Great trip through the Panama Canal!

Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Verified Review
14 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Ft. Lauderdale To Los Angeles)
Sail Date: April 23, 2009
Ship: Island Princess
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Small ship, easy to locate places you wanted to go. Cabin location is as important as real estate location--so choose wisely for your cruise.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Horizon Court Buffet seemed to have the same selections each night--no changes other than the special "Oktoberfest" they had one night.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Disappointed they didn't offer the evening shows as afternoon matinees, especially on sea days when it was cloudy.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
When going through the Panama Canal, select a cabin with a balcony to fully enjoy the transit.
3 out of 5
Spanish Galleon tour was boring--didn't need to see where "Miss Columbia" was crowned for the "Miss Universe" Pagent.
5 out of 5
"Best of Aruba" tour was not that great, especially with lots of handicapped and older passengers who could not maneuver steps at the stops. Would have enjoyed going to the beach and just hanging out instead of being carted all over.
Don't Miss: The Natural Bridge
1 out of 5
Lots of beggars and those seeking donations at the end of the pier. Didn't like being hassled by every vendor when going through the small market by the ship.
1 out of 5
Didn't take any tours, and was glad, especially when it was identified the Norovirus came on board at this port.
1 out of 5
Tender required to get to shore. Didn't take any tours.

Pros: The transit through the canal

Cons: Ports of call for a repositioning cruise

Recommends Island Princess? Yes!

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