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The Ports we have cruised the Canal before bit since the new one is in business wanted to see what it looked like. The size and the new canal area is very interesting. Took a few more excursions this time and they were very informative ... Read More
The Ports we have cruised the Canal before bit since the new one is in business wanted to see what it looked like. The size and the new canal area is very interesting. Took a few more excursions this time and they were very informative and interesting. Had a good time on all the Islands we visited but we were disappointed that Falmouth was cancelled because of the wind and wave action. But after a night of rock and roll the weather broke and the other islands welcomed us with sun and great temperatures. Am still amazed by the engineering of the old canal and what it entails to build. I would recommend this trip to anyone who asks. The crew and entertainment on this ship were very professional and caring. No request was looked down on or made you feel unwelcome in any way!! Would travel Princess again. The food in the dining room was divine. And if there was something special you wanted just ask!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Wanted to see the Panama Canal for a second time and was hoping to see the new canal. Unfortunately we went through the old locks. However had a great time with 3 other couples in all of the cruise stops. The ship is showing its age ... Read More
Wanted to see the Panama Canal for a second time and was hoping to see the new canal. Unfortunately we went through the old locks. However had a great time with 3 other couples in all of the cruise stops. The ship is showing its age (built in 2003, I think) and prefer the newer, larger ships. The staff and service were terrific. The cabin was clean but dated. The food in the dining room was very good. The Crab Shack was not that great. Sabatini's, the Italian restaurant was mediocre. The Bayou Steak House was very good. The internet was horrible. The nightly entertainment with the production shows and guest entertainers were pretty good. The daily music entertainers were good with the exception of the steel drums performance - gave me a headache after a while. However there could be more variety in the music venues to change it up a bit. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our 2nd cruise with Princess. This line has good food and drinks. The ship was in good condition for it's age. The rooms were in nice condition. The Wheelhouse bar/gathering room could use some new furniture. We did the ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise with Princess. This line has good food and drinks. The ship was in good condition for it's age. The rooms were in nice condition. The Wheelhouse bar/gathering room could use some new furniture. We did the cruise of the Gatun locks and into the lake. With our excursion we got to see the new locks we felt it was enough to satisfy our curiosity of panama canal. My advice if you go is to see one lock on your balcony, then move to deck 5 and see the walls through the coffee house windows. We then went up to the front of the ship(take your pictures outside the annoying blue plexiglass). We saw our last lock from the back of the boat. Be sure to be up and ready about 15 minutes before they start into the locks. We were on the Starboard side and I thought it was fun to watch the other boat going the other way go through the locks at the same time. Also most of the cruise this side had the best views when in port. The entertainment was similar to the Royal. Great music for ballroom dancers. We prefer more rock and roll so it was OK for us but we knew what we were in for. We enjoyed the late dinner seating and we watched the concerts on the big scene every evening. They also showed Bohemian Rhapsody one night. It did seem silly that they showed kid movies most days in the afternoon. I only saw 10 children on the 2000 person ship. It was hot in Cartagena. I took some cold washcloths wrapped in ice. It felt great . Be prepared for the people selling things they are SUPER aggressive. This was the downside of this cute town. I also recommend to take an excursion in Limon, Costo Rica. Not much to do in town and I wasn't to comfortable walking the streets. The food was good but not quite as good as the Royal. Also the servers were good but on the Royal they were outstanding.They did have some gluten free choices which was nice. Embarkation and disembarktation both went excellent. We got on around 1:15 and left at 7:30(walk off) we had no lines. I would recommend this cruise to see the Panama Canal. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This cruise stopped at some ports we had not visited previously and also went into the Panama Canal and back out again. We also left winter behind for ten days and enjoyed the balmy Caribbean weather. Although Island Princess is fifteen ... Read More
This cruise stopped at some ports we had not visited previously and also went into the Panama Canal and back out again. We also left winter behind for ten days and enjoyed the balmy Caribbean weather. Although Island Princess is fifteen years old now, it has been well maintained. Our Caribe deck balcony cabin was excellent and even a bit larger than we expected. Our needs were met perfectly by our steward. Island Princess does not have an International Cafe, Wines & Vines and the rear quarter of the Promenade deck has been closed off to make an additional twenty balcony cabins. So, when one walks the deck, one must cut through the ship to complete each lap. A little irritation not found on some ships. We were moved from anytime dining to a traditional table by the Matre'D the fourth night of the cruise (since some tables were open there) and that became a great experience. Jaco and Akshay proved to be fabulous waiters and made each meal fun and flavorful. The food was well prepared and presented and on a par with the other three Princess cruises we have taken. Some items were outstanding and Jaco's knowledge of the food and desert items was quite helpful. The show "The Secret Silk" was well performed and magician Gary Carson was very entertaining. Allan at the piano off the atrium and Danny the guitarist provided great listening. The vocalist in the Wheelhouse Bar, the violin & guitar classical duo and the group playing dance & pop tunes were all excellent and enthusiastic performers. The Cartagena Old City tour was fun and informative but a bit too short. The snorkel tour on Grand Cayman was not great due to choppy, windy conditions that day. Meeting the Sloths in Limon, Costa Rica, was an educational experience but a poor photographic one due to the sloths being in cages. Ocho Rios is a pretty little port. We took a walk downtown and purchased some handmade items from the makers at the craft market. It's safe to do this during the day with good police presence. It's only a 10 - 15 minute walk one way. Our time in the Panama Canal was interesting and very informative. The canal expert on board was excellent and had great knowledge of the canal from personal experience. He delivered a wonderful pre-transit presentation and a great running narration over the ship's speaker system during the transit. Service on the ship was good and we have learned the times to avoid the buffet to minimize waiting in lines. Food in the Horizon Court was good with lots of choices. Salad greens were very fresh and tasty. Sushi was put out one day only and the pieces of tuna were very small without a lot of taste. The hand-rolls were good though. Embarcation in Fort Lauderdale was a breeze since we arrived two hours after it had started so all lines were gone. Debarcation was slower but not excessive. Being Global Entry participants allowed us to use the short line through customs and we were whisked through quickly. I try not to look too gleeful every time this happens but it's impossible not to smile. I feel for the hundreds of people we bypass but they need to get with the program too if they want the benefits it offers. Getting onto the transfer bus took longer than it should and Princess could use more employees to properly direct guests to the buses and to keep the lines more orderly. FLL is an outdated airport and shows it. Princess EZ Air saved us lots of money on our flights and has been super to use for several cruises now. We always check to see what they can do for us when booking with Princess. All in all, this was a wonderful cruise with very calm seas the entire ten days. Now I'm looking out my window at a snow-covered landscape with 8 degree temps. We have another cruise booked next month and it can't come too soon. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We really wanted to cruise the panama canal but didn't have the time to do sea to ocean so the 10 day Princess cruise just suited us perfectly. Everything went perfectly well with the embarkation and disembarkation, Princess has it ... Read More
We really wanted to cruise the panama canal but didn't have the time to do sea to ocean so the 10 day Princess cruise just suited us perfectly. Everything went perfectly well with the embarkation and disembarkation, Princess has it down to a science. the Island Princess, even though it was refurbished in 2017 is rather dated looking. We had a mini suite and the sofa needed replacement cushions! The accommodations were really good and we were glad we made the decision to get a mini suite considering it was our home for 10 days. The evening entertaining was great fun, just some great games and laughs in the Explorer Lounge. The service on the ship was overall really good. We did each in each of the specialty restaurants once each and they were all very good. Glad we did that, it was a nice change and quite reasonable for what you got. You can't go out for dinner to any restaurant for what they charge. We did our shore excursions through Princess directly and they too were very well orchestrated. Very well organized and quite enjoyable. We did Dunn's River Falls (and walked the path immediately beside the falls rather than climb the falls), we did the hop on hop off bus tour/walking tour in cartagena which was also very good. It gets very hot very early there so we did our excursion at 7:30 and were back on the ship by noon. We did not get off the ship in Panama or Colon. Did the coffee and banana plantation/city tour which we also quite enjoyed in Costa Rica. In Grand Cayman, we just got off the ship and walked around on our own as this was our third time there. One downside to the ship is that their fitness room in the the "dungeon". No windows!!!!! I was shocked but still used the treadmills. the equipment was fine, the location was so not expected. I thought it would be in a room that we could see the ocean from! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Ship was up to standards. Staff was friendly and very responsive to needs/requests. Entertainment was top notch. We were in L706 which was directly across from the teen center. We only heard activity briefly on New Years Eve when the ... Read More
Ship was up to standards. Staff was friendly and very responsive to needs/requests. Entertainment was top notch. We were in L706 which was directly across from the teen center. We only heard activity briefly on New Years Eve when the staff gave them noise makers (why?). Bathroom , although small, accommodated my large spouse. We chose the anytime dining option and were relegated to only the Bordeaux dining room Would have liked to try the other dining room.Mostly, the food was good, although we were slightly disappointed that the choices were limited. We were surprised that the Horizon Buffet was a good as it was. We usually avoid buffets but this one had a great variety and food was fresh. The only real disappointment was the excursions. We opted for the Princess excursions as we were traveling with an individual with limited mobility, we were on foreign territory, and did not want to be left behind as port calls were short in duration. On the tour of Cartagena we were led mostly through a gauntlet of street vendors that were very aggressive and the tour guide did little more than text on her phone the entire time. The tour through the locks on the Panama canal took over 12 hours most of which was spent on a bus. Princess needs to be more realistic with their descriptions of their excursion. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
A cruise to the Panama Canal had been something my husband & I had planned for some time. When friends asked us to join them on this December cruise, it was the perfect opportunity to go. We had a lovely cruise. However, most of the ... Read More
A cruise to the Panama Canal had been something my husband & I had planned for some time. When friends asked us to join them on this December cruise, it was the perfect opportunity to go. We had a lovely cruise. However, most of the ship’s recent changes (the removal of the International Café, some specialty restaurants & the awkward relocation of other public areas) during its refurbishment were not well-planned. The small, windowless fitness center is crowded, & not at all inviting. The addition of 121 cabins reduces many public areas, & cuts off walking a full circuit of the Promenade deck. All of the staff on Island Princess are hard-working, courteous, & did their best to please us. How they can accomplish it all, in their limited time, is amazing. Our cabin steward, Benedik, was the best! He addressed all of our cabin concerns (a shower door didn’t close properly, causing water to leak into the bedroom, a loose shower shelf, & broken hair dryer housing) quickly, & efficiently. Our cabin was comfort-able, but needs to be updated. Storage space in our suite was very generous, w/ lots of hangers. Embarkation: This went smoothly, & we boarded about 11:30. Lunch in the Bordeaux Dining Room (12-1:30) was a relaxing way to begin our cruise, instead of the busy Horizon Ct. On embarkation night, only, passengers in suites & elite guests can dine at the specialty restaurants without paying the $29. Anytime Dining does NOT accept dinner reservations on embarkation day, but does after that. Princess Theater: The 50 min. shows were at 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Anytime Dining allowed us to dine before or afterward, depending on whether or not we planned to attend a show, or how late our excursion lasted. The larger shows (“The Secret Silk”, “On the Bayou”, “Encore”, & one other) were excellent, & alternated nights w/a comedian or singer. As mentioned, by others, get there at least 30 min. early to get a seat. It can also be very chilly during the evening performances, so bring a sweater or jacket. Sabatini’s: Serves wonderful dinners & breakfasts, only, to suite & elite guests. Our best meal was the Ultimate Balcony Dinner prepared by Room Service. It’s an exceptional experience & value. The lobster & filet were cooked to perfection. Served by the hard-working Room Service staff, Alwynn & Namadan, both of whom were outstanding servers: courteous, & efficient. We dined indoors, because of windy weather. Bordeaux Dining Room: Meals were just average. Ordering steak & lobster were an additional charge, (an unwelcome upcharge from their main menu), & not always the best choice. My lobster was overcooked, & some of the entrees were not hot when they arrived at the table. On past Princess cruises, there were more upscale menu items offered without this extra charge. Head waiter, Adrian, was helpful w/ seating the four of us, in the Bordeaux, when we were not using the Club Dining section of the room. Waiters continually circulated the room trying to sell “extra” drink offerings. Club Dining: a lovely, no-wait section of the dining room, for those in suites or certain mini-suites. Menu choices appeared to be about the same as in the regular section. We dined there only once, but not having to wait in line for seating is a definite plus. Horizon Court: Well-designed for improved flow. Improvements include hand washing stations, a glove-wearing staff member to hand you a plate upon entering, & nightly “theme” food, which was quite good. After a past experience w/ norovirus (on a different cruise line), I was hesitant to use the buffet. However, using the My Shield hand sanitizer I purchased from Amazon made us feel more secure. (http://www.stopthestomachflu.com/Home/what-do-hand-washing-and-hand-sanitizers-really-do/my-shield-hand-sanitizer ) Internet service is slow & expensive. Early mornings or late nights were often the only time we could connect to their satellite service. The Internet Café staff is not as competent as on other cruises, & several questions went unanswered, that had to do w/ phone settings to make calls while on board, using our phone plans, set up in advance. The free Princess@Sea app. for communicating w/ other passengers was handy (when it worked), but was a bit more complicated to set up than advertised on the website. Tips: The best view of the Panama Canal transit is from Deck 11, (just below the bridge) ALL the way to the front of the ship, & thru the normally closed doors to the outer deck. The doors are open to passengers on this day, only, & offered the best views of all of the action. Coffee Card: The card is not separate, but loaded onto your cruise card. As that was not explained, we had to ask several staff members before we understood how it worked. We purchased two, but really only needed one for both of us. As it was, we didn’t even finish half of what was offered, & are unable to have it carry over to a future cruise. Bottled water: We purchased 2 cases from Princess before sailing, & they were delivered to our cabin. It was less expensive than purchasing it individually, on board, & came in handy for shore excursions. Elite Lounge: (for suite & elite passengers) – Held each evening in the Explorer’s Lounge, deck 6, at the very back of the lounge, nightly between 5-7. Lovely complimentary appetizers & discounted drinks are offered. After our initial visit, we brought our traveling companions w/ us. Sanitation: I also purchased Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Wipes (odorless & more effective than the ones at a market) from Amazon, to wipe down our cabin’s touchable surfaces. We also carried a small My Shield foam hand sanitizers w/ us, & used it a lot. Once you’ve experienced norovirus, you never want a reoccurrence. Bar gratuities: 15% is automatically added to your cruise account, so you don’t need to add tips during individual purchases. Lotus Spa: There are many services available. I had a facial. And while it was good, it was not as thorough as others I’ve had. Products advertised on the Princess website are not the same as what the spa offers. Princess needs to update its website. Formal Nights: Both were on sea days. The first was on the 1st sea day. The last was held on the 3rd sea day, as most passengers were packing on the 4th. The Captain’s Champagne Reception was fun, as wasbeing one of the several passengers who got to pour additional champagne, over the tower of glasses. There was a line to do it, but it was worth it! Photos are taken, & it’s videotaped. Photos: All photos & “packages” are expensive, but fun to have. The photographers who take photos, when passengers disembark at ports, only stay there for 3 hrs., after docking. So if you get off later than that, you may miss them. Mai was the photo manager on board, & corrected a few charges for us that were incorrectly calculated. Lectures: Bill Fall’s port lectures were fabulous. He’s very experienced & used to live in Panama. His commentaries, as we entered the canal, were also wonderful. Don’t miss him. Cruising: Gale force winds between Jamaica & Cartagena & Limon & Grand Cayman resulted in the closing of the Promenade deck, two rocky crossings, & the cancelation of one of the shows: for the safety of the performers & the passengers. Otherwise, it was fairly smooth sailing. Medical Center: very good. In spite of our attempt to stay healthy, my husband contracted a chest cold, (not flu), & the Center treated him quickly & efficiently. Do pack as many OTC meds as you think you’ll need. We stored all of our toiletries in an inexpensive over-the-door shoe organizer, in the bathroom. It saved counter space, & no one touched our things while cleaning. Also, if you need to cancel (or miss) a Princess sponsored tour, because of medical reasons, ask the Med. Center to stamp your tour voucher, before you leave them. Then take it to the shore excursions desk & ask them to void the tour charge. Pre-Cruise Inoculations: We chose to get Hepatitis A & Typhoid Fever shots. We also used Sunsect, a combo sunscreen/insect repellant used by our U.S. troops. We had no issues w/mosquitoes, but it pays to be safe. Excursions: Except for Cartagena, ours were sponsored by Princess. Bathroom breaks were conveniently spaced on all tours. Complimentary Princess totes were handy for onshore purchases or to carry water. DO check excursion vouchers for tour time changes, (from the guides) from what you may have booked. Jamaica: We took the excursion to Good Hope Great House, which included a lovely Jamaican lunch. If not taking a tour, it’s safer to stay within the gated area of the cruise port. Cartagena: Daniel Grey, from Tours by Locals was a fabulous guide. We customized our tour, saw all we requested, & skipped the visits to the emerald shops. Our stop for lunch at La Mulata, in the Walled City (a local & reasonably priced restaurant), was perfect. They served great food & used filtered water. Finally, a quick stop at the port’s free mini zoo, on the pier, completed our perfect day. Panama: “Rainforest, Gatun Lakes & Locks Tour”: Only Princess tours could disembark & be tendered to the tour pick up. Panama Port Authority determines when passengers can disembark. Our tour didn’t leave until 11:30. Our stop at the Agua Clara Visitors’ Center would have been more appealing IF their restaurant had been opened, (Christmas Day) & we were not relegated to a long line where chips & sodas were all that was left. The hike near the resort was short & uneventful. The boat ride on Gatun Lake was pleasant, but we saw only one sloth. Limon: the 7.5 hr. Veragua Rainforest & Research Center, & Tortuguera Canal excursion was excellent! Our weather was perfect, & we saw sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, & egrets along the way. We descended the rainforest in a gondola, hiked to a waterfall, & enjoyed a local buffet lunch at the Center. On the Tortuguera Canal, we saw crocodiles, monkeys & sloths. It was well-organized, & one of our best tours. Grand Cayman: We were tendered to Royal Watler pier. Our tour, Highlights, “Hell”, & the Seven Fathoms Rum Distillery was great. The Seven Fathoms Rum Distillery is actually processed 42 ft. below the ocean, (7 fathoms) & 11 miles from shore. A stop to buy Tortuga rum cakes was also included. Check tour times. Afterward, we had a great lunch at the Cayman Cabana, located near the pier & the tenders. Currency: We took foreign currency for all port stops except Panama, whose currency’s value is the same as the U.S. Store prices were in U.S. $. We paid using their own currency, which seemed to confuse & surprise a few shop owners, who were anxious for U.S. $. We didn’t use credit cards, as we felt it risky. Weather: Check the temperatures of the ports, before you leave. It can be very hot & humid. Bring a hat to wear if you’re out on the deck during the Canal transit, or for the shore excursions. Disembarkation: This went very smoothly, & IF you have a Global Entry card, you’ll be able to use the short line exclusively for those who have it. Three months ago, I requested that Princess distribute copies of the Embarkation Day Princess Patter, to passengers waiting in the lounge to board. They didn’t. But hopefully, they’ll begin to do that as a service to their passengers, in the future. It would be helpful in planning that first day’s activities. It would also be nice if Princess reinstated their embarkation day “treasure hunt”. It gave passengers a chance to become acquainted w/all of the public areas. While a lovely ship, I would not cruise on the Island Princess again. If given a choice I’d take the Coral Princess, which has not been refitted w/ 121 additional cabins, & has more restaurants & public spaces. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
To call it "Bucket-List: cruise would elevate it to something it never was really intended to be. We were looking for a Christmas getaway that was warm and yet included sights never scene. So we chose the 10-day Panama Canal cruise. ... Read More
To call it "Bucket-List: cruise would elevate it to something it never was really intended to be. We were looking for a Christmas getaway that was warm and yet included sights never scene. So we chose the 10-day Panama Canal cruise. We chose the Island Princess ship because there's no gimmicks, no flashy anything. It is stately and has order to it. No one will accuse it of being a party ship or rave about the late-night entertainment or all the kids' activities. It's a mid-sized "Love Boat" filled with mostly boomers—some rich that popped for all their kids and grands to join them for Christmas break. The staterooms are plain and adequate with ample storage. There's a choice of restaurants but not such a vast selection as to cause confusion. You can count the choices on one hand. Ports of call included Jamaica, Columbia (ask for Pepsi products and not "Coke"), Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, and the highlighted Panama Canal. It's a partial transit, that is, the ship goes through three locks into the huge Lake Gatum. Then it eventually turns around and goes back through the same set of locks. Sound boring? It's not. It's really fascinating and it takes nearly all day to accomplish this turnabout. Typical excursions are offered at each port of call. Those staying on-board have an okay (not great) choice of activities on board from Trivia to gingerbread house making. The food quality is fair and the buffet has a different theme every evening. I didn't hear anyone saying they just had to get the recipe for this or that anything. The nightly entertainment need not be booked in advance as is the case on some ships (I dislike that). The theater is spacious enough. The musical/dance productions got better as the cruise progressed and never a repeat. A magician or comedian would alternate shows on nights when the dancers needed a break. The theater would also host an occasional movie, but most movies were "under the stars" on the Lido deck which seems to be the norm these days. A couple of the sailing-only days were rough. The trade winds on the Caribbean can be a little testy during late December but, for the most part, the rainy season of central American and hurricane season is over. No worries there, but still pack the Dramamine. The best surprise is no surprise. Princess Line's consistency in delivering a quality product at a decent value with no surprises is commendable.. In my humble opinion, Princess Line's Panama Canal locks cruise on Christmas Day with the ship all decorated and Christmas carols (carols...and not just songs) playing is a good route to go for those seeking a different kind of Christmas vacay. . Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
1. Food - Poor selection and sometimes cold in the main dining room. Throughout the ship, the food was mostly standard fare. We ate one night at the Sabatini and we were not impressed. The food selection was limited in the main dining ... Read More
1. Food - Poor selection and sometimes cold in the main dining room. Throughout the ship, the food was mostly standard fare. We ate one night at the Sabatini and we were not impressed. The food selection was limited in the main dining room but it did improve towards the end of the cruise. Their coffee is wonderful and I wish I knew what they used! On the other hand, the Horizon Court Bar charges to warm up milk with their Espresso Machine Steamer and that is ridiculous!!! I also thought there was a bit of penny pinching and charging for standard items like water. I understand charging for alcohol and specialty items but not for water! The Chocolate ice cream cones weren’t very good. The Piña Coladas were great. 2. Service - In general, it was very good but dinner service was slow at times during the first few days. It greatly improved as the days progressed and our waiters really tried their best to speed up the serving of our food. In my opinion, the waiters in the main dining are understaffed. We did complain one time to the Supervisor about the food arriving late and cold. He came back the next day to see how things were going but that was it. Overall, the waiters on our table (#161) were very attentive. There was a table next to us that knew one of the Supervisors and they were extremely demanding of the waiter’s attention so that may have played a part in that table getting quicker service. Crew was friendly and attentive. One of our breakfast waiters, Nelson, was wonderful. 3. Room - Was clean and pretty standard (A324 - Deck 12). The pillows are very soft and although they provided us with 4 pillows, I think they should have two that are a bit firmer. There was only one chair in the cabin so one of us had to either sit on the bed or lay down. I would have liked an extra chair. Next time, we’ll book a stateroom with a sofa! Dennis, our cabin steward was ok. He kept the room clean, provided us with extra towels. He didn’t clean the balcony glass doors until we were in the last port (Grand Cayman) and we couldn’t really look out unless we opened the door since there was so much salt water on the glass. The room was a bit hot at times. There were some tiny holes in the blackout curtain liner. Being on the 12th floor, there was some noise coming from upstairs with equipment or stuff rolling around during the day. 4. Ship - In general, a ship this size was ok. There were few, if any, lines or waiting. Sitting for meals was quick and tables were always available. Embarkation for us was a breeze since we didn’t show up until about 1:30-2:00 p.m. so zero lines. Disembarking was well organized and fairly quick. The ship did not feel overcrowded. Wish they had BIGGER stabilizers! Princess has an onboard website that you can log on to see your bill, check out the daily events and send messages to other passengers. There is no charge for this. I would love for them to add a “ding” or a “red dot” or some indication when a message has been received!!! Every time either of us sent a message (I’m in the Library; I’m back in the Cabin; etc), we wouldn’t see it until much later when it was irrelevant! We’re even thinking of taking walkie-talkies with us on our next cruise!!! The Sanctuary was too expensive at $40 per person per day. I refuse to pay this much money for a lounge chair and some quiet. The staff at Guest Services were terrific. The Future Cruise Director was a bit offputting. It seemed everyone was holding a bottle of Purell and hand washing was greatly encouraged. This was great and Princess is really trying to keep their passengers healthy. Casino is small, the Boutiques limited but that was ok for us. We did not use the Spa, nor Room Service. 5. Entertainment - The Production Shows were TERRIFIC!!! Mr. John Loney, Cruise Director is a ball of energy and extremely efficient at what he does. He was everywhere!!! We weren’t able to catch other shows since they conflicted with our dinner and/or other events we wanted to attend. This was probably one of the best parts of this cruise. 6. Shore Excursions - Falmouth, Jamaica was uneventful. Cartagena, Colombia was too short and would have loved to explore it more, especially overnight. The street vendors just ruined the experience since they’re so “in your face”. They just don’t go away even when told “NO” repeatedly. We speak Spanish so language was no problem. We were planning to stay longer onshore since there was time but decided to just go back to the ship. Also, the tour guide was ok but just took us to a few sights and then to the jewelry stores that he was obviously getting a commission. The Panama Canal crossing was great and we also took an excursion to the Pacific Ocean. At Limon, Costa Rica we just went ashore to walk around and although there isn’t much to see, it was nice to not get bombarded with street vendors. We were pretty much left alone to wander around, have some coffee and be in an area that hasn’t been totally affected by tourism. Grand Cayman - we just stayed onboard since we’ve been there before. Overall, this was a very good cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I choose this cruise because if the itineray ie full transit of the Panama Canal Overall the cruise was good although st night time it was dead definetly an older age group on this type of cruise Embarkation was quick and smooth. ... Read More
I choose this cruise because if the itineray ie full transit of the Panama Canal Overall the cruise was good although st night time it was dead definetly an older age group on this type of cruise Embarkation was quick and smooth. the ship itself is okay but dated. the cabin okay smaller than I am used to and the shower far too small - bathroom floor ended up soaking every night Entertainment - was mediocre the cruise director poor although not a bad singer Dining staff and bar staff fab Food in dining room was good but not keen on Horizon tended to use The Grill and Pizza place We did go for afternoon tea a couple of times which was great but the staff come round and try to put everything on your small plate at once ie sandwiches scones jam cream cake and cookie instead they should serve sandwiches and when you are ready the could fo the scones etc but it was good and staff are only being told to do by management. Ports and excursions were good Would I go again yeah but not sure on princess as I found drinks package expensive and the internet really expensive think princess need to look at the costs of these and come in line with other cruise companies Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, and Princess is our go to cruise line. Our cabin was standard Princess, small and efficient with a tiny bathroom and shower. The crew was great and helpful. They seemed like a happy crew. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, and Princess is our go to cruise line. Our cabin was standard Princess, small and efficient with a tiny bathroom and shower. The crew was great and helpful. They seemed like a happy crew. We think the entertainment was very good compared to our past cruises on Princess. There were some very talented singers and dancers. The food was uneven; sometimes very good, other times small portions and way too much salt. A note to the Chef, taste it before you send it out. Embarkation and departure was smooth and efficient. The Princess sponsored port activities were fine but overpriced. We did private excursions in Costa Rica and Cartagena and were happier with those. Now for my big complaint. Effy the ship jewelry store. It is almost impossible to walk by the store without being accosted by pushy salesmen. It is as bad as time share sales in some ports. It is like they invited the Diamond International people on board and gave them free reign. This is really offensive to me and I’m sure many other guests. If I want to buy some jewelry, I’ll come into the store and check it out, otherwise get out of my face. I am hoping this is just an anomaly but if it is like this on other Princess cruises I may have to re-evaluate my go to cruise line. If anybody from Princess reads this, have them back off. Most people don’t appreciate high pressure sales tactics on a captive audience. There, I’ve said my piece. Aside from Effy we had a really good time on this cruise and would recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We selected this cruise, because crossing the Panama Canal has always been a "bucket list" cruise for me. I can now cross off another item on that list. This cruise was very good, to excellent in most respects: Our cabin ... Read More
We selected this cruise, because crossing the Panama Canal has always been a "bucket list" cruise for me. I can now cross off another item on that list. This cruise was very good, to excellent in most respects: Our cabin was clean and comfortable, although a little small, particularly the bathroom and shower. Food: overall very good in both the Horizon Cafe, and Provence dining room. Entertainment: Outstanding....particularly the production shows. They were all highly professional, entertaining, and were first-class in quality. Enrichment Activities: Outstanding, with regard to Bill Fall, who was extremely outstanding in his Panama Canal, and Central America presentations. We learned so much of the Canal, and surrounding countries, and his talks made it even more enjoyable. My main complaint or criticism of Princess would be their recent change in traditional dining, and show times at the Princess Theater. In all of our previous cruises, whether they're with Princess, or another cruise line, we always opted for late seating, traditional dining. Once we had dinner, we enjoyed seeing the late show at the theater. Now, Princess has elected to run show at 6PM and 8PM, which forces us to go to the 6PM show, in order to have dinner at 7;30, which is earlier than we want to go, for a variety of reasons. Would like to see Princess go back to the old times of 7:45 and 9;45 for Princess Theater showtimes. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Crossing the Panama Canal was one of our "must see" destinations. While many cruise lines offer this as an option, few offer this in depth voyage from ocean to ocean. We selected this Island Princess cruise because it was nicely ... Read More
Crossing the Panama Canal was one of our "must see" destinations. While many cruise lines offer this as an option, few offer this in depth voyage from ocean to ocean. We selected this Island Princess cruise because it was nicely priced and featured several ports that we wanted to visit. By the time we disembarked in San Francisco we were satisfied with our choice. We have done various cruise lines and itineraries over the last few years and one thing is certain, no one is perfect. Some have great food. Some have great amenities. Some have great loyalty programs. This being our second cruise on Princess we were definitely driven by the itinerary but found several other things that were pleasant surprises. Overall, our experience with the crew of this ship was very good. The Cruise director and his staff were very accessible, friendly and best of all service oriented. The entertainment on the ship was also very good. The production shows and the cast were some of the best we've seen on an ocean liner. In between we had some featured guest entertainers performing music, comedy and yes magic for various age groups. Some were better than others but overall they were entertaining and that is what they are there to do. In addition there were many activities and "parties" for the guest to participate in. Enough to keep everyone engaged and busy. As with most cruise ships, the food options on this ship were plentiful and abundant. From self service buffet at the Horizon Court, to fine dining at Sabatini's Italian bistro, to typical main dining room options, to surprise Pub Lunch options, the food was what you would expect. Most everyone could find something to satisfy their cravings. We selected the "Anytime Dining" option because we wanted the flexibility to eat whenever we wanted. We have selected this option on four different cruise lines and on various ships. We have learned that some do better than others at managing this option. While the Island Princess did a respectable job at managing the guest flow, they were lacking in consistent service delivery. Inherently the "anytime dining" option negates one of the true joys of cruising, offering a dining room staff that gets to know and understand your preferences. When you eat with different servers for every meal, you never quite connect with anyone that knows what you like. The opportunity to be surprised and delighted in your dining experience is eliminated. So much so, that in this cruise we never even got over the stage where you are recognized by the host and maitre'd as that guest that prefers to dine alone and not share a table with eight other people. I found this to be the most awkward part of my dining experience when each evening I spoke to the same maitre'd and requested a table for two and no, I do not want a table to share. After making my wishes known, I was then politely seated at a table for two in the most awkward crevices of the dining room, next to servers workstations, or next to another equally unsocial guest at a table for two that was just eight inches away from ours. It would have been nice to get a table for two by the window one evening. The only time that happened was when we reserved a table at Sabatini's, the specialty Italian restaurant. Fortunately, that was the worst part. in every other aspect dining was a fun part of our experience. On sea days, we even participated in afternoon tea with yummy finger sandwiches and raisin scones. Having gone through a recent drydock in 2017 the amenities on the Island Princess have been updated and spruced up. The common areas have nice carpeting and furniture. Technology and equipment has been upgraded in the theatre and in most lounges and bars enhancing our appreciation of the entertainment that was offered in these. The fitness center featured all new easy to use equipment as well as ample workout studio. It was conveniently located on deck six (Fiesta Deck) but was not attached to the spa area. I found this to be a plus but others might disagree. On a service level, we have nothing but accolades for the crew of this ship. Most every encounter we had with a crew member was pleasant and laser focused on providing great guest service. The embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and subsequent debarkation in San Francisco, California were about as effortless as one could make them. At each port of call we were well informed and escorted to the appropriate tender boat or gangway to venture off on our excursions. On board, we enjoyed pleasant and informative presentations by the shopping expert, the future cruise consultant, and the destination expert. All of these crew members delivered unique perspectives on the cruise experience. We definitely will entertain a future cruise on the Island Princess. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The weather was good....people friendly, ship easy to get around, shore excursions double the price from local vendors. Dining room food pretty good most days......except during open seating for breakfast and lunch... wait staff not much ... Read More
The weather was good....people friendly, ship easy to get around, shore excursions double the price from local vendors. Dining room food pretty good most days......except during open seating for breakfast and lunch... wait staff not much on the ball like the main dining room at dinner time. Only one whirlpool's jets working outside pool area....Ice cream hamburgers....quite good....Production shows, singers, etc.... extremely good. Ship is old .... missing all the new whistles and bells on new ships. Had been to most of the ports before, but the one on Limon fromt he ship was a farce... suppose to go down the canal.....went back and forth within a few feet... Walk on rainforest was 1 block in from street path.... with a trunk of tree to climb over and debree....also, people that were slower at the end of lline could have dropped off the earth and the tour guide woulld never know,,,,Never checked to see if everyone was there and alright when he stopped to say something. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We love sailing with Princess. We already have 3 cruises booked next 2 years. Can’t go wrong with Princess. Going through the Panama Canal was great. Service was great. Room was awesome. Room steward June was amazing. Getting on and ... Read More
We love sailing with Princess. We already have 3 cruises booked next 2 years. Can’t go wrong with Princess. Going through the Panama Canal was great. Service was great. Room was awesome. Room steward June was amazing. Getting on and off ship was easy. Only negative was room was warm. We had heard rooms were warm so we bought a fan and brought on board. All excursions were great no issues. We loved the tour when you get off ship in Panamax. We saw new locked and saw Canal Zone and learned the history. We like Rainfirest in Costa Rica as well. 10 days was oerfdct length. We did snorkel in GC and it was fun. In Jamaica we did river ride which was bamboo raft for 2 with your own guide. In Columbia we did Sea and Land and it was great as well. Learned allot only issues is street vendors drive you crazy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We landed in Fort Lauderdale early and was at the port by 9:00AM and figured we would have a long delay prior to check in. We were wrong and they began the check in process around 10AM and we had our key cards in hand by 10:20. We were in ... Read More
We landed in Fort Lauderdale early and was at the port by 9:00AM and figured we would have a long delay prior to check in. We were wrong and they began the check in process around 10AM and we had our key cards in hand by 10:20. We were in the preferred check in lounge for about 30-45 minutes and around 11:15 it was announced we can get on the ship but couldn’t get into the cabins. We went to the grill (I love Princess Hot Dogs) and had a nice relaxing lunch and around 12:30 an announcement was made we can go to the cabins. Embarkation Check in was a breeze as we were at the port early and were one of the first on the ship. Cabins were ready around 12:30 and luggage arrived around 3:30. It seemed a little slow considering we were some of the first on the ship but we weren’t worried. Dining Food is such a personal thing and I am not picky and found the food to be very good. I love the hot dogs on the grill and the pizza was decent. In the dining room there was only 1 night that the food was just ok, all the others it was very good. Cabin See below Enrichment Activities We didn’t attend any of the talks about the canal and I guess you can put the Art Auction in this category and that was ok / good. The auctioneer didn’t spend a lot of time speaking about the artist or artwork and was more eager to sell the art but they were fun to attend. Entertainment The production shows, singers and dancers were good but some of the comedians were not very funny. Cruise Director Kevin and Cruise Staff Jade, Lucy and Anthony were fun, outgoing, personal and made the cruise enjoyable. If there was a few negatives it would be on sea days they could have had a few more activities and didn’t show football on the MUTS. Also, the last day of the cruise which was a sea day the lido pool was closed for “scheduled maintenance”. Why would you schedule maintenance on the last day of a cruise? Fitness Center I used the gym almost daily and it is not in a great spot on the 6th floor but there was plenty of equipment and it was in good shape. Onboard Experience The ship is in pretty good shape but a few places on the Baja Deck (Deck 11) hallways had a bad odor but thank goodness it wasn’t near my room and we would avoid that area and go the opposite direction to the stairs / elevator. Service Almost everyone we came in contact with were extremely friendly and helpful EXCEPT in 2 areas. 1) The Passenger Service Desk. They were very cold, no smile and it almost felt like you were disturbing them. We mentioned we had a light out in the cabin and were going ashore so if they can send someone up to change the light while we were gone it would be appreciated. You would have thought we were asking for the carpet to be changed and it would be an inconvenience the look we got. 2) Shore Excursion Desk. We were on the waiting list for an excursion and went a few times to see if there was a chance to get on and asked if we were to book a different excursion and got cleared from the waiting list if can cancel the tour 2nd tour? Again you would have thought we were asking a lot as she said it wouldn’t be the preferred method as it may take a spot from someone who won’t cancel but if that’s what we want to do we can. We just wanted to make sure we got on one of the 2 tours. Shore Excursion See above about the help at the excursion desk but as for the tours they were great. Overall it was a great relaxing cruise, if there is one continuous complaint about Princess is everytime you turn around they are trying to sell you something else with the exception of on deck. This is one of the first cruises I have been on that I either had to hunt down a waiter or go to the bar myself to get a drink while on deck. Normally the waiters are all over the place and this cruise they weren’t. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Sailing south and going through the Panama Canal was a bucket list Item. Princess had a cruise that fit our time line so we booked it a year in advanced. Jade and Lucy the cruise director staff made the cruise such an enjoyable ... Read More
Sailing south and going through the Panama Canal was a bucket list Item. Princess had a cruise that fit our time line so we booked it a year in advanced. Jade and Lucy the cruise director staff made the cruise such an enjoyable experience. We laughed with them and had competitions with them. they could always be counted on for a smile and a warm and friendly hello. If going, plan on packing several suitcases as the dress code in the main dining area is VERY RESTRICTIVE. It got to the point where the head waiter dismissed me due to improper attire. ( collard shirt and dress shorts) I felt it was in poor taste.' Excursions into the ports were great and the staff was very helpful on boarding and embarking. Sea Days were fun with the steady games and dancing on board. Crazy and wacky game show type games entertained us along with the many bars lounges that were stocked with ample seating areas to enjoy meeting other passengers from around the world. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
First time on this ship and in a mini-suite. Expectations were exceeded on both counts. Staff were very eager to please, ship was clean and it was evident that chairs and carpets in public areas had been replaced recently. Our mini suite ... Read More
First time on this ship and in a mini-suite. Expectations were exceeded on both counts. Staff were very eager to please, ship was clean and it was evident that chairs and carpets in public areas had been replaced recently. Our mini suite C229 was spacious, bedding was crisp and white, carpet and ceiling looked new, balcony railings were freshly varnished, big screen televisions were new, no squeaks or bad smells. Needs a slip cover on the dirty, worn sofa, and a fresh tiling or re caulking of the bathroom at some point. The food in the Provence dining room was tasty but the salt could be reduced. Princess desserts were wonderful as usual. Breakfast and lunch in Horizon Court was fine. Entertainment could be improved. Ports were fun with lots to choose from: Astoria - Tillamook, Air Museum, and Cannon Beach Excursion was too much on the bus, not enough time at the sites. San Francisco- Wine Excursion (two wineries)was good. Cline Winery is so reasonable, friendly and fun place to visit. Tasty wines. Santa Barbara- Wine and picnic lunch with Wine Edventures was really fun and educational. Visited 4 friendly wineries with our guide Sean. Would recommend this one. San Diego- Bought the Trolley pass after we left the ship. Fun guided trolley tour with good stops. Had tasty pizza lunch in Little Italy at Ninno's. Would recommend. All in all, a pleasant cruise and a fun way to avoid driving the Pacific Coast! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We choose this cruise as it was a short quick getaway with some nice stops along the way. Would of loved to have stayed longer in some of the cities, but I guess it would of added a couple more days on, which we wouldn't of minded. It ... Read More
We choose this cruise as it was a short quick getaway with some nice stops along the way. Would of loved to have stayed longer in some of the cities, but I guess it would of added a couple more days on, which we wouldn't of minded. It was a smaller ship, which we like. The state rooms are cramped and washrooms need to be made bigger. The crew were friendly enough. I don't like the fact you have to buy all the fruit drinks after breakfast and one has to ask for different juice at breakfast, as all you push on us is orange juice. That coffee syrup you call coffee is awful. You should serve brewed coffee all day free, instead of having to buy a expensive coffee card to get brewed coffee and so many specialty coffee's. We seem to be Nickeled and Dimed continually on Princess. Gratuity cost of so much a day is illegal to charge. It's up to the passenger if he or she wishes to tip. The price of the cruise is only what needs to be paid and not us forced to help pay, over and above the wages they receive from you. The dining staff were good in working with me about what I could have or not or adjusting things so I could eat somethings. Ports were good we went to, but we could of stayed longer in some, as I said before. Activities were lacking or at the wrong time and the Captain Circle meet and greet, clashed with our dinner time, so we missed it and the first meet the crew and Captain in Mid ships we also missed because of dinner. Entertainment was good, but not always two shows, so it was rushed to get too. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because of the Itinerary. The cabin we had was close to the Buffet and Theatre. Not so direct to the dining room though, as we had to take 2 different elevators to ket to it. The Dining Room Beef options were very ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Itinerary. The cabin we had was close to the Buffet and Theatre. Not so direct to the dining room though, as we had to take 2 different elevators to ket to it. The Dining Room Beef options were very poor, fatty, dry, and tough. The Beef Tenderloin was tough and fatty, the prime Rib was just plain fatty and tough. Very disappointed in our dining experience. We were not the only ones complaint of the meat selections, it seemed to be a common discussion. The cabin boy was excellent, the Production shows were awesome. Itinerary was great. The buffet seemed to have the best food and menu options, no wonder there were so many empty tables as the cruise went on. Overall the service was great, just wish the ding experience would have been better. Will probably not use Princess again, we have much better experiences on Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We took the trip as a group of my wife's high school reunion. This was the first time we had a cruise ship trip. The scenes along Alaska shore were spectacular. The meals, especially dinner, were great. The product shows at Princess ... Read More
We took the trip as a group of my wife's high school reunion. This was the first time we had a cruise ship trip. The scenes along Alaska shore were spectacular. The meals, especially dinner, were great. The product shows at Princess Theater were outstanding. We also enjoyed free ice cream at top deck viewing ocean and mountains. The balloon party at Atrium on the last day was phenomenal. It was a very decent trip overall. We flew to Anchorage the day before. We took a bus trip down to Whittier where we embarked the ship. The first two days were all on ship without stops. The ship sailed through Harbour Glacier the first day and Glacier Bay National Park the next day. Then she stopped at Stagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan the next three days. The last day was all on sea again and the ship arrived at Vancouver harbor the next morning. The only major drawback was that no internet access unless you want to pay a ridiculous fee (e.g., $69 per hour). We remember that about 15 years ago, almost every hotel around world charged internet fees. When someone started to offer free wifi access, it became popular and soon every other hotels followed trend. I would imagine that this will happen to cruise ship as well. Someone smart enough to provide free internet access (even for a couple of hours per day) will immediately gain popularity. We are looking for our next cruise trip choice with this feature at top of our list. I was also expecting a Poker tournament but it did not happen. The casino was too small to host one. There was only one poker table and it was electronic. I did not see anyone playing poker the entire trip. Certainly it probably saved me a few bucks but I was disappointed nonetheless. Also, the photos were too expensive ($35 per picture). We would've bought some if the rates were lower. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My travel companions and I could accommodate this date. In addition, others we know recommended the timing. We had perfect clear weather the entire trip. Lots of wildlife sightings and breathtaking glacier calving are unforgettable ... Read More
My travel companions and I could accommodate this date. In addition, others we know recommended the timing. We had perfect clear weather the entire trip. Lots of wildlife sightings and breathtaking glacier calving are unforgettable memories I will carry forever. Our cruise director was very funny and engaging. The shows I saw were fun and entertaining, and the food was excellent. Most of the wait staff were excellent as well. The musical shows were marvelous but too short. The entire ship was immaculately clean. I would love to have seen more of the naturalist as the beauty and vastness of the wilderness overwhelmed me. The Captain did a good job maintaining our up close view of the glaciers calving, and I understood that we saw some things that are not always possible because of the perfect weather. Overall, this was a great way to experience Alaska and all that it offers Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We wanted a trip that left and returned to either Seattle or Vancouver. This itinerary fit the bill and had good scenic glacier cruising. We had a mini suite aft, no balcony but extra cabin space with a large window and a viewing deck ... Read More
We wanted a trip that left and returned to either Seattle or Vancouver. This itinerary fit the bill and had good scenic glacier cruising. We had a mini suite aft, no balcony but extra cabin space with a large window and a viewing deck right outside our door. Cabin c202. Had a full bath with tub and was very spacious. Port stops were mostly good, although there isn’t much in Whittier. We booked all of our own excursions and had some great ones by float plane to see the bears and by small boat to see the whales and glaciers. We enjoyed this trip although in a few ports there were 3 or 4 ships which were too many for the size of the towns. We were happy we had booked our excursions before we left home due to the number of people in some of the ports. Service was good overall but the “Anytime dining” is a joke. They offer reservation times that coincide with the two traditional dining seatings. If we didn’t call by 8:30 in the morning we couldn’t get a time other than 5:15 or 5:30 and were seldom back onboard by then so only were able to eat in the dining room 3 out of 14 nights. Otherwise we ate in the buffet, which was okay occasionally but not my choice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I planned this cruise in January, this is my first time to go to Alaska and I took my parents who are 75+ to go. After I came back from this cruise, I can say that this cruise exceeds my expectations. The ship is beautifully decorated and ... Read More
I planned this cruise in January, this is my first time to go to Alaska and I took my parents who are 75+ to go. After I came back from this cruise, I can say that this cruise exceeds my expectations. The ship is beautifully decorated and there are always so many activities going on in the ship, all my family members enjoyed them a lot (including card playing, Table tennis, swimming pool, Jacuzzi). The food services are very good, the food is delicious and the food service staffs are always very friendly and helpful. We ate in the Provence Traditional dining room and the horizon buffet room a lot. I tried and learned a lot of new things in this cruise trip including the gold mining in Juneau, and I liked it a lot. The staffs working in the front desk and shore excursion office are also very friendly and helpful in providing us the accurate information and helping us in making travel decisions. The night before the last in the cruise, the ship was very bumpy because it cruised in the public sea, my father got sea sickness. I just wished that the cruise line could inform us about the rough sea situation one day earlier than it came, so we could prepare for it better. The shower in my cabin didn’t get much hot water for three days before it was fixed. There are some noises from the upstairs of my cabin in the midnight or early morning in some days, sometimes it can be annoying. Although there are entertainment activities going on in the ship in every hour, most of them are hold in the bars. For people who are not used in going to the bars, the entertainment activities in the public theater are not enough, they only have one production show run twice on every night, and the variety of the show is limited to comedy, piano, band, dance and singing. There is a beautiful lady playing violin in the midship of deck 5 in every afternoon, the music is beautiful and I enjoyed it a lot. Over all, it is one of the best cruises I took so far. All my family members enjoyed it a lot and we will remember the island princess and Alaska for the life time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We had sailed on Princess twice before and both sailings were perfect and the food was beyond expectations. This cruise, everything was good: service, stafff, excursions, etc. but the food was very under-seasoned and a disappointment. ... Read More
We had sailed on Princess twice before and both sailings were perfect and the food was beyond expectations. This cruise, everything was good: service, stafff, excursions, etc. but the food was very under-seasoned and a disappointment. Also, the windows should be cleaned ideally at each port, but definitely before cruising the glaciers. Activities on board were excellent, and for the most part, we were busy the entire day when we were at sea. They had great lectures and even brought puppies on board one day. The shows were first class with great costumes and sets, but something should be done to improve the food. Many people were commenting that the taste was “ok” and it sounded much better on the menu, but the actual dish was mediocre. I hope they can improve the qualit. Princess was our preferred cruise ship, and I’m not sure what line we will use from now on. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Island Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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