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Royal Caribbean Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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Panama Canal Cruise was a Bucket List High!

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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Cindy Sea

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

My husband and I have been cruising with Royal Caribbean for years. We love the cruise line and have always had a good experience. It was my bucket list item to go on a Panama Canal Cruise. We usually take about one cruise per year but had never gone for more than one week. The Panama Canal cruises usually run 15-16 nights. We decided NOT to wait until after we retired!. We went on the Jewel ...
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Sail Date: February 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony


Lousy cruise

Review for Vision of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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Manymice

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

I'm loyal to Royal and wanted to do a Panama Canal cruise. I have been on about 40 cruises with Royal and this was by far the worst cruise I've been on. 1) Embarkation was delayed due to an unknown issue and the communication was non existent. The disembarkation from the ship was fine but waiting for an hour for our luggage to arrive at the airport was frustration 2) The ship is old but in ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Hong Kong

2 Helpful Votes


AZ crew in the Panama Canal

Review for Vision of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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AZcrew

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We chose this cruise because the timing was good, it ended up in LA where we could drive home to Phoenix and we needed 15 days to make Diamond level. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale 2 days ahead hoping to do some sightseeing but a cloudburst stuck with us for much of the 48 hours until we boarded which dampened our plans. We were glad we were staying in an Embassy Suites and had the extra room while ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Departure Port: Rome (Civitavecchia)

Cabin Type: Interior

9 Helpful Votes


Love the ship and staff, food could be better

Review for Vision of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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Amdcu93

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

The ship is wonderful. I love how small and easy to navigate she is compared to her bigger competitors and sisters. Not high-tech, which is fine with me. I'm happy with just music and trivia and silly games and reading by the pool. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I thought the ship was perfect for my wife and I. Solarium space is wonderful. Quiet, great view. Staff were wonderful. Steve ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Departure Port: Hong Kong

7 Helpful Votes


Great cruise along the Panama Canal

Review for Vision of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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custard75

10+ Cruises

Age 40s

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 same position and after 15 minutes were taken up an escalator and basically it cut quite a bit of walking out. Deck 3 Oceanview 3096 and 3094 - nice big window with blackout blinds ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Ocean View

Traveled with disabled person

29 Helpful Votes


16Nt RC East Bound Panama Cruise on the Jewel OTS

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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Welly9

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We picked it for the Cruise Destinations, thru the Panama. Started in San Diego, loved SD, stay at the Sheraton (close to airport and cruise port) and walked around, to Little Italy, the docks, Dinner at the Fish Market. We love the Jewel, food and service, superb! Clean and not small not huge. Los Cabos - walked around, visiting shops, stopped at a cpl bars for Mexican home made salsa ...
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Sail Date: March 2019

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

26 Helpful Votes


Cruising on Jewel of the Seas, including comparison to Carnival

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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Astromaid

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

We typically cruise with Carnival, but wanted to do a full transit through the Panama Canal, which Carnival rarely offers. So we booked a cruise on Jewel of the Seas, we have been on Explorer of the Seas back in 2002. We have been on nine cruises, we are in our mid sixties, husband and wife. We have never had a bad cruise and we did enjoy Jewel, Some people might be upset that I am doing a ...
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Sail Date: March 2019

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

33 Helpful Votes


Panama Canal Cruise

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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Dlqueen721

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Nice ship, just the right size for this type of cruise. Nice crew. The waiters in the main ding room went out of their way to remember what your favorite food items were. Disappointed that our spacious ocean view balcony was really an obstructed barely ocean view balcony (still awaiting a response from RCCL on that one). Good food. Windjammer was actually a nice experience on this ship with a ...
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Sail Date: March 2019

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Traveled with children


Great except for last day

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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jujdred2018

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Bucket-list cruise. Check-in was a bit rough: new program scanned my wife's passport and said she was born on some tropical island I've never heard of; a supervisor had to be called to update the location to NY. Night 2, around 9:45, we were in the Schooner bar having a drink and listening to Joy Wade the piano player. He was going along quite nicely, until he got bored or ran out of popular ...
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Sail Date: March 2019

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

1 Helpful Vote


Worst cruise of our 16 cruises!

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Panama Canal & Central America

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Cat butler

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

The Ship was Tired. The windows were either dirty and had not cleaned in a while or the plain were in need of replacement. The seals were clearly gone in the double pained windows and we watched water "sloshing" in one window as the Ship rocked. Elevator lights did not function and this was common. Stateroom: Balcony door was difficult to open and handle was extremely lose. Dust bunnies ...
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Sail Date: February 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

3 Helpful Votes


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