Princess Good but not great

Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 84

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Island Princess

15 Night Panama Canal - 2 Day Canal Experience (Ft. Lauderdale To Los Angeles)

Sail date: October 02, 2016

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: E622

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

Princess Cruise Lines tires to project the image of being the best and there are some very good things, but everything is not great.  Their boarding process in SLOW and seemingly unorganized, they should take a few lessons from Holland America as to how to do it right.  The public address system on the ship (Island Princess) was extremely poor.  Unless you happened to be standing immediately adjacent to a speaker you could not hear what was said and even then the highly accented voices of the crew made understanding any of their words very difficult. The food was good and always available, although the seating process in the anytime dinning room was cumbersome (it would probably help to grease the palms of a few dinning room employees at the beginning of the cruise).  The entertainment was quite good and the theater was nice (substantially better than Holland America).  A cabin with an obscured view is NOT worth the extra expense (go with an inside room and save your money).  Shore excursions are very expensive and in my opinion not worth the money (other than you are insured of making it back to the ship on time or the ship will wait for you).   Never-the-less Princess Cruise Lines is good and I would go again if the timing and price are "right".

Ship experiences

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

1 out of 5
The obscured view was extremely obscured. Could only see the back side of a life boat. Might as well have been in an inside cabin and save some dollars.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

1 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

1 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
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