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We have traveled with Princess enough to be considered platnum members of the Captain's Circle. Had this cruise been our first with Princess, it would have been our last. The experience was disappointing to say the least. In particular the food was the worst I have ever tasted on a cruise. The food was particularly bad in the Horizon buffet, and only marginally better in the dining room. Generally the offerings were overly salted, meats were tough and tasteless (hence the need for salt), bland and boring. As a result we found ourselves eating in the speciality restaurants for a number of our dinners. The entertainment was so-so. Rather short production numbers, lip-syncing singers, and shows that seemed to be cobbled together at the last minute. Our cabin was fine, as well as our Cabin Steward. We had a mini-suite, mid ship on Dolphin Deck. Easy access to the elevators and stairs. The general feeling that I got from the cruise was that I was a captive consumer, and that the cruise line was determined to sell me something. Teeth whitening, acupuncture, the newest thing in a semi-precious stone that I never heard of (zultanite,kryptonite,dynamite,whatever. Princess what have they done to you?
Island Princess Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America
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Cabin review: Mini-Suite with Balcony

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Having been to Aruba before we elected not to take an excursion. For those of you that have traveled the Caribbean before, Aruba offers little. The shopping is better in St. Thomas, the diving is better in the Caymans, and the scenery is better in the Virgin Islands. Since we had already taken this cruise several years ago aboard the Coral Princess, we had visited all the ports. We elected not to avail ourselves of the cruise lines excursions at their inflated rates. Grab a cab instead, and get a local tour guide. You'll learn more, see more, and save money. Plus you won't have to spend the obligatory 30 minutes plus at the stores owned by the cruise line as they try and fleece you for overpriced "bargains".
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The canal is the reason for this trip. By all means get off the ship and tour the canal. The excursions to take are those that allow you to tour the canal's facilities, and see the countryside. Pricey but worth it.
Port
OK. It's Jamaica what can I say. If you must see Dunn's River Falls go ahead, afterward you'll wonder why you did it. Once again, poverty on a mass scale.
Due to high surf, the port was closed and we were unable to stop at this port of call. We have been to Costa Rica several times, and the best things to see here are the rain forest and the banana plantation.
Published 03/13/13
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