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Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 14, 2016
Ship: Island Princess
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: PR715
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

First Princess cruise. The ship and crew did a fine job. The entertainment was consistently good, especially one comedian. But the theater was too small and filled up early. The food was delicious and varied. We prefer self-serve soft-serve ice cream but the lines weren't terrible at the counter. The portions for entrees were very generous and the desserts were actually sweet which was delightful compared to so many cruises where the desserts look good but taste bland. 

Aruba--stick to the beaches, inland is dry and boring

Cartegena--the fort is impressive, the old town quaint and interesting

Panama--the canal is amazing, fort-not so much

Costa Rica--beautiful forests and canals, watched a sloth climb in slow-motion

Jamaica--beautiful, crazy lines for the tram/bobsled, climbing Dunn's River Falls was our favorite excursion activity.

Some of the stops were very short but we got to do what we wanted. Getting people to excursions has been better executed on other cruises. Be advised that the passengers were older with very few families, children, or teens. Kind of missed the younger folks but enjoyed the "experienced" group.


We had a wonderful time! Thank you Island Princess.


Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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