A winner: Island Princess Cruise Review by no ka oi
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Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
the most impressive was the crew. without exception, we were greeted by everyone and every crew member was more than happy to help.
Dining: We had early traditional dining 5:45. would have been better at 6:15; but a necessary schedule in order to get to entertainment venues.
We found the food to be very very good.
Because it was traditional we enjoyed the same waiters for the whole trip.
Alejandro and Marco were wonderful. They were very attentive and offered help in choosing the best and getting it there in a timely manner.
It was our good luck to have 4 dinner companions who were just delightful.
We enjoyed comedians, but I especially liked their production numbers. The costumes were fantastic.
Going through the canal was a great experience with 2 feet space on each side of the ship. It took More about 1 1/2 hrs. Negative, however, was the fact that the port there could only accommodate one ship (it was celebrity)guess they beat princess to that slot.
We did cruise tours in 3 ports. Most enjoyed was the canal boat cruise at Limon.
We saw many creatures native to the rainforest and canal.
Even tho we had a few sea days, they were relaxing and enjoyable.
well done Island Princess. Less
Cabin review: AB229
we had a mini-suite AB229. This is quite forward the positive of which was having to work off some of the delicious food by walking a long distance torestaurants, etc.It was quite roomy. There was a bathtub which allowed 6'3 husband to move comfortably compared to stall shower elsewhere. The balcony was large enough with 2 chairs, and 2 which could recline. The caribe deck has a covered balcony which we used often because we were lucky with the weather.The room steward, Benedict was very accommodating with special requests, and we did enjoy the refrigerator and nightly candy with turndown.
Port and Shore Excursions
We also stopped in Limon and very much enjoyed a rainforest canal boat tour. Saw many creatures from the area.
Found cruise operators in Ocho Rios to be nice, but aggressive in making our tour stop at two shopping centers. Passengers did not want to stop and ran an hour late. however, in all fairness, there is no welfare in Jamaica, so the local people do need to make aliving.
It was very hot in Cartegena. I think it was 94 degrees and we walked around the old city for 2 hours. Must have quite enjoyable, because we were able to overlook the heat.
StarBreeze Panama Canal
Island Princess Panama Canal
Overall, A Good Trip