RIO CARNEVAL IS A UNIQUE EVENT

Island Princess Cruise Review to South America
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

3.7 out of 5
Island Princess

60 Night Grand South America (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: January 24, 2018

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: D314

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

CARNEVAL IN RIO MADE TRIP WORTHWHILE. This is an unique experience which has to be experienced and is almost indescribable.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
too few personnel hired to process pax especially after norovirus delay, unnecessary long lines

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Princess food offerings quality and selection have deteriorated. Buffets were usually identical each day. Restaurants had some unusual choices. And the ANYTIME steak selection is no longer. Lobster one time in 23 days and shrimp in only a couple of times.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Island Princess is a comfortable ship. The professional entertainment program on this cruise was top notch,

Entertainment

5 out of 5
World class musicians, singers, magicians performed to extremely happy audiences.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
This crew was about the best which we have ever experience from the dining room waiters to the room steward. The front desk came through when we needed them.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The addition of a couple of dozen cabins make the ship less pax friendly than it was in the past. Public rooms had to be moved and the full promenade deck had to be abbreviated and makes walking a lot more difficult than it was in the past. Ship was generally well maintained but constant crew repairs on promenade decks and lifeboats were unpleasant.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
nice size cabin which is well maintained

Ship Tip

CHECK THE HEALTH ISSUES

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port

LATE ARRIVAL

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

2 out of 5
STILL DAMAGED

Fort-De-France, Martinique

3 out of 5
many things are closed for Sunday visits- mostly everything was closed

Kingstown, St. Vincent Did not visit port

pouring rainstorm

St. George's, Grenada

3 out of 5
bad weather made beach not possible

Port of Spain Did not visit port

poor weather and past visits

Devils Island, French Guiana

1 out of 5
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL TO VISIT BUT NOBODY COULD GET OFF SHIP

Fortaleza, Brazil

3 out of 5
poor weather combined with heavy traffic, garbage filled streets and too little time at the MARKET

Ilhabela, Brazil

3 out of 5
tendering was very difficult-dock was broken-currency exchange was non existent- infrastructure for tourism other than Brazilian language was missing

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

5 out of 5
our attendance at CARNEVAL was an incredible highlight. Ships personnel and local tourism people made attendance at the SAMBADROMO flawless. The scale of this event is truly overwhelming. On our return to the ship at 4 A M, we had only seen 65% of the samba schools. This was our choice to return.

Montevideo, Uruguay

5 out of 5
Visit to ESTANCIA to see URUGUAYAN "cowboys" was special

Buenos Aires, Argentina Did not visit port

Puerto Madryn, Argentina Did not visit port

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands Did not visit port

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina Did not visit port

Punta Arenas, Chile Did not visit port

Puerto Montt, Chile Did not visit port

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Leaving the ship in Buenos Aires was seemless.
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