I was on the Island Panama cruise January 5th. The photographers take a picture of haggered passengers (everyone) while they are boarding. By the time the pictures are displayed for purchase, you'll look at your picture and realize that you really needed a vacation!
Seriously though, it is a beautiful ship and I was quite happy with the staff/crew. The food was great and always available. The entertainment was also good.
Frankly, I don't want to tell you what to expect because when you embark for your first cruise you're kind of like a 'kid in a candy shop.' Everything is amazing!!!!
Don't overpack and just have a wonderful time. This is a great ship and cruise line....I'll bet you'll be talking about your next cruise within 24 hours of getting home!!
Best wishes to you and yours!
Tell me all about it when you get back!- I cruise after you, we have a mini-suite on the Dolphin Deck.
-My Cruise Tip:
Pack a change of clothes and swimsuit in a carry-on bag. (Luggage will be delivered to your room later.)
You and your wife will love the Island Princess, she is a beautiful ship, the food is very good and the entertainment is the best!! The service was also great.
We just got off the Island Princess 2/24/04 panama canal and had such a wounderful cruise.
At last another Brit who reads these boards! My wife and I were on Island Princess in March on the same itinerary. We can only heartily concur with everyone who recommends this ship and we have been on a few. It is particularly pleasing to hear from someone who has just taken their first cruise and is as smitten as the rest of us. The only thing I would say though is that Princess must think all their passengers are underweight if the size of the shower cubicle is to be believed! Don't believe me? Then have a look at the picture gallery on this site and you will see what I mean - that is a normal sized coathanger and I put it in the shower to give a sense of proportion!
Cheers folks Paul
>Princess must think all their passengers are underweight if the size of the shower cubicle is to be believed.<
Just don't drop the soap. (G) Yes, those showers are a bit tight. That's why we are booking a mini-suite on our 12/20 Island Princess voyage. Then we get the tub which gives one ample room to shower.
Thanks for the replies on the Island Princess. We just booked the March 5th, 05 Hawaii 15 day cruise and now have something to look forward to next year. Having only cruised on Princess ships I have no doubt that the ship is a beauty. Also we could not pass up the price that we recieved for our balcony.
Sea Princess 03/01
Golden Princess 10/01
Sun Princess 03/02
Sea Princess 03/03 (final back to back)
Diamond Princess (inaugural cruise)
Island Princess 03/05