Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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7+ cruises


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5 out of 5

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Sail Date: October 02, 2016

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

My favorite stop was Costa Rica.  The people are so nice and there is so much to see. The cruise staff was amazing.  They all try so hard to make sure everything is just right!  Excellent food.  Nice cruise length, enjoyed all the sea time.

Cabin / Stateroom
The cabin was small and the shower was the worst.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
The ship was nice and very clean, but smaller and the cabins were small as well (showers awful).
Destinations and Excursions
Was supposed to go to Aruba and really wanted to go since we hadn't been before, but the hurricane changed the route (no fault of Princess). Ports were OK, but not my favorites.
Onboard Activities
Really enjoyed the wine tastings and Zumba. Would have liked to have done yoga.
Loved the comedy shows and Danny, The acoustic guitar player and singer.
Service and Staff
Rizzy and Darshan, in the Crooner's (Martini) Bar are great! They provide very good service, remember your name, your charge number and what you drink. Very professional as well as friendly!!!

Raymond the head waiter in the Bourdeaux (any time dining), was very professional, took great care of my gluten free needs and overall just a really nice guy!

Last, but not least, Emil Acupanna, waiter extraordinaire, was such a treat, professional, personable and quite an entertainer. We thoroughly enjoyed him.
Food and Dining
I requested a gluten free diet and they were incredibly helpful in the dining room.


- Go on a diet before the cruise because you most likely will gain weight with all the great food.
- Anytime dining is really convenient especially when you go into port. You have more flexibility.
- Great comedy shows and Danny, the acoustic guitar player and singer was excellent.

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