Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
7+ cruises

Reviews
2

Helpful Votes
10

4 out of 5

Educational and Fun Cruise

Sail Date: October 10, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

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!

Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Overall friendly, acknowledgement and smile.
Ship Quality
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.
Food and Dining
A wide variety of cusine, mostly continental. We did not experience "themed"
dining in the 10 days, overall a balanced menu.
Entertainment
The 3 production shows were outstanding. The ventriloquist was terrific, however, the magician/comedien was ok.
Colon, Panama
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.
Cartagena, Colombia
Took the ship's tour of old Cartagena which we had a very knowlegeable guide, providing us historical and local information of the region.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
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.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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.
Oranjestad, Aruba
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.


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