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Beth Caldwell

Age: 43

Occupation:Travel Agent

Number of Cruises: 30+

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Island Princess

Sailing Date: October 6th, 2006

Itinerary: Hawaii

Arriving at port Los Angeles around 11:30am we dropped out luggage off, Princess was doing their pre-boarding. We chose to take the streetcar or the red car to the San Pedro Fish Market restaurant for lunch and as always the food was wonderful.

When we arrived back at the ship a little after 1pm we were inside the building within 20 minutes. It was total of just over an hour before we were in our cabin. Embarkation went very smooth and fast. I am happy to say that half of our luggage was already at the cabin when we arrived.

From the time we arrived on the Island Princess she is a very clean ship and the crew is always working to keep her that way. They take keeping the passengers healthy very serious when you walk into the buffet there is a person standing there with the hand sanitizer for you before you can grab anything. The buffet in the Horizon always had hot food. Hot food can be a bit of a rarity. The foods trays are always are full or very close to being full. The food is very good.

The Wheelhouse Lounge has the ball room or big bands type music playing at night, every night. This was my favorite lounge. It also had a small history museum of Princess and P&O.

The piano man Bill Barclay who is in the Bayou Cafe and jazz club is outstanding.

The staff in all areas of the ship are very helpful & courteous.

The mustard drill was nice they were held in the lounges instead of all in lines up on deck for what always seemed a lifetime.

The entertainment every night was wonderful from big names like Don Ware (a writer from the Cosby Show) to Willie Tyler and Lester, to Juggles on unicycles, and many more in between.

The cruise director is Billy Hygate. It is nice to see some with the company like him for over 23 years. 


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