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Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
Island Princess

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

Sail date: October 17, 2019

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall the cruise was not bad, but I will not say it isn’t great. Generally it is worth it mostly because of the Panama Canal crossing. If you don’t have the time that a full complete crossing all the way to L.A. this will be it.


3 out of 5
It was smooth. Greetings of the crew were never that cheerful.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Overall it was okay. Food was nothing to write home about.

Bordeaux Dining Room

3 out of 5

The service was great overall. We try to go their as much as possible. The coffee was better than the other venues.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The fitness center was completely closed from any view of the sea, like in other ship.

Internet Cafe

3 out of 5

Coffee was good, but of course you have to pay a premium.


1 out of 5

The gym was enclosed, didn’t have any windows


2 out of 5

It was small and not inviting.

Beauty Salon

4 out of 5

The prices are good. They tried to up sell you with products.


2 out of 5
It was more for an older crowd. All do I am not a spring chicken, I would like a more of an upbeat performance. There was chamber music in the atrium that will make you go to sleep.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Their was a teenager area. I didn’t see that many young people.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
The waiter was very pleasant ask from Emilio and Jose. The only complaint was that they seemed to rush. Jene the room steward was very professional.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship is old and you can tell with the design and layout. One great thing about that it had a laundry room for the guest with ironing facilities.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It was good but not great!

Ship tip

Take some clip to keep the baby curtain closed.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Stay one before departure. Wanted to relax before the cruise.

Falmouth, Jamaica

4 out of 5
Stay in port, various shops of all sizes.People very friendly, try the Jamaican beer was great.

Cartagena, Colombia

2 out of 5
To many vendors not living you alone. Took the walking tour and we lost our guide because of the amount of people. Didn’t not enjoy it at all.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
It was worth it. Crossing the Panama Canal was a great experience. Will do it again! Next time will do the complete crossing.

Cristobal, Panama

1 out of 5
Didn’t leave the ship, after the disappointment of Cartagena

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

3 out of 5
It was extremely hot, stay in port.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Took the little train ride. It was very interesting and educational. The island is very very small so it can be walk without any problem. It was very encouraging.


5 out of 5
Very smooth!

Traveler Photos

The biggest house in Grand Cayman, 2 bedroom,12 bathrooms. Inside the lock crossing the Canal to Gatun Lake. Another view of the Canal crossing. Emilio & José our great waiter’s The laundry room for guests.
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