March 2016 - 10 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Island Princess
First Princess cruise. The ship and crew did a fine job. The entertainment was consistently good, especially one comedian. But the theater was too small and filled up early. The food was delicious and varied. We prefer self-serve soft-serve ice cream but the lines weren't terrible at the counter. The portions for entrees were very generous and the desserts were actually sweet which was delightful compared to so many cruises where the desserts look good but taste bland.
Aruba--stick to the beaches, inland is dry and boring
Cartegena--the fort is impressive, the old town quaint and interesting
Panama--the canal is amazing, fort-not so much
Costa Rica--beautiful forests and canals, watched a sloth climb in slow-motion
Jamaica--beautiful, crazy lines for the tram/bobsled, climbing Dunn's River Falls was our favorite excursion activity.
Some of the stops were very short but we got to do what we wanted. Getting people to excursions has been better executed on other cruises. Be advised that the passengers were older with very few families, children, or teens. Kind of missed the younger folks but enjoyed the "experienced" group.
We had a wonderful time! Thank you Island Princess.