We flew from the UK to Miami and stayed in a very comfortable hotel overnight before the smooth transfer to the wonderful Coral Princess. Embarkation was smoother than expected and we were in our cabin within the hour. The cabin was clean and tidy although the shower was a little small but adequate. The cabin steward was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for him.
We were given a plan of the ship on embarkation and this proved to be very useful in getting around. All areas of the ship were immaculate and spacious.
We chose anytime dining which suited us perfectly although a couple of times when we wanted to eat in the main restaurant we were given a pager as the dining room was full. We just had another drink instead. Most of the time we ate in the Horizon buffet which was superb with plenty of choice. Only fussy eaters would not be able to find something to eat. The only problem we found with the Horizon was at breakfast time when it seemed the whole of the ships passengers and crew wanted to eat at the same time making it a bit of a free for all not only for food but for a table to eat it at.
The entertainment on board was good there seemed to be something for everyone during the day. The shows at night in the theaters were exellent even though they were too small for the capacity of people wanting a seat. We feel that the doors should have been shut when the theater was full as people were standing crammed in at the back and aisles which started a few arguments as people could not see. The formal evenings were excellent apart from a few people who did not want to partake in dressing up (their choice) but roaming about in shorts and tshirts seemed to lower the tone of the evening.
The ports of call again were fantastic. We booked a few trips before we left the UK and did not regret any of them as they could not have been better organised and interesting. As for our transit of the Panama Canal we would give this 110 percent especially the commentry that last the whole of the transit. If we had the opportunity to do this again we most certainly would. I think it is a great shame that we have been led to believe that Cabo san Lucas is not going to be on the next sailing itinary as this was a fantastic place.
Overall the cruise was all we expected and more the only thing that spoilt it for us was we had booked an enhanced tranfer to the Pike in LA before our long flight home (instead of hanging around the airport) This was cut short by the long and drawn out immigration process just to get onto dry land. We were in a queue for at least an hour and a half then once we had found our tranfer coach we then had to wait for the rest of the passengers who were still stuck in the queue. This left us with approx an hour and a half to try to see something of LA. We would have liked to have gone over to see the Queen Mary but did not have time. We feel that this was a bit of a waste of money. Needless to say when we go on our next cruise in September we have booked an extra night in LA