Fantastic Christmas Cruise
Island Princess Cruise Review to Mexico
Ship: Island Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 11 years ago
It was a Christmas cruise to Mexico, and the ship was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees and lights all over the place. For a December cruise we had fantastic sunny weather, and was able to sit by the pool on the 2 last days at sea. We were also happy that we had a balcony room, especially in Cabo, when you had to anchor away from the dock - the famous arch was incredible. Our major complaint was the food was either too salty, or overcooked, or had strange spices, and we were happier eating at the 24 hour restaurant. However, the desserts were wonderful, and so was the Cajun restaurant, and because the food was cooked to order, it was worth paying the extra $30. The Broadway-style shows were incredible, but since this was during Christmas and we stayed up late, there wasn't anything to do after the shows ended at 11:15. Yes, there was the disco, but not enough people went there. It would've been nice if there were nightly midnight movies. However, my daughter (18) and I managed to have fun in the game room, where there is a large variety to entertain all ages. There were way too many choices for shore excursions, but we were happy we chose horseback riding along the beach in Cabo, and did the city tour in Mazatlan, and in Puerta Vallarta we went to the Fiesta, and Tequila factury, which was an all day event, and so much fun.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: The ship was beautiful and clean + the waiters & our room steward were the greatest.
Cons: Paying for sodas and ice cream (they were always included on other cruises) + the anytime dining required too long of a wait, so we immediately changed to late seating.