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Island Princess Cruise Review
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Full Transit Panama Canal Cruise on Island Princess

Island Princess Cruise Review by vacation-cruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2016
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

First let me address the positive points of this cruise. The entertainment was awesome! Of the six cruises we have been on, this one by far had the superior entertainment. The quality of singers, dancers, live band, etc. was great. We even went to one performance twice. The cruise director did a great job.

The food was very good. The wait staff was great - attentive, friendly, helpful. Sabitini's was also excellent. Try their veal chop as it is delicious and well worth the cover charge. Every day there are a couple of happy hours at different locations - 2 for 1 plus $1 which was a great value. We also enjoyed the fish and chips at the pub lunch that was held twice on this cruise.

The staff was wonderful -friendly and helpful.

Going through the Panama Canal was really interesting. So glad we had an opportunity to experience this. It literally took all day. We also enjoyed Aruba and Cartagena. We took a tour in Cartagena which was very interesting but extremely warm. We did our own thing at the other ports.

The ship itself was on the small size especially when you consider some of the mega ships now being built. However, it was the perfect size to get through the canal. At times lines were longer than I would like. It seems that anytime dining is so popular that there not enough tables for the people. Princess was asking anytime diners if they wanted to switch to the late seating. I found that interesting as when we booked this cruise we were told that anytime dining was all that was available as the standard seating so were booked up.

We had an issue with water getting into our cabin. (Under the carpet) from workers replacing water pipes on our deck. The passenger services staff was very attentive and brought in the plumber late in the evening. Otherwise, the balcony cabin was as expected.

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