Island Princess set sail as part of Princess Cruises' fleet in June 2003. Custom-made to traverse the Panama Canal and to get up close to glaciers in Alaska, she boasts a high percentage of balcony staterooms to make the most of the views. Her sixteen decks are lined with luxurious staterooms, amazing restaurants, sophisticated bars and a wealth of leisure and entertainment facilities. Days at sea give you the opportunity to truly savour the ship's highlights. The Lido Deck with its Lido Pool, Lotus Pool and a plethora of eateries and bars is the heartbeat of the ship. One deck up discover the adult-only oasis of The Sanctuary, where private cabanas and luxury padded loungers create an aura of calm. This feeling continues in the Lotus Spa, perfect for indulgent hot stone massages and pampering treatments. The Youth Centre offers fun and games for 3 to 12 year olds, while the Teen Centre is tailor-made for teenagers. The impressive four-storey Atrium sets the night-time scene with abundant shops, bars and lounges, or there's Movies under the Stars on the outdoor Sun Deck.
Island Princess brings together a world of flavours and dining styles in her restaurants and eateries. The Provence Dining Room hosts fixed time Traditional Dining and the Bordeaux Dining Room presents Anytime Dining options, each serving five courses of culinary delights. Casual dining in the 24/7 Horizon Court includes buffet-style dishes and desserts. The poolside Princess Pizzeria is the perfect spot to relax with al fresco Italian treats or discover fast food and burgers in The Grill. Savour cakes and pastries as you sip your morning cappuccino in Le Patisserie or tuck into a knickerbocker glory in Sundaes Ice Cream Bar. A pair of speciality restaurants takes the culinary journey on Island Princess to a spectacular level. Sabatini's Restaurant showcases a menu of Italian and Mediterranean dishes alongside seafood specialities. Jazz music accompanies the traditional Cajon and Creole-inspired flavours in the Bayou Cafe, with seafood gumbo and chicken and chorizo jambalaya amongst the signature dishes.
From your morning espresso to late-night cocktails, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and lounges. Sit and admire the view with a coffee in the intimate Churchill Lounge or enjoy a drink and a chat with friends in the Wheelhouse Bar. Crooners Bar leads off the Atrium and is the perfect spot to savour a classic martini cocktail or celebrate with glass of champagne.
Evenings on Island Princess offer something to match your every mood. The Princess Theatre hosts Hollywood-style production shows or discover cabaret acts on three revolving stages in the Universe Lounge. Take a moonlit stroll around the Promenade Deck, before chancing your luck at the roulette wheel and slot machines in The Princess Casino. Dance the night away under the colourful lights of the Explorer's Lounge to truly end your day in style.
Day 1: UK to Miami, Florida
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Miami and make your way to your selected hotel for a two-night pre stay.
Day 2: Miami, Florida
Be spoilt for choice on how to spend your time here. This vibrant city stretches from the serene Everglades to the stylish haunts of the rich and famous on Miami Beach. Indulge in retail therapy at Lincoln Road Mall or enjoy a touch of culture at Wolfsonian-FIU museum. Escape to the idyllic Miami Beach Botanical Garden or chill out on the white sand of South Beach. Explore the art galleries and elegant eateries at Miami's Design District or visit the historic and bohemian Espanola Way. If you're travelling with children, spend time at Jungle Island zoo and Miami Children's Museum.
Day 3: Miami, Florida (Embarkation Day)
After check out make your way to the port to board Island Princess for your fourteen-night cruise.
Day 6: Cartagena, Columbia
Disembark in Colombia's Cartagena. Featuring cobbled streets, pretty plazas, old churches, and 13km of stone colonial walls; Cartagena is possibly the Caribbean coast's most beautiful destination. While here, visit the famous Palace of the Inquisition — which is a grisly museum featuring former instruments of torture from colonial times! Next, see one of Spain's greatest fortresses, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which dominates the skyline and includes a network of tunnels that you can enter. Do some more sightseeing and enjoy beautiful buildings such as a convent founded in the 17th century and a stunning cathedral. Enjoy the palaces, mansions and monasteries of the old town district — sampling local snacks and drinks on the way — or take a tour of the nearby mangroves and see colourful, local wildlife.
Day 7: Panama Canal - Full Transit
Sail through the Panama Canal, an artificial 48-mile waterway in Panama which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. This most complex of engineering projects was constructed between 1904 and 1914 and is often referred to as 'The eighth wonder of the world' due to its impressive construction. As you transit the canal, gaze in awe at the spectacular panoramic views of rugged landscapes and lush emerald forests. From the Atlantic entrance you pass through Limon Bay, Gatun Locks, Gatun Lake, Gamboa, Culebra Cut, Pedro Miguel Locks, and Miraflore Locks en-route to the Bay of Panama.
Day 9: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puntarenas is a town located on Costa Rica's Gulf of Nicoya. The coastline is filled with islands, beaches and beautiful natural treasures; the primary attraction is the Monteverde Biological Reserve which has a number of trails featuring natural beauty and wildlife. Walk along Paseo De Los Turista to explore the local environment and see panoramic views of the coast. The Historic Marine Museum portrays the local religious traditions and celebrations of Puntarenas and its diverse geographic and cultural origins.
Day 10: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
San Juan Del Sur sits on the southwest coast of Nicaragua. This tranquil town is lined with brightly-coloured wooden buildings and is alive with fun for all; shopping, dining and nightlife are just waiting to be discovered. Admire the statue of Christ that stands on the cliff top overlooking the bay. The spectacular stretch of coastline offers picturesque views; take a stroll along the soft white sands of Marsella Beach or take to the breaking waves on a surf board off Maderas Beach. Venture south along the coast to see the olive ridley turtles at La Flor Nature Reserve.
Day 12: Huatulco, Mexico
Huatulco is located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and is a sun worshipper's paradise thanks to its nine bays and 36 beaches. Bahia de Santa Cruz, Bahia Chahue and Bahia Tangolunda are popular spots to indulge in water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing. Surfers also flock to the nearby towns of Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido. Further inland, see the roaring Magic Falls or, if you're a thrill-seeker, try your hand a river rafting. Hike through the jungle and see the lush green vegetation and the local wildlife in their natural habitat.
Day 14: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is set on the Pacific coast of Mexico, surrounded by the impressive Sierra Madre Mountains. This picturesque resort is known for its sub-tropical climate, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene. Take a stroll through El Malecon and discover the heart and soul of Puerto Vallarta through the array of stall vendors, street artists and iconic sculptures and statues. Admire Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe church in the town centre or visit one of the ceramic tile factories to watch the traditional Mexican tiles being made. Taste the local drink at a tequila distillery or head to one of the many authentic restaurants to taste traditional cuisine.
Day 17: Los Angeles, California (Disembarkation Day)
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disemark and make your way to your chosen hotel in Los Angeles for two-nights.
Day 18: Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is most famous for its role in the film and entertainment industry and in particular, for Hollywood. Take a photo with the Hollywood sign in the background, stroll along Hollywood Boulevard, or spot famous names on the Walk of Fame. Enjoy thrilling rides, a guided tour of the studio, or explore behind the scenes on movie sets at Universal Studios Hollywood, or experience dozens of action and adventure rides at Disneyland Resort. Admire the 2000+ works of art at The Broad or visit the vast collections of Asian, Islamic, and Latin American art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Head to Griffith Park where you can see animals in Los Angeles Zoo or explore the moon and planets at Griffith Observatory. Escape the busy city and relax in Santa Monica; a chic and laid-back beachfront location.
Day 19: Los Angeles, California to UK
Today your holiday comes to an end. Disembark and make your way back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.