Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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4 out of 5

Olson Review

Sail Date: January 24, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

only have been on one other cruise and I was disappointed in this cruise. The staff was excellent but that is about all I could say was positive through out.

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was always clean but we didn't have foot stools on the balcony while people above and below us did. We had 2 chairs and a tall table - very disappointing because we would have liked to sit out there and relax with our feet up but couldn't.
Lounge music in Wheelhouse was awful the fours nites we were in there - not good - couldn't sing at all!
Service and Staff
The staff in all areas were great - over worked and probably underpaid. 12 hour days/7 days a week
Food and Dining
not impressed - repeated menu every night. Left side never changed and if you went to the dining room where you were asked to dress decent - the buffet had the same items as the dining room. Nothing unusual
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Oranjestad, Aruba
Way to short - two hours!!! Barely got off ship and had to be back. Not sure why it was so short.
Cartagena, Colombia
Enjoyed Cartagena - drivers take you where they want to go and get kick backs from venders. But the city was interesting.
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)
We enjoyed going through the locks - this was interesting but wished we could have gone on shore with scooter.
Colon, Panama
This is what the whole trip was about and was very disappointed. If you didn't take a tour for $150 plus - allowed on land from 5 to7:30. Did not have way for husband to take scooter on shore and was not told this before hand. Very very disappointed. Then bus tours that day got delayed and we were delayed the next day in Limon. Bus tours got back at 10:00 and later during the evening. 5 to 7 on shore - dark and not in good area - unsafe feeling. EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED SINCE THIS WAS THE REASON FOR THE TRIP.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
We wish we could have seen more but enjoyed what we did see - although the tour we took was a little laughable - guide was nice and kept it interesting. We took the bus, train, canal ride.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Loved Grand Cayman - again could not take scooter a shore. Stopped at vistors center to ask where we could rent something to get around in and were told that other cruises bring scooters a shore and that this was a decision by Princess ONLY! Again not informed prior to cruise that scooter was a problem - why suggest it at all? I would go back to the Grand Cayman anytime but again - wish we could have spent more time - maybe even over night!

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