Number of Cruises: NOT
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Ocean Princess
Sailing Date: April 22, 2000
Itinerary: Panama Canal
Originally we were not scheduled to take this cruise as we had done the exact same cruise last year on the Sun Princess. We had booked the 7 night Southern Caribbean itinerary for January of 2000 on the Sea Princess. About 8 weeks before we were scheduled to leave, our TA got a phone call and Princess had overbooked the Sea Princess cruise and if we could wait until April they would put us on the 11-night Panama Canal itinerary on a brand new ship AND refund us $2000 and identical cabin type. Well, it was definitely a no-brainer for us. Following is a review of the Panama Canal cruise. This was the first time to have a cabin all the way at the back and we would do it again. It is definitely a different feel than being in the middle but it wasn’t a bothersome difference. You feel more vibration for sure.
It was as wonderful as last year’s cruise, with a couple of negatives (not major) and a couple of pluses so it evened out overall. The average age on this cruise was about 65 and we loved it! I much prefer an older crowd – makes me feel young again!
The Ocean Princess is identical to the Sun, Sea and Dawn. The ship was spotless as it was only two months old. There were a couple of MAJOR positives in this ship over the Sun Princess.
a.The air conditioning in the cabin was FAR superior b.They have put an indoor/outdoor material on the balcony floor and it virtually eliminates any noise from the cabin above – no more dragging plastic chair noise. A minor change but makes a big difference. .c. New cardiovascular equipment in the gym. I don’t know if Princess upgraded equipment on all ships but the Ocean had the new elliptical machines and more treadmills. We worked out all but one day (sometimes twice a day) and never once had to wait for equipment. The treadmills do require sign-up.
The ship is beautiful!
I will just list the itinerary as most of the islands have been reviewed before.
Embark in San Juan
La Guaira (Caracas) – why they still stop here is beyond me
Curacao (favorite port)
At Sea – arrive in Acapulco/overnight on ship
Even the Acapulco Airport has improved. Those of you who have been there will know what I mean. It was actually totally air conditioned.
The slots were as tight as any cruise we have taken – terrible. However, they had some new slot machine games that provided brief moments of excitement. Only a couple of times did $20 last more than 5-10 minutes.
Definitely weak this cruise. Most of the production shows got cancelled due to computer problems but this was not a big deal to us. The comedian Billy Vader was hilarious and really made up for the rest of the bad shows. The comedian/juggler (can’t remember his name) was TERRIBLE.
The food was WONDERFUL! Much better this time but the service was a bit slow (no big deal). I am not a big dessert fan but Princess home made ice cream is to die for. I am not talking about the ice cream on the pool deck, I am talking about the ice cream on the dinner menu – YUM!
At the captain’s club party they awarded champagne to the most traveled couple – 38 cruises and 400+ days at sea…..I aspire to reach that total someday.
It was a fabulous cruise and as usual, Princess outdid themselves in most areas.