We were on the Island through the Panama Canal and loved the ship. Didn't care that the promenade deck didn't go all the way around, just went through one side of the ship to the other. Not crowed at all. Then we did a partial Panama Canal trip (19 days) on the Coral, really didn't notice any difference in crowds on the Island over the Coral. We will be doing a 28 day on the Island next year. The Island is a great ship.