Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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4 out of 5

Excellent staff service a little spoiled by too much waiting in line

Sail Date: January 14, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: B502 I think

This was our first cruise on Princess. The ship appeared to be clean and well maintained and the staff -excellent. Everyone was pleasant and helpful with excellent customer service. Our only complaint was that the Princess Theatre was so small you could not get into any shows. We saw one excellent dance show by standing in the back. We alway choose anytime dining on cruises but on this ship it meant waiting in line to get in every night. We ate in speciality restaurants 4 nights because we did not want to wait in line. It seemed like we paid a great deal of money for this cruise to receive this kind of dining and entertaining experience. By the way, the food was excellent everywhere and the entertainment around the various locations on the ship was great.

Cabin / Stateroom
Clean and well located within ship. One on the best locations to view going through the canal.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
excursion in Costa Rica to Coffee Factory and lunch in Arriba excellent. Excursion in Cartagena was not great and one stop was eliminated because we ran in to too much traffic. Guide was unpleasant
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
food was great but did not like waiting
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
still a lot of construction
Oranjestad, Aruba
Cartagena, Colombia
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)
Colon, Panama
We were told you could not get off the ship if you were not on an excursion so we never got off.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
George Town, Grand Cayman


We were not told that there would be so many elderly people and we prefer cruising with a mixed age group. However if you are elderly or infirm I can see that you receive special service in every way.

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