Friday, March 4, 2011

Island Princess...Days at Sea....

The Island Princess was built in a Panamax size....which means it was built to go through the Panama Canal.
It sails mostly through the Canal and to Alaska. 

This was a ten day cruise, with four sea days and two formal dinner nights.

Our stateroom was up at the front end.  There are two non-balcony rooms forward of our room.

We were very close to the 'secret' forward deck.  Deck ten...go all the way forward and through two sets of doors.  You're out on the front of the ship.  Great to view the Canal crossing.

Most ships now have a central Atrium.  This one is three stories.

This area is midway between two floors.  There were demonstrations and games held here a lot.

It took me several days to find it empty enough for a picture of the fountain.  Notice the glass elevators.  The go from deck five to deck eight.

Up to the 'starry' ceiling.

There was live music a lot of the day, in the Atrium. 

These bubbly tubes are by Passenger Services...deck five.

One of the shops, on deck six.

Outside, above the Lido deck...deck 14...was a giant chess set.

There are also shuffleboard courts, and a caged in basketball court.  We had gale force winds this day.  Not many people were out playing games.

Down one deck for the miniature golf course.  Whew!!....out of the wind.

The Lido deck pool is the largest of the pools.

This is where the giant Movie Under the Stars screen is.

Behind the Lido pool, is the Lotus pool.  It's covered by a glass roof.

It's pretty, and somewhat peaceful.  This area also has the Lotus Spa and exercise rooms.  And, the ice cream parlor.

This is the Provence Dining Room.  Traditional Dining was in this room.  We had 'Anytime Dining' and ate in the Bordeaux Dining Room.  The looked alike.

They made a special decoration, for Valentine's Day Dinner.

There are several lounges on this ship.  But, our absolute favorite was Crooners....deck seven on the Atrium.

Decorated with Rat Pack photos, it was a comfortable, central place to meet for drinks before dinner, or just sit.

...and, visit.

The young waiters were all entertaining.  This is Leo.

Red pours a drink into a glass balanced on Francisco's head.

Francisco was quite the clown...

.... and a really good magician.  We never did figure out several of his tricks.

We visited the casino a few times...more than we should, in fact. 
We played Bingo every time.

And, there were deck parties to attend.

It was fun to play 'dress up' on formal nights.

We had a great time, with a great group of people.

I think we're ready to go again.

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