Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

What to be prepared for on this cruise.

Sail Date: October 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship is has pretty much everything you need, with the exception of an iron or steamer.

Pros: The panama canal experience was very educational and interesting. The ship size was most comfortable and easy to find your way around. Service was excellent.

Cons: The constant "hawking" of drinks from the waiters everywhere on the ship. They do no have a certain area they work, so therefore you are bombarded constantly to the point of frustration. We did not feel safe on our own while exploring in most of the ports.

Recommends Island Princess? Yes!

Food and Dining
Unfortunately, in order to get the excellent quality of food that one expects on a cruise, you need to spend the extra charge of upgrading to the "speciality" dining options. The bayou cafe was very good for the $15.00 charge, but then again you had to add another $5.00 if you wanted the lobster but it was a very good large size lobster and worth the extra money. The dine anytime concept is great, however it seems most people wanted to eat around 6:30 and then you have to wait to be seated. Sometimes we felt rushed.
Service and Staff
Very friendly but again we felt bombarded by the waiters to buy drinks.
Ship Quality
Beautiful shops. You never feel crowded with lots of areas to explore. Very tidy ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our cabin steward was most attentive to every need and the room was kept immaculate.
There is something for everyone. The shows were terrific. They do have however, the tightest casino and no one was able to have much play but hey, this is not Vegas!, Right?

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