Relaxing and so informative

Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review
Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean
Sail Date: October 17, 2016
Ship: Island Princess
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: D702
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Our favorite part of this cruise was the complete transit through the Panama Canal.  Although it took over 10 hours for the transit, the Island Princess has commentary on the history and what is happening all the way through the canal. It is an engineering feat and one that everyone should have an opportunity to experience!


We also loved the relaxing atmosphere of the this cruise.  With seven days at sea, we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ship in between ports and excursions. 

I have been on several cruises, and this was, by far, the most relaxing.  We also loved the size of the ship; about 2000 passengers, so everything ran very smoothly.  


I would have loved to have had more time in Aruba; I would redesign the itinerary to allow for a full day there.  We went on excursions at every port and enjoyed them, although, the snorkeling at the two Mexican ports was not the best; the water was quite cloudy, small fish, and the equipment was below average.  We have snorkeled many better places!  The Zip lining in Costa Rica was terrific!


The age group on this particular cruise was mostly older, so we felt right at home, and met many wonderful people from all over the world!  


I would definitely recommend this cruise; it was well worth the cost, and we loved that we departed from LA and returned (home) to Ft. Lauderdale--very convenient!



Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 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
Since we were going to be at sea for 15 days, we upgraded and booked a suite! It was the best decision we made. The size and amenities were well worth the extra cost!

Ship Tip

We loved the anytime seating for dinner; it allowed us the flexibility to eat as early or as late as we wanted. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the shows if you want to get a good seat; they are totally full. Take a shawl or sweater for the shows; the theatre gets pretty chilly.

2 out of 5
Avoid snorkeling; cloudy water and sub-standard equipment.

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua Did not visit port

Make sure you take an excursion that allows you to see the live volcano!
3 out of 5
Loved the zip lining!
3 out of 5
Be prepared to be besieged by street vendors; they can be relentless!
3 out of 5
Lots of things to see here; snorkeling is great! The shopping is also tip top!
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