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Island Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Panama delight

Island Princess Cruise Review by Jennie27

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

this was our first platinum cruise with princess and a great experience. Embarkation was smooth and efficient and we were on board and settled well before we would usually have been.- definitely worth persevering with the loyalty program!

the itinerary was just what we needed - a mixture of islands and mainland destinations with Panama as the ultimate focus. En route Cartagena was delightful - easy to get around - no need for a tour - just exit the ship and find a taxi to the old town.

Panama did not disappoint. the partial transit was a splendid experience, sedate but continuous and a spectacle to enjoy. worth messaging home to let friends know of the live feed and they too can share your experience.

we took the tour which included the new locks, coach to Panama and the train ride back to the cruise ship - so we can actually say we have been coast to coast.

lovely ship , great experience - next time a full transit!

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As good as always, however o don't understand why princess have replaced TVs with oversized ones which impinge on the windows

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