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We booked our second "Member's Appreciation Cruise" Booking included: Precruise- Coach from Toledo to Detroit, Air to Acapulco, Overnight in Acapulco (Fairmont Princess), Tour of Acapulco the next day, Transfer to ship Cruise- 10 Day Panama Canal Explorer from Acapulco to San Juan Post Cruise- Transfer to San Juan Airport, Air to Detroit, and Coach to Toledo. Pre Cruise Hotel: Acapulco Fairmont Princess- What a wonderful beginning to our adventure. After a full day of bus and air transportation, along with clearing immigration and customs in the Mexico City Airport (A curse I am reserving for only the most deserving of evildoers). The Fairmont was clean & well maintained, with a courteous, attentive staff. There was some confusion in that Princess had started a pre-registration program for the night before to make pier to ship transfer smoother. Ship Info: * Activities- DW and I don't do lots of planned activities, but prefer to watch the ocean slide by from our balcony or other places on the ship. * Service- The service was exemplary. Unobtrusive, yet all of our needs were met. All of the staff and crew are friendly, and appear to be driven to provide the best experience possible for guests. As with any group of 3000 (2050 passengers and 950 crew), there are those who prefer to enjoy life, and those who choose otherwise. * Shore Excursions- Huatulco, Mexico; We used the Princess "Sail and Swim" excursion. This was a small group (20), all that would fit on the sailboat. It filled about 30 minutes after excursions were posted on the web. Guatemala; We participated in the ship's "Filadelfia Coffee Estate" tour. What a pleasurable day in the mountains of this Central American country. Puntarenas, Costa Rica; We went on a "Mangrove and Macaw Preserve" tour organized by Princess. This was like the Jungle River cruise at Disney, but with REAL crocs and animals, How cooooool! Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua; We went out on our own. This is not a well developed port yet, but has serious potential for some eco-tourism s the country stabilizes. Cartagena, Colombia; We went to the end of the pier and hired a cab and tour guide for the day. We had a wonderful time and missed all of the busses. Don't miss the Monastery at the top of the mountain. We spent $60 plus tips for all three of us. Aruba; We went and wandered about on our own. The visit was on Sunday afternoon, so not a lot was open. * Summary: We enjoyed our first Princess experience enough that we booked future cruise credits. * Stateroom: We were in a mini (B216). The room was not any bigger that a balcony on the Carnival Liberty. Our steward (Benedict) was friendly & helpful. * Dining: The service was spectacular (Magda and Alla at second seating), the maitre-de (Ignazo), provided a wonderful mealtime environment. The food was good, but not as good as last year on the Liberty. It would NOT keep me from sailing Princess again. * Disembarkation: Truly a nightmare. I don't know if ICE or Princess is to blame, but I'm going to be grumpy on the last day of a cruise anyway. I can't wait to cruise with Princess again

Island Princess - Central America/Panama Canal

Island Princess Cruise Review by bgbaird

Trip Details
We booked our second "Member's Appreciation Cruise" Booking included: Precruise- Coach from Toledo to Detroit, Air to Acapulco, Overnight in Acapulco (Fairmont Princess), Tour of Acapulco the next day, Transfer to ship
Cruise- 10 Day Panama Canal Explorer from Acapulco to San Juan
Post Cruise- Transfer to San Juan Airport, Air to Detroit, and Coach to Toledo.
Pre Cruise Hotel: Acapulco Fairmont Princess- What a wonderful beginning to our adventure. After a full day of bus and air transportation, along with clearing immigration and customs in the Mexico City Airport (A curse I am reserving for only the most deserving of evildoers). The Fairmont was clean & well maintained, with a courteous, attentive staff. There was some confusion in that Princess had started a pre-registration program for the night before to make pier to ship transfer smoother.
Ship Info: * Activities- DW and I don't do lots of planned activities, but prefer to watch the ocean slide by from our balcony or other places on the ship.
* Service- The service was exemplary. Unobtrusive, yet all of our needs were met. All of the staff and crew are friendly, and appear to be driven to provide the best experience possible for guests. As with any group of 3000 (2050 passengers and 950 crew), there are those who prefer to enjoy life, and those who choose otherwise.
* Shore Excursions-
Huatulco, Mexico; We used the Princess "Sail and Swim" excursion. This was a small group (20), all that would fit on the sailboat. It filled about 30 minutes after excursions were posted on the web.
Guatemala; We participated in the ship's "Filadelfia Coffee Estate" tour. What a pleasurable day in the mountains of this Central American country.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica; We went on a "Mangrove and Macaw Preserve" tour organized by Princess. This was like the Jungle River cruise at Disney, but with REAL crocs and animals, How cooooool!
Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua; We went out on our own. This is not a well developed port yet, but has serious potential for some eco-tourism s the country stabilizes.
Cartagena, Colombia; We went to the end of the pier and hired a cab and tour guide for the day. We had a wonderful time and missed all of the busses. Don't miss the Monastery at the top of the mountain. We spent $60 plus tips for all three of us.
Aruba; We went and wandered about on our own. The visit was on Sunday afternoon, so not a lot was open.
* Summary: We enjoyed our first Princess experience enough that we booked future cruise credits.
* Stateroom: We were in a mini (B216). The room was not any bigger that a balcony on the Carnival Liberty. Our steward (Benedict) was friendly & helpful.
* Dining: The service was spectacular (Magda and Alla at second seating), the maitre-de (Ignazo), provided a wonderful mealtime environment. The food was good, but not as good as last year on the Liberty. It would NOT keep me from sailing Princess again.
* Disembarkation: Truly a nightmare. I don't know if ICE or Princess is to blame, but I'm going to be grumpy on the last day of a cruise anyway.
I can't wait to cruise with Princess again
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