Princess Island Princess Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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cdnexplorer
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
We had successfully sailed with Princess three times before and when I found that Princess had a cruise from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal around my preferred date, we booked it without really checking alternative cruise lines. ... Read more
chalce
Member Since 2009
1 review
62 forum posts
My DH does not like sea days so this is the perfect cruise. We were off ship in a different country nearly every two days. The Island Princess is in need of some TLC. Some of the hallway carpets, especially on Emerald deck, were ripped ... Read more
micheal1
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
This cruise fulfilled a long held ambition to do the Panama Canal. That part was brilliant. The ship was Ok but needs a bit of an upgrade. There was a lot of rust showing through on the decks and not a lot of maintenance appeared to ... Read more
Virginwill
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We try always to cruise on Princess because they consistently offer a very good value for our money. Food, service, cleanliness and condition of ship is always excellent. The Island Princess is not a mega ship, approximately 2,200 ... Read more
stanandnan
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
We chose the cruise through the Panama Canal because it had an ittinery that attracted us. The shows were the BEST that we have seen on any cruise line The LINES to get to things were bad- we waited 2 3/4 hours to get on the ship, ... Read more
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Gamadee1
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we obviously wanted to cruise the Panama Canal. We do not cruise every year, nor have we had particular loyalty to any one cruise line. We have, however, been on around 10 cruises over the years. We had ... Read more
colo58cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was an amazing "bucket list" trip through the Panama Canal! The service was stellar as was the food in the any time dining room. Loved the pizza for lunch in Sabatinis. We spent the sea days in the sanctuary and most ... Read more
RichFromOmaha
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
9 helpful votes
A Panama Canal cruise was on our to-do list for a long time. The Island Princess is a mid-sized ship, so it doesn't have a lot of entertainment venues. Our low-end balcony cabin was just right, as we didn't spend a lot of time there. At ... Read more
il castoro
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Notes on Island Princess, 1/19/17 - 2/3/17 Panama Canal Full Transit I wanted to transit the Canal since I was 12 years old. My mother had done it in the 1930s, and gave me Frederic Haskin's 1913 book about the Canal as a present. ... Read more
CostCritic
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
It sounded like a good cruise but it was not. The ship is tired, front desk is terrible and seemed like half the ship and crew got sick including us. We have taken other Princess Cruises as well as Norwegian and Viking. Princess was ... Read more
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HaveDogWillTravel
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
207 forum posts
9 helpful votes
The service on the Island Princess was absolutely stellar. Everyone (wait staff, bar staff, room steward, customer service desk) we came in contact with did their utmost to make this cruise the best experience possible. I know they had ... Read more
DavidB5
Member Since 2006
1 review
89 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it fit within our budget and timing. We have sailed Princess before and we have been satisfied with the experience. Embarkation in Los Angeles went smoothly. From the time we were dropped at the pier by the ... Read more
Scott269
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I chose this cruise because of the itinery and the number of days at sea. I was celebrating a partial retirement and just wanted an extended time to relax. I had concerns about the age of the ship, this being my 23rd cruise and it has been ... Read more
Champagne Taste
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
276 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I sailed on the Island Princess prior to the latest renovations and found no improvements benefitting passengers. More cabins were added reducing common space area. The gym is now is a small room with no windows. The theatre is small ... Read more
Seegee
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
20 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
1. Thank you for bringing back some higher end clothing like Tommy Bahama. I bought a jacket. 2. Really enjoyed the Crab Shack. 3. Thanks for the upgrade to a mini suite, a first for us. 4. The $199 photo package, about time the ... Read more
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philabos
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
41 forum posts
3 helpful votes
A great itinerary on a poor ship. My bad for not following Cruise Critic comments on the 2015 "refurbishment". Added 120 cabins and ripped out lounge space - not a good result for the passenger. Double Level Universe ... Read more
Onagh
Member Since 2016
1 review
72 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Princess Cruise Lines – Island Princess – Panama Canal Grand Adventure December 20, 2016 Sailing 15 Days Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, Full Panama Canal Transit This is my first time sailing with princess cruise ... Read more
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Fzzlove
Member Since 2009
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The ship was outdated, small, and smelled like mildew in several locations (most notably the elevators towards ship's aft and the hallways. The crew, while helpful, was not anywhere near as energetic and engaging as they have been on ... Read more
toronto.gal
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
87 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Loved the cruise - it was a repeat visit to the Panama Canal for us. Two of the ports were especially fun - San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and Cartagena in Colombia. We enjoyed both immensely. The staff on the ship were great, and the ... Read more
HawksNDawgs
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
While the cruise is titled the Panama Canal, you never disembark from the ship while traversing the Panama Canal. Ambiance - Boat is smaller so many things that I enjoyed on other cruises were absent such as multiple ... Read more
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mmtilley
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was the longest cruise that we have been on, and first time on Princess. The entire trip was very enjoyable. The ship was nicely decorated for the holidays, and never seemed crowded. We had an balcony cabin that was great for transit ... Read more
blink62
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
The ports were fine. Our room was a joke. Way too small. Had to move both table and chair to get to the balcony. Balcony was fine and used a lot, except, of course, when we went through the Panama Canal. Service was exceptional. ... Read more
vacation-cruiser
Member Since 2008
1 review
33 forum posts
7 helpful votes
First let me address the positive points of this cruise. The entertainment was awesome! Of the six cruises we have been on, this one by far had the superior entertainment. The quality of singers, dancers, live band, etc. was great. We ... Read more
c5corvette
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Having been on other bigger Princess boats, this one was too small and not laid out as well. Scheduling for dinner and theater shows was conflicting and problematic. People had to wait in long lines for the 5:15 any time dining, to seat ... Read more
X-NDSN
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
The Island Princess is the smallest of the Princess ships we have sailed on and lacks some of the features present on the larger ships. Several people mentioned that during the recent overhaul of the ship close to 200 additional rooms ... Read more
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