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Caught between HAL and Princess

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Has anyone been on both partial transits.? It’s so difficult to make a choice. I’d appreciate any feedback that could help direct our choice.Were active, over 65 , experienced cruisers. Our passion is snorkeling. Thanks for any info.

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While I am not a snorkeler, would think the best opportunities for snorkeling would be on any of the stops in the ABC islands and Grand Cayman. Places like Cartagena, the Canal, and Limon... not so good. As far as which cruise line, I think either would do a good job, it would really boil down to your preferences with each. Have you taken any cruise with either?

 

One other thing to add to your indecision on which cruise line... with Princess you will have to choose if you want to go through the original locks on the Island Princess or the new expanded locks on the Caribbean Princess. That may influence your selection.

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I would choose HAL Zuiderdam because she has a wrap around promenade deck. Island had one until they removed it and a lounge to add cabins. While many people think they can see it all from their balcony, you miss sooo much if you stay put there. You need to be able to move around as the scene changes. EM

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I've done partial transits on Zuiderdam and Coral Princess. Both were excellent. I prefer the Coral Princess ship as it is a little smaller and I prefer the layout. Both cruises were excellent and I would recommend either one

 

 

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I've done partial transits on Zuiderdam and Coral Princess. Both were excellent. I prefer the Coral Princess ship as it is a little smaller and I prefer the layout. Both cruises were excellent and I would recommend either one

 

Did the Zuiderdam have lectures about the Canal and other cultural aspects of the trip?

 

I tend to lean toward Princess because our Alaska cruise had such great explanatory lectures and commentary. Would be grateful to hear about the comparison on that aspect.

 

And I agree--we love the cozy size of the Coral Princess.

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Did the Zuiderdam have lectures about the Canal and other cultural aspects of the trip?

 

I tend to lean toward Princess because our Alaska cruise had such great explanatory lectures and commentary. Would be grateful to hear about the comparison on that aspect.

 

And I agree--we love the cozy size of the Coral Princess.

 

When we went on the Zuiderdam two years ago they did have lectures. It is also televised in your room. Very informative. We have the same planned again for March 2019. Love the zuiderdam mainly as someone stated above, the wrap around area for viewing was awesome and as I looked at Princess they did not have that.

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