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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Choose for Panama Canal experience. Like watching paint dry, lol. OK, it was interesting but I got bored standing around waiting to go through the locks so I went back and watched it on the cabin TV. Good - Room size, B216. Overall ... Read More
Choose for Panama Canal experience. Like watching paint dry, lol. OK, it was interesting but I got bored standing around waiting to go through the locks so I went back and watched it on the cabin TV. Good - Room size, B216. Overall entertainment. Hamburgers and Pizza. Bad - Anytime dining. Bad joke. Wait staff was only good the last night. Had to arrive to the show 15-30 minutes early to get a seat in theatre. Organization of daily activities bad. Not much music in pool area. Mostly movies all day. Ugly - Horizon Court. Food was boring, bland and repetitive. Breakfast was usually lukewarm and I threw away more than once. One waffle iron for 2000 passengers??? Staff seemed put out if they had to wait on you. Had to wait 15 minutes to get a specialty coffee because length of line. Buffet focused so much on cleanliness that other parts of ship service went l Excursions were OK not great. Worst cruise experience we've ever had. I packed at noon last day and couldn't wait to depart next morning. If I ever see Island Princess (or even another Princess cruiseship) it will be too soon!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Wanted to see the new Panama Canal. Entertainment was good. Many options during the day and evenings. The food was good in the Resturant but service was very slow. Anytime dining was not managed well. Long lines/wait even though there were ... Read More
Wanted to see the new Panama Canal. Entertainment was good. Many options during the day and evenings. The food was good in the Resturant but service was very slow. Anytime dining was not managed well. Long lines/wait even though there were many available tables. The grill food was good but there again service was slow. Pizza was ok but not up to my standards. Crooners bar was my favorite - usually not too crowded after dinner. Easy listening music in the Atrium made it easy to enjoy a drink and conversation without having to yell to be heard. The buffet was ok for breakfast but I did not like the choices for lunch or dinner. The formal nights allowed for those who wanted to dress up to do so but also allowed those who didn’t bring a suit to enjoy the evening without any problem. (I really do not see the point of having formal nights) Excursions were a disappointment. The descriptions of the trips did not match the experiences. Our cabin steward was very efficient and more than exceeded our expectations. Read Less
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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Wanted the Panama Canal experience. I would caution you on taking the Island Princess. Ship did have a break out of a virus that caused some concerns . I do not think people took washing hands before eating seriously. Staff needed to ... Read More
Wanted the Panama Canal experience. I would caution you on taking the Island Princess. Ship did have a break out of a virus that caused some concerns . I do not think people took washing hands before eating seriously. Staff needed to clean the ship and update furniture. Wheelhouse Bar furniture would have been rejected by my local Habitat For Humanity! Yes that is how bad it was and had an old smell to it . Head waiter in the anytime dinner needs to go to charm school, he never smiled or took your questions about seating to heart . He did what he had to do to get people in yet making it a positive experience fell way short. Fitness programs in the lounge bar?? Not even fitness work out center. No room to move around or atmosphere to get you motivated. Pool seating is always a challenge. The one pool was covered ( not sure why when it looked like the roof could be moved ) and got very warm and smelled like an old sock by the afternoon with a 100 people in this location , stay away! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
There were 12 of us in this cruise ages ranging from 55-72. So we all may have different opinions of the cruise. My husband and I are 55 and we are platinum members of Princess. We wanted a longer cruise, with a taste of the Panama Canal, ... Read More
There were 12 of us in this cruise ages ranging from 55-72. So we all may have different opinions of the cruise. My husband and I are 55 and we are platinum members of Princess. We wanted a longer cruise, with a taste of the Panama Canal, along with other ports of call we have never been to. The ship itself was so clean and they were very strict about cleanliness, and sanitizing areas, and making sure passengers washed their hands with sinks in the public areas. Food was great. We didn't eat in any of the speciality restaurants which we were fine with. We did the anytime dining, and to be honest our service was not the best each night. Shows were good. We sat out by the pool quite a few days, we hardly ever saw anyone taking drink orders which to us seemed unusual. It was the same when we were at the shows as well. Our room, we had an inside room on the Lido deck which we chose on purpose because of the location, we only had to go up one floor to the Horizon Court, and the pool areas.we were happy with the room, but the bathroom shower was the smallest shower we ever have been in on a Princess ship. Other people in our group had outside rooms and said the same thing. We missed Grand Cayman because of rough seas which was disappointing, this also gave us 5 days at sea. Our first stop was Cartenga, Columbia. We went on a tour with the tour company thru Dora. We did the city tour and saw both the new and old parts of the city. Josie was our tour guide and did an excellent job. We also saw monkies, and parrots. Next we went thru part of the Panama Canal where we did get off and did a tour with the cruise ship which took us to the visitors center on the new part of the Canal, a Gutan Canal tour, and a " walk in the rainforest" which was a walk in a gravel road (disappointing) we could have skipped that walk and spend more time at the Canal. Next stop was Costa Rica, where we did a tour with My Lucky Tour which was awesome! Part of the tour was in the Tortunga Canal where we saw so much wildlife! Highly recommend this tour! Last stop Falmouth, Jamaica. Newer port, and we did a day at the beach at Royal White Sands resort which was all inclusive, and so much fun. We wish we could have had another stop since we didn't get to the Caymans, but all in all it was a very relaxing trip. Older people type of cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Itinerary was great! food in mdr was average at best. any time dining was a big waste and princess needs to correct because the wait was always over anhour. sabatini's and bayou cafe were excellent. beware the crab shack was ... Read More
Itinerary was great! food in mdr was average at best. any time dining was a big waste and princess needs to correct because the wait was always over anhour. sabatini's and bayou cafe were excellent. beware the crab shack was only held one evening and we had already booked dining on balcony for two which was awesome and we recommend for any princess cruise! the entertainment consisted of comedians. there was only one production show and it was one song after another and no big deal. staff was excellent but the cruise director hid for most of the ten night cruise. the ports were really outstanding. did a tour with dora the explorer in cartagena, columbia, and would love to visit again. the rain forest in limon costa rica as also worth doing. stayed on the ship during the panama canal transit and enjoyed the whole day watching the ship go through the locks! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first time cruising with Princess and I must say we were disappointed. We chose the Island Princess because of the itinerary it offered with the Panama Canal Crossing (09Jan19 sailing). Embarkation was easy and luggage ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Princess and I must say we were disappointed. We chose the Island Princess because of the itinerary it offered with the Panama Canal Crossing (09Jan19 sailing). Embarkation was easy and luggage delivered promptly. Lunch was very good at the Horizon Court Buffet but was disappointed no music playing on the pool deck to get you in the rhythm of the Caribbean. The ship is well maintained and very clean but for a ship that was refurbished a few years ago to add 100 rooms they forgot to make the ship handicap friendly. This cruise caters to seniors (we saw a total of 3 children & 2 teens) and doors to the outside are heavy (no automated doors or handicap buttons or doors without a lip) making it impossible for guests with walkers or wheelchairs to manage the doors by themselves. As I said the cruise caters to the 70 + crowd but the movies shown at the pool deck were for families with children: Coco, Princess Bride, Jurassic World, Ant man & the Wasp, Hotel Transylvania 3, House with a Clock in its Walls. This was not a cruise during school break, so I am dumbfounded by the selection. When we asked about where the football playoff games would be shown we were told at the "Sports Bar" in the Casino. Not on the Big Screens at the pool. We went to check out the "Sports Bar"....it is a small bar maybe 10 seats and two 35 inch TV's. Not like any sports bar I have seen on any other cruise ship. We asked the bartender about the games, his response I have ESPN 1 & ESPN 2, I know nothing about football games! OMG....we were not alone complaining about this. Saturdays games were at the Sports Bar and also in your cabin but the Sunday games did make it to the Big Screen at the Pool. I hope Princess remembers to do this for the Superbowl. Activities are inside, nothing going on poolside except for an occasional band playing, an exercise class & 1 ice carving demonstration.....no fun & games. When we take a cruise to a warm destination in the winter months, the last thing we want to do is be inside. The only indoor smoking room-The Churchill Cigar Room--old furniture and in desperate need of a ventilation system. The smoke alarm went off a number of times. The ship makes a suggestion for tipping your room steward. Also for every drink you order they add a 15% gratuity. Your room steward does not receive 100% of this tip, they split it 3 ways with 2 other areas not seen by guests. Same with the 15% added to drinks, it does not go to just the wait staff, it is shared by kitchen staff & others. The waiters say they only receive about 5% of what the ship collects. A number of guests went to the front desk and had all the gratuities removed from their account and tipped who they felt deserved tipping. Sabatini's Restaurant was excellent--the Maitre D and Wait staff exceptional. The Bayou, the other speciality restaurant, was good but if I could only choose one it would be Sabatini's. The dining rooms offered Princess favorites that could be ordered every night plus a choice of 5 appetizers and 5 entrees every night. But they also offered UP PRICING on the menu...lobster, filet mignon among other dishes could be ordered for an extra charge. The Horizon Court Buffet breakfast cereals, fruit, hot buffet plus an omelet station, lunch always an array of salads, soups plus hot dishes & at dinner had a different theme each evening, Brazilian, Sushi, German and food was good. Poolside pizza very good & so were the burgers and hotdogs. We took the Princess Tour: Highlights of Cartagena, what the description doesn't say is that this is basically a walking tour. You are in the Old City for at least 2 hours walking, then the tour guide leaves you for 30 minutes at an emerald store, no other shops around. Cartagena is hot & humid and if this tour was described for what it was we would have chose another tour. In Panama we did the Rain Forest boat trip, it is about an hour drive to the boats, tour guide was great and enjoyed the boat trip. Glimpsed a sloth and a gator. Monkey's came down to the boat, jumping on and around it. Nice trip. We had the soda package but when I asked for cans to bring back to the cabin, I was charged $2 a can plus 15% gratuity. Cans are not included in the package only fountain drinks. Seems like another up charge. On the liquor package you are limited to 15 drinks per day but if you ask for a drink with a double shot, they charge you for the 2nd shot, you can only have 1 drink at a time and the 2nd shot is a 2nd drink! Upcharge again. I must say the shows in the Princess Theatre were excellent. Magicians, Guitarists, Comedians, Singing and Dancing very entertaining. The only problem is that the theatre could not accommodate everyone for the 2nd show. I think the problem stems from the Anytime Dining. There are 2 shows 6pm and 8pm. The 6pm show is for guests who have the late dining at 730pm. The 8pm show for the early seating 530pm. From what I saw at the late dining it was relatively empty meaning many Anytime Diners were doing earlier seatings causing guests being turned away for the 8pm shows. Princess has an app for your phone Princess@Sea. It lists your tours, restaurant reservations and the days events. You can add an event to your own schedule listing the time and location. It also has a messenger, you and your party create an account and you can send each other messages.The problem with this is that the receiver does not know they have a message (unless they're looking at their phone) , it doesn't ding or light up, it doesn't have a notification system. Would be great if it did. Disembarkation went smoothly, it was color coded and scheduled around your departing flight times. Luckily, US Custom Agents (who weren't getting paid govt shutdown) moved the lines quickly. The FLL airport is only about 15 minutes away but I wouldn't schedule a return flight before 11am. Would we go on Princess again, not in the foreseeable future. My husband & I are both in our 60's and felt we were the youngest old people on this cruise, so maybe when we are 70 +. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We used Princess to go to Asia . It was good but had faults so we used Norwegian . Decided to give them another try . We did this Panama and other stops cruise . Ship was old but ok , Decore was good oldie woldie . In places a bit ... Read More
We used Princess to go to Asia . It was good but had faults so we used Norwegian . Decided to give them another try . We did this Panama and other stops cruise . Ship was old but ok , Decore was good oldie woldie . In places a bit worn . We had a disabled cabin . Good room , good cabin , good space . Small tv where as non disabled get a large tv . I thought this unfair and voiced my concern . A drawer was broken and took 3 days to repair . Beds very good . Cabin cleaner steward very poor little attention . Did not get tipped . Tv channels pretty good bbc cnn fox other . Drinks are expensive and Princess still dont offer inclusive drinks . We decided sos not to have any bother wed take the drinks package 689 usa dollars per person . After thought and discussion . Very expensive and poor . You can have 15 alcoholic drinks per day . Wine by the glass if you have a bottle they take 25 % off bottle price . Daylight robbery . you can have cocktails up to 12 dollars . Or Coffee liquers . All count towards your 15 . You can still only use 1 dining room unless you want to pay 29 dollars to visit other s , per visit . It boring food is poor very bland , little choice or change . Because people dont want to pay 29 dollars , they all want to use the cheaper normal restaurants , 2 of them . Both have long lines waiting and it took us 2 hours on one dinner . Awful . Entertainment wasnt to bad . Very good pianist , metal drums player , couple of groups . Shows , but hard to get there when you wait 1 hour plus for dinner . Staff are very good , friendly and helpful in bars and restaurants . There are 2 pools , nice sizes , Sun lounge areas . Bars are good . There is a grill , Pizza bar , Ice cream bar , And a buffett section . That is good but gets packed . And carrying food is like a ski slalom . Tipping is done at the end 13 dollars a day per person officially . We signed out of it and tipped those who helped us and were good at their jobs . Many became our friends . Cant get my head around why Princess dont do inclusive drinks , other than they are greedy and get every penny out of you . On the tv show you can see how they set up to get maximum sales . Shore excursions are very quick and expensive you get rushed about . In Jamaica you are treated badly they just bombard you for money where ever you go . It poored with rain and the excursion staff non princess hid under building s and let us get soaked . Gave us no care at all . Dodge that stop . Princess dont send anyone on the excursions ,so they are not watched , checked , remarked on . All staff at Locations know this . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience going through the Panama Canal. It did not disappoint. We had a mini-suite balcony and were on starboard side and had the best view ever. Our TV was on with full play by play ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience going through the Panama Canal. It did not disappoint. We had a mini-suite balcony and were on starboard side and had the best view ever. Our TV was on with full play by play explanation of what was happening. We even had room service breakfast and enjoyed the 3 hours going through the locks....amazing !!! The biggest complaint we had was the anytime dining option. The shows were either at 6pm or 8pm. if we ate at 6 or 6:30 when there were no line-ups, we had to rush to the show to get good seats in the theatre. If we watched the 6pm show and then went to dinner....well that was another story. There handling of the Anytime Dining is subpar. The 3rd night we complained and the Maitre'd even came to make his excuses. He said he had 1000 diners to seat….really we were 8 of them. Others that came in groups of 4 or less got seated promptly. The food was perfect and the service impeccable once we were seated. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
As an enjoyable & relaxing getaway, I would give this cruise no less than 4 stars. On the other hand, for the cruise line that is most associated with the popular 1970s and early 1980s TV show, "The Love Boat," I was very ... Read More
As an enjoyable & relaxing getaway, I would give this cruise no less than 4 stars. On the other hand, for the cruise line that is most associated with the popular 1970s and early 1980s TV show, "The Love Boat," I was very disappointed at the lack of organized social activities for single (heterosexual) men & women age 40 and older. I loved my stateroom though! Best experiences: 1) My steward, Liezl Castro, was EXCELLENT!!! Her customer service was outstanding! 2) The helicopter ride at The Grand Cayman Islands was thoroughly enjoyable 3) Ochos Rios, Jamaica was very fun ... particularly the Dune Buggy ride 4) Viewing the Panama Canal up close was worth the price of the cruise itself! Not-so-enjoyable experiences: 1) The swaying of the ship on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 (I experienced motion sickness for the 1st time) 2) The total lack of organized social activities for the single (heterosexual) men & women. I had high expectations for some "Love Boat" related events, but ended up feeling severely disappointed 3) Some of the street merchants in Cartagena, Colombia were overly aggressive and persistent, generally annoying, and even rude if you refused to purchase any of the products they were offering for sale 4) Photos were sometimes highly over-priced Overall, I would give the cruise a thumbs up Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Chose itinerary for Panama Canal but too many other ports require tenders. No international cafe. New meal schedule of 7:30 dining hard to get adjusted to. All suites have tubs but grout not maintained and required extensive cleaning ... Read More
Chose itinerary for Panama Canal but too many other ports require tenders. No international cafe. New meal schedule of 7:30 dining hard to get adjusted to. All suites have tubs but grout not maintained and required extensive cleaning during cruise. Many crew do not have good command of English. Excellent port itinerary presentation. Most excursions require long (1hour) rides from port. Poor safety standards for monkey island tour in panama ( resulted in fall exiting slippers boat and $1000 med bill on ship). Food service in traditional dining room very good. Coffee in dining rooms and horizon still terrible. Pastries good but variety for breakfast and lunch in horizon got boorish on fifteen day cruise. Entertainment pretty good in theater and piano bar. Medical staff excellent but have general problem when accident on their excursion clearly resulting from their poor safety condition still required charge to my account and then requires me to seek reimbursement back from Princess insurance. Passengers with limited mobility may not seek getting off ship on most ports bout resign themselves in enjoying passage through canal day. Read Less
Island Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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