Island Princess Cruise Review by Barb the travel lady: Smooth Sailing cruise
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Smooth Sailing cruise
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This cruise was as advertised with a stop in Aruba from 7 am to 12:30. The sun wasn't up when we could go onshore. Such a beautiful island to not spend more time. Cartagena was a beautiful city where we booked a private tour with Lee Miles. He has various selections of places he suggests you visit and he was most accommodating in the changes I wanted. The food at La Olla Cartagenera was excellent. Thankfully Elkin was our translator as no one at the restaurant spoke English. We had a van for 4 and our tour guide, Elkin, who spoke perfect English, sat facing us so we were able to converse like old friends. Highly recommended. Lee Miles website is: http://www.destinationcartagena.com/privatetours
The most disappointing part of the trip was our "cruising" Lake Gatun. We went through the first set of locks and parked among the freighters. Everyone wanted to know about the "cruising" around Lake Gatun. Having been through the canal numerous times we missed a great opportunity by More just being anchored. Princess also took the stop at Cristobal off the itinerary that was originally planned.
The Horizon Court Buffet food was forgettable. The area is small and congested. It got to the point I was not looking forward to lunch. Finally we went to the dining room for lunch and was very satisfied.
Dining room food offerings were not as exotic as previous Princess cruises.
Overall we were very satisfied with the cruise. The ship is well kept except for the furniture on our deck which was corroding and the wood on the railings needed some attention. Less
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Only problem was the beggars who constantly are in your face trying to sell you stuff. A few times Elkin, our guide, had to say something to them to get them to back off.
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