Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Relaxing and so informative

Sail Date: October 17, 2016

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Suite

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!



Cabin / Stateroom
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!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Avoid snorkeling; cloudy water and sub-standard equipment.
San Juan del Sur Make sure you take an excursion that allows you to see the live volcano!
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Loved the zip lining!
Cartagena, Colombia
Be prepared to be besieged by street vendors; they can be relentless!
Oranjestad, Aruba
Lots of things to see here; snorkeling is great! The shopping is also tip top!


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.

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