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Island Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Exceeded all our expectations.

Island Princess Cruise Review by esanesel

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Interior

This was an impulse buy for us as we chose to take the first sailing of the season (for this ship) to the Panama Canal. The weather was spotty and I'm certain that there will be more than a few complaints about substituting one port, missing one port and the cancelation of excursions at one port. We cruised to this part of the world during rainy season following an earthquake in Mexico, what could you expect. And thank you Princess for putting our safety above money and cancelling the tours in Costa Rica where the roads were treacherous. We enjoyed the tours we took, the ports we made and communications on the ship were great. Enough about that.

The food and service were fantastic. I would suggest "traditional" dining as the addition of staterooms following a recent refit caused some issues at anytime dining. This was particularly true for very early seating primarily because of the demographics our tour mates which seemed to us to be more "mature" than usual. We ate late seating, had a fabulous server and assistant and the food was the best we've had on any sailing. The Horizon Court buffet was small but very adequate with good breakfasts, nice lunches which again had plenty of selection and very good salads. The service in the buffet, like the dining room, was top notch. They couldn't do enough for you, were always available bring drinks and finding a table was never a problem because the were quick to clear and reset silver and glasses.

The entertainment was another high point. The headliners were better than average. The singers and dancers (as well as the production numbers) were excellent and the band was great. We enjoyed the solo guitarist on most nights as well.

Ship activities were as you would expect and the crew very attentive. The enrichment lectures were a outstanding. The speaker was so good and his lectures so interesting that when they scheduled him for a few early (9AM) slots we asked for wake up calls.

As far as the ship goes, I missed the International Cafe and I used to enjoy the lounge in the aft section that was removed after the refit. The public spaces were the immaculate. Bathrooms, bannisters, hallways - very well done. There was a peculiar smell in some hallways now and again but it cleared up quickly.

All in all, we had a great trip, felt very well taken care of and, despite the weather and the flexible itinerary, had one of our best cruises.

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