Gripp's Travels -The Island Princess
Much to our surprise, we liked it. A LOT!
By the end of day one, I nicknamed the ship "The Miniature Manor." Upon boarding, we felt like we were on the Caribbean, Crown, or Ruby Princess, just half the size.
The ship is easier to navigate around than its bigger sisters, and in my opinion, is much more beautiful. The Horizon Court on the Island Princess surprised us with its décor. We particularly liked the skylights and high ceilings. The dining rooms were decorated in typical Princess style, with an Italian theme, and fine finishes.
The on board activities included all the cruise standards: Sexy Leg Contest, Bartending Competition, Scavenger Hunt, Karaoke, and BINGO! I think the jackpot was over $2,000.
The sun decks are paved with the typical Princess blue indoor/outdoor carpet, resulting in a more comfortable bare foot environment. There were plenty of lounge chairs, with room for all. (Another big surprise!)
Decor and ease of locating venues
Movies Under The Stars - great variety of movies and concerts
Phenomenal specialty restaurants
Attentive and friendly staff
Outstanding Cabin Stewart
Active and visible young adult/ children's programs.
Limited food selections at Horizon Court Buffet. (typical of any cruise ship)
Technological accommodations- WIFI service was expensive, no iPod docs in staterooms, very few electrical outlets in rooms.
All in all, we enjoyed our voyage on the Island Princess. The few disappointments were outweighed by the many positive experiences.
Longer cruises yield mature travelers. Late nights at the disco were not part of this vacation. In fact, there was no disco. By 11:30pm, 95% of the travelers were in bed, leaving the ship empty and quiet.
Unlike the typical Caribbean cruises, our evenings were used for resting, our sea days for sun bathing, while our days in port were an adventure.
More to come in our next blog entry – Gripp’s Travel’s: Aruba.