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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,737 Reviews

Fabulous Panama Canal Adventure

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Dee4990

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

Overall, we recommend both the Emerald Princess and also this itinerary. We had a fabulous time and really enjoyed the trip! The Panama Canal is a "must see" for any traveler and Princess does it right! We had Traditional early dining at 5:15 in the Botticelli - it was great - very attentive staff. We also ate at SHARE (excellent) and Planks (Good). Pools were good but crowded, Movies under the Stars were great, enjoyed the Trivia shows. Room steward was good, waiters were excellent. I was not impressed with the Shore Excursion personnel or Front Desk people. Ship had just come out of dry-dock and was very clean - new areas very nice. layout is somewhat confusing. This mini-suite (D606) was very comfortable and clean. Two flat-screens on the walls. lots of outlets. Bed was comfy. Sofabed and table and chair. Lots of closet space. We overall enjoyed the excursions - especially Cartagena & Nicaragua, not so much P. Vallarta. Our "full day" transit was AWESOME - it was narrated on through-out the ship and there were tons of places, besides our balcony to go and watch. This was the Emerald's first time through the canal & it was awesome to see her just barely fit though the "new locks".

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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Excellent view - comfortable. No issues. lots of outlets, now that the TV's are mounted on the wall.

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the tour guide was terrible. he left us on the city street locked outside a jewelry store for 45 minutes waiting for him. After compiling TWICE to the shore ex desk, I was able to get half my money back

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River Cruise & Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary

interesting tour - boat through the mango swamp - saw some monkeys in trees, rainforest - the Sanctuary had a lot of walking and it was HOT! there were a lot of birds there and some sloths too. Good but happy to get back on bus at end

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Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

Took a great bus tour of the old & new colonial city! Had a great driver and he pointed out all the sights to see in Old Panama City.

City Tour

Excellent tour! Saw ALL the highlights of the city - Museum, fortress and Old Town, along with a folklore show. Watch out for the street vendors!

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