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Island Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,190 Reviews

Very good cruise

Island Princess Cruise Review by roytan

8 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

After being on the Regal and the Royal, this was a much smaller ship. It is also a much older ship and is in relatively good shape. We had a mini suite on Caribe and it was a great location and everything in the mini suite was fine.

I did miss the International cafe but we did adjust to just having the coffee bar.

Breakfast buffet was fine, but the lunch buffet has no imagination. I love a salad at lunch, but the same boring items were offered every day. No glaucamole, no diced eggs, no chicken, but lots,of pork done any way you can imagine. If you eat pork, you are fine for a meat selection but for those of us who like a little chicken on a salad, we were out of luck. They need someone to redo the entire salad bar and make it interesting, not the same dull and not many items to choose from. How about a taco bar once in a while.

Dinner in the Provence dining room was very good. Lots of items to choose from and it was always different. My only complaint was the coldness in this dining room. People complained every night and nothing was ever done about the temperature. Take a coat with you as most,of us wore one at dinner. Sad, when you can’t enjoy a meal without your coat on. This really needs to be addressed.

The indoor pool was a nice option on the rainy day we had at sea. You have your usual chair hogs at the main pool, but the deck attendant was very good checking chairs and removing items if left for an hour.

Limon was a horrible place to walk around. Trash and graffiti everywhere. We will stay on the ship next,time. Amber Cove was fine and we enjoyed our day there. Falmouth, Jamaica has an enclosed area that was wonderful to walk around in. In Cartagena, Columbia the vendors totally ruined the day. They were in your face and way too aggressive. That is another port we will avoid and we were on a tour, which made it worse.

The Panama Canal was amazing and so glad we stayed on ship to go through the locks. Such history and it was fun to see all the ships,going the other way.

All in all a good,cruise but do,wish they would go to some other,ports that are more pleasant to visit.

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Mini-Suite with Balcony

Nice cabin and great bed. Best sleep for me is always on a ship and this was no exception. Bed was so comfortable.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)

Did a open air bus tour and beach break. Good tour but be prepared for a rough 45 minute ride to the beach. We were so dirty when we got back to the ship, but had a great day.

We were constantly bothered by vendors. Took all the pleasure out of tour. A beggar was let on the bus when we had stopped at the fort. We were not happy with this tour.

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Colon (Cristobal)

We decided to walk around. Trash and graffiti everywhere. Other than the craft tent, I would never set foot in this city again.


The enclosed area was very enjoyable. Lots,of stores, no one hassles you and it was safe. Really beautiful island.

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