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DeAnne Curto

Age: 40


Number of Cruises: 12

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Island Princess

Sailing Date: 2010-12-20

Itinerary: Panama Canal

We were very pleased to return again to the island Princess. Our last cruise on this ship was in 1993, it's inaugural year, and we found the ship to be in the same great shape. Cleanliness, passenger health, courtesy, and securtiy are priorities for the line. We found the cruise staff to be upbeat and helpful, We felt a strong pressure to buy items services on a regular basis which did not change our buying habits [and did not take away from our enjoyment of the cruise], but it did decrease the valued passenger concept.

While every attempt is made to provide you with gourmet food as well as a wide international variety, we found it difficult to find food that we recognized. Breakfast was the best meal each day especially the grill area where the chef will make omelettes to order or eggs based on your preference. My husband prefers to eat most of our meals at the Horizon court, and despite the variety, many nights we ended up with a salad, some cheese, and a pork cultet with rice. They offer a wide variety of breads, cheeses, fruits, desserts, an extensive salad bar, soups, and a hot line. We were pleased to see that the ice cream station [standard on HAL] has now become standard on Princess instead of the Hagen Daz stand for a separate fee.

Our stateroom was very quiet and clean. You could only hear people passing in the hallway. We could not hear our neighbors. The air temperature was easy to control, and we only had one very brief issue with the toilet [which seems to happen every cruise] that was resolved in an hour. We strongly recommend that you bring a travel pillow. The pillow are of very poor quality. My husband used towels under his pillow for support, and I was very glad that I had brough a small travel pillow with me.

This ship has a very creative staff. I applaud them for plenty of options for different tastes. This ship has a dynamic art program with lectures and a variety of events throughout the trip. I participated in the Princess Olympics and the scavenger hunt which were great fun. I also recommend a new Princess program called the Princess Pop Choir. About twenty passengers met with a member of the ship's cast to practice 6 popular songs [with dance moves] that we performed for the passengers later in the cruise.

Don't miss a chance to see the Panama Canal. It is truly an engineering marvel that while a slow transit is a rewarding experience.

We are very grateful to have had another chance to enjoy a cruise vacation. Princess seems to desire a positive expereience for their passengers since repeat business benefits everyone.

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