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Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Island Princess

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

Sail date: November 06, 2019

Ship: Island Princess

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Service staff and entertainment excellent. Food selection and taste average. Crab Shack specialty restaurant very good. Sabitini's specialty restaurant's Italian food very good but lobster tail not cooked as well as the lobster tail served in main dining room on second formal night. Go figure!


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We did not participate so we can not evaluate them. So I gave them a 5 since there is no choice for not applicable


5 out of 5
We have taken 10 cruises prior to this one. This was our first Princess Cruise. The entertainment was excellent using our previous cruises as a benchmark.

Children's Programs

Did not have children with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Stateroom steward, Waiter and assistant waiter, the wifi advisor/technical support person,,the lecturer on upcoming ports of call, the service staff in the buffet area were all personable, professtional and proficient.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Common areas and stateroom were very clean. It is an older ship that just does not have enough outlets in the stateroom. We had an adaptor that you can plug into an outlet that provides 3 outlets for charging phones, ipads, etc.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

The wifi is excellent so do not hesitate to bring your ipad to stream programs.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Did the excursion for the everglades fan boat ride. It was worth it. Did the excursion for the Carrie B paddlewheeler for cruise by Millionaires row. It was worth it. Did not find any others that appealed to me. So that is why it was not a 5 star rating.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Yes. Did the Best of Grand Cayman tour. Since it was our first time there is seemed the best choice to get a feel for Grand Cayman. This tour accomplished this.

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Yes. Did the Highlights of Cartagena , San Felipe fortress, Las Bovedas tour. Las Bovedas was not a highlight. The other stops were. Our tour guide was excellent.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
We stayed on board and stood at the front of the ship as we entered the locks. The Commentary on the ship's speakers by Kerry was excellent.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Signed up for Rainforest Walk, Canal Cruise and Countryside tour. The tour guide was excellent. We enjoyed the tour.

Falmouth, Jamaica

3 out of 5
First time there. Signed up for Highlights of Falmouth and Greenwood Great House excursion. The Great House tour could have been more interesting if the tour guide at the Great House was more relaxed and personable. I came away with the impression that the tour guide was new and was sticking to a memorized script. The rest of the excursion was so-so.


5 out of 5
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