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 San Pedro (Los Angeles), California.

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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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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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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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4 out of 5

Excellent all round experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

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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3 out of 5

Good but sometimes annoying

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

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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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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2 out of 5

It was not suited for a princess nor prince.

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First the good:

Rooms, Ship was well maintained and service overall was excellent.

Now the bad:

Food in the buffet was not up to other cruise lines. Same food everyday. Pork was the primary meat ( bad for me since I do not eat pork).  No pasta bar, Omelet bar was poor ( you ordered it and they delivered it to you later). Felt like I was in my old college dorm food line again.

Sit down dinning was excellent except that it was all but impossible to get a place except for the 7:45 sitting which was too late for me to eat ( finished at 9:00pm).

Specialty dinning was available but only for $29. additional each. No included specialty dining. 

Drinks were expensive... Could not sit down for long without someone pushing more booze down your throat everywhere. This was morning till late night.

Less than a half a day was allowed off the ship at many ports. Did not give you enough time to do much.

Library is above the smoking lounge. So guess what Princess ship designers..Smoke rises and it stinks!  Could hardly stay in the Library to read for more than a half hour.

My favorite negative is the area on the boat called "Sanctuary". The top deck was restricted to guest who want to pay $40 each for a half a day to be there. So now you have to pay to sit yourself down on part of the ship you already paid to be in. 

TV Choices: Same exact programs over and over again. How many times can you watch the same "Love Boat" episode. Other Cruise lines had DVD available for the cabins. This was an excellent solution in my opinion.

My wife and I have been on 3 other Cruise lines.  Princess is obviously the last choice in cruise lines for us in the future. I would suggest you consider the same. 

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5 out of 5

Great Trip

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We really loved the trip. The stops were nice and interesting but the Panama Canal was great. A fantastic sight to see. Wonderful and fun. Just wish we could have gone ashore to visit more.

 

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3 out of 5

Dining Room Staff

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I would like to praise the staff that served us at each evening meal.  They were Allan, Bryan and Adrian.  They made our meals a big part of our trip.  The food was great but their service and friendly attitude made it great!

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4 out of 5

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I liked the dining best.

The ship was cold, had to have a jacket at all times.

The pool was too cold - about 80-81 degrees, should be minimum of 83 degrees.

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

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

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