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Isalnd Princess

I just finalized a booking on the Island Princess, departing on February 28th from Ft. Lauderdale for a full transit of the Panama Canal.  Fifteen days later, having visited Aruba, Cartegena, Fuerte Amador, Puntarenas, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and, of course, the Canal itself, and luxuriated in seven glorious sea days, we’ll arrive in Los Angeles.

My sister and I treated my mother to a birthday cruise to Antarctica last February, and it was a great success all around.  We’ve decided to build on that success with a new destination, one which, again, none of us has been to before.

I’m a great fan of Princess Cruise Line.  They simply do things right.  Yes, the ships are large, but the design and layout of the public spaces make the ships seem less crowded.  Anytime dining eliminates the rush to the dining rooms at one’s appointed hour, and I’ve never had to wait more than a couple minutes for a table.  I have to admit that I’m not one to share a table with strangers, but even a request for a table for two is honored quickly and efficiently.

Perhaps, however, what I enjoy most are the smiles.  It is Princess’s policy that staff and crew never pass a guest on board the ship without a smile and an appropriate greeting.   This is no small thing, and is not universally practiced across all premium brands.  It does add a marvelous sense of belonging, however, making for a very pleasant experience.

I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to relax and recharge, and share new and intriguing experiences with my mother and sister.  It should be a lot of fun.

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