25 Tips for Cruising on Princess that Everyone Should Know

The Island Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Puntarenas in Costa Rica

After two weeks onboard the Island Princess we were surprised to still be discovering things that we probably should have known from the beginning. We were not alone. We frequently heard “I wish I knew that before today.” So I asked officers, crew, and other passengers for their best tips for cruising with Princess. These are […]

Reflections of an 18-Night Princess Cruise – Is It for You?

The Island Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Puntarenas in Costa Rica

Have you ever wondered what it is really like on a cruise ship? Is it relaxing, invigorating and fun OR boring, crowded and just one giant food fest? We recently disembarked from an 18-night cruise on the Island Princess, a mid-sized ship in the Princess cruise fleet. This is our longest cruise to date and one that […]

Eating Onboard: How to Cruise Without Gaining Weight

A dinner time favorite, I loved this scallop dinner when I sailed with Princess cruises.

I am pleased to say that I gained very little weight after 19 days eating onboard the Island Princess. We sailed from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal and up to Vancouver. If you have never been on a Princess Cruise ship before, I am here to tell you the food is expertly prepared, appetizing, […]

Photo Tour: Crossing the Panama Canal on the Island Princess

Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal

Crossing through the Panama Canal was one of the highlights of our 19-day sailing on the Island Princess. An engineering marvel, the live commentary elicited excitement and wonder as we spent the day traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Here is a photo recap of our day through the Panama Canal. Rocket scientist hubby […]

Highlights of Cartagena Colombia in a Day

Interesting statue in Cartagena Colombia

Images of Romancing the Stone flashed through our heads as the ship docked in our second port, Cartagena Colombia. It’s a city with a sordid and colorful history. From the pre-Colombian settlement to the Spanish conquistadors who capitalized on the gold, silver and slave trade thus attracting pirates. While the forts and tall city walls […]

Initial Impressions of the Island Princess Cruise Ship

One of the pools on the Island Princess cruise ship

Right now, I am sitting on a lounge chair on the shaded Promenade deck of the Island Princess, a midsized cruise ship in the Princess fleet. We are sailing from Florida in the USA, through the Panama Canal and then north to Vancouver, Canada. As I listen to the gentle waves splash against the sides […]