Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Island Princess
Sailing Date: August 2nd, 2003
Our first cruise and overall an excellent experience. The ship is brand new. We think we were on their fourth cruise and there were no bugs evident.
Food: Excellent. We chose “Personal Choice” dining as opposed to fixed time and assigned seating; which was fine except you we had difficulty making reservations between 6 and 8 PM. Two more restaurants with entertainment; Cajun and Italian. We would have preferred Polynesian vs. Cajun. Twenty four hour cafeteria with excellent variety.
Entertainment: Outstanding! Two major shows every night plus. Broadway quality dancing.
Crew: Very friendly and competent.
Atmosphere: Here a string quartet, there a cocktail pianist or quiet guitar: Relaxed and elegant at the same time.
Accommodations: An outside cabin with a balcony is a must. Everything clean and neat.
Shore Excursions: Well organized. Maybe 10% overpriced.
Mechanical: We had excellent weather so the stabilization systems were never challenged.
Ways to improve: 1. At one port, the walk to the tour bus was way too long. 2. The lady who did “critter” (whale, seal etc.) spotting didn’t always give complete instructions such as Port side at 2 o’clock 20 yards from shore.