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Old 08-03-2005, 07:26 PM
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My wife and I have been on 2 previous Princess cruises to Alaska and Western Mediterranean. We are interested going on Panama Canal cruise early 2006 Feb-April. Since we live in the greater Los Angeles area we would like to end the cruise in Southern California. We have narrowed our choices between Holland American on the Vollendeen or the Celebrity Summitt. I would like any commments on these ships or what shore excursions should I take advantage of.
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Old 08-04-2005, 05:52 AM
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Welcome to cruise-chat. Both ships are good choices for a PC cruise. Your age, lifestyle and interests may make a difference as to which ship would be a better fit. Also, is there any difference in port calls? Besides, traversing the Panama Canal itself, what are the other ports on the itinerary?
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Old 09-08-2005, 10:28 AM
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I have not been on Holland but I can tell you that Summitt is terrific. You willl not be disappointed. If eating is important, make sure you eat at the premium restaurant which is $20 or $25 addtional. It is a bargain at twice the price. When my wife I an go on "X", we scramble to get reservation as soon as we get on the ship. The food on Summitt is generally very good to excellent but the premium restaurant is like a *** Paris restaurant.

For tours, the best may be right on the ship as seeing the works of the P.C. is interesting. The only down side is the virtual lack of security you witnesss by the locals who "guard" the canal against terrorists.....'wink, wink'. On another trip to Panama we went to a villiage in the jungle to visit one of the primitive tribes. This was very good. Be prepared for very hot and wet weather.
 
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