The reason I chose this voyage was the amazing itinerary that was offered. I had only cruised on Princess one time and I wasn’t happy. I had many friends that praise the line so I was willing to try again. Unfortunately, our experience was not a positive one.
The itinerary was wonderful and we were able to get to most ports, except one due to a delay because of fueling, weather and ultimately a strike in the port of San Antonio.
The Island Princess is a ship in need of an overall. Of course some things could be corrected by home office immediately. I was appalled to find holes in tablecloths and sheets. Towels were so thin they need to be discarded. Dining room chairs with rips across the seats – and there were many with rips and looked dirty. Our room was a balcony room with a single desk chair, no chair or couch to sit on in the room so we had to bring a balcony chair inside if you did not want to sit on the bed! A mini suite would have been a choice for more room and a couch, but BATHTUBS which are in mini suites, are ridiculous on a cruise ship. Most of the passengers are 55+ and using a bathtub is not an alternative, definitely not for me. Our room steward was fine and kept the room in as best shape as possible but could have used some lessons in vacuuming. I have never been on a ship that painting rust areas was not taken care of when in port or windows that were not washed for 58 days!
Cabin is small with only a desk chair, no couch or side chair. Shower small. Plenty of storage space.