Island Princess Cruise Review by 123cwm
- Sail Date: December 2015
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
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
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