10 Night Roundtrip Panama Canal (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 20, 2011 Ship: Island Princess Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
Our cruise to the Panama Canal on the Isaland Princess was relaxing and wonderful. The ship is small because of the size restrictions of the Locks at the Canal. This was a plus for us since my husband has some trouble walking long distances. The ship is beautiful and many activities to enjoy. Dinning was excellent not a meal we didn't like. The buffet was open very early for all travelers to get a healthy breakfast before venturing off the ship for an excusion. We had a balcony room with excellent view, spacious interior. The ship could use a little upgrading since the showers still have curtains which make eveything wet. There is an adult only inside pool which suited most travelers since it rained quite a bit, that is beautiful and allows perfet views. Much of the entertainment was the same each night, they could improve on that. Overall the ports were a great choice and the excursions reasonably priced. This was our second cruise with Princess and we commend them for the great staff they employ.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The best in all dinning areas.
3 out of 5
Entertainment could have been better. Several days of the same entertainer was getting a little boring.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
All of the crew members were top notch.
5 out of 5
It did seem that the layout of the ship got everyone confused for a while. Some of the elevators only went to specific floors, where you had to get off one and walk to another to get to some places.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Only 1 negative comment. The beds are hard as rock. They could add a pillow top mattress or something for more comfort.
The bus tour excursion we took was a nice introduction to the history of Cartagena. However the vendor that mob you as soon as you get off the bus was almost unbareable. They get right in your face and do not let up. That we did not enjoy. The history was very interesting and the tour guide was great.
Our excursion in Costa Rica was to the Tram and Rain Forest walk. Of course you would expect rain in the rain forest, however we had beautiful sunshine. Since this is controlled my mother nature, you can't expect to see any wild animals, and we didn't. However we did see a Tucan and an Umbrella bird along with many beautiful butterflies, with the most outstanding colors. The forest plants are awesome to see and the guide was excellent.
Don't Miss: Tram and Rainforest Walk
The only excursion we took in Aruba was the 3 hour hoursebaack riding. This was a wonderful experience (for non experienced riders that we are). The trail up the mountain and down to the beach was one that allowed you to see the nature of the country. The views outstanding, and if you like owls, there are plenty of Bard owls that pose for your picture taking. If we had the chance we would do it again.
We actually didn't get much time in Colon itself. Once we sailed through the first locks, we departed the ship to take a ferry through the other 2 sets of locks. That was a geat trip and very interesting.
Pros: The service is outstanding the staff are the most pleaseant of any we have experienced while sailing.
Cons: The entertainment could have been better, same comdeians several days.
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