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3 Los Angeles to Panama Canal & Central America Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews

The Island Princess is for us a large ship. While we are much happier and comfortable on a ship with no more than 1500 passengers, Island princess did have adequate space for quiet lounging or reading. The crowded areas were the dining ... Read More
The Island Princess is for us a large ship. While we are much happier and comfortable on a ship with no more than 1500 passengers, Island princess did have adequate space for quiet lounging or reading. The crowded areas were the dining areas and bars, especially at Happy Hours We have sailed the Panama Canal twice before so there were no surprises as to the canal passing or the ports. Our primary reason for choosing this particular cruise was to be with friends. To that end we were happy to be with them and Princess provided everything we needed to enjoy visiting with our friends. We found the wait staff in the dinning rooms exceptional as they were attentive, had a great sense of humor and went beyond expectations to please their customers, however, if you are a Whole Food Plant based dieter (Vegan) the menu is not very friendly. There are various choices on each menu for vegetarians but they often included Butter, Milk or Cream and or Cheese (Not the choice for vegans). Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I purchased air travel with Princess and had transfers to the pier on the day of the departure. Everything was very smooth. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of time we had to wait at the airport prior to going to the ... Read More
I purchased air travel with Princess and had transfers to the pier on the day of the departure. Everything was very smooth. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of time we had to wait at the airport prior to going to the terminal. Add that on to the time we spent waiting once we got to the terminal and it totaled well over 8 hours of waiting. But once we got on the ship everything was very smooth. There was a hiccup with my internet that had been purchased before the cruise. I had to go to the internet cafe for them to fix the issue. But once it was fixed the internet was pretty typical for a cruise ship. The cabin was good and the steward was fantastic. We had early dining and the waiters that served our table were good for the cruise. We never really created a bond with them. But the food was great and they went out of their way to serve us. So not really any complaints. The entertainment on this ship was top notch and we went to almost every show. The ship itself was fantastic. Never had a problem finding a seat on the Lido deck when we ate there. We loved sea days on this cruise and the ship was very comfortable. You could be where all the action was but you could also be in a quiet place if you just wanted to relax or read a book. The activities were typical for a cruise. The interaction I had with guest services wasn't very frequent but they seemed to just be doing their job. I sensed that they thought they were doing me a favor to take care of my needs. But I wrote that off as just not being adequately trained to make sure their guests felt special. The stops we had on this cruise were great. I booked all of my excursions through the cruise ship on this cruise. (Something I don't always do.) They were very good, fun, and informative. The real issue I had with this cruise was the flight home. I had booked this cruise about a year in advance and booked the travel as soon as I could. I went through the motions of getting seats together so that my wife and I could sit together on the way home. But when our tickets were delivered to our stateroom I noticed that all the tickets were middle seats and not even close together. They were all about 10 rows apart. I tried to get them together when I got to the airport. I was able to sit together on the first leg. The seats were the last row on the ship. The other leg we couldn't get anything changed and had to sit in the middle seat. That's not very cool for tickets we had purchased about nine months before the cruise. I talked to the airline about this and they indicated that the seats weren't even reserved until two days before the cruise. Princess really fell down in this instance. Overall, the cruise was great. I will cruise with Princess again. In fact I have booked a 22 day cruise for March of 2018 with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I have to walk with a walker, The people that helped me with the wheelchair took very good care of me . The only thing that went wrong is getting on the ship. I got out of the bus and the wheelchair and was taken inside, I picked up my ... Read More
I have to walk with a walker, The people that helped me with the wheelchair took very good care of me . The only thing that went wrong is getting on the ship. I got out of the bus and the wheelchair and was taken inside, I picked up my papers and my cruise card and was wheeled to the waiting area. I had a priority boarding pass. the man from Princess looked at it did did not tell the lady with him that I had it. After a hour siting in the waiting area and seeing the gold and the first time people going on , we asked the man why we were still there, we were Platinum member and had a Priority pass. he told us he did not see it and it was over a hour and a half before we were taken to our cabin. Once we were on the ship every thing was great. we went on several excursions , they made sure I had a front seat on the bus because I could not walk down the aisle. I had a handicap cabin and it was wonderful, The food and the service was great. We paid the money for our bags to be taken to the plane and sent to Denver, I would pay for this service any time I could use it, It worked out very well . Also we had a cabin that had the tow lines by it so the gave us a pass to go to the Sanctuary and we have wonderful service there. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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