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Island Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for Island Princess to the Panama Canal & Central America
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2019
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony

The Island Princess is a great ship to find your way. we had some rough seas one day but we barely felt it. Embarkation went well and smoothly. we were welcomed on board and went to the atrium until the cabins were ready which was a wait of about 30 minutes. when we got to our cabin we found it spotless and our luggage was outside our door. We had a wonderful lunch in the main dining room. Muster was at 3:30 and I love that we no longer have to lug life vests.

One thing I did't like was a lot of deck space was removed as was a show lounge so they could add more cabins to the ship. However, despite the higher number of passengers, the ship rarely felt crowded except during show times and many trivia games.

Club class dining had impeccable service. Many of the meals were very good but sometimes they weren't. the quality of meat has gone down.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin M1

Perfect location to get anywhere you wanted on the ship. it is the typical mini suite on the end of the bump out. The balcony was a bit small because of the curved railing. The safa was uncomfortable to sit on for long and it looked old and worn. The bed was extremely comfortable.

Port Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Great embarkation. Come a day early. Lots of hotels, restaurants, and beaches.

Cartagena (Colombia)

Very hot and humid. Nothing to do at the pier.

Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

Tour to the rain forest was nice. Bring your passport if you want to shop in the duty free at the pier.

Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

Folkloric show done by schoolchildren was very enjoyable. Best place to buy coffee.


Took city tour of an area that is just growing. Tried fresh made tortillas, guacamole, beans and salsa and had beautiful scenic views.

Santa Barbara

City trolley tour was a bit chilly. it is basically open and it was a foggy chilly day. We saw the city and a mission and some beautiful homes.

San Francisco

When we got off the ship planning to catch a trolley, there was a free shuttle service to Pier 39 which has a lot of restaurants, eateries and other entertainment. We arrived around 10:15 but left by 11:30 because it was getting very crowded. I found a couple of bargains and we took the free shuttle back to the ship. San Francisco is a beautiful city and very walkable.

Astoria, Oregon

A pretty seaside town with friendly people. Craft stalls on the pier.

San Juan del Sur

No tours taken

Los Angeles

Changeover day and having been to LA many times we relaxed on board.

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