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10 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

10 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Falmouth
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Gatun Lake
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Island Princess

Island Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

Cons

Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

Bottom Line

Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: May 2019
This was the best vacation ever. Alaska was wonderful. The scenery was unbelievable. The Naturalist, Mark, was interesting and entertaing. You should go to his presentations. The dining room service and food were great. We had ... Read More
This was the best vacation ever. Alaska was wonderful. The scenery was unbelievable. The Naturalist, Mark, was interesting and entertaing. You should go to his presentations. The dining room service and food were great. We had wonderful selections given to us by our waiter. The junior waiter had our drinks ready each night. The ships singers and dancers were the best entertainment. We didnt care for the comedians. Balcony is the way to go. We could sit and relax as we watched the beauty of Alaska. Our steward was great....always willing to help us. He made sure we had blankets to sit out on balcony. The ship is small but that was fine. One friend enjoyed thd hot stone massage...he went three times. The land portion of our trip was just as great. Weather was wonderful. We just layered each day and then took things off if it got warmer. We were able to see Mt McKinley two days in a row. Great time was had by all 5 of us. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
I picked this cruise because of the scenic cruising of Glacier Bay and Prince William Sound. Glacier Bay and College Fjord were fantastic. Great views from Aloha 727 suite with wrap around balcony. Cabin is spacious, wonderful bath. Bed ... Read More
I picked this cruise because of the scenic cruising of Glacier Bay and Prince William Sound. Glacier Bay and College Fjord were fantastic. Great views from Aloha 727 suite with wrap around balcony. Cabin is spacious, wonderful bath. Bed was very comfortable. Pillows were too soft. We didn't explore departure city of Vancouver since we just arrived the evening before. Might have been nice to arrive a day sooner & do the hop on hop off bus. We stayed at a hotel within a 10 minute cab to cruise terminal. Nice city, easy walk to dining. We ate at the Italian Tomato which was wonderful. Embarkation and disembarkation very smooth. Able to go right to our suite. Did take awhile to get our lugguge. Suspect very smooth for non-suite passengers also; they seem very organized. Service on ship was fantastic by everyone. These people work very hard and are so professional. I think they work a lot of hours and they will not complain when you mention it (notice same person working late at night is working again in the morning). Suite & ship in general in very good condition. Dining was excellent. Accommodated special dietary request of gluten free. Shows were very good. Icy Straight point: Enjoyed whale watching excursion and saw mama & baby humpback. Also enjoyed the small nature trail and museum. Juneau: arranged for independent excursion to Tracey Arm Fjord which was great. For the amount of time left in port after that, only walked around a little; didn't want to spend money to do the gondola since didn't have time spend on top of the mountain. If hadn't done Tracey Arm, would have done gondola & Mendenhall glacier. Skagway: walked around town, really liked seeing it & then did the shorter train trip which was good. Did a non-Princess land tour from Whittier to Denali.The weather on this trip was amazing. Was lounging at the swimming pool in Vancouver on the ship & swam. It was a mistake not to pack a pair of shorts & only 1 bathing suit. Each stop had sunny warm weather. I detest the cold. I was only cold on this trip when I went outside without my heavier coat for a little bit on the later part of this cruise. Did not travel with children. Feel like internet should have been free for the amount of money we spent. Also had to ignore a lot of flyers/promotions for jewelry, etc, but no big deal. Took advantage of suite benefit of free laundry service which was cool. One interesting issue we did have was that you are not allowed to take food off the ship, at least not officially. The all day independent excursion could not accommodate GF lunch. Didn't know ahead of time that I would not be able to get a to go GF lunch to take off the ship. In addition to fantastic service from Princess, service on all excursions during & after this trip in Alaska was fantastic. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2019
We chose to sail on Princess because they are one of only a few cruise lines allowed to go up into Glacier Bay. My sister and I took an 11-day "cruisetour" which was a 7 night northbound cruise from Vancouver and 4 nights on land ... Read More
We chose to sail on Princess because they are one of only a few cruise lines allowed to go up into Glacier Bay. My sister and I took an 11-day "cruisetour" which was a 7 night northbound cruise from Vancouver and 4 nights on land - 2 at Denali, 1 at McKinley and 1 night in Anchorage. It also included the train from Whittier to Denali on Princess's own glass-domed railcar and all the subsequent transportation. We flew into Vancouver the day before the cruise and had a wonderful visit touring this lovely city and Stanley Park. The day of the cruise we walked about six blocks from our downtown hotel to the cruise port. The Island Princess is a beautiful ship and we were pleased to find everything was fresh and clean. The crew was amazingly friendly and always accommodating. It isn't a huge mega-ship (2200 guest capacity) and it provided a casual atmosphere with little crowds in the dining rooms, buffet, entertainment offerings and on the decks watching the amazing Alaskan scenery. They had Mark Harris, a top-notch naturalist, onboard who gave talks about AK and what we'd see, and when we arrived at the glaciers he did a live commentary of the sights. We had two specialty dining experiences - I didn't like the Bayou Café because the "New Orleans" food was not authentic and not very good IMO but the Crab Shack was better with the king crab legs. With both restaurants we didn't feel it was worth the $29 per person cost. (I suppose Princess is to blame for having such a great menu in the MDR and a vast array of offerings in the buffet.) Our agenda on the cruise was one day at sea, then to Icy Straight (a lovely little community), to Juneau (where we took an independent bus to Mendenhall Park - amazing! - and walked around the friendly city), then to Skagway (also a nice little town where we took the Princess excursion "To the Klondike Summit" - at $45 it was a bargain and a fabulous tour - and walked a gorgeous trail near the airport right by where the ship was docked). The last two days were at Glacier Bay and College Fjord, two extraordinary experiences, where the ship just floated around and we could absorb the majesty of the sights. Mark's commentary helped us learn more about the glaciers and appreciate them beyond their awesome beauty. The next day we arrived in Whittier (no time to see anything there) to begin our land tour. The debarkation was seamless as we easily walked from the ship to the train. (Our luggage was collected the night before and transported separately to each location, so no worries.) The 9 hour train ride with a knowledgeable narrator was great and that evening we were transported to first class lodging at the Princess Denali Lodge. Princess included an excursion of Denali National Park that took 4-5 hours and it was awesome. We walked some of the trails around the visitor's center and walked back to the lodge. Two days later we went by bus (with driver narration) to Princess McKinley Lodge where we stayed one night. Both Princess Lodges are peaceful and the McKinley Lodge is very secluded. There weren't many options about dining except at the lodges (especially McK) so meals were a bit expensive but the restaurants were nice. On our last day we took a bus (with driver narration) to Anchorage and stayed at the Captain Cook Hotel, a very nice hotel. The next morning we checked out but left our luggage with the concierge and rented bikes to ride the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. We saw two moose grazing in a quiet area a few feet off the trail. A fabulous day, although a bit tiring after the 12 mile bike ride. At the end of the day we retrieved our luggage and took a taxi to the airport ($20) and waited a few hours in the pleasant airport for our 1am flight home. Yes, I would definitely go to Alaska again and Princess will be my first choice! We loved the land part of the adventure but I doubt we would take it again because what we experienced satisfied our longing to see Mt. Denali (previously known as Mt. McKinley). Apparently only 30% of visitors get to see the mountain and we saw it two days in a row! We felt very lucky about that and the other great weather we had - no rain on the whole trip! We weren't sure about going early in May but we saw snow on all the mountains and people said it wouldn't there later in the season. We'd like to go back again late in the season (September/October) and hope to see the Northern Lights. They call Alaska the Last Frontier and with the help of Princess we discovered it is an amazing place and hope to return some day. Read Less
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