Rick & Leslie’s Panama Canal Cruise – Episode 192

The Gatun Locks are waiting for you. Come join us on the Island Princess as we travel halfway through the Panama Canal on a Princess Cruise, stopping in Cartegena, Ocho Rios, Colon exploring the Dunns River Falls and getting to meet some amazing sloths.

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11 comments on “Rick & Leslie’s Panama Canal Cruise – Episode 192”

  1. Ramon says:

    Excellent Video on the Canals. That’s on our list of to do cruises. Maybe when the Disney Ships relocate to the west coast, we can enjoy the fun of Disney and Canals. Thanks again.


  2. Kathy Poche says:

    With the latest cruise ship mishap, not sure that I want to set foot on one of those boats. But if I did, I would love to cruise on down to Jamaica because I have seen some really beautiful pictures from there and would love to see it first hand. Hope you have fun on the snow mobiles, though I bet it feels a lot colder then 15 degrees riding around on one of them.


  3. Brother Joseph Rock says:

    If I was on a cruise, where would I go? That’s a tough question. Many places I would love to make a choice over. I would have to say Scotland. Very beautiful and grassy in a lot of areas(at least from what I have seen from TLC on TV). Seems to be a much more peaceful place to visit for a vacation.


  4. Nick says:

    Hey Rick,
    If I could go on a cruise, I would go to Hawaii. I would do the cruise you did last year. It just so happens I know a lot of things about the canal. You didn’t confuse me. The canal was constructed in the 1910’s so ships don’t have to go around South America. See you next week.


  5. Dave says:

    Good to see you’re on Princess…. I’ve travelled with them many times and my expectations were always exceeded. The Hawaii cruise is still on my list and someway I’m going to find the time in my schedule for such an extended cruise. In the meantime, I think I’d choose the Panama.

    For those out there listening to the media reports on this week’s cruise misfortune, you likely only heard part of the story. As expected, with a little internet research the story was quite different than what was being broadcasted. Passengers with cabins low in the ship and without a porthole really roughed it. However, the further up the decks you went there were less and less problems. In fact many cabins had full water flowing for showers and sanitation. Those with balconies adjusted for the lack of AC by opening the sliding doors. You can easily find passenger interviews who other than for the lack of AC, didn’t have all that bad of an experience.

    Really wish the media spent more time on getting accurate information rather than just sharing the sensationalism.

    Thanks Rick for continually pointing out the joy of cruising. Only 20% of folks have experienced a cruise and I hope everyone adds a cruise to their must do list. You’ll quickly discover it’s unlike any other vacation you’ve taken and don’t be surprised if you then quickly book another one 🙂

    cheers… dave


    Yvette Reply:

    Thanks for the information! We have only been on one cruise on Celebrity’s Millenium and loved it. We would love to go on a Disney cruise with our five year old, maybe to their private island. It looked pretty on the marathan video.


  6. Bob Nordmark says:

    Hey Rick and Leslie,

    Everytime you guys go somewhere on a cruise, an ABD, wherever–I keep saying to myself that I want to go there too. So, when I win the lottery you guys can plan the itinerary and I will follow you.

    Where would I like to cruise? Two places came to my mind- a river cruise through Europe and a cruise to all the Polynesian islands and cultures.

    See you next week.



  7. Great Video Rick,
    It is great that you found Princess. After six Disney Cruise Line trips we went out of NY on the Caribbean Princess in 2010 to try a cruise we didn’t need to fly to. It was a 9 day cruise and I not only kept comparing the cruise to Disney but everything was so good I kept waiting for the shoe to drop. It never happened and Princess exceeded our expectations. There were things about the cruise that Disney did better but there were a lot more things Princess does better and you can tell the difference from a company whose only business is the cruise industry. We enjoyed the cruise so much that at the time, we had a booking on the Dream for a special 5 day cruise and cancelled it. The cost of that 5 day was more than our 9 day. Disney cruise prices are just too expensive for what you get. Since that first Princess cruise we have sailed on the Grand Princess last year and have a December cruise booked out of Ft. Lauderdale on the soon to be finished Royal Princess. I am afraid that despite my love for all things Disney the cruise just doesn’t deliver the value it once did for us. I do miss the Disney shows but love anytime dining, better buffets and the abundance of live music on Princess. One of the things that has turned me off to DCL is the subtle removal of live music that has been going on for several years now.

    As far as where I want to go? We were looking to do the very cruise you were on, on either the Island or Coral Princess but passed for a trip on the new ship. The next cruise will be to Alaska so that is my official answer.
    Thanks for the video and I can’t wait to see the full Panama Canal video.


  8. Sue Meredith says:

    Happy. Anniversary!! I went on that Princess cruise many years ago with my mom. Our ports were Princess Cay, Cartegena, did the city tour too. I think that fort was in Romancing The Stone? Then the canal, Limon & Cozumel. Loved it. We also went on a Princess Alaska cruise.

    If I could go on any cruise, I’d do that world cruise! Go big or go home :-).


  9. John Broadwater says:

    great show . If i could go any where on a cruise it would be through the South Pacific It would be a wonderful trip to go on to see place my father saw when he was in the Navy in World War II. that would be a great trip. thanks for a great show and Happy Anniversary enjoy the snow and the fun.


  10. Kevin Nelson says:

    WOW! That was cool, I’d love to see the Panama Canal and study how they operate! Perfect timing my friend, my bride and I will be in Ocho Rios next week for a little beach time and we are visiting Dunns River Falls, now I can’t wait. I’m gonna get a picture in the same spot you did after I climb the falls! I have a lot of places I wanna cruise in the future, Europe, Panama Canal, Australia and Alaska! Thanks Rick and Leslie so much! Y’all keep those smiles on!


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