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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
I need to start by saying that my husband was sick a majority of this cruise, so my opinion will be a little tainted. We got flu shots prior to trip, but he still got Type A Flu. After he got "well" he must have gotten a touch of ... Read More
I need to start by saying that my husband was sick a majority of this cruise, so my opinion will be a little tainted. We got flu shots prior to trip, but he still got Type A Flu. After he got "well" he must have gotten a touch of the Norovirus that hit the ship. We didn't partake of a lot. I took the bait and let the ship assign my mini-suite; wrong! We had Caribe 205; right up front. 2 nights the seas were so rough and we felt it big time. Also, everything was a hike. The cabin was nice. The service on the ship was great. I have taken Holland America and the people on this ship were much nicer. I never asked a question that I didn't find someone eager to help (except in the gift shop). The captain was available and personable. He even officiated at the Christmas non-denominational service and I loved it. The food was good, not great. We only ate in the restaurant 4 or 5 times and my husband never liked his food. The Horizon Court was much better. We didn't try the specialty places except the Pub Lunch. It was good, not great. As a newby, I guess I need to try more. My problem was how much everything cost. You can't bring alcohol but the prices are so high. The coffee is awful unless you buy a coffee card and get their brewed coffee on the 5th floor. You can't even get brewed coffee in the restaurant! It is great to have room service coffee if it wouldn't have tasted like dirt. We met a lot of people who go Princess a lot. I can see lots of good reason to cruise the same line so you can get the perks without paying more. The more you cruise, the more you get. As a newby, you get nothing extra. I would probably go on Princess again, but I will probably try some other lines before I get too "loyal." Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
We enjoyed our cruise but found the Island princess very different from other princess ships. They had a big remodel in May of 2015 and the Youth Center was moved to the interior of the back of the ship. It is basically one long narrow ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise but found the Island princess very different from other princess ships. They had a big remodel in May of 2015 and the Youth Center was moved to the interior of the back of the ship. It is basically one long narrow room divided by an airwall with 3-7 yr old on one side and 8-11 yr olds on the other. While they did have 2 ski ball machines (I can't imagine having one of the balcony cabins surrounding the Fun zone) an air hockey table and a fooseball table there wasn't much else there to entice the children to stay. There are no windows and it's like being in the bowels of the ship. My children were initially thrilled to have so many sea days and were looking forward to spending time in the fun zone, but after spending a couple of hours there they refused to go back. Another problem we ran into is that part way through the cruise they announced that children were not allowed at the indoor pool between the hours of 6am-6pm. This left only the one main outdoor pool under movies under the stars for the kids to use. This is also the pool that all the organized activities (such as pool volleyball) were held in. As a result we ended up with a cruise with 8 sea days with no where for my children to go and spend time. While I understand that princess doesn't specifically cater to or appeal to this age group we have cruised many many times in the past with princess and my children have very much enjoyed the programs and facilities. If you have cruised princess before you may want to rethink choosing the island princess for a family cruise. The fitness facilities were also moved to and interior area on deck 6 and there were not many machines or space for fitness classes. It was almost always completely packed with people waiting to use machines. A huge change from most ships with tons of machines lined up in front of large windows overlooking the bridge out to sea at the front of the ship. They also closed off the aft part of the promenade deck an built balcony cabins there so you cannot walk around the back of the ship. There is a very small deck off of deck 8 at the back, but no chairs or loungers. The buffet was new and very well organized cutting down on traffic and possible contamination. That was nice. We enjoyed our trip through the panama canal but would definitely choose a different ship for future voyages Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
Very disappointed that people that had bought a unlimited drinks package couldn't buy a drink after midnight and also that staff were very slow at serving these customers also (it was like they were told to reduce the service for ... Read More
Very disappointed that people that had bought a unlimited drinks package couldn't buy a drink after midnight and also that staff were very slow at serving these customers also (it was like they were told to reduce the service for these customers so as they couldn't get their monies worth). Customers that hadn't purchased the drinks package were getting served 3 to 1 compared to those that had. Also the lack of the International café was a big disappointment. On the other hand entertainment from "Xcite the Band" from Trinidad & Tobago was excellent and they made New Years Eve extraordinary. "Roston the Steele Drum Player" was another hit and favorite of the cruise. Other bands and music on the ship was average. Bathrooms especially showers in the staterooms are very small to the point where you cant bend to wash your legs without difficulty. Dining options were good happy with food choices. Overall the staff were friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
With much excitement, we landed in LAX, the transportation to the ship was fine and we boarded the Island Princess. The ship was very nicely decorated for the Christmas holidays. Our inside cabin reservations was upgraded to a window ... Read More
With much excitement, we landed in LAX, the transportation to the ship was fine and we boarded the Island Princess. The ship was very nicely decorated for the Christmas holidays. Our inside cabin reservations was upgraded to a window room, which was nice. We complement the cabin steward with excellent service, and being friendly and courteous. The evening dining experiences were excellent with really good food. The buffet food was good, but the same thing each day with only minor variations. The late night deserts were varied and good. The Shore excursions were of fair quality and expensive for what you get. I do not think the staff actually go on the excursions to verify the quality and activities. Only if there is a problem will they send a staff person to look. We scheduled our own excursions off the ship which were better and cheaper. These people were very careful to be sure we got back to the ship with plenty of time before leaving. The evening entertainment shows were awful. There were only three shows that were good, the magic man, male vocal singer, and piano player. The cabin showers were extremely small. The photography staff were pleasant and helpful, and the photographs and DVD were very expensive. The DVD of the cruise included too much yapping and not enough about the Panama Canal or the transit of the canal. I appreciate the international staff, but they should be required to speak understandable English. Since we were both nurses, we noticed the many wheelchair and scooter customers. These people were not allowed on tenders and thus confined to the ship during port/shore days. When we booked the cruise we were told the bow was accessible for customer photography, especially when traversing the Panama Canal. This area was exclusive for crew only, and the front facing areas could not accommodate those desiring the good viewing areas. Even if they would have opened up the bow during the Canal transit, it would have been acceptable. We heard this from many people. Other ship lines do allow passengers on the bow. In Ft. Lauderdale the taxi transfer to the airport was cheaper than the Princess transfer. We were offered to commend a person for outstanding service. We learned that really only the officers and staff ever received this award. The working stewards and lower staff have never been recipients of the award. Overall, we will not recommend this Panama Canal cruise, as too many sea days and with very limited shore time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
I had always wanted to do the canal cruise, so when my husband found it and asked me the answer was a definite YES. We booked the cruise three weeks out so the price we got (oceanview/obstructed E-331) was such a deal we would have been ... Read More
I had always wanted to do the canal cruise, so when my husband found it and asked me the answer was a definite YES. We booked the cruise three weeks out so the price we got (oceanview/obstructed E-331) was such a deal we would have been stupid not to do it. This was our 13th Princess cruise (People refer to me as a Princess snob). I loved the layout of the ship once I got used to it. It is so much different than any other ship. We were centrally located near the Internet Cafe and the Library (what a nice library). The food in the dining room had a lot of Caribbean flavor infused. I tried a lot of the selections and found them very good. Both myself and husband love Italian night. The food in the Horizon Court was very good. I liked that it was in the front of the ship so you had excellent views. The entertainment was was very good. There was only one comedian that I return to his second show. The ventroliquist was just fantastic, and the singer who sang Nat King Cole/Motown was also wonderful. Also good piano players/singers. (I bought one of John Bressler's CD's as I liked him that well).His voice was gravelly sounded a lot like Rod Stewart who I adore. We love to play trivia and played every afternoon with the same three ladies so that was a lot of fun. What I didn't like: After a few days our toilet didn't want to flush, but that was fixed promptly. The International Cafe...a favorite place and it was missed terribly as on other ships I would always have lunch there. The awful coffee (it is like drinking hot brown water) that is served in the Horizon Ct. and Dining rooms. I went down to the bar on the Plaza Deck and demanded that my Princess Coffee Mug be filled with good coffee in the morning. I got it free. (but I also always buy a coffee card) (Even the bar tenders know that the coffee in the Horizon Ct. sucks. The other complaint that with the added cabins the dining rooms were VERY CROWDED especially on the formal nights, we waited at least 45 minutes and were given a buzzer to let us know when there was room(We did Anytime dining.) Other than that I loved the cruise, going through the canal was such an adventure...had it not been so HOT and HUMID would have been more pleasant, but you can't control the weather and I adjusted pretty well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
We arrived 2 days early in Ft. Lauderdale. It was pouring rain and unfortunately, our luggage got wet along with our clothing inside. We discovered this when we opened our suit cases at the hotel. I'm thankful we arrived 2 days ... Read More
We arrived 2 days early in Ft. Lauderdale. It was pouring rain and unfortunately, our luggage got wet along with our clothing inside. We discovered this when we opened our suit cases at the hotel. I'm thankful we arrived 2 days prior to the cruise. We stayed at the Hilton Marina Hotel. We wanted a more "upscale" hotel to stay in while in Ft. Lauderdale. This hotel will nickel and dime you to death. You will pay for parking and for wifi. They offer a buffet breakfast for $25.00 pp which was not worth it. We found the offerings of little value to us so we decided to eat at Joe's Cafe down the road. For the two of us, we got a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, coffee, toast and juice for under $20.00. When I made the reservations for the Hilton, I asked for a view room and was assured we would have one. Upon arrival around 7:00 pm we were told there were no more view rooms available. We paid $179/night to stay in a room that at best had a view of a yacht sitting out in front of our balcony. The next morning the maid tapped on our door and asked if we wanted room service! I told her we needed fresh towels. She went to her cart and got towels and wash clothes and handed them to us. Never had that happen in a hotel like the Hilton. Needless to say, we did not leave her a tip. We took a taxi to the port as the Hilton wanted $8 pp. The taxi only costs us $6.00 total. Another Hilton rip off. Once we arrived at the port, we dropped our luggage off and proceeded to the check in. Everything went smoothly. We were seated by row number, and we were on the ship within 30 minutes of checking in. We were disappointed in what Princess did to the aft end of the ship. The Promenade deck on the aft end was made into cabins. The biggest complaint we heard from passengers in those aft cabins, were the doors on opposite sides of the ship were constantly opened and closed at all hours of the day and night. Lots of foot traffic going from one side of the ship to the other from people walking on the Promenade deck. People say that food is "subjective." We found the food on the Island not as good as other ships. We ate in the MDR only two times as we did not find anything on the menu worth getting dressed up for. Lido had basically the same offerings and we were happy with that. We did dine one evening in the Crab Shack and it's well worth the $20. We plan to do the Crab Shack again on our upcoming Hawaiian cruise. We booked the butterfly excursion in Aruba. It was educational and the butterflies were lovely. There were colorful birds in the netted area eating the sugar that was placed out for the butterflies. I think the butterfly excursion though could have done without the other stops along the way like: The Aloe Factory. The process of making the juice was interesting but in the end, they wanted you to buy their high priced lotions. I didn't think the staff was that friendly either, they seemed to be put out if you asked them a question about a product. I walked out to the van and didn't buy anything. Then we stopped at some rock formations. Big whoop! I've got rocks all over my property. This was a waste of time. Then we meandered to downtown and had the option of getting off the bus and shop or go to the ship. There wasn't much time to shop and from what I saw, lots of the stores were closed down. We stayed on the bus and went back to the ship. The Canal was the highlight of the trip. Seeing how the canal worked is something to see at least once in your lifetime. We could have avoided all the other ports, IMHO there wasn't much to see other than shops selling T-shirts and the like. We did not book any other excursions the remainder of the cruise. We arrived in Cabo and while there, there were two other Princess ships in port. The tendering took forever. You had to meet in a lounge and you were given a debarkation ticket. The woman doing the announcing of the numbers was annoying. She kept teasing everyone who was left seated - more like taunting you while you were sitting there getting more and more angry at her snide remarks. We've been to Cabo many times before so this port was nothing new to us. We headed down to Captain Tony's and had margaritas and Bloody Mary's which were excellent. We weren't up for shopping at the endless number of T-shirt shops, and being harassed by vendors wanting you to take a taxi or a boat ride. After having our drinks, we went back to the ship and took a nap. If you like an afternoon cocktail, head down to the Wheelhouse Lounge during Happy Hour. Buy 1 drink and get the second drink for $1. Get there early as it gets packed really quick. Each time you order a drink, they give you a coupon which you are entered into a chance to win a bottle of wine at the end of the cruise. Debarkation was easy. We self debarked, got through customs and out the door to meet Super Shuttle to take us to the airport. All in all it was an uneventful cruise for us. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
Having cruised several times before, we were really looking forward to this trip on the Island Princess. While we had a good time overall, we were totally disappointed with the ship. There were too many passengers for the staff and the ... Read More
Having cruised several times before, we were really looking forward to this trip on the Island Princess. While we had a good time overall, we were totally disappointed with the ship. There were too many passengers for the staff and the size of the ship. Anything we tried to do was overwhelming. On one shore excursion, we were herded into the theater as usual, but we sat there for a long time then were sent out onto to the dock and had to stand there between two ships next to a refueling truck. Then when we returned we had to sit on the bus for an hour (no exaggeration) waiting to get near the dock to wait again to get ported to the ship. Our meals were long drawn out affairs, with a slow wait staff. Many times we wanted to get their attention, but never saw them again. Our cabin was fine, bed was comfortable, bathroom small, closet nice sized and we had a wonderful steward (thank you Qi). The ship itself needs a lot of work. Rusting, worn out looking, carpet dirty. Walking down a hall one day we walked under an overhead light that was leaking water like it was raining, water was also coming out along the molding, carpet soaked. We did notify staff about this. Embarkation was a joke but disembarkation wasn't too bad. I will have to think long and hard before I would consider another Princess cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
Loved, loved, loved this cruise! The crew of the Island Princess were all wonderful and attentive and I can't say enough how glad we are that we splurged and got a suite for this voyage. The perks that go along with the suite ... Read More
Loved, loved, loved this cruise! The crew of the Island Princess were all wonderful and attentive and I can't say enough how glad we are that we splurged and got a suite for this voyage. The perks that go along with the suite resulted in us feeling very spoiled for 15 days. Breakfast everyday at Sabatini's with Ivan and the fantastic crew there can't be beat. The dinner selections in the dining rooms made it hard to make a choice each evening and with the special deserts, well, let's just say no one can maintain their diet with that temptation. We also had dinners in the specialty restaurants - Sabatini's and Crab Shack. The lobster three ways at Sabatini's was incredible and not to be missed. We got the steamed basket with different seafood options at the Crab Shack and enjoyed all of them. The crab legs were different than what we were used to up here in Alaska, but still good. I didn't feel that the ship was over crowded as some others have mentioned. A couple of times it was harder to find seating for the shows, but I believe that is the same on any ship depending on the entertainment offered that evening. Speaking of entertainment, the shows were quite good and we certainly enjoyed our evenings. The entire ship was decorated for Christmas and this just added to the already beautiful décor. I would definitely recommend this cruise! We are already planning our next cruise with Princess. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
In all fairness, this review applies to the ship only; everything else about the cruise was truly wonderful (note the ratings). Apparently, Princess recently added a large amount of new staterooms; the Island was recently in dry dock ... Read More
In all fairness, this review applies to the ship only; everything else about the cruise was truly wonderful (note the ratings). Apparently, Princess recently added a large amount of new staterooms; the Island was recently in dry dock and things have really suffered as a result. The dining rooms were severely overcrowded with long lines to get in, to the extent that at dinnertime they handed out the kind of pagers that restaurants give out. They also reduced the size of the workout room, and relocated it so that there are no windows any longer. The casino was also reduced in size, presumably to make room for the new staterooms. One of our favorite places was the International Café which was removed. With finger sandwiches, soups, desserts, and drinks, it was nice to hang out in the Piazza/Rotunda with its adjacent café. We've cruised on nothing but Princess, but that's no longer going to be the case considering such bad decisions that Princess has made. Seems they got their idea from the airlines who are similarly cramming in more seats. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
This was our first cruise since an Alaskan cruise in 1998, so we weren't quite sure what to expect. The Panama Canal was a bucket list item, and I've recently retired so we have plenty of time on our hands to undertake a long ... Read More
This was our first cruise since an Alaskan cruise in 1998, so we weren't quite sure what to expect. The Panama Canal was a bucket list item, and I've recently retired so we have plenty of time on our hands to undertake a long journey. Overall, the cruise was extremely enjoyable although it may have been a couple of days too long. The Island Princess was a great ship and a wonderful experience. Very few, if any, complaints about the stateroom, food, activities, or entertainment. Most of the staff were extremely helpful and the cabin steward was outstanding. Here's a day-by-day detail (hope not to bore anybody to sleep): Day 1 - Embarkation. Took a 15 minute cab ride from home to the Port. Traffic was very heavy coming into the port and the cab dropped us off near the terminal. Left the bags and a tip with the baggage attendant. Lines at Port Everglades were very long on an unsettled, cloudy day. Fortunately, we were under roof. and spent probably 45 minutes to get to security. We chose to carry a few bottles of wine (beyond the two per cabin allowed by Princess) so we were directed to a separate desk. The staff at the desk were very polite as we paid the corkage and had the bottles stamped. Back in line, we waited another 30 minutes or so to check in and receive our cruise cards. Easy transition to the ship and were directed to our deck and cabin. Room was ready when we arrived and we only had to wait for luggage. We opted for a mini-suite since the cruise was 15 days and we weren't disappointed with our choice, B226 on the Baja deck. We checked out the room and balcony, then decided to explore the ship. We opted for lunch in the main dining room (Provence). After lunch and exploring the various decks, we returned to the room to find our luggage waiting for us. Larry, our steward introduced himself to us. We asked him for wine glasses and fresh ones mysteriously appeared thereafter at various times throughout the cruise. He told us that he would have robes for us as soon as they were returned from the laundry. We unpacked and stepped out on the balcony which was fortunately covered since it had started to rain. We grabbed our life preservers when we heard the announcement and headed to our muster station at 3:15 for the drill. We joined a social group at 6:00 and met some new friends for drinks before heading to dinner in the anytime (Bordeaux) Dining Room. We left the dining room too late to catch the Comedian at the welcome show, so we explored the ship further and retired to our cabin around ten or so. We caught an interesting movie (The Age of Adaline) on television before retiring to an extremely comfortable bed. Day 2 - At Sea. Breakfast at the Horizons buffet and time exploring the exterior spaces since it had rained on embarkation day. The sun was finally out and we walked around the Sun Deck and Sports Deck while enjoying our coffee. Took in a great presentation on Cartagena and Aruba from the Destination Expert in the Princess Theater followed by an Enrichment Lecture on Architecture. Lunch from the Grill with the afternoon spent relaxing by the pool with a book. Social group again with cocktails before dinner, then another enjoyable dinner in the Bordeaux Dining Room. Took in the production show "Do You Wanna Dance" in the Princess Theater (all the production shows were excellent). A few more strolls around the ship before retiring to our cabin. Day 3 - At Sea. Room service breakfast this morning... if there's one area Princess falls a little short, it's this strange breakfast sandwich which seems to be swiss cheese, Canadian bacon, and an oval-shaped egg sandwiched between an English muffin. It arrives in a foil bag and the egg has usually rolled out from between the muffin. It's somewhat bland but the rest of the breakfast choices are very good. After our morning deck stroll with coffee, we head to the excellent Destination Lecture on the Panama Canal by Chris Roberts. We end the morning with an Enrichment Lecture on the Mayans before heading to the Horizons Buffet for lunch. Afternoon is spent by the Lotus Pool with a good book and an ice cream from Swirls. Tonight is the first of three formal nights. We really do not enjoy the formal nights and refuse to drag tuxedos along for two weeks, only to drag them back cross-country. Our compromise is a dark blazer and tie. Dinner is by reservation in the Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse. I have the first of many lobster dishes served by my spanish namesake from Peru, Maurizio. Very good service, excellent meal, great martini and Captain Singer stops by our table to say hello and inquire how the cruise is going. The late dinner means we've missed the show by John Bressler, but no worries since he performs again later in the cruise. Day 4 - Aruba. We arrive in Aruba by 7:00 a.m. Since we set sail again at noon, we decide that any excursion will only be rushed so we just walk off the ship into town. We make our way to Starbuck's where we find wifi and catch up on mail and social media. Back on the Island Princess by 11:30 At 12:30 we head to Christian Roberts' presentation on Costa Rica. We decide to remain in the theater for the next presentation, Looking At Paintings in Museums by the guest lecturer. We have a late lunch and spend time lounging around the pool. We meet up with the social group for drinks before dinner, then have dinner in the Bordeaux dining room. Another stroll around the ship, then time for bed. Day 5 - Cartagena, Columbia. Room service for breakfast this morning. Eating on the balcony as we pull into Cartagena, escorted by fishing boats and commuters heading to work. We're excited since this is our first trip to Columbia. We are amazed that the skyline rivals Miami Beach. This is a modern, bustling city. We've booked an excursion (through Princess) of the La Popa Monastery, the colonial city, the Nunez House and the Naval Museum. There are rows and rows of buses as we disembark. We find our bus and the driver begins to leave when someone yells from the back that there are missing passengers. The guide leaves to find the three elderly women who were delayed because the one with a walker was not allowed down the gangway with her walker. Finally we leave and quickly realize that it is going to be a long day as one passenger monopolizes the conversation with the guide. He gets interrupted constantly during his presentation but is able to fit in his advice of "don't pay more than $5 for any souvenirs or trinkets from the street vendors!". Cartagena was extremely hot and humid but the excursion went well. Back to the ship by 2:30 and grabbing a quick lunch at the Grill. A little time to relax before meeting up for drinks before dinner. After dinner, we catch the Movies Under the Stars presentation on the LIdo deck. Day 6 - Panama Canal. Today is the big day, the raison d'etre for taking this cruise. Up early so we don't miss a thing. Room service for breakfast as we approach the canal. The Port Lecturer, Chris Roberts, does an outstanding job explaining the process of transiting the canal. His narrative is broadcast throughout the ship and on the TV in the stateroom. We split time between our balcony and the forward observation area on Deck 11. The crowds at the rail begin to thin as the day progresses. The transit fee for the Island Princess was $253,000. The canal workers are extremely friendly and wave to the passengers. People on shore stop to watch the ship and take pictures. The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel. Hard to believe that it's over 100 years old. We can see progress on the construction of the canal expansion. Passing under the Centennial Bridge and then the Bridge of the Americas is amazing. After we pass the Bridge of the Americas, it's time to change for drinks and dinner in the Bordeaux dining room before catching the production show, Motor City at 9:45 p.m. This was an excellent day! Day 7 - At Sea. Breakfast in the Horizons buffet this morning, followed by a presentation on Nacaragua and San Juan Del Sur by the ship's destination expert. Stroll around the ship balance of the morning. Lunch today was at Alfredo's Pizza (in Sabatini's). The pizza and serve were both outstanding. After lunch was a movie in the Princess Theater. A little time by the pool after the movie, then drinks and dinner. After dinner, we catch the show by Nashville pianist and comedian, John Bressler. After the show, we head to the MUTS for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Day 8 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Today, we've booked a Princess shore excursion; a train ride and a river excursion. Costa Rica is very pretty. Costa Ricans enjoy a high literacy rate with free education. The train ride through the countryside past plantations was interesting. The river cruise afforded the opportunity to see wildlife such as crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, and parrots. We were treated to ice tea and fresh pineapple at the river cruise stop. We did not leave port until 8:00 p.m. this evening as the ship had to sail with the tides. Drinks before dinner in the Bordeaux dining room. then we caught the show by singer Donny Ray Evins in the Princess Theater. Day 9 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. San Juan is a tender port, so we were glad to have purchased a Princess shore excursion to the Mombacho Volcano. We gathered early in the Bordeaux dining room and waited for our excursion number to be called. Once we got to shore, we boarded a bus for the volcano. After almost two hours on the bus, we transferred to former military trucks for a 4 wheel climb up the Mombacho Volcano. Some roads were 45 degree inclines, but we finally reached the top in the clouds. The volcano is ringed by a challenging trail which is constantly damp from its location in a cloud forest. The crater is barely visible through the vegetation but we did have an opportunity to stare down a steam vent. The one reward for the strenuous trek is a fantastic view of Lake Nicaragua and the colonial town of Grenada. After the volcano, we stopped in Grenada for lunch. The cafe was our second opportunity on the cruise to access wifi. We had a delicious lunch in Grenada and checked in on social media. This was a fairly strenuous day, so we decided to hang out at the MUTS, have a pizza, beer and enjoy the Patriots/Texans game. Day 10 - At Sea. Today was a relaxing day at sea. We had a lazy morning, breakfast in the Horizons buffet, coffee on the outside decks. Late morning was spent listening to the enrichment lecture titled "Issues in Caribbean Art". Lunch was at the Grill, followed by the movie The Martian in the Princess Theater. Tonight was the second formal night of the cruise. We had drinks with the social group, then dinner in Sabatini's. This was my second lobster dinner on the cruise and it was excellent. I mentioned in passing to the waiter that I was a Maine native and usually had boiled lobster. He immediately offered to switch my broiled lobster to a boiled one and said it would only take the kitchen ten minutes to do so. The broiled lobster was delicious and the service was outstanding. Sabatini's was not too busy so we had some pleasant conversations with our waiter and the headwaiter. Dinner pretty much filled out the balance of our evening. Day 11 - At Sea. Today is a low-key relaxing day at sea. Can't believe it's taking two days to travel from Nicaragua to Cabo San Lucas but the seas are extremely smooth. After breakfast, we decide to check out the Morning Trivia and do okay. Not well enough to win but a respectable showing. We then rush over to the Princess Theater for the presentation on Mexico and Cabo San Lucas by the ship's destination expert. We enjoy lunch and a couple of brews at he Grill, then take in the Sudoku Challenge in Crooner's. The Challenge is over in 5 minutes, so we decide to hang by the Lotus Pool for the afternoon. Pre-dinner cocktails and we've been invited to join a large table in the Bordeaux for a birthday celebration. Princess has prepared shrimp tempura just for the table, provided a bottle of champagne, service has been outstanding, and the birthday guest has been serenaded by the waitstaff, followed by a solo from one of the waiters. Our fellow diners are mostly Elite cruisers. After dinner, we make the late production show, Piano Man,in the Princess Theater. Day 12 - At Sea. This is our second day at sea cruising towards Cabo San Lucas. Seas are once again very calm but we're beginning to get clouds. Lots of fish activity in the water today as we spot sea turtles, dolphins and few jumping fish. Lunch is from the Pizzeria on the Lido deck, followed by the Passenger Talent Show in the Theater. The show is entertaining, funny, and some acts are pretty talented. The balance of the afternoon is spent lounging on our balcony. Pre-dinner drinks and dinner in Bodeaux. The second show this evening is early at 8:15 so we miss it. We decide to end the evening with a few strolls around the ship. Day 13 - Cabo San Lucas. As we arrive in Cabo, we join the Grand Princess and the Crown Princess in Cabo, a tender port. We've booked the Whale Watch excursion through Princess. Despite a large number of passengers in port, the process is relatively easy. As we leave the harbor on the whale watch, we're pleasantly surprised to see the staff serving us drinks. We actually get to see some whales and have to head back. Most of the passengers happiuly tip the crew after unlimited margaritas, daiquiries, beer and sangria. The lines at the dock are pretty long given the passengers in port, but we enjoy the rendition of Jingle Bells from the mariachi band (use your imagination). The ship is supposed to sail around 6:00 but is slightly delayed because of the tender traffic. At 6:00 we join friends for drinks and head for a slightly later dinner this evening. After dinner, we check out the photo gallery, walk through the casino, and check out the activity in the Explorers Lounge. Day 14 - At Sea. The weather has cooled considerably, so only a few brave souls face the pool. It's overcast, but the Pacific remains very calm as we steam towards Los Angeles. Frankly, we start to get a little bored today but we check out the Outlet Sale and $10 Event which reminds one of a yard sale/flea market. Some passengers seem to get pretty excited by the event as we watch one lady trip over another passenger's walker trying to beat each other to a table. Mid-morning, we join the Destination Lecture on Cruising to Cuba by Chris Roberts. We then attend the screening of a video of the ship's Panama Canal crossing in the Theater. Lunch today is at the Grill. The afternoon is low-key spent reading, doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles. This is the third formal night and we brave the main dining room for my third lobster dinner. (The Maitre D' later reported that this cruise set a Princess record for the most lobster consumed.) We attend the fourth production show, On The Bayou, which becomes my favorite. Day 15 - At Sea. Today's weather is definiely cool. After breakfast, we attend the Culinary Demonstration hosted by the Maitre D' and the Executive Chef. Lots of fun and interesting trivia such as the ship cooks an average of 1,400 pounds of potatoes daily and washes 60,000 dishes each day. We decide to skip the Galley tour and remain in the Theater to catch teh Backstage Tour with the Performance Manager and the Production Manager. Our final onboard lunch is a pizza at Sabatini's (Princess pizza is consistently delicious!) After lunch, we attend the Enrichment Lecture "Multiculturalism and Artistic Diversity" by the Guest Lecturer. That's later followed with the afternoon movie, "It's a Wonderful LIfe" in the Princess Theater. Late afternoon, we pack our bags for arrival tomorrow. Pre -dinner, we have cocktails with our social group then head to our final dinner. Dinner gets out too late to make the show, but we make it to the Crew Talent Show in the theater. The crew does a great job of entertaining, and we finally head back to our stateroom for bed. Arrival in Los Angeles. We're up early as the Island Princess pulls into the Port of Los Angeles. Breakfast is in the Horizon Court, along with a few thousand of your dearest friends. We are in the first disembarkation group, having chosen to self-carry. The process goes very smoothly and we are off the ship and through customs by 8:45. As we are leaving Immigration, the car service calls and advises that they are 10 minutes away. It's a short wait, and we meet some folks who just flew in from Australia to take the Eastbound crossing. The car service arrives in just a few minutes, and it's a quick ride to LAX on this Sunday morning. Curbside check-in, for a flight back to FLL with a connection in PHX. 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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