Had a good time, but not without some issues.

Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
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Island Princess

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

Sail date: October 27, 2019

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B306

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall the positives outweighed the negatives as we both enjoyed the people we met on the cruise and the experience itself.


5 out of 5
Very easy embarkation with no problems. Arrived about 3 hrs before departure. Rooms were ready ad all went well

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was just OK in main dining room and the service was spotty at best. Cajun restauarant was not worth the up charge, however, Sabatinis was great. Excellent service and Food

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We just relaxed on board and did not do many of the activities, the ones we did like Bingo and the Casino were OK.


3 out of 5
We did not go to any of the stage shows as it seemed repetitive through the 10 days and most reviews from others were they were OK. The entertaiment as walking around the boat was good

Children's Programs

We did not have children with us

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Most of the personnel were very good with the exception of service in the main dining room

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The design was OK, but really found the ship small compared to others we were on, so some services we were used to were not there. i do not smoke, however my wife said the ventilation in the cigar lounge was terrible. The lounge is too small for the number of people that used it and not comfortable at all.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Overall it was a little small and the bathroom was way too small

Ports of call

Falmouth, Jamaica

4 out of 5
Port was good with some shopping available. Did the Food Trip to Ocho Rios and it was great

Cartagena, Colombia

1 out of 5
This was a bad experience. Industrial port. Took the Hop on Hop Off and there was not enough time in port. People in the city were constantly harassing you to buy things and were in your face. Traffic was horrific and we were late from our excursion back to the boat. Luckily it was a guaranteed return trip through Princess and they waited for our group plus other.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
Did the boatride through the lake and saw some monkeys although you can tell thye were used to the excursions and the people gave them food, etc to get them to actually come on the boat. It was fun

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
Sloth Sanctuary was a good excursion

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
This was our favorite port, great tour of sea turtles and sandbar in the ocean to swim with stingrays. Had plenty of time after excursion to do some shipping and eat lunch


5 out of 5
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