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Island Princess Review

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Panama Canal Full Transit

Review for Island Princess to the Panama Canal & Central America
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Dan W.
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2019
Cabin: Balcony

Cabin with Balcony Dolphin 235. Had been planning this trip for about a year and a half. Was a bit concerned after reading so many negative reviews about the ships adding 150 cabins in 2015 without increasing the public space. Our fears were unfounded as we found the ship to be no more crowded than any of our past cruises with Princess. The ship was in clean and in good repair. Our cabin was in good condition and the flat screen TVs that have been installed since our last cruise were a nice addition. Note- we had some service people in our room one afternoon that were installing hardware on the TV that will be allowing on-demand viewing of movies and shows. We always opt for any-time dining as we don't do Formal nights, and enjoy the buffet as much as the main dining room. Food, as always was excellent in both venues. Entertainment was what we have come to expect with Princess. I did not care for the 3 productions shows, but my partner did. The magician was great, though a bit raunchy for the crowd lol. Sonia, one of the guest female vocalist was amazing. As stated by others, you need to get to the theater a little early as it does fill up, but we never had an issue and almost always sat in the same spot. Service started off a bit "surly", but once they realized that we said please and thank you and actually engaged in conversation with crew members they warmed up. We heard so many rude and demanding older passengers, it is no wonder the wait staff starts off that way. We booked all of our excursions with Princess, and had one at each port. Very well organized! Overall Princess once again provided us with a memorable and relaxing vacation! Thank you to Chris, Duval, Nelly, Sammy, Tania, Giri, Manuel, Emil and Marius for your great service, it is crew like them that make this cruises pleasurable.

Cabin Review


Cabin BE

Cabin was in good repair, and clean. I was a bit concerned as we were very close to a room service access door, but we never heard any noise even during the busy times. Our room steward, Marius, was attentive and personable.

Port Reviews

Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

Monkey Island Tour- Got to see a number of animals and birds, but once again the guides were not as knowledgeable about the birds we were seeing. The habituated Capuchins were great to see.

San Juan del Sur

Zip Line - was old school zip line, really need to have some pretty good core muscles for this one lol.


Crocodile Sanctuary - This was a long drive to get to our destination, but well worth it. Very knowledgeable guide.

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