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Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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10 Night Roundtrip Panama Canal (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 10, 2011
Ship: Island Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
The Island Princess is an easy ship to navigate around. It does not feel like 2,000 people on the ship as there are a variety of lounges. One drawback is that the Horizon Cafe on the Lido deck does not open in the aft for outdoor dining compared to other larger Princess ships.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
A wide variety of cusine, mostly continental. We did not experience "themed"
dining in the 10 days, overall a balanced menu.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The 3 production shows were outstanding. The ventriloquist was terrific, however, the magician/comedien was ok.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Overall friendly, acknowledgement and smile.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship appeared to be clean, however, there was a distinct smell in the corridors and stairwell. (It may have been cleaning solution ). The air quality in the corridors was stuffy.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Aruba is a small island. Touring the island can be done independently for less money than the ship's tours. Eagle's beach is a fine, white sandy beach, great for swimming. Shopping is easily accesible from the ship's dock.
Don't Miss: Shopping and the beaches.
5 out of 5
Took a 'tubing river tour'about 45 minutes away from Ocho Rios. This was a fun 3 mile tour coasting down the riverway viewing the natural habitat.
5 out of 5
This was the highlight of the cruise, took a tour of Panama City, to the Mire Flore locks /Museum on the Pacific side, before returning to Colon to board our ship.
5 out of 5
Took the ship's tour of old Cartagena which we had a very knowlegeable guide, providing us historical and local information of the region.
5 out of 5
Took a tour of the Rainforest, a butterly garden exhibit, snakes, and bugs exhibit. The aerial tram was terrrific for viewing sloths handing in the trees. The naturalists guides are knowledgeable and informative of the natural habitat in this region.

Pros: The variety of things to do on the ship, visiting ports and of course-- dining!

Cons: Not enough time spent on the ports

Recommends Island Princess? Yes!

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