Island Princess

3.8 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: M     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    
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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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Island Princess Cruise from ft lauderdale to San Pedro California

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Almost Perfect

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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

Island Princess Cruise from ft lauderdale to San Pedro California

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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: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Pacific to Atlantic via Panama Canal

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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: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Island Princess Panama Canal Full Transit

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The cruise was enjoyable and relaxing. The ship was very clean and well maintained. Dining and entertainment could certainly use some updating. The show quality was quite poor and there were many shows where people simply walked off within a few minutes of the show starting. Dining definitely needs to be updated with the current food trends. Some meals were quite insipid and re-purposed.

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Contributor Level: Purser
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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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Great Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Our favorite part of the cruise was the Panama Canal transition.  We viewed the canal from the balcony  of the sanctuary.  Awesome experience and the Island Princess staff made everything special.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Good tempo, met new friends

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Trivia on board, dining room mates, shore excursions, great stops.

The walking deck was nice. The sun bathing decks were good. Pools were too small and far removed from most sun bathing decks. The men's hot legs contest was a laugh. Many shows and activities were right in the middle of our late dinning. Entertainment was hit and miss. Loved the comedian magician and the comic. Music trivia could use a lot of work. 

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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

Island Princess Panama Canal Christmas & New Years Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Favorite part: The cruise ship personnel were considerate, accommodating, helpful and courteous.  The anytime buffet was always clean, neat and organized. There was plenty of staff working the buffet section that we did not wait for coffee service or a clean table,  The buffet location towards the bow is very nice being able to look out windows while dining. The Chef & Head Maitre D cooking show was Great and tour of the galley (kitchen) was wonderful. 

The ports of call were a good selection Aruba. Cartegena Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Huatulco. Cabo San Lucas.  All in our party desired a longer port stay and would have paid $$ to have an extended time in port. 

 

Improvements: We met 3 wheelchair bound clients that had a difficult time getting around the ship and through doors as even after the recent refurbish in port ADA accommodations were NOT done.

Princess added more rooms and removed VERY desirable features, outside track around boat, International restaurant, relocated gym making it smaller and no windows, cigar lounge was small with poor ventilation and very small television screen in back corner of room, bar service in the lounge was non existent until we met with head waiter for this section, 

The entertainment was okay but not as good as other cruise lines. 

The seated dining room food options were good but did not change as frequently as other cruise lines. 

 

Recommend:  I would probably not recommend this boat for future cruises but would consider a newer Princess boat with a nice gym, outside track & other dining options that were not as spendy as the Island Princess. There are other restaurants that offer different food selection but this was an added cost of $45 per person

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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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