Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Awesome trip and awesome ship!

Sail Date: November 25, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Boarding the ship in Ft. Lauderdale and at all ports was a breeze.  Their organization made getting off on the last day so lines, luggage exactly where they said it would be.  The Island Princess is beautiful through and through.  Loved the layout, the ease of getting from point A to point B, the daily "Patter" newsletter, and all the crew.  Food was amazing both in the dining rooms and at the Horizon Buffet.  And the hotdogs at the grill were incredible!!

Ports were good.  We explored Aruba on our own.  Cartagena was our city tour.....kind of boring and fast-paced.  Limon was our canal and train ride.  That was so beautiful to experience.  The banana plantation was so interesting and the wildlife on the canal trip was extrodinary. My husband got amazing pics of the sloth. 

The Panama canal is interesting and the new observatory at the new locks was very, very nice.  The movie about the history of the canal was well worth viewing.  But Ochos Rios wins for best tour!  We did the aerial tram and bobsled.  That was absolutely the highlight of our excursions!! 

Loved the sea days.  So much to do on the ship or just sit on our balcony and relax.  The shows in the evening were ok.....I've seen much higher quality shows on other ships.  Our favorite performers, by far, was the Trio who played in the Atrium before dinner....violinist, piansist , and guitarist from the Ukraine.  Most beautiful music I heard in a long time.  Our only disappointment was the casino on the ship.  We enjoy playing but they took half of the casino to add more cabins recently so there were less than 60 machines and not much of a selection.  Our room was very nice.

Overall, we loved our trip and are already looking to book our next on Princess.

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Cabin was perfect. Plenty of hangers and drawers for storing clothing. Loved having satelite TV throughout the trip. favorite spot!
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If you choose anytime dining, call ahead in the morning to make a reservation for dinner between 5-6 to avoid the long lines. After 7ish, there are no lines.....

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