Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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5 out of 5

Awesome Experience and Vacation. Can't wait for the next trip!

Sail Date: January 20, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

This was our first cruise.  The service, hospitality and variety of daily activities was beyond what I expected.  This cruise had so many wonderful and exciting things, that it is difficult to know where to start.  The food, the shows, activities, staff, ...the entire experience was one I will never forget or regret.  I recommend that this cruise be on everyone's "bucket list".  We had such an awesome experience it was hard to have it come to an end.   Already to book our next cruise!

 

Ship Quality
Beautiful and comfortable.
Food and Dining
Fine dining daily,
Service and Staff
The time we were with the cruise and wait staff made us feel as if we were family.
Entertainment
Awesome entertainment. We loved the musicals and felt the performances were excellent.
Onboard Activities
So many activities to meet everyone's interest. Fun filled days and evenings!
Destinations and Excursions
All ports were excellent experiences, except Cabo, Mexico. One place I recommend not getting off the ship.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Went to top of hotel and could overlook the bay and the city night lights.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Highlights tour. Perfect day!!
Cartagena, Colombia
Fortress and visiting city. Wonderful!
Panama Canal Transit Great morning veiling transit. Was able to listen to informational highlights throughout the day and shade up from balcony from room.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Zipline and highlights. Wonderful day to Zipline and then see other highlights. Super friendly people!
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua Cruised through the islands at the lake and city tour in horse and buggy! Great experience and friendly place to be.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Bombarded as soon as you pass port security by tour operators and sellers of goods. Our excursion trip was not there to meet us, and then when security took us to meeting point we are told trip was canceled. Even after waiting over an hour to be sure, since know one from trip came to meet us, we finally ended up just walking around. Felt unsafe and locals did not take "no thank you" well. After returning home, this excursion is refusing to reimburse for failure to take us out. Place is set up to rip off and solicit tourist money for items of no value. Don't get off the ship here. You can stay on board and see everything that locals want to rip you off for..
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
Very organized and efficient at getting off the ship and picking up our bags. Super cab drivers getting us to airport.

Tip

Choose the early dinner seating and ask to share table with at least 4 other guests. You will make new friends and spend the dining time sharing experiences. Take a shawl (or dress warmer) when dining. Don't miss any of the shows and get your seat 30 minutes early to be able to get a seat.



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