Island Princess

3.9 out of 5
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Island Princess is a medium ship, carrying 1970 passengers and 895 crew, and sails from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida and Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia.

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3rd time was the best.

Going through the  the panama canal. Also all the stops the ship made were in historical... Read more
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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

3rd time was the best.

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Going through the  the panama canal. Also all the stops the ship made were in historical cities. We wanted to take our family(10members)on an educational cruise, and the sure got it.

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

New and Old Panama Canal Adventure

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Going through the old locks was a great experience. It is amazing how back in 1913 that they were able to build such a detailed and proficient canal with the materials and know how of that period of time. The new locks are totally different and operate in a much different manner. We took the tour to the new locks and it was amazing the difference. In Aruba we did the Atlantis Submarine and totally enjoyed it. Not to compare with the glass bottom boats we have been on in the past. We actually went down 135 feet on the sub and saw old wrecks and a lot of unusual fish. We visited Columbia, Grand Cayman and Costa Rico also which were amazing. We did the trolley city tours to become more familiar so our next trips there we can plan more excursions. I would highly recommend this cruise that was truly a history lesson and great adventure.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Almost Perfect

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We all enjoyed our cruise immensely.   We appreciated the care Princess took to keep us safe and as germ-free as possible.  Our steward was excellent and provided everything we needed.  Our agent ("Specialist") is awesome, there for every possible question.  The food was delicious, with endless options.  Service was good, too.  The only problem we had was the cost of the wine for the selection available.  We feel they should either lower their prices (we know what those wines cost in the stores), or raise the quality of offerings.  Aside from that, we would heartily recommend and Princess! 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

In general everything was very good.

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The full transit of the canal, is a great experience by itself just by the fact it was built by  hand with all its history.  Just great.

The itinerary of the cruise is good, we regret only the fact that our stop in Aruba was really too short.  We have been already to the countries where we stoppped, and for us, Huatulco is one of the most beautiful little ports we have ever seen.  It is a must.The shore excursions were very well organized.

Dining was very good, services on the ship was excellent. I have issues with food intolerances and all was taken into consideration and I was treated like a princess....Even the weather was great.

We have already recommended this cruise to many people around us. We would love do to it again.

We got on a second ship right after this cruise, the Star Princess, to Hawaii, and we were very disappointed.  Hawaii is gorgeous, but the Star was really below our expectations and the Island Princess had something special to it.

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Island Princess Cruise from ft lauderdale to San Pedro California

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Pros:  Panama Canal was terrific!  wait staff in Bordeaux dining room was excellent as was cabin steward!

Cartagena, Aruba, Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco Mexico were great; Nicaragua was least interesting; Costa Rica was good also!

Cons:  shower was way too small--horrible!; ship needs refurbishing!

had to search for dining table in café no matter what time went to breakfast or lunch; it was as if there were too few tables for the amount of people on the ship; food was all right, not great--emphasis was on southeast Asian food.

 

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Contributor Level: Cruise Director
5 out of 5

Pacific to Atlantic via Panama Canal

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This trip was a special event that had been planned for a year. Transiting through the Panama Canal was the highlight of the cruise and was well worth it. The ship was sold out and had a very mature crowd aboard of mostly senior citizens. There are no more midnite buffets but there are still formal nights (3) which are nothing more than an attempt for the cruise line to earn money by selling pictures taken by their staff. On board entertainment was better than our last cruise and there was a nice variety of shows. The lecture series was something new but well received. Be sure to take copies of all paper work along because the cruise line does not recognize any document that is not theirs. Internet service is still not good and very expensive. 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Nice and warm!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Loved most of the tours and ports. Could have done San Juan Del Sur port and tour. Anytime dining was very inconvenient and unorganized. Was very unhappy with baggage not being found when I was disembarking! Suzanne the head of the process of customer service in Ft Lauderdale wasrude, uninformed about information given her by her under personal. I did not feel like it was handled professionally. I am extremely upset with that situation.  Never could believe this in a million years!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Loved Our Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

**Ship's hospital should have more varied hours of service.  The cost of having vitals checked for my husband, a congestive heart failure patient, was excessive. Customer service attendant is not qualified to determine if my husband truly needed to be seen...thus I did not owe her a lengthy explanation before I was allowed to contact the clinic from her desk.

**Price of cocktails WAY TO HIGH!!

** All services other than the ones mentioned above were perfect and met/exceeded expectations.

**Hard sale for spa products after receiving services NOT APPRECIATED. We went for relaxation not purchasing products we did not need since we have all necessary products at home.

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Good but sometimes annoying

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PLUSES

Perfectly sized ship.

Great Dinners.

Lotus Pool area.

Happy hours.

Friendly staff, except unfriendly Security staff.

 

MINUSES

Repetitive Breakfast menus

Embarkation chaos

Disembarkation chaos

Way too talkative Cruise Director

No Ship's newspaper

Very reduced times in port.

Spotty entertainment.

No free access to internet news (eg NY Times etc)

 

 

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4 out of 5

Excellent all round experience

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Non-balcony rooms (with window) are comfortable, adequate for a couple.

The entertainment is very good, there is always something there to prevent boredom whilst at sea.

Food is likewise very good. In the Bordeaux and Province restaurants the quality is highly recommended, in the buffet there is a constant supply with good choice.

 

Little things that weren't positive:

The constant source of things the cruiseline want to sell. Merchandise, tours, photos etc.etc. I guess they make their profit here.

The tours are expensive, better to find a similar tour ashore for ha;f the price.

The last day, the experience is "how quick can you get off we have new guests to cater for now". The vacation experience should last until you leave the ship.

 

But overall I would sail with Princess again

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esartin
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Choose the early dinner seating and ask to share table with at least 4 other guests. You will make new friends and spend the dining time sharing experiences. Take a shawl (or dress warmer) when dining. Don't miss any of the shows and get your seat 30 minutes early to be able to get a seat.

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Contributor Level: Captain

If you have a chance to meet the guys at the egg station... they will make you a great breakfast.

lindajray192
Contributor Level: Third Mate

If you want to see the shows in Princess Theater, opt for the 1st seating for dinner.

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