It was a 15 days cruise to some places we'd never been. We traveled with another couple and we all decided this would be a nice cruise.
We will never take the Island Princess again, it is quite old, has added too many rooms for the facilities (gym, all dining rooms, loungers, pool), everything is overwhelmed by the number of guests. I've never been on a ship that had an old cabbage (or worse) smell all the time.
The food was excellent and the service was top notch. The staff worked hard to make this a good cruise.
Our excursion in Costa Rica was not a good one. We went to a private park that the cruise description made sound spacious and pretty with a number of separate animal gardens and sites and a tram ride to lunch. In reality it was hot and dry and dusty and the "gardens" were open tents with a few things to see in them. I give the park credit for trying to help animals out and employ people on this very poverty stricken side of the island. The tram ride was about two minutes up to an open air restaurant that was equally hot. Most of us tried to stand under any misters we could find and hope there would be a breeze. Our guide and driver were excellent, the guide told us lots of history about the country, old and new. This was about double what it should have cost and should be rewritten in the brochure.
We loved the little zoo and store near the pier in Colombia. Lots of animals, well cared for and right there for you to admire and take pictures of, without any vendors bugging you.
Huatalco is a beautiful port all around, has great snorkeling and my husband saw a baby whale and mama close by plus lots of colorful fish.
Our cabin was quite nice, roomy, with a balcony that I greatly enjoyed. The hall outside was narrow and usually smelled bad. This ship is a rabbit warren, the remodel made it hard to navigate around the ship and I usually do well at learning my way around.
We didn't mean to go on a spring break cruise, it just turned out to be one.