Just got back from the Island Princess Christmas Cruise, Dec. 20th- 27th
The cruise was excellent and went above my standards and expectations.
The Ship- This ship is probably the best that I been on. Since it was a "holiday" cruise, the whole place was decorated- Christmas trees, wreaths, manaoras! Didn't let me down on the whole Christmas feeling. The ship has a nice set up and is very ellegant.
My Cabin- The overall cabing was the biggest room out of the three other cruises I have been on. Although, the bathroom was a bit tiny. If you want a different pillow, some were quite hard, ask the stewardess and they will be happy to get you a soft feather pillow. My cabin was in an excellent location, Deck 5, Plaza. I was near the middle of the ship,the atrium, where the fancy glass elevators are, the guest services desk, and relaxing, comfortable couches.
Dinner- I signed up for the traditional dining, which means- same table, time, and servers every night. My group had dinner at 5:45, which was good since most of the shows were at 8:00. We ate in the Provence resturant on Deck 6. We had excellent waitors- George and Renat. The food was outstanding!! There was always some sort of pasta, fish, meat, choice. also, be sure to look at the menu, there are choices that are "always available"- shrimp coctail, ceaser salad, salmon, steak, fettucini, etc.
Other eating- For breakfast my family usually went to the Horizon Court- the buffet. The food was actually good. there was choices of hot foods like, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, etc and fruit, cereal. there was also a omlet bar where you picked you fillings and they made one for you. You could also ask for eggs, sunny side up, or fried. Occassionaly they also served up steak- great for those meat eaters.
For lunch they have the buffet- its open 24/7- the pizza bar, the grill, or you can go to the dining room.
The pizza was excellent, I reccomend it. Didnt get a chance to go the grill, but they had hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, bratwursts, jumbo hot dogs, and french fries.
Drinks- there are numerous bars around the ship with all drinks you can imagine. I highly reccomend that soda drinkers get the soda card. $27 for unlimited sodas and it came with a coca cola cup to get refilled, free of charge. There is also a coffee card- great deal since fancy coffees are $2-3 each. Wine is available by the bottle in the resturants or the glass. Buckets of beer are available also
Entertainment- there were 2 "main" shows with the Island Princess singers and dancers and the orchestra. Those shows were excellent- a tribute to broadway and old singers. The other shows were odd performers such as comedians, a vandtrilaquist, and an outrageous banjo player. all shows have two times to cater to the different dining times.
There was also entertainment throughout the ship. Just look in you Princess Patter- given every night- to see what is happening throughtout the ship.
Ports- We went to Cabo San Lucas, Matzalan, and Puerta Villarta. I have been to the Mexican Riveara 3 times so my family knew what to do and where to go in Cabo and Matzalan. But to change things up, In Puerta Villarta we went on one of the excursions offered by the cruise ship. We went on a nature expedition in the Sierra Madre. It was AMAZING! It turned out to be more than a nature expedition- we stopped in tiny towns and had homemade authentic mexican corn tortillas that we watched them make. we stopped at a lady's house that let us sample the fruits growing in her yard. We had an awsome tour guide Gustavo! We also stopped at the beach for an hour and had a bbq lunch. then went on to hike through the Sierra Madre Mountains.
There were Christmas and Hannaka services for those who wanted to attend.
They had an amazing champagne waterfall that I reccomend watching!
Overall, the trip was excellent!!:)