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Island Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Island Princess Cruise Review by meggieh

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2018
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

Just returned from a cruise to and through the Panama Canal. We, happily, are Platinum Passengers with Princess, so boarding, and disembarking went very smoothly. Our cabin was ready when we boarded, that was grand too.

We generally unpack, then take a walking tour around the ship, and familiarize ourselves with it. Did the same with this cruise. The cabin was small, not a big surprise, we've been on this size ship before. However, it was on the 7th deck, close to the action, dining room, theater, and other specialty things, Art Studio, two specialty restaurants, and only one floor above the shops. Good cabin PR723.

Our cabin Steward, Glenn, was a delight to work with. He did an excellent job of tidying up everyday, and always providing supplies, when they ran out. He also always had the greatest smile on his face, and greeted us nicely whenever he saw us. You'd be lucky to have him for your Steward!

Our favorite spot on each Princess ship is Crooners Martini Bar. The Bartenders, Laura and Mark were also superb. We had such fun with them. They made excellent drinks, served them quickly, and learned what we liked best. Several times I just had them make me something as a surprise. Also the servers, Nestor, Manuel, and the others were outstanding. We had lots of laughs with one and all. You'd be lucky to have them too!

We did traditional dining, we always do, as we like meeting new prople, and making new friends. The dining room was on the 6th deck, mid ship, and was very good. The food was delicious, plenty of it. Our waiter Edwin, and his assistant, were very, very good, always smiling, and greeting us with big hellos. Again you'd be lucky to have them!

We did excursions at Huatulco, Antigua, both very nice. We did not go to Nicaragua, but saw Ensenada as our last port. The excursions were good, and we had been to Ensenada several times before, so we were quite comfortable with it.

The Canal is very historical, and extremely interesting. We spent the night in Lake Gatun, after we had gone through the Canal, then went back through again the next day. Fascinating to see all the ships lined up to go through. Big ships, small boats, they were all there. Get as close to the bow of the ship as you can so you can see passing through.

A quick warning folks, Central America, can get mighty hot. Make sure you drink lots of water and cover yourself with sunscreen.

This cruise was all we had hoped it would be. Were there negative things, sure, but nothing that caused any great problems. When I travel I always look for the positive, and eliminate the negative. That's the only was to go.

Thank you Princess, and your great crew members, this was wonderful!


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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BE PR723

Small, but cozy and located in the perfect area of the ship.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Huatulco

Took Tequila Tour. Good tour, in restaurant, not at factory, but done nicely.

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

Took Princess tour, but took private tour with Princess Tour Guide. He showed us many places, and brought us to a delicious restaurant for lunch, thank you David!

Very interesting, saw lots of crocs, and lots of birds. Tour guide was very knowledgeable about the tour and the area.

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Manzanillo

Disembarked, took a short walk around the port area, and got back onboard. A little too humid and hot for us.

San Juan del Sur

Never docked there, issues with the local population, and Captian felt it was not a good idea to stop.


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