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Island Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Reviews: 2
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Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Island Princess

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

Sail date: November 06, 2019

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B535

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We enjoyed the cruise and wish we had travelled with some friends as it seemed many groups had done this. Great ship and crew.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Well organized at the port and when we boarded the ship

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The staff the all the dining areas I visited were friendly, helpful and worked hard to keep tables cleaned and fresh food at buffets, and glasses refilled at tables ,

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The pools were used by many but it did not seem that there was shortage of room for anyone else who wanted to use them, Nice to have 2 pools with the Lido quieter and not in direct sun.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
All the evening shows were well attended and the crowd (and myself) really enjoyed the productions, dancing, singing and comics

Children's Programs

I did not bring any kids nor spent anytime in their areas

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I would love the have that level of service and friendliness from every place I traveled

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship looked in great shape and some minor painting was going on for exterior and walkways but did not overwhelm with fumes or get in way.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The balcony was large enough for 2 chairs to sit in but the railing was right at my wife's eye level when seated, needed a booster of 3 inches. Cabin kept very clean and size was good. I would like to have more outlets in room, 2 on desks but so close to each other could only use one at a time. Also would have liked a USB charger built into light or phone.

Ship tip

If it is raining when going through Panama canal locks, head to deck 11 (Baha) forward and watch from underneath the overhang of the bridge

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Very busy but they know what they are doing.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Take shuttle boat to pier and everyone I talked to had great time on their tours, Locals deal so much with US dollars that they have rates for most food and souvenirs figured as certain amount plus then restaurants and bars then add tip to bill. If your credit cards allows you to make purchases with no transaction fees, you have to tell the server or cash register person to ring it up as Cayman currency, otherwise you pay a larger exchange rate

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
In port on a Sunday of a weekend where Monday was national holiday. We were only ship in port and old city area was packed and street vendors were everywhere trying to sell shirts, hats, watches, fruit, beer, water, tablecloths There is a nice zoo to visit when you get back to ship

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
Canal was very impressive, did not take excursion when in Gatun Lake

Cristobal, Panama

4 out of 5
We could only visit the pier shop

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
People friendly, shopping area near port had many choices. Excursions were like by almost everyone I talked to.

Falmouth, Jamaica

5 out of 5
The port has a big clean shopping area as soon as you leave terminal. Everyone friendly but it takes time to travel from port to where the excursions are.

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
The ship forgot to call my group to disembark, found that out when baggage handler in terminal called to ask if I had forgetten bag as it was only bag left from that group

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