Awesome first experience: Island Princess Cruise Review by energizer7

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Awesome first experience

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We celebrated our 30th anniversary by taking our first cruise and it was with Princess. After reading all the reviews and getting as prepared as we could, we went on this adventure with an open mind...just wanting to enjoy the experience. The Island Princess did not disappoint!

It was the most relaxing, exciting and awesome experience we could have had. We thought everything was excellent! We discovered when we got there, that we had been upgraded to a mini-suite which was wonderful. Our room steward, Nestor was excellent...the waiters(Dajan and Rodney) were awesome, we chose anytime dining and made reservations when we wanted to dine, it was a great choice as we met and dined with wonderful new friends, Marc and Sue. The bar tenders (especially in the wheelhouse bar, Herman and Felix)were super...we took in a couple of Princess excursions and they were great. We did the ultimate ship tour, absolutely worth every penny!! We really enjoyed the tour.

Of course More the Panama Canal was wonderful and we were only a few doors down from the "secret" door on deck 10 so were there bright and early. All of the entertainment staff, assistant cruise directors and the cruise director...the wake show, the photographers, we could go on and on...all was just terrific.

We found the food excellent, we were never disappointed, if there was something we didn't like, there was no problem changing it. We tried all kinds of different food. We also tried both specialty restaurants and enjoyed both but missed our regular waiters.

The staff is what makes the cruise, all the amenities were wonderful and we took full advantage of them all, the ship was awesome but we were treated like royalty and that made the difference for us.

We liked it so much we put a deposit on another cruise.....

for all the newbies...don't worry, go have fun, enjoy and relax! Less

Published 05/01/12

Cabin review: C211

We were upgraded from a midship cabin to C211, very near the front of the ship. It was wonderful. great cabin in every way. lots of closet space, large bathroom, super balcony, superb room steward. Quiet not a lot of traffic, easy access to front elevators. Nice new carpet in room.

Port and Shore Excursions

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Harbour Tour

This was a harbour tour, a very nice overview of Cartegena.

We briefly got off the ship to purchase some gifts.

Catamaran Tour

It was rough seas and not the best weather but we had the best time riding the waves on the catamaran and swimming. We saw the beautiful Dunns Rivers falls. It was a great excursion.

We chose to stay on the ship and enjoy all it had to offer.

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