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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I had sailed the Panama Cruise before and this is the first time I was able to go to Panama City. Also wanted to see the new canal and the itinerary included other ports that have not visited in many years. Loved the destination port San ... Read More
I had sailed the Panama Cruise before and this is the first time I was able to go to Panama City. Also wanted to see the new canal and the itinerary included other ports that have not visited in many years. Loved the destination port San Francisco. I am not a fan of the mega ships and love the size of the Island Princess. It is starting to show it’s age a little bit but would sail on it again. I booked the mini-suite and always enjoy the extra space on longer cruises. The Princess sleep system beds are wonderful and had the most restful night sleeping during the cruise. The entertainment was very good and really enjoyed their new production, “Silk”. Selected first seating for dining and did not like the change in time with dinner starting at 5:15. The meals were very good in the dining room and the waiters were more than willing to get additional items on the menu. Have sailed on the Island two other times and visited the Bayou Cafe. Was disappointed this time in the attempt to deliver Cajun food. I am sure it didn’t help that I visited New Orleans in June. The service is stellar and usually make great friends with the servers. I stuck with the ship sponsored tours and was glad of that. There was a parade and blocked the streets and a tour was thirty minutes late from sail time. The ship was held until they arrived. Princess has the embarkation / disembarkation down to a science. It is so smooth getting on and off in record time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We wanted to go to the Panama Canal It was our anniversary, and Princess gave us some gifts that were unexpected but appreciated especially the opportunity to eat in a private restaurant. In our dining room, we preferred a set time. ... Read More
We wanted to go to the Panama Canal It was our anniversary, and Princess gave us some gifts that were unexpected but appreciated especially the opportunity to eat in a private restaurant. In our dining room, we preferred a set time. The menu had large variety, it was amazing. The food was always hot and served promptly. The meals were excellent and we were taken care of by the ship’s super staff. Our waiter Sandy and his helper Russel were Very attentive, remembering each meal what our beverage was. We couldn’t have asked for better service at dinner with Sandy and Russel, always friendly and making us feel special. All the staff on the ship are friendly and helpful. The shows were exceptional! Every night they had professional entertainers. The costumes, the band and the settings were outstanding. They offer So many activities to do on the ship or you can just relax and do nothing. We would definitely recommend Princess ships. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Our ten day cruise aboard the Island Princess was everything we wanted it to be. The service, food and accommodations were exactly what we wished for. The entertainment director responsible for organizing all passenger interactive ... Read More
Our ten day cruise aboard the Island Princess was everything we wanted it to be. The service, food and accommodations were exactly what we wished for. The entertainment director responsible for organizing all passenger interactive activities did an outstanding job keeping the passengers entertained. The food service staff in our "anytime" dining room and also at the soup to nuts buffet.were very attentive and a joy to be around. The very talented bar staff were also very entertaining demonstrating their mixology repertoire. Generally we find negative details for the critique, however, it is not the case here. We chose not to take advantage of any of the tours available because of very recent surgery. We did walk off the ship in two ports but not for long. Actually, we found the ship pleasantly enjoyable with half the passengers ashore. The best part about the cruise was the exceptionally well trained staff. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We decided on this particular cruise because of the dates, destinations and Princess line as we are Ruby Captain's Club members. At the end of the cruise we were delighted to find out that we reached Platinum class. While we're ... Read More
We decided on this particular cruise because of the dates, destinations and Princess line as we are Ruby Captain's Club members. At the end of the cruise we were delighted to find out that we reached Platinum class. While we're used to the newer ships, we found the 2016 refurbishment of the Island Princess to be quite nice. All of the common areas were updated and well appointed. The fitness center however was lacking and had no windows. We had a mini-suite at the front port side of the ship convenient to the Lido deck where we spent most of our time. We like Anytime Dining and also had dinner 3 nights at Specialty restaurants; Bayou was only fair, Sabatini's was outstanding. The ports, some which we had been to, others not, which is one of the reasons we took this cruise; Cartagena, Panama Canal & Limon. Cayman Islands and Jamaica we've been. Unfortunately it rained in Panama so hard that morning that all excursions were cancelled. Other than that, the weather was perfect and we had an absolute blast. Entertainment on the ship was OK, service was excellent and the food was good. We have traveled on Celebrity several times and honestly, the food on that line is outstanding. Still, we look forward to our next cruise on Princess. They have two new ships being launched, one this year and another in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Just the right size shape. Very friendly service stuff and always great service. No complaints the food was always good with some meals being exceptional and others just adequate. However, I think food has a lot to do with personal taste. ... Read More
Just the right size shape. Very friendly service stuff and always great service. No complaints the food was always good with some meals being exceptional and others just adequate. However, I think food has a lot to do with personal taste. Going through the canal was a real experience that everyone should see. We’ve been to many islands so the excursions in the Grand Cayman’s and Jamaica were not ones we’ve selected. Costa Rica was fascinating and would go back. Unfortunately the excursions in panama were canceled due to inclement weather during the night. I was a little disappointed with Cartagena Colombia because I expected the beaches to be lush and beautiful. The old city in Cartagena is a lovely The Casino Steph is by far the most friendliest staff I have ever played with. I really enjoyed playing the tables. They are very helpful if you didn’t understand the game and I also made you feel as if they were rooting for you which is unlike most casinos in the states. I hope you choose the Panama Canal cruise you’ll enjoy it Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This by far is the best cruise we have ever had. We have been cruising for over 40 years. We have been doing so with many cruise lines but this one with Princess was the best. The entertainment was far superior to anything we have ever ... Read More
This by far is the best cruise we have ever had. We have been cruising for over 40 years. We have been doing so with many cruise lines but this one with Princess was the best. The entertainment was far superior to anything we have ever seen on a ship. The food was outstanding. The suite was great. The crew was exceptional. The embarkation and dis embarkation was the best organized and most efficient that I have ever seen. The value was tremendous. I highly recommend this ship and itinerary The productions were professional and Broadway quality. The food at all dinning rooms were exceptionally good. The crew were not only professional but courteous, helpful and professional.. The ship was very clean and beautiful. The ports and itinerary were fabulous. We really enjoyed going through the Panama Canal. The enrichment program with the very knowledgeable narrator was very good. There is no question in my mind the value and quality of this cruise surpasses all that I have seen. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
The Panama Canal was always a place that I had heard about, studied in school and someplace I just felt like I wanted to visit. Well, our trip there lived up to expectations. From the time we left Ft. Lauderdale until we returned ten days ... Read More
The Panama Canal was always a place that I had heard about, studied in school and someplace I just felt like I wanted to visit. Well, our trip there lived up to expectations. From the time we left Ft. Lauderdale until we returned ten days later, we had a very enjoyable time. The itinerary included a couple of islands we had already visited (Jamaica & Grand Cayman) but since they were part of the package, we didn't complain. Visits to Columbia, Panama & Costa Rica were new to us on this voyage. Our first stop was Jamaica after a very relaxing & enjoyable sea day. We visited the local shops there as there weren't any shore excursions that really interested us. Another sea day took us to Cartagena, Columbia where we toured the Spanish fort and the old walled city. The tours were very interesting but there was quite a bit of walking. Things are a little close in the old city so it did get warm. But there was plenty to see and the trip was enjoyable. The next stop was the Panama Canal itself. We entered the Canal around 7 in the morning and I had a great spot on Deck 11 of the Island Princess to watch the proceedings. The narrator helped keep us abreast of what was going on but his German accent did make him hard to understand at times. For the third set of locks, I retreated to the stern of Deck 8 for a totally different perspective. There were plenty of photo opportunities all morning long. I didn't really keep tabs on the time but would guess that it took us about three hours to exit the canal to Lake Gatun. There, we dropped anchor at the Lake Gatun Yacht Club then transferred to a bus for the next part of our trip through the canal. Amidst intermittent rain showers, we traveled to a ferry that took us through the remaining locks on the Pacific side of the canal and to Panama City. Again, there were plenty of photo opportunities as we transited the locks and cruised along the other end of the canal. We did see some shipping that was bound for the new locks which were completed on each end. At the bay in Panama City, there was a literal parking lot of ships waiting to gravel east through the canal to the Caribbean Sea. It was really a neat sight. After docking at Panama City, we returned to the Island Princess by bus arriving at probably about 4.30 in the afternoon. It was a very memorable trip. The next day, we visited Limon, Costa Rica, where we toured a portion of the rain forest by rail and water. The monkeys in the trees and the blue heron along the shore were highlights of the very relaxing trip by train and boat. After three very busy and most interesting days, we were ready for the sea day which followed our visit to Limon. At Grand Cayman, we were able to take a semi-submarine ride that had not been available during our previous visit there. The vessel was a bit crowded but everyone could see the surrounding waters. Traveling over the shipwreck in the harbor and the boat's diver feeding the fish right outside of our viewing windows were two of the more memorable things that we saw. After the sub ride, we visited Hell, so named for the gnarly black rock formations in the vicinity. The next stop was the turtle farm where sea turtles were raised from the eggs laid by the females along the area beaches. If you are a bit bold, you can pick up one of the turtles for a neat picture. From there, we stopped and sampled Cayman Island Rum Cakes then returned to our ship. Our last day was a sea day that was capped off with the BEST onboard production we have ever seen, Encore. It was so good that we stayed for the second performance and enjoyed it just as much as we enjoyed it the first time. The balloon drop in the Atrium seemed a fitting way to end our trip... the atmosphere was as festive as any New Year's Eve party I've ever attended. As usual, disembarkation was a bit rushed but we managed. Our flight left Ft. Lauderdale at 11.30 in the morning and the flight path from the airport allowed us one last glimpse of the Island Princess as we flew overhead. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Chosen because we wanted to experience Princess. and the Panama Canal was a bucket list item. The icing on the cake was Cartegena and Limon. Enjoyed the ports very much with very good ship excursions. Had been to Jamaica and Cayman before ... Read More
Chosen because we wanted to experience Princess. and the Panama Canal was a bucket list item. The icing on the cake was Cartegena and Limon. Enjoyed the ports very much with very good ship excursions. Had been to Jamaica and Cayman before so although Im not a big Jamaica fan. I had a good Falmouth experience that changed my mind about visiting the island again. It was to be a port/ship day, but found a tour that was very enriching and we were kept safe. Cayman was the the beach, a bit pricy but a lovely afternoon. As I said Cartegena and Limon were a treat. Great excusions with guides that were really up on their history of the island. Enjoyed all the ports very much. On the ship. Food is excellent. although Horizon Court gets to be a bit tiresome with the same things, but hey you can do breakfast just so many ways. Lunch in the dining room was superb as was afternoon tea. Dinner was fantastic, both in menu choices and in service. Eduardo and Husin, our waiters gave outstanding service, and while Husin was learning, his youthful appearance and upbeat personality really gave us a great impression. Pools are nice, though of course crowded on sea days. Narration of our passage in and out of the Panama Canal was very informative and we both learned alot. We will be returning to Princess again as we found this experience outstanding. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Wanted to see the Panama Canal (knew it was just an in & out stop). The Island Princess is a great ship (abt 2000 passengers). Nice overall itinery, except Cartagena is a despicable town - a class A tourist trap - worthy of being ... Read More
Wanted to see the Panama Canal (knew it was just an in & out stop). The Island Princess is a great ship (abt 2000 passengers). Nice overall itinery, except Cartagena is a despicable town - a class A tourist trap - worthy of being avoided if possible (just stay on the boat and buy your emeralds in the US). Other than that, it was a wonderful ship, crew & Ship. Do make a point of scheduling a Deluxe Balcony Dinner early on. It is a bargain considering all that you get and the quality of the food (way better than the main dining room fare); also do the Bayou Cafe dinner (lobster or steak). The submarine ride along the coral reef at Georgetown, Caman Islands was fun - we went down to a depth of 107 ft. Seating is back-to-back down the centerline so everyone faces a porthole amd has a good view. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Great itinerary including Panama Canal, but highlight was being blown away by extreme quality of performances & musicianship on board. Very good variety of musical styles and shows that Broadway would envy. Great jazz sets and backup ... Read More
Great itinerary including Panama Canal, but highlight was being blown away by extreme quality of performances & musicianship on board. Very good variety of musical styles and shows that Broadway would envy. Great jazz sets and backup for guest performers who were amazing also. We walked around Ft. Lauderdale the day before departure & enjoyed the city even though it was hot and humid for early October. Embarkation and our exit also were the fastest & most efficient we have experienced (been on 3 other cruise lines, but first time on Princess). We chose an interior cabin (deck 5) since not spending much time there & had the best sleep in years on a great queen bed. The cabin steward must be a magician, since the room was always clean even when we were not gone a long time -- not sure he ever slept. Again ... great music & shows & ports of call made this a super cruise! Read Less
Island Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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