Costa Rica or Panama so the itinerary on this ship fit our requirement. Embarkation was terrible and almost had us worrying what we got ourselves into. We took an independent tour from a hotel we booked on our own, which was cheaper than their ...
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Sail Date: January 2018

Cabin Type: Ocean View Suite


One of the Best Weeks of My Life

Review for National Geographic Quest to Panama Canal & Central America

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Jockwhittlesey
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

This was our first Lindblad/National Geographic cruise, and it fully delivered on all counts. The focus is on seeing the environment, birds, and animals of the area, with a Panama Canal transit as a bonus. The ship was modern, in perfect condition, beautiful, and a real ship (not a mall.) I had some of the best meals ever on board - the rack of lamb comes to mind as a real winner. The ship’s ...
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Sail Date: December 2017

Traveled with children


Cruise Good -- Business Transactions Sometimes Difficult

Review for Star Breeze to Panama Canal & Central America

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LoveAllInclusive
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We chose this cruise for the itinerary as a Panama Canal transit was a bucket list item; the itinerary was excellent, food was great, and service generally good! Our difficulties were with booking the cruise, paying for it, and then getting the final bill correct. While service was generally good we found it spotty, with a very odd experience of past cruisers (Yacht Club members) being invited ...
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Sail Date: April 2017


Energetic, well organised cruise, Overnight transit of Panama Canal the highlight

Review for Safari Voyager to Panama Canal & Central America

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tonykempster
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We choose this cruise primarily because of the transit of the Panama Canal. However, the overall theme of 'adventure' was an important aspect. The ship seemed perfectly suited to the type of cruise, but was somewhat basic. Having been on a Mekong small ship Cruise last year we had probably been spoiled!! Cabin was small with wash basin within main cabin area, but just about adequate. ...
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Sail Date: February 2017


Very pleasant cruise, but the ship is showing its age

Review for Star Breeze to Panama Canal & Central America

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NC Garden Traveler
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We were on the January 21st sailing of the Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruise. It was our first cruise with Windstar (over the past 10 years Oceania has been our primary line). Our cabin was very spacious and well maintained, and the staff was very friendly and attentive. However, the ship's exterior and public areas showed more wear-and-tear than we had expected, such as rusty areas on the hull ...
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Sail Date: January 2017


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