Island Princess Panama Canal November 9, 2011: Island Princess Cruise Review by janeway
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Island Princess Panama Canal November 9, 2011
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We only took one Princess excursion, the Atlantis Submarine in Aruba. Otherwise, we went on private tours arranged thru folks met on the boards on Cruise Critic. They were much more personalized and less expensive. Some people won't take private tours because they're afraid they'll miss the ship. However, these folks are dependent on cruise ships and they had us back to the ship in plenty of time.
We asked for twin bed configuration, but when we arrived it was in the queen configuration. We just let it go that way because it simply wasn't that big a deal.
We celebrated our wedding anniversary on the cruise, and our steward hung balloons in our cabin and wished us happy anniversary. We also had a special dessert for dinner, which we shared with our table mates. We always asked to share a table, and dined with some very fascinating people.
We took advantage of their new program of taking your luggage from your cabin and we didn't see it again until we arrived home. It was well worth the $20 we paid for the service. We took the Princess transfer to the airport which was a mistake. The bus let us off approximately 1-2 city blocks from our terminal. Again, with my limited mobility this made it difficult. Fortunately, we didn't have to wrestle with the luggage. However, next time we will take a taxi to the airport!!
We were very disappointed to find that the photographer who was on land while we went thru the canal seems to have taken NO pictures of those of us on the Aloha deck balconies. You can tell the Aloha deck balconies from others due to the low overhang over the balconies. We were looking forward to showing that picture to our grandchildren. The pictures taken were placed in several boxes and one must search thru hundreds of pictures just to find that there were no pictures of several of us on the Aloha deck balconies. Another Princess snafu?? Less
Cabin review: BBA339 Balcony
A339 on Aloha deck. The balcony is covered by an overhang, so anything said on neighboring balconies was amplified as it bounced off this low metal overhang. Sitting on balcony was not always pleasant due to the loud rock band on the Lido deck above us, especially on party nights. I will not book on the Aloha deck again.Read All Balcony (BB) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
StarBreeze Panama Canal
Island Princess Panama Canal
Overall, A Good Trip