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Island Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Smooth Sailing and a great trip

Island Princess Cruise Review by AlwaysThankfulLady

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

My 3 siblings and spouses, along with my husband and myself, wanted to do a trip together since we live in 3 different states. This one gave us 10 days together, and we really enjoyed it.

We got to the port about 11:45 and there were no lines. Check in was a breeze and we were on the ship in 15 minutes. Our rooms were actually ready (thanks Cedric!) on the Baja deck aft so we dropped our luggage and headed to lunch in the buffet. We had early fixed dining in the Provence dining room with the best waiters, Sandra and Kevin. 5pm was a bit early some days, but we all wanted to make dinner the time we reconnected and we really enjoyed it. The wait staff was wonderful, the food was good to great and we never left hungry.

The early dining did allow us to make the 7:30 shows in the Princess Theater, and although we went early so we didn't have trouble finding a seat, there were usually a few scattered seats available at show time. We saw a magician/comedian twice, guest performer Craig Richard's show, 3 production shows from the on-board singers and dancers, a show from the guest soloist and 2 nights from Miguel Washington, the comedian. Every show was worth going...we were entertained each night. We also listened to the "party" band,Fusion, in the Explorer's Lounge and on deck several times and they sang/played a variety of styles of music.

Our cabin was well taken care of by Cedric and yes, the shower was small, but we made do. The storage is adequate and the bed was wonderful. I loved the mattress and the bed linens and slept well each night. Our room had a little vibration being so far aft, but it didn't bother us and overall it was very quiet. Being so far from the Horizon Court was probably a good thing so we got exercise as we made our trips to and from breakfast and lunch.

The only times that the ship felt crowded was during certain hours at the buffet area (hard to find a seat) and in the theater or lounge if you were late getting there. Sure, there is a little bit of rust in a couple of places and small repairs that could be made, but I thought it was a pretty ship in great shape and have no complaints about the decor. There were only 4 children and an infant on the ship. Probably 75% of the passengers were 60 and over.

We took an excursion in Cartegena which toured the fort and the city. It was interesting and informative. Yes, the local vendors are aggressive as we walked through old town, but when we learned that Colombia has no welfare program and high unemployment, we were more understanding of those who had to make a living this way. Their prices were quite good if you did want to make a purchase. Be sure and bargain with them.

Disembarkation went smoothly and we appreciated having a place to wait until our group was called (we met in a dining room.) There was a long line to pass through customs but it kept moving and was very efficient.

Overall, we had a great trip with friendly staff on the ship and friendly workers in the terminal buildings.

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Cabin Review


The cabin was very typical of other Princess ships we have been on. It was in good shape with a larger TV but not many channel choices. It had two outlets at the desk. We used an extension cord run behind the bed for our two C-Pap's and a unit with plugs and USB ports to keep our electronics charged. It worked out fine. An extra chair would have been helpful at times but there wasn't much extra room for it anyway.

The bathroom was small and with the grab bar and the shower gel and shampoo dispensers on the wall, it was pretty crowded. It did have good water pressure though. I used a hanging holder on the door to keep some of the extra toiletries in and that was helpful. Cedric was our Cabin steward (he had 18 to care for). He was kind and very efficient.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

The tour guide was a local and was interesting. It was very hot so we were thankful for an air-conditioned bus between stops. The vendors did follow you down the street but you can just say no or ignore them. I am glad I took the tour but probably wouldn't need to do it if I ever went back.

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We got off the ship and did a little shopping in the cruise port area. It was very clean and we found the shop owners and the vendors in the craft tent to be very friendly and not pushy at all.

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