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Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
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Island Princess

10 Night Panama Canal With Costa Rica & Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 20, 2018

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B639

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Ship has been revamped and it seems to favor the people with suites and high end cabins. Public address system is not very good, hard to understand. We miss the happy hour at Crooners.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
no problems

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
we were not pleased with MDR so we did not return. Buffet was good and Sabbatinis was excellent. ( it was my birthday so I got a free dinner)

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Zumba, pop choir and casino for me. Pool, hot tubs and people watching for hubby

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Only went to 2 shows. appreciate the time of the shows and the length of performance

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room steward Cyrus was wonderful, all stewards were friendly. Zumba instructor Lucinda was fun and always reminded us of our safety. Casino mgr Heidi was totally charming and helpful. John Loney pop choir, probably along with Lucinda. the most overworked people on ship The service staff in buffet were good BUT Pizza guy had an attitude. He was one of the few that were sarcastic.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Very well maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
beds a little too soft for us, linens were nice. Kept clean and clean smelling. Shower is so tiny.

Ship tip

the fitness center is on the 5th floor and there are no facilities like showers etc. Spa has them but you must pay for services which are overpriced and end with a hard sell.

Ports of call

Falmouth, Jamaica

3 out of 5
weather kept our visit short, just stayed in port area

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
We did the hop on hop off bus, with shuttle provided by Princess. The vendors were so aggressive that you could not stand still to admire the city without being swamped. The fortress was not an easy climb especially in the heat.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
No excursion, just listened to the narration and took a zillion photos.

Cristobal, Panama

1 out of 5
no excursion, just got off the ship to see the port area (1 or 2 blocks long) depressing and sad

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
Took an excursion from the pier, van of 8 people driven by Big Jim. Tour of city, banana plantation, sloths and boat ride on river, stopped at fruit stand and later a beach restaurant.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Hubby took excursion to Stingray encounter and snorkel. Enjoyed it I met him in town, which was crowded with 4 other ships in town. We had visited this island before.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
it took half an hour once we left the ship- walk off group one. there had been a medical emergency so our 7:30 time was delayed. When people are assembled in public areas, there is alot of confusion. We all had our luggage and it became hard to find a place. Since we were staggered departure times, maybe they should have put different times in different places.
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