This was the 5th cruise with Princess for my husband and I. We love waking up and being someplace new everyday. We chose this cruise because of it's interesting ports, and of course for the full transit of the Panama Canal. We flew to Acapulco a day before and stayed in the Fiesta Americana Villas. Acapulco was very nice and we had a glorious view from our hotel room,...especially at dawn.The only bad thing about Acapulco was that MTV had just had it's big Spring Break beach party there and the place was still loaded with partiers. This was a very LOUD place. We asked for a room on the quite side of the hotel, away from the bungee jump and beach band and we were able to sleep soundly.
Boarding the ship was a breeze and only took a few minutes to get processed and to our cabin. Our room was ready and our luggage showed up a few hours later. We attended our Cruise Critic meeting and met everyone we had been chatting and planning with on-line. We had a great group and we met people that we will keep in contact with. (Telemundo!) I'd like to mention Steve, because I know he likes to be mentioned. :)
The ship was beautiful. The Island Princess is the smallest ship I've ever been on, but I never felt like we were crowded or that the ship was too small. Food and drinks were good. My only real complaint is that they do tend to undercook the shellfish. We ate at Sabatini's one night and my lobster was served still translucent and grey looking. We also tried the Bayou Cafe and thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked that there was a band in the restaurant. There should be music everywhere I eat! :) We ate breakfast and lunches in the Horizon Court buffet and went to afternoon tea twice. We love Princess pizza, it is ALWAYS great! The Pub lunch was not well attended on this cruise. The last cruise we were on there was a line out the door waiting for fish and chips!