Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Cruising aboard the Island Princess

Sail Date: December 18, 2014

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was our first time aboard a Princess cruiseline ship.  We have traveled extensively with other cruiselines, with one in particular.  We were very impressed with Princess from the time we got on board to the day the cruise ended and we disembarked.  Everything was run very orderly and in record time.  The ship itself was lovely and beautifully decorated for Christmas. There were plenty of activities if you cared to take advantage of them.  We enjoy dancing and the two Lounges that we frequented were perfect for us.  The shows/entertainment were first class, fresh and updated.  The waitstaff in the dining rooms were very attentive to your needs and very personable and professional.  They didn't entertain you as on other cruiselines.  All and all, we will definitely cruise with Princess again in the future.

 

Ship Quality
Beautiful ship, decorated very nicely. Will be getting a complete overhaul in April of this year.
Food and Dining
The food was good, not great. I found the menu very basic. Presentation was very nice.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our room was very good size with plenty of ample storage space to stash luggage and plenty of hangers for your clothes. The showers were very, very compact, not much elbow room at all.
Service and Staff
All the crew members we came in contact with for one reason or another were very nice, pleasant and courteous and extremely helpful.
Entertainment
The shows/entertainers were fantastic, new and fresh shows. The comedian was ok not that funny.
Onboard Activities
Plenty to do if you wanted to take advantage of everything that they had planned for you. This was a relaxing trip for us and didn't partake in everything they had to offer. It's like been there and done that over the years of cruising.
Destinations and Excursions
Places to visit were good. We took an excursion to see old Panama City and new Panama City which was very enjoyable. Our tour guide was well versed on everything, funny and kept us interested in what we were seeing. In Costa Rica, we ventured out on our own and grabbed a cab with a driver who spoke good English and he took us around to places we wouldn't have seen if we did take a ships excursion. Cartegena, I think you are better off staying on the ship. The people are all over you., which I don't like pushy people.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
We just had to drive across Alligator Alley from Naples to get to the ship. So easy.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Love this Island, great for shopping, snorkeling, sightseeing and of course MARGARITAVILLE.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Hired our own Taxi, got a driver who spoke very good English and received a wonderful tour of the island.
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)
Amazing to see what brilliant minds did 100 years ago. A trip that is really something to see.
Colon, Panama
Nothing to see here, just got picked up by the ship after out Panama City tour.
Cartagena, Colombia
Made the mistake of hiring our own taxi to take us around. The driver could hardly speak English let alone understand. Made sure that he stopped at his local shops. The people are very pushy. Will make sure not part of another cruise itinerary and if it is, will stay onboard.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Love Aruba, hired a taxi to take us to our favorite eating place to dine and have fun, Senior' Frogs. Unfortunately, it was the day after Christmas and a lot of the local venues were closed so no Senor' Frogs, instead we wound up eating in town at Iguana Joe's, which had good food/drink and a short walking distance to the ship.

Tip

We opted for Anytime Dining. When we got to our assigned dining room the first night, we were asked if we had a reservation, answered no and received a gizzmo that lights up when it's time to be seated. Did not realize you had to make reservations for a certain time. Will opt for late dining!



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