Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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3 out of 5

Panama Canal Cruise was Great

Sail Date: April 01, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We chose this cruise specifically for the length (10 days) and the ports of call. We were not disappointed. We have previously travelled exclusively on Holland America ships so found ourselves comparing the two. Princess has some nice amenities. We were never bored. The food was good and we met some really nice people from all over the world.

Pros: Good variety of ports to visit and met lots of new people

Cons: smallest shower ever, no wine steward in dining room, tips expected in every port

Recommends Island Princess? No.

Ship Quality
The ship's layout is goofy. The elevators in the center atrium only service four floors so we found ourselves using the elevators at either end. The casino was big and not smoky. Walking past the cigar lounge made me want to gag, though, and we had to walk past it every night on our way to dinner. The ship was all-over clean and the maps beside the elevators helped us find our way.
Food and Dining
The food was good. The "Love Boat" dessert was the best. We could have eaten it every night but tried different items on the menu. We refuse to pay extra to eat in specialty restaurants on cruise ships and found the Princess dining room was just fine and the menu with enough vareity each evening to satisfy our apetites. We had "open seating" and enjoyed sharing tables with different people each night--a great way to meet fellow passengers. We were disappointed that there was no wine steward. The waiters seemed to have no interest in serving drinks.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom was nice. Bed comfy. Closet's roomy. Balcony large enough for lounging. Wish the glass panels were clear, though. The biggest hassle was the small shower. Turning around was hard to do. The shower curtan would stick to your backside while you avoided the grab bar hitting you in the chest.
Service and Staff
The ship's staff was from all over the world. The cruise directors were top notch. Our cabin steward was fine. Some of our waiters in the dining room were OK. A couple were quite rude.
Entertainment
There was a wide variety of activities and we were never bored. Bingo in the morning, movies in the afternoon. Loved the live music by the pool at lunchtime. Having a choice of two theatres added to the variety and they were good about scheduling a show for two nights so if you missed seeing it one night you could see it another. We did wish we had more time in each port. Some of our shore excursions were fantastic (Cartegena's old town and Limon's eco tour) and some were not worth the money (Aruba's island tour and Lake Gutan Locks).


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